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Egypt: Camel Jockeying For Position [Updated Below]

02 February 2011 @ 16:46

Today finds a new group out in the streets of Egypt: those who support the Mubarak Regime.  All reports indicate many of these people rode in on camels, horses, and motor cycles.  One is reminded of the days of old, when Chinese Gordon was alive, Churchill was in the desert learning hard lessons about the Mohammedins, and the British willingly met the obligations of The White [read: Western] Man’s Burden.

I think frequent TCOTS commentator, Adobe Walls, at least partially, agrees with me.  Over at The Other McCain, he wrote:

You have to admit that it warms the heart to know there is still a place for Irregular Calvary in 21st century political discourse.

Indeed it does.  Be a good fellow Adobe and hand me that cigar cutter and pour us some more sherry, if you would be so kind.

Yes…sometimes I am convinced I was born in the wrong era.

-I must admit that I, like my friend Stacy McCain in his morning Egyptian update, am surprised at this turn of events in The Land Of The Pharaohs:

The magic words of President Obama’s speech apparently failed to pacify the Egyptian masses and – as of 5 p.m. in Cairo (10 a.m. ET) — the crowds in Tahrir Square were fighting with sticks and stones.

How is it that this First Among Non-Equals, this lowerer of the levels of the seas, this Golden Child of the Ages, could find he ain’t got his mojo workin’?  Sticks and stones may break his bones, but truth will never hurt him.  Why has the magic deserted old Puff?

Stacy, after putting on his gonzo investigative reporting fedora, may have found the answer:

It was obvious that the MSM wanted this story to be about Obama, so when the president jumped into this situation, made himself the protagonist of the drama, and then gave his big speech Tuesday night, my reaction was, “OK, that’s it. The Bringer of Light hath spoken, and now we have peace.”

Then I turned my TV to MSNBC this morning and saw the “Morning Joe” crew breathlessly hyping up the Cairo riot and said to myself, “Wait a minute? Why are these guys acting so enthusiastic about deadly violence?”

At which point I realized that NBC had flown its anchor, Brian Williams, to the scene and the network didn’t want the unrest to end before they’d gotten a big ratings boost out of it — and the 24/7 coverage is making it worse. The rioters wouldn’t be rioting if the TV news cameras weren’t there to broadcast the whole thing live. This is like American Idol auditions for jihadis, and now every two-bit student radical in Egypt is trying to get his 15 minutes of fame.

Lights! Camera! Molotov cocktails!

Makes sense to me.  For further proof of his contention, see his latest posting: VIDEO: Christiane Amanpour Starring in ABC’s New Hit TV Show, The Cairo Riots.

-Speaking of Molotov Cocktails: in it’s latest, thorough report on the situation in Egypt, The Jerusalem Post reports:

At the front line, next to the famed Egyptian Museum at the edge of Tahrir Square, pro-government rioters blanketed the rooftops of nearby buildings, dumping bricks and firebombs onto the crowd below — in the process setting a tree ablaze inside the museum grounds.

The Army, apparently, was able to put it out before the fire damaged the Museum.

Please see my previous posting on the Museum: Keep Your Eye On The Pharaoh.

Also, please do take the time to read their report which is a good way to bring yourself up-to-date on the events there.

-Speaking of the Feckless and Foolish Fraud in The White House, Victor Davis Hanson sees him as post-Mexican dinner burp-fest in history [tip of the fedora to Donald Douglas]:

Yes, our third year of Obama hope and change is beginning a lot like 1979 (I’ll skip the domestic parallels), as an unjust and imperfect world rejects the utopian visions of another liberal idealist, and sees magnanimity as weakness to be exploited rather than as kindness to be reciprocated.

The ongoing Iranian nuclear program, the impending fall of Mubarak, the sudden rashness of North Korea, the regional muscle-flexing of Russia and China, the worries of Japan and Western Europe, the emerging new Marxist, anti-American, and anti-democratic axis in Latin America, the implosion of Mexico — again, fairly or not, these will be interpreted as the wages of haughty American pontificating, coupled with impressions of stasis and indecision. That once again oil and food prices are skyrocketing, as the dollar weakens, deficits soar, and unemployment stays high, as in 1979, does not help to convey an image of American stability and power.

As I have said before, Julius Obamacus Nero Caesar having abandoned his role as Leader Of The Free World has fueled the ambitions of the evil forces that seek to dominate it.  That fuel will continue to power more and more violence as it feeds the hubris of those who would initiate a new Dark Age.

-It seems that my pessimism is shared by the insightful, true Middle Eastern expert, David Pryce-Jones [worth quoting at length]:

…Pretty well every Middle East expert and pundit, and certainly the man with the microphone in Tahrir Square in Cairo, supports the protesters without the least reservation. These Westerners all take it for granted that the protesters share their understanding of freedom and democracy, and once they are rid of the brutal and corrupt rulers all will be fine, and Arab societies will be just like ours.

This is evidently President Obama’s assumption. Famous as an anti-colonialist and openly contemptuous of the British for the way they used to order people about, he nonetheless sends an envoy to instruct President Mubarak peremptorily to leave office and start a process of “orderly transition.” He is taking it upon himself to arrange the government of another country. Never mind the hypocrisy, this is as imperious as anything the British ever did.

Mubarak has been a faithful ally of the United States these 30 years, and for all his faults has kept the peace. His abrupt and unceremonious dumping signifies that no head of state anywhere can in future trust the United States. Here is a great power that has no qualms about punishing its friends when it is expedient to do so. “Orderly transition” is mere verbiage in the circumstances, displaying ignorance as well as imperialism. No mechanism exists to pass power from Mubarak to anyone else. The plastic hour fills with ambitious contenders: Omar Suleiman, Muhammad El-Baradei, the Muslim Brotherhood, and some likely generals who can command the army. It will be just good luck if the winner of this free-for-all is not brutal and corrupt, and now untrustworthy into the bargain. And in the event that this winner turns out bad, Obama has made sure that the United States gets the blame.

But, then again, none of this is surprising to those of us [especially the readers of TCOTS and my Friends In The Ether] who have had Obama’s number for quite a while now.

These days do remind one of 1979, but squared.

-I began this posting by mentioning The White [aka: Western] Man’s Burden.  Message to our Post-American President: you should read the last verse of Mr. Kipling’s poem with great care and learn from it:

Take up the White [Western] Man’s burden–
Have done with childish days–
The lightly proferred laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!

There’s still time to grow-up, Master Barry.

UPDATE at 1945…

Linked by Stacy McCain [thanks] who has another posting up that is the must-read of the day [especially if you need a few laughs].  A highlight:

Furthermore, don’t ever try to lecture me about “racism” for describing what’s happening in a foreign country, or act like I’m morally inferior to you because I don’t share your particular opinion about events.

When the “Arab street” does the same thing in Cairo that we’ve seen them do in Jerusalem and Gaza, it’s not racist to interpret today’s violence in terms of a historic pattern of mob violence. And the fact that you, Mr. Moral Superiority, are cheering for the immediate overthrow of Hosni Mubarak doesn’t make me a thought-criminal for suggesting that maybe we don’t want to be so hasty.

For crying out loud, they were actually swooping down on Tahrir Square on horses and camels! At what point do stereotypes stop being stereotypes and instead become, y’know, facts?

The post it includes what may turn out to be the breakout ROTFLMAO moment of the whole situation: a rioter with a Molotov Cocktail setting himself on fire.

14 Comments
  1. Adobe Walls permalink
    02 February 2011 @ 18:25 18:25

    I suspect we and many like us feel that we were born in the wrong century, oh well, thank for recognition.

  2. 02 February 2011 @ 18:55 18:55

    It is not necessarily true that we were born in the wrong century. Rather, we were merely born to the wrong class. Look at Charlie Sheen, living like a colonial grandee in the days of the raj, except with cocaine and hookers for his recreation instead of gin and polo.

    As for swinish commoners like ourselves, it’s still “Tommy this and Tommy that,” eh?

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      02 February 2011 @ 19:11 19:11

      Stacy: You’re a better man than I am, Gonzo Stace.

      But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
      The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
      O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll

  3. Adobe Walls permalink
    02 February 2011 @ 19:30 19:30

    When does the army just go ahead and start applying rule .303. Damned ticklish problem nowadays eh? Perfect example of why “modern” doesn’t mean better. If this uprising were put down and it cost 100,000 lives. That would still be a bargain at four times that price compared to what happens when Egypt get’s one or at most two “free” elections. A Gaza strip with 80 million people, astride the Suez, and armed with F-16s and A1A1 tanks which they make there (I assume/hope they can’t make all of the electronics).
    @ Stacy which commenter ignited the ire, if you don’t mind?

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      02 February 2011 @ 19:52 19:52

      Adobe: I suppose I shouldn’t comment on this issue ’cause I believe the police should shoot a few students when they riot after a team wins a championship. Do that a few times and the spoiled-little-brat bastards will never destroy property again.

      • bobbelvedere permalink*
        02 February 2011 @ 19:52 19:52

        Oh…and to all you spoiled-little-rat bastards out there: GET OFF MY LAWN.

  4. ccoffer permalink
    02 February 2011 @ 20:26 20:26

    I’m wondering what’s the difference between a sand-Asian and a sand-African. The common thread at first glance would seem to be the sand-camel. But they have camels in the Gobi.

    Hmmm.

  5. M. Thompson permalink
    03 February 2011 @ 00:26 00:26

    On the plus side, Supertankers mean the Ditch isn’t as important as it used to be.

    Oh, and 1-hump versus 2-humps.

  6. bobbelvedere permalink*
    03 February 2011 @ 17:01 17:01

    CCoffer: I don’t have the faintest idea as I never use the term ‘Asian’, but rather ‘Oriental’.

    MT: At my age, I’d be satisfied with one hump, IYKWIMAITYD, nudge, nudge.

  7. 07 February 2011 @ 12:05 12:05

    If I could ‘Like” a comment on here it would be this one:

    “Oh…and to all you spoiled-little-rat bastards out there: GET OFF MY LAWN.”

    .

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