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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

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Another reason why i love Egypt

The ingeniousness of the egyptian individual if given the freedom and capacity to achieve, no matter what sector he/she works in. I am telling you, if the government gets out of the way, and removes all the restrictions and red tapes and dumb ass rules that discourage the common egyptians from starting up their own businesses, then our economy and our currency wouldn't be in the shamefull state they are currently in. More Individuals, less government, is the way to save this country.


At 6/04/2005 04:20:00 AM, Anonymous Alaa said...

thats about the first time I totally agree with you.

whenever someone asks what is the alternative my answer is a disengaged government, that in itself is a political platform and an alternative.

At 6/04/2005 06:55:00 AM, Blogger Mohamed said...

I pretty much agree with the first paragraph of the post too.

What happened to the NDP conversation post? I was quite touched by it actually.

At 6/04/2005 08:55:00 AM, Blogger Tina said...

I just read an article that said that Arab-Americans are amoung the highest achieving immigrants in the US. They have a higher per capita income, tend to attend university at a higher rate, and achieve management positions more often than any other group.

This means it's not the people, it's the opportunities.

One of the things we've found in Iraq is the really great work ethic of the people and how quickly they've grasped the concepts of democracy and freedom.

At 6/04/2005 10:10:00 AM, Blogger Twosret said...


I agree with you. Arab-Canadians also rank the same. In Europe I can't say enough about them. Naser Khader a member of the Danish Parliament is a perfect example of the Palestinian poor refugee kid who worked very hard to be where he is at.

I attended once a Naama conference (National Arab American Medical Association Non Profit charitable organization)and I was proud.


May be I should write an article about this one :)

At 6/04/2005 01:00:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Did anyone else notice that Twosret and Tina actually agreed on something?

Damn i am good! I am a freakin miracle worker. I am so tackeling cancer next!

And Mo, how did u catch it? I took it off within 2 minutes of posting it. I was planning on re-posting it back tomorow, cause i figured 4 posts were enough for one day. u know? Not to mention, this will allow me to be lazy tommorow. so that's good, at least from my perspective.

Ohh, and u said u agreed with the first paragraph, does that mean u r a socialist and u like a big government?

Alaa: Thank you. I couldn't agree with u more.

At 6/04/2005 02:12:00 PM, Blogger Jeffrey said...


Just a heads-up. Faiza Jarrar, the mother of Mad Raed in the Muddle, is somewhere in Massachusetts right now attending a "peacemaking" conference. She is her usual manic-depressive self. Tomorrow she goes to Beantown, your old stomping grounds.

She writes:

>These days I`m in the States to attend a training course about peacebuilding and conflict transformation in a private teaching school .
well I can see this is AMERICA, as they usually said in media or movies..
but i think i will keep my angry comments now out of the post...
the people are such ordinary as any others I have ever met anywhere... and most of them are peaceful ...
this state supposed to be BLUE one, it means they are against the war on Iraq, and against Bush policy, and they voted not to him.
I can understand they are sad and sorry about what happened for Iraq and Iraqis....
and I knew its not the fault of them, its the same story every where, in every conflict.
its the fault of corrupted governments...
people here in the course, from differrent cultures, trying to meet and study how to make dialogue, or peacebuilding or nonviolence ..between nations.


She is having a hard time digesting the Great Satan.

Heh heh.


At 6/04/2005 02:21:00 PM, Blogger Highlander said...

I so loved this article about the Zabaleen on the BBC, they really are an industrious lot mashallah!

At 6/04/2005 03:05:00 PM, Blogger Twosret said...


You are such a silly goose....I think Tina and I are OK why do you say that? I remember even thanking her before for a very thoughtful post.

You and I disagree a lot but we manage to keep good spirit. Temoot enta we tewala3aha :)


At 6/04/2005 11:08:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Alaa, small (and weak) central government is a big part of the Libertarian wing of the Republican Party in the US. Sandmonkey identifies himself as a Libertarian at teh top of his blog... dunno if that's US style or some other... and I am also Libertarian. I think that's the only way to get good governance. Strong - and big -government has to find lots of reasons to justify it's own existance.

Unfortunately, Libertarians are a minority in the Republican party :\

Still, the neocons and social conservatives are better than the damned democrats. And don't bother flaming me, folks. I've heard it all before :p

Yes, Arabs do very well in the United States. I do commercial software development, and I work with many arabs. Especially in high-tech industries, Arabs, Iranians and east asians all do very well.

Indians (south asians) also, but I have to say I don't have so much respect for their work.

Hmmm... also, dentistry. My dentist is Iranian. My last dentist was a Syrian. What's up with the Middle East and dentistry?

At 6/04/2005 11:21:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Jeffrey, I sent Faiza a nice e-mail yesterday. I'm guessing she won't answer, since I was nice. I'm thinking, if I wanted an answer, I should have been confrontational and argumentative.

I like her. I can't help it. I hate just about everything she says on her blog, but she's very passionate and very intelligent. Too bad she's not as open minded as her grandchildren.

At 6/05/2005 12:25:00 AM, Blogger Mohamed said...

Sam, I read your other post on my RSS feed.

I agree with your first paragraph, but I don't necessarily agree that small government is better, especially in Egypt. It doesn't make me a socialist. I'm not for the government running businesses that should be run by private citizens that's for sure.

At 6/05/2005 07:08:00 AM, Anonymous Alaa said...

well believe it or not I'm actually a socialist yet I'm against big government.

guess I'm for decentralized government (local councils having mor power), and for having democratic civil society institution replacing many of the functions of government.

anyway I don't claim to have the answers I'm not sure how a socialist small government should look like, I don't believe any existing government is small enough for my taste.

guess I should try to write this down one day and debate it with the e-socialists.org guys.

At 6/05/2005 07:11:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

There is an e-socialist.org?


lol, Alaa, u r a geniuos. Thanks for informing me. I am sure to head there whenever i am bored and try to debate things with them and drive them a little crazy.


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