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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, August 31, 2005

Egypt: We will not rest until Palestine is liberated

This shit pisses me off: A senior Egyptian envoy told the Palestinian parliament Tuesday that Egypt will not rest until the Palestinians have established a state on land captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast War. I guess we will not be resting for a while, huh? The envoy, Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, spoke in the name of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and used particularly strong language to support the Palestinians. "It's time to see the suffering ended, to see the prisoners released and to see the Palestinian territories living in security and prosperity," Suleiman said. Oh, and here are some more quotes from Ritzy's post on it: "Our security cannot be guaranteed while you are being threatened. We cannot rejoice while you suffer. We will not be silent until you have recovered your legitimate rights,” he added. Ok, you know what? Let me be the first to say it : Screw the palestinians (Sorry Nadz, but it's not personal). Do that shit in Egypt first, ok? It's time to see the egyptian people's suffering ending, our prisoners released, our legitimate rights recoverd and our territories living in security and propserity. After you do that, talk about the palestinians and about helping them all you freakin want, ok? I am not going to stop you. I am sorry, but i am sick and tired of the issue of Palestine to be the focus and the excuse of the Egyptian government. We do have other problems you know, big ones, that if you had applied to it 10% of the attention you gave the palestinain cause we wouldn't be in this mess we are in. Stop the goddamn alturism, no one else but us does it anyway and we are precisely the people who can not afford to do it. CUT THIS SHIT OUT. So, one last time, repeat after me: Egypt first, everyone else second. Ok? Good.


At 8/31/2005 01:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SM,

You are right on the mark! It seems the Palestinian issue always comes as a pre-text when things in Egypt are not going well or just the sort of cheap campaigning that pro-Nasser supporters want to see, a lot of talk without any substance. It is not that we do not care about Palestine, however, I would say that a strong prosperous Egypt first would be better for Palestinian cause.

An Egyptian in Germany

At 8/31/2005 02:54:00 AM, Anonymous Alaa said...

while I agree with most egyptians that the palestinian cause is a most important one and even strategic to egypt, I still think we need to focus on domestic issues first.

during the second intifada years I asked two palestinian friends what can we do for you? their answer was liberate Egypt.

if Egypt becomes a proper independant democracy (note independant here, a fragile democracy that can't take certain decisions because the US, the IMF, the WB, the G8, the WTO or whatever will interfere won't work) we should be better placed to help anyone we want.

would you please tell other bloggers how to the the capatcha thing, I'm getting tired of spam comments.

At 8/31/2005 02:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oi, you are not the first to say it as i have been saying it for over 10 years now!
Let Palestinians solve their own mess, they will never be content , even if the entire population of jews there decide to leave the country to them & immigrate some place else, they will still be fighting eachother.
& and another thing, this whole issue with jerusalem is getting a bit over its head, i mean what does it mean Jerusalem is arabian or islamic? does not make sense.
Improve the life of millions of poor egyptians first then think of palestinians , cos it seems they like it that way & will remain so for another few centuries.

At 8/31/2005 03:48:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Alaa, again we agree. This is becoming a frequent occurence these days. Either one of us is on the wrong side of the political spectrum or we can count it as a victory of common sense over political leanings. :)

As for the Spam thing, I have been telling people, but it does seem to be affecting some people and not others. I think it's dependent on traffic: high traffic blogs get it, low traffic ones don't.

Bas sure, Blogger-using people who are reading this, turn the word verification option on to get rid of spam, will ya?

At 8/31/2005 05:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Palestinian issue is just a good excuse to not focus on their own problems. All these ME countries talk about liberating Palestine, blah, blah, blah.... When the refugees from Palestine escaped to their neighboring countries, did those countries took them in with open arms? No. Did they helped their fellow Muslims? No. The only place the Palestinians can live, according to these ME countries, is on the ashes of the Jews. If a country like the US decides to donate a state for the folks in Palestine to make their own, those ME countries will oppose it cuz if they ever decide to really help the Palestinians, the problem would go away and they'd have one less reason to eradicate the Jews.


At 8/31/2005 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

I heard a rumor that Israel was trying to broker a deal for Egypt to guard the border for them since the PA can't control it's thugs.

If that is true, is it not unlike asking the Fox to guard its little foxes from getting in the henhouse?

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 9/02/2005 01:08:00 AM, Blogger Z said...

The Palestine Question serves as a medium through which to distract Arab folks all over the Gulf and North Africa in general. Actually, include Iran and American Muslims in that. It's a manipulative political ploy--if the Arab/Muslim world really cared about Palestinians, they would have done something about it back in the day. Instead, Arab nations backstabbed one another and Palestinians--greedily annexing Palestinian territory for themselves (Syria, Jordan and Egypt). Palestine also serves as a focal point of Arab nationalism. What purpose would the Arab League serve if Palestinians obtained independence? The issue of Palestine just gives politicians something to bitch about and distract locals from pressing domestic issues. In Peace.


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