Well I hope you all know the rest of the quote…
I was going to illustrate this entry with a photograph of a photographer being knocked over by a charging camel with the header ‘Uh-oh Camel Toe’ but since then the conflict in Cairo has turned deadly. There have been many casualties and an Egyptian journalist has died of gunshot wounds inflicted whilst he was photographing the unfolding unrest from a balcony. RSF (Reporters Without Borders) have protested against this and the reported beatings and interrogations of several international news crews.
President Hosni Murbarak might be the dictatorial ruler of Egypt right now, but the allegations of corruption and offences against the rights of his people, certainly will not make his passage in to the ever after any easier than that of the camel that tried to get through that proverbial needle’s eye.
My question is, where has the international community been while the pro-government thugs have been terrorising the good denizens of Cairo?
There is a good piece here by Noam Chomsky that poses a few curly ones about why the world is not condemning Murbarak’s actions.
Of course its all well and good to be sitting on the other side of the world making comments as an observer while the violence has escalated in Tahrir Square and the dignified and peaceful protestors of Egypt have been harassed, beaten and killed.
Though it is an interesting theory that if pro-democracy conflicts that have been fought in the past relying heavily on the USA and its allies are not all that they seem, what then is the actual definition of democracy?