Den of the Cyphered Wolf

Saturday, February 12, 2011

On the Egypt Thing

Part of me doesn't want to chime in on what's been going on in Egypt because most of what I am going to say has been said better, but a conversation with the old man made me want to speak up. (He basically called me a man-child for disagreeing with him. I really hate it when he does that. Like I always say I write better when I'm pissed.)

I made the point that a lot of the coverage on the American Networks has been very America centric, mostly with a bunch of bullshit speculation on how this affects us. My point was that at this juncture it really doesn't. Right now it's not about us. It's about the Egyptian people.

We don't know if Mubarak's leaving will lead to war, who is going to end up in power, or what their policies will be. Nobody does. The networks were and are too afraid to say, "You know what? We don't know what's going to happen. We will get back with you when we have a better idea of what's going on. "

Furthermore as I was trying to point out, it is not about the United States. This is about the Egyptian people and before yesterday it was about their uncertainty and outrage. What the story should have been, and in certain outlets like the BBC and Aljazeera was that nobody knew if there was going to be a new government and if there was, what it would look like. Nobody still knows what exactly Egypt's new government will look like.

Instead, cable news continues to want to talk about everything but that, Twitter, Facebook, the possibility of an Israeli war, Obama, when in reality the story is that in about three weeks a populace went from knowing what its government looked like to not knowing. Right now it's a whole new world in Egypt.

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