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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Why Ayman Al Nur's arrest is not important!

Okay, so I have been ignoring the Ayman Al Nur story for a while, not because it’s not relevant, but mainly because I think it to be kind of unimportant. And I will explain why I believe that is in a bit. The Ayman Al Nur story goes like this: This is a guy who created a libertarian party(dubbed liberal by people who don’t know the difference) that basically called for less government and democratic elections and stuff. He is an MP, who was part of the ruling National Democratic party and then defected forming his own party Hizb Al –Ghad (Tomorrow’s Party). The law states that in order to create a new political party you need 50 signatures who must be submitted in the form of “power of attorney” documents. Nur was able to get more then 2000 initial signatures and 4 more MP’s joined his party making them by far the biggest opposition party to hold seats in parliament in Egypt. Anyway…. The charges are that the government just happened to find that 1,178 power of attorney documents he submitted are “forgeries” and therefore decided to “investigate” Ayman and dropped his political immunity faster then a girl’s panties on prom night. He was then taken into custody for initially 4days and now he will be held without bail for another 45 days “under investigation”. Mind you, this whole thing is bullshit because even if the documents were forged, they were given to him that way. How this is his fault no one knows. And even if you say it’s his fault, well, this whole thing has no merit anyway. He clearly had more then the 50 signatures you needed to create a party. But anyway.. Now, everyone is talking about it. The US state department issued a statement regarding him, Bush threw a hinted comment towards Egypt in the state of the Union and the NY Times wrote an Op-Ed piece on the topic. Even GM blogged about it, stating that he is “99% sure that political motives were behind his (Nur’s)arrest”. He is probably right, But it’s still not that important. Let me explain to you why that is. In Egypt, the powers that be are aware that the majority of people really do not like them, because of the shitty job they are doing handeling this country. People have been talking that the under the surface of Egyptian society, there is a powder Keg that could go off any second and they are not wrong. So, the people in power realize that in order to continue their racket they need some sort of misdirection, so that the public wouldn’t focus on them too much. When the Israeli/Palestinian conflict stopped being enough, they started getting inventive, cause they need to make sure that every now and then people have something to talk about. A discussion of some sort, one that doesn’t have anything to do with Mubarak ruling Egypt. In the past sometimes they would get lucky with scandals that would just happen, and sometime sthey need to make one happen. Like the “Satanists in Egypt” story in the mid 90's, where they arrested about 50 boys and girls who liked rock and metal by accusing them that they are Satanists and they were charged with “disrespect for religion”. The evidence? Black T-shirts, leather jackets, tattoos and –I kid you not- Raiders caps. Remind me to tell you my story with that incident one day. If you want a more recent example, there is the Saad El Din Ibrahim story. Does anyone remember that one either? The man was given funding by a european organization to investigate the fairness of Egyptian elections and he found out- surprise surprise- it wasn’t very fairly and properly conducted. They arrested him for more then 2 years, while accusing him of embezzlement and meddling with election documents. President Bush cut off emergency aid to Egypt until they released him, which of course, vilified the man in front of the Egyptian society. He was to blame because he rocked the boat and caused the US to flex its muscles on Egypt and it doesn’t matter how wrong or right he was, nothing justifies that in their eyes. But it kept Egyptians occupied for years, with people debating whether or not he should be released or punished for “defaming Egypt’s reputation”. So, for me, Nur’s arrest is just another example of the misdirection tactic they employ. People are talking about Nur and wondering if he really did forge those documents. How if the US interferes they will discredit Nur and lionize Mubarak as the man who defies the evil Americans who want to control Egypt. People will worry about Nur and his health and his case, instead of Mubarak running for another 6 year term. Hell, it already worked on GM, he is for another 6 years of Mubarak as long as he allows for a better state of political discourse. Like he would ever allow that to truly happene and jeopardize his son’s chances of ruling after him. Misdirection people. It occupies you with the symptoms instead of having you focus on the disease. And people wonder why nothing ever improves around here!

7 Comments:

At 2/06/2005 09:41:00 AM, Blogger Infinity Fye said...

"Well every one must have the sickness cuz every one seems to need the cure" and there ain't one. not know any way not 8 years to come.

your descriptionm of satanists would make be satan himself. :S

 
At 2/06/2005 09:57:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

I wish it was my description. It was theirs. It was the funniest thing ever. The first ever egyptian witch-hunt me thinks. Parents of kids with long hair had them cut it off completely and hid thir black cloths awat, while the TV ran programs that aims to "inform" the parents if they had a "satanist" in the house. It was really funny and fucked up at the same time.

 
At 2/06/2005 10:19:00 AM, Blogger Esquisitofrenico said...

Olá! Eu sou um brasileiro e vi seu blog por acaso, nao sei oq voce escreveu pois nao sei ingles, mas te mando uma menssagem para desejar PAZ para voce, os iraquianos e para todo o mundo. Mesmo que voce seja patriota, nao atire! Nao mate! Mas se o fizer que faca sem crueldade ou violencia, todos nós somos iguais,Deus é quem deve nos julgar! Um abraco a voce! Boa sorte, e lembresse de que uma vida nao tem preco...
Pablo

 
At 2/06/2005 07:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sam, Patriots Won!!!

Bridget

PS How's your mom?

 
At 2/06/2005 11:44:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Ehhh, Does anyone know spanish?

Ohh, and Bridget, she is doing fine. I will update you all once she is in the clear. I might take a lil longer just to make sure no one in my government be able to identify me cause of her. A lil paranoid, i know, but it never urts to be careful!

 
At 2/07/2005 12:35:00 AM, Blogger Kat said...

Olá! Eu sou um brasileiro e vi seu blog por acaso, nao sei oq voce escreveu pois nao sei ingles, mas te mando uma menssagem para desejar PAZ para voce, os iraquianos e para todo o mundo. Mesmo que voce seja patriota, nao atire! Nao mate! Mas se o fizer que faca sem crueldade ou violencia, todos nós somos iguais,Deus é quem deve nos julgar! Um abraco a voce! Boa sorte, e lembresse de que uma vida nao tem preco...
Pablo

Actually, he's from brazil per his commentary and I believe they speak portuguese, very close to spanish, so I will take a bit of a stab at it.

Olá! Eu sou um brasileiro e vi seu blog por acaso

Hello! I am a brazilian (male) and I saw (or found) your blog by chance.

nao sei oq voce escreveu pois nao sei ingles

I don't know what voice (language) you write in but I don't speak english.

mas te mando uma menssagem para desejar PAZ para voce
but control a message to desire PEACE to you for

os iraquianos e para todo o mundo
To Iraqis and for the whole world

Mesmo que voce seja patriota, nao atire! Nao mate
That voce either exactly patriotic, no shoots! No kills

Mas se o fizer que faca sem crueldade ou violencia, todos nós somos iguais

But if making that knife without cruelty and violence, they all are (we all are?) equal

Deus é quem deve nos julgar! Um abraco a voce!
God will judge them! I will not speak.

Boa sorte, e lembresse de que uma vida nao tem preco
Good luck and embrace that or the life because time is precious

Okay, I can't lie, I double checked it at alta vista. I was doing good right up to the fizer, iguais and julgar.

I would say that he thinks you are an Iraqi and he is sending you a message of peace and all Iraqis and desires no more shooting or killing. Those that kill, whoever they are will be judged by God and he will not speak of them otherwise, but he wishes you good luck and hopes that you can embrace life because time and life are precious.

 
At 2/10/2005 09:56:00 PM, Blogger Kender said...

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aint out to get ya'!!!

I think Woody Allen said that.

 

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