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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

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Lies about the latest attacks

I wasn’t gonna post about this, but I searched the net and couldn’t find anyone else talking about it, so I guess it’s my responsibility as an Egyptian blogger to talk about it, and that’s the seriously fishy official story that the government announced about the latest terrorist attacks. Let’s examine it together and you will see what I am talking about. All right, so this is how it went apparently: This guy , “Ihab Youssry”, was walking around carrying this bomb with him, while all of Egypt is looking for him, when one of the secret police sees him. A chase ensues, the guy somehow gets on the bridge, and then decided to jump off and blow himself up on top of a couple of tourists instead of getting caught. Within 40 minutes, his sister and his fiancé find out somehow that he died in the attack, decide to get some vengeance, get out holding some guns, somehow stumble upon an Israeli tour bus and open fire, and then failing to kill anyone they kill each other. That’s the official story ladies and gentlemen, at least according to the Egyptian police. Unfortunately, there are some holes in them. The first hole has to do with whether or not the person who died is actually that Youssry guy in the first place. The body the police claim to belong to him has the head and the upper body area blown off beyond recognition. However, they found both his ID and the ID of Hassan Bashandi (the guy they accused for the Azhar bombing) in his pocket. They also apparently did a DNA test- within a few hours- and were then able to identify who the body belonged to. Nice story, No? Too bad it’s not true. First of all, this isn’t an Episode of CSI; any DNA test would at least take 5 days to get verifiable results, provided that they have matching tissues. Somehow the Egyptian police managed to do it in just a few hours in Youssri’s case and 24 hours in Bashandi’s case. Isn’t that something? I tell you man, those Egyptian CSI people. They deserve their own spinoff. But let’s ignore the test for a minute, what about all the eye witnesses who swore that no man jumped from the bridge, but ratherthey saw a man who just threw a box like shape from it on the area that had the tourists, which ended up falling and blowing up on the head of a bystander? What about the missing tourguide that was giving the tour to the tourists who got hurt at the attack? Or what about the fact that Youssry is supposed to be really skinny, while the body they found was actually of someone who was big built? And if we ignore all that, one has to wonder, why, if he had a bomb, didn’t he just blow himself up with the police that was “chasing” him? I mean talk about some legitimate targets here. And yet we are supposed to believe that he ignores them, manages to get on the bridge while being chased, somehow find a spot where tourists are, manage somehow to jump of the rail of the bridge while holding the bomb and then have it blow up the moment he hit the ground in such a way that would blow up his face and make him unrecognizable, and yet would carry in his pockets his Id and that of Hassan Bashandi’s? And then, somehow, his sister and fiance find out, decide to get revenge, get out with guns and find and attack that bus within 40 minutes? Is that the story we are supposed to buy? Bullshit! The Egyptian government is trying to save face is all. The guy who committed the attack got away. There was no chase, there was no DNA test and the faceless guy who died is probably just the tour guide. This probably means that they are also lying about the size of the terrorist cell, and that more attacks are likely to happen and that the police is incapable of stopping them. What is it, 4-0 to the terrorist so far this year? Maybe if the police isn’t interested in facilitating the drug trade and arresting 7 year old girls they might actually catch some terrorists or even stop some attacks. All I know is that this proves nothing but the complete and utter failure of the emergency laws and that it doesn’t stop terrorist attacks nor does it keep us safe. And if the police can’t keep us safe then maybe they should lift the emergency laws and the gun ownership restrictions and allow the Egyptians to arm and protect themselves. The terrorists already have weapons people, we are the ones left to fend for ourselves with an incompetent, lying security apparatus which only purpose is to oppress and violate the rights of the same people it’s sworn to protect. We, Egyptians, forsake a lot of our liberty for the sake of our security and they are not keeping their end of the bargain. Say what you say about the American Patriot act, but there hasn’t been a single terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. The American government has clearly kept its end of the bargain, the Egyptian government seems incapable of it, so we should no longer keep ours. They can’t protect us; It’s time to get our freedom back!


At 5/04/2005 09:27:00 AM, Anonymous Alice said...

Thanks for writing about this. Even over here in America, I thought the coincidence of the guy blowing himself up, and the two women attacking at the same time, was a little strange.

But can you fill me in on why terrorists would want to attack Egyptians? What do they want? All they're achieving is to damage the Egyptian economy.

At 5/04/2005 10:25:00 AM, Blogger stefania said...

Very well said,Sam

At 5/04/2005 12:17:00 PM, Blogger Cynica said...

This is a testament that regime change is badly needed in Egypt.

At 5/04/2005 01:04:00 PM, Anonymous Don Cox said...

There were attacks on tourists a few years ago, too. Is this a revival of the same campaign? Or some confused person who thinks tourists=Zionists.

I don't see how owning guns will protect you from somebody who throws a bomb in the street.

At 5/04/2005 02:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't understand why the sisters would board a bus only to shoot each other. Still a little unclear on that point.
How do you know about the show CSI in Egypt? Anway, those cases are wrapped up neatly in an hour also.

TaSS New York, USA

At 5/04/2005 04:46:00 PM, Blogger R said...

"...but I searched the net and couldn’t find anyone else talking about it..."

Man? What are you talking about?

I wrote this and Flyingboy wrote that.

At 5/04/2005 04:48:00 PM, Blogger R said...

"Mavenette said...

This is a testament that regime change is badly needed in Egypt. "

I'm not sure there is any correlation...
How about the dirty bomber in the USA?
How about the comic story about the shoe-bomber who failed to explode himself because he couldn't find matches!!! LOL...
Does this mean a regime change is needed in the USA?

At 5/04/2005 06:26:00 PM, Blogger DeeLiciouS said...

'Or what about the fact that Youssry is supposed to be really skinny, while the body they found was actually of someone who was big built?'

YES! Even I noticed that. Could it be any more obvious? Do they really think we're that stupid?

At 5/04/2005 09:40:00 PM, Anonymous colagirl said...

Well, when you put it that way, it *does* sound pretty fishy.

Well done.

At 5/04/2005 09:54:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Did they really think they could control hatred? They have nourised it for years, used it as a tool, and now it's gotten out of hand.

Hatred can not be controlled, once it takes root it grows like wild fire and will eventually destroy everything in it's path.

At 5/05/2005 02:41:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Alice, i wish i could answer that question, but i can't explain the irrational. I am thinking it's the usual crap reasons: Infidel foreigners, apostate government, let's overthrow the system and replace it with an islamic one, blah blah blah..

Sorry i am not of more help, but the whole thing is confusing as it is.

Ramy, sorry ya man. I didn't see those 2 posts. My bad!


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