Saturday, February 5, 2011

Egypt Before and After

The recent Egyptian revolution is being framed as being inspired by Tunisia’s revolt, although what is rarely mentioned is the internal economic strife the people contend with daily.  Just as in Nigeria, and other African nations, Egypt suffers from despotism and a strained social caste system.  Economics is what drives many revolutions, and it is unfortunate that the modern day leaders of the world do not correctly balance the needs of the many, with the needs of the few.
Egypt receives two billion dollars from the United States annually.  This aid has been given to Egypt since 1979.  Most of the aid is funneled into the military industrial complex of Egypt, and thus back into the United States via arms sales.  The total amount of aid given so far totals more than thirty billion dollars.  If this “aid” was instead used to “aid” the people of Egypt, I doubt this crisis would be occurring.
Today, US Envoy Frank Wisner said very directly that Hosni Mubarak must stay in power for the time being, despite the hundred of thousands of Egyptians who demand the dictator leave immediately.  Even President Obama realized the importance of the need for an immediate replacement of leaders.  Although, my fear is that who ever replaces Mubarak, might be as bad, if not worse in the long run.
Unfortunately, Egypt is not a thriving democracy, and Mubarak is not someone who should be in power, or stay in power.  This comment by Wisner clearly illustrates how narrow minded and disconnected diplomats and policy makers are from the real world happening around them.  It seems as if they live in a self made bubble of perception, and screen out any conflicting stimulus that distracts them from their primary goals of power, greed, and manipulation.