"We are not corrupt, we are culturally sensitive"
The Egyptian government officials seem to be holding an insider contest on who can make the most "laugh-inducing" statement in regards to the upcoming "election". This week's topic: International Monitoring of the elections. But Egypt's government opposes the presence of outside monitors, claiming the people would object because of the country's sensitivity to its colonial past. Ahh, so people would go and see foreigenrs standing at the polls and they will start screaming "The red coats are coming. Grab your guns!" and then attack them? Yes, I can see that happening! Then you have Osama El Baz's reaction: Osama el-Baz, a long-time adviser to Mubarak, said accepting international monitors would infringe upon Egypt's sovereignty. "Our neutrality is not under doubt," el-Baz said in comments published on Saturday. Note again, that the person who is saying "Our neutrality is not under doubt" is a long-time advisor to Mubarak. That's what they call Chutzpah. and then you have Mr. Nazif, our un-elected PM, who says that no international monitors will be necessary, since the press is gonna be covering the elections. "But, of course, the election will be monitored by the international media and it will be watched also by NGOs, people working in the country," Nazief told CNN's Late Edition programme. I am sure the media will be allowed to ride next to the ballot boxes and the vote count as well, right? The sad thing, Osama El Baz is also spouting that same talking point memo bullshit: "The press are gonna be there. They will monitor it. It's not like we would do something illegal with the press around or anything. Otherwise they would take our pictures, and write slamming Op-Ed pieces that would give us severe depressions and infringe on the joy we experience from robbing this country. And since we know that those media Kill-Joys can't be bought or anything, we are bound to behave ourselves. We swear!" Sigh..