Thanks to a good Physical Therapist and a little hard work on my part I am able to take my arm out of my compound sling and type. It's a good thing too! For the past week I have been sidelined by this surgery and unable to post and frankly it was causing me great distress. That's the good/bad news. Being unable to post it gave me time to absorb and digest all that has been going on in the middle east. Of course Egypt is tantamount in every one's mind BUT, take this one step farther. Can this type of revolution happen in the Untied States?
Look at the totality of the situation in Egypt. A country of 80+million, mostly Muslim. According to the IMF, International Monetary Fund the Egyptian unemployment rate is 9.2% for 2010.* Lower than that of the United States until this mornings somewhat suspicious 9% number was reported. I discount the average income as $2.00 per week as the price of gas is $.35/liter, average electric bill is $55.00/monthly and a bus pass is $.27/one way local. The average net salary is $267 per month.**
Admittedly I don't have all the figures Ambassador John Bolton may have at his command. The question remains.Can this happen here! There have been supportive demonstrations in several major US cities this past week. Now CNN is reporting other anti US government organizations are holding rallies not in support of Egypt but to start to fuel the fire in The United States.
A country that has been a dictatorship (?) but relatively stable for the past 30 years is set off by no more than 250,000 people. That is the most I have heard reported on both left and right wing TV stations. The call for the million man march failed to produce any more than the original 250K, again out of a country with an 80M+ population. Have I missed something in my morning physical therapy sessions? I don't believe so.
So, what caused the problem. Are you telling me one afternoon 250,000 Egyptian people were all sitting around the diner table and decided to riot in the streets the next day? Who, is and was responsible for this? Are you telling me all these printed sign in English and Arabic just appeared? Who, is and was responsible for this? It appears to me all the major networks including FOX and MSNBC are missing something. Call me crazy but I think it's a fair question.
This morning, Saturday, February 5, the news is talking about the domino effect. Unrest in other countries next to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the Sudan. Our own President is calling for the removal of President Mubarak. Yet he and his cronies work diligently to replace the very democratic government we live under with a Socialistic/Marxist government that he leads with a few of his elite. Where is this coming from? Where is this going to? I fear not for myself but, for my children and grand children.
Now the Obama administration is pointing fingers at the Intelligence Community, specifically the Central Intelligence Agency blaming them for the lack of adequate intelligence. Supported by Diana Feinstein and others in questioning yesterday of CIA officials. However it was quickly pointed out by Stephanie O'Sullivan, of the CIA, the administration was notified in late 2010 of the unrest in Egypt. It's the Obama blame game all over again. clik here
More to come as the crisis continues and the questions go unanswered.
Other headlines in the news are "Hundreds March in the Jordan" Clik here
Who says money can't buy power. clik here.