The "Hate America" trend in Egyptian newspapers
There is something that has been happening in the Egyptian newspapers that GM noticed and i didn't, but thanks to his post i now notice it too: The Egyptian newspapers, who originally used to attack Israel every single day, have now switched gears and no longer attacks it that much. Instead it attacks the U.S. and keeps talking about how "bad" and "evil" and "imperialistic" it is. Here is how GM puts it: On the other hand, relations between Cairo and Washington are at their lowest. They are not deteriorating, they already got deteriorated. Anti-Americanism in the official media reached the level of the period preceding the Iraq war. President Mubarak summoned the US ambassador David Welch (who replaced William Burns) and commented on the recent anti-Mubarak campaign in the US media. I was not surprised to hear that the president trip to the White House this month got postponed. President Mubarak has reasons to be concerned. The New York Times and the Washington Post put aside all America's problems and concerns and reserved a series of their opening editorials to an obscure 40-something years old Egyptian member of parliament who heads a party that was newly established this year. I believe the deterioration of relations started to happen long before the Ayman Noor saga. Mubarak was definitely on his way to consolidate a fifth term using the usual shame referendums and he and his party officials brushed aside any possibility for amending the constitution to allow multiple candidates to run against him. In other words, the government wanted to maintain the status quo and didn’t realize back then that the US and Europe stopped playing using pre-911 rules. So what do you do if you are Mubarak? You open the attack gates on all fronts, but you do it in a non-obvious manner. You start giving front page interviews in Al Ahram to Anti-US socialist and communist presidents like Venezuela's "Chavez"( read about how good his socialist policies have been for his country here) and Brazil's "Silva" and have them talk about how bad the US is and how it fights poor countries and how all the poor countries should fight against Evil American Globalization and imperialism. Then you give sanction to anti-american papers like El Osboa to start talking non-stop about the American Zionist imperialist conspiracy to control Egypt through US supported and bought candidates (i.e.: Nour) and how it's all a part of a great plan that we should all wake up to. El Osboa, by the way, started a campaign against US globalization and imperialism and calls for supporting the "Palestinian and Iraqi resistance" by any means necessary. The name of their website is www.cairocampain.net and yes they spelled the word campaign wrong. Kinda inidicative of the level of intelligence that the people organizing this event have, no? El Osboa has also joined the number of newspapers that call anyone who calls for democratic reform or having another president then Mubarak "an american agent". They will cite as evidence that alot of the reformers funding comes from abroad( a lot from egyptians eitehr exiled or immigrated to other countries) and will ignore the extent of US economic and military aid and assisstance to the current Egyptian government. That's how full of shit they are! You wanna know something? America doesn't need any elaborate plan that claims support for democracy to control Egypt, they already have Mubarak in their pocket. They had him for the 24 years he ruled Egypt. If they really were after their interests they would continue supporting Mubarak instead of supporting democratic elections, which would bring the very Anti-American Muslim Brotherhood into Power. And you know something else? That thought doesn't faze the US, not anymore. They are for democracy in the middle-east, period. And that's why they are being attacked in the press the way they are now.