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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Regarding King Canute....

So, Egypt is in revolt because of Tunisia, and Tunisia is in revolt because George W. Bush spread the seeds of democracy. Right?

Or is Egypt in revolt because of Obama? Both David Axelrod and the right wing say so, for very different reasons.

Or is Egypt in revolt because Mubarak is a dictator the U.S. backed for 30 years because of Israel and Camp David (and fear of the Muslim Brotherhood), and because of the example of Tunisia, and the uprisings in Tunisia and Jordan are because of unemployment and rising food prices? That seems much more likely.

Which, oddly enough, sort of makes it our fault, doesn't it? Funny how thinking everything revolves around you, obscures the fact that you are involved in everything. Whether you like it or not.


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