Sunday, February 06, 2005

Superbowl Sandmonkey Analyzes Misdirection Play

MoJo J. Sandmonkey explains to us lunkheads how Mubarak's Crew continues to rule decade in and decade out in Egypt.
In Egypt, the powers that be are aware that the majority of people really do not like them, because of the shitty job they are doing handeling this country. People have been talking that the under the surface of Egyptian society, there is a powder Keg that could go off any second and they are not wrong. So, the people in power realize that in order to continue their racket they need some sort of misdirection, so that the public wouldn’t focus on them too much. When the Israeli/Palestinian conflict stopped being enough, they started getting inventive, cause they need to make sure that every now and then people have something to talk about. A discussion of some sort, one that doesn’t have anything to do with Mubarak ruling Egypt.

And he offers us this example of past misdirection:
In the past sometimes they would get lucky with scandals that would just happen, and sometime sthey need to make one happen. Like the “Satanists in Egypt” story in the mid 90's, where they arrested about 50 boys and girls who liked rock and metal by accusing them that they are Satanists and they were charged with “disrespect for religion”. The evidence? Black T-shirts, leather jackets, tattoos and –I kid you not- Raiders caps. Remind me to tell you my story with that incident one day.

One of my brothers is a Raiders Fan and actually I believe Mubarak may have a point on this one. It is my theory that Satan's Little Helpers hide among Raiders Fans and therefore they are very hard to detect. The only recourse we have is to check them for tails. I once caught a glimpse of this "brother of mine" coming out of the shower and ... yep, had a tail! So, of course, one should not condemn ALL Raiders Fans, but Security ought to check them for tails before all games.

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MoJo Sandmonkey also tells us a great story today about one of his American friends who is now serving in Iraq, Platoon Leader 2 LT Lisa Kirby.
Lisa was in ROTC , and i used to joke with her how they will send her ass to Afghanistan and stuff, but in reality me and her doubted it highly, and not only because she is a girl and they don't usually send too many female officers to combat zones. She was a finance major, she knew german, she probably would serve her term in germany doing payroll or something. Low and behold, 2 weeks before i left the states to go back to egypt, she found herself shipped to Iraq.

The funny and ironic thing is, i think we became better friends in a way ever since she got sent there. It's the shared commradere thing: we both want Iraq to be safe, we both don't want her hurt, and we both havn't been able to drink and enjoy ourselves the way we used to ever since we were forced to leave the states and head to the Middle East. The only differences are: I can go to a bar, while she can't drink at all, and i don't have to worry about I.E.D. 's or Mortar Attacks, while she escaped two mortar attacks so far ; On the other hand, she can boss people around and carries big guns, while i don't and wouldn't mind being able to do that at all. Anyway...

Check it out. Includes great photos. One of the photos is directed in-your-face style at Raed Jarrar. Heh heh.

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In honor of the successful Jan. 30 elections in Iraq, Dr. Mohammed T. Al-Rasheed, writing in Arab News, announces that he is going to eat a McDonald's hamburger!
On Sunday America vindicated itself to all doubters, including me. They delivered on the promise of an election, so I am sure they will deliver on the promise of withdrawal.

Occupation boots are heavy and brutal no matter what their insignia or colors. Yet homegrown dictatorship is even harsher and more deranged.

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If the endgame is propaganda, I don’t expect trashing America will end in our media. If, on the other hand, we write about what we feel is right and wrong, many should think again — at least on this issue.

A priori, taking the pen against America is not a good thing; similarly, taking the pen in praise of America is not treasonous. We have brains and we should use them.

Perhaps in the coming weeks we will take issue with America again. But for today, I am celebrating by having a McDonald’s. I hate fast food, but for this day I will make an exception.

Mohammed, whatever you do, don't supersize it, man! The calories balloon, as will your stomach.

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Even Dexter Filkins of the NYTimes cannot downplay the importance of the January 30 elections in Iraq.
The Iraqi focus on its own democracy, and the new view of the United States, surfaced in dozens of interviews with Iraqis since last Sunday's election. It is unclear, of course, how widespread the trend is; whole communities, like the Sunni Arabs, remain almost implacably opposed to the presence of American forces. But by many accounts, the elections last week altered Iraqis' relationship with the United States more than any single event since the invasion.

Since April 9, 2003, when Saddam Hussein's rule crumbled, Iraqis have viewed themselves more or less as American subjects. American officials ran their government, American soldiers fought their war, American money paid to rebuild Iraq.

Indeed, the American project to implant democracy in Iraq often seemed to be in danger of falling victim to the country's manifest political passivity, born of a quarter-century of torture centers, mass graves, free food and pennies-a-gallon gasoline. The more the Americans tried to nudge the Iraqis towards self-government, the more the Iraqis expected the Americans to do.

As the insurgents wreaked more and more havoc, and sabotaged more and more of the country's power supply, the Iraqis, not surprisingly, blamed the people in charge. Day by day, many Iraqis' gratitude for the toppling of Saddam Hussein seemed to harden into bitterness and contempt.

After June 28, when American suzerainty here formally ended, not many Iraqis bought the notion that the interim government of Ayad Allawi was anything other than a caretaker regime, hand-picked by the Americans and the United Nations.

All that seemed to change last Sunday, when millions of Iraqis streamed to the polls. Few if any Iraqis had ever voted in anything approaching a free election, yet most seemed to know exactly what the exercise was about: selecting their own representatives to lead their own country.

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BTW, I cannot believe that Dexter Filkins is this guy's real name. I mean, who in the world would walk around and actually call themself "Dexter Filkins"? You've got to be kidding me, right? Dexter Filkins?! C'mon, wasn't Dexter Filkins a clarinet player with Benny Goodman?

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Did anyone see "CNN Presents" last night? Could Amanpour have been just a bit more pompous? Jeezus.

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