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Too Early to Tell
February-14-11
Issue:
12.02

There's a pretty weak joke making its rounds via email warning the Egyptians that if they destroy their pyramids, we won't rebuild them, signed, the Jews. Yes, according to Jewish tradition we built those pyramids when we were slaves in Egypt.


My gut feeling is that the present "unrest" and rioting in Egypt and the rest of the Arab world is more like the tip of the iceberg. There's lots more underneath, yet to emerge. And like an iceberg, it will float around, impossible to control.

That's one of the reasons that even United States President Barack Obama's latest, more carefully crafted statement about the revolt in Egypt and Hosni Mubarak's fleeing to Sharm Al Sheik may be as secure as the Titanic was before the iceberg punctured it.

Obama strongly sympathizes with the rebellion:

"...The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people. Those who have exercised their right to peaceful assembly represent the greatness of the Egyptian people, and are broadly representative of Egyptian society. We have seen young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian join together, and earn the respect of the world through their non-violent calls for change. In that effort, young people have been at the forefront, and a new generation has emerged. They have made it clear that Egypt must reflect their hopes, fulfill their highest aspirations, and tap their boundless potential. In these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America."

Naive is my most optimistic reaction to his words. Thousands of miles safely protected in America, he won't be affected by the fall-out. It's interesting that the Mubarak family's first shelter is close to Israel, in Sharm Al Sheik and far from the United States. I wonder where they will permanently settle.

I also wonder what's next. In no way do I share Obama's optimism. I'm not comforted by the proper pc words of the present Egyptian rulers. From my vantage point in Shiloh, the genuine original Biblical city, things do look very different. No doubt, time will tell.

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