February 15, 2011
No people's revolution; there was a military-orchestrated coup disguised as a people's revolution.Pundita: Now that the Gamalists have been toppled, how does Egypt's old guard plan to staunch the country's brain drain? Cut to the sound of chirping crickets.
The coup was directed not at Hosni Mubarak but at his youngest of two sons, Gamal, and at Gamalists -- the Egyptians who backed Gamal's economic reforms and plans to transit Egypt to a genuine democracy. The trouble started when the Gamalists also fell prey to the Puffy Head syndrome. They overestimated their intellectual brilliance and power. So they began displaying open contempt for the old guard in Egypt's military and for Omar Suleiman, who's a staunch defender of the old guard.
Posted by Vanderleun at February 15, 2011 8:45 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
Sorry to be the 'Grammar Guy,' but the word in the title should be 'stanch,' not 'staunch.'
I'll go over to that site and tell them.
Posted by: Don Rodrigo at February 15, 2011 9:23 AM
The world is governed by Puffy Heads. They find interaction with the majority of us to be a chore not worth partaking in.
Posted by: Don Rodrigo at February 15, 2011 9:29 AM
Don't bother, Don Rodrigo. Not worth it.
Posted by: Jewel at February 15, 2011 10:08 AM
Jewel, I don't know if you were referring to my 'grammar' post, but 'Pundita' did respond to me graciously and make the correction. It's a very interesting post over at Pundita, by the way, with a very different take on the 'revolt.'
Posted by: Don Rodrigo at February 15, 2011 3:47 PM
I'm in agreement with you about that, DR. Some folks don't mind the correxions, others don't care, some don't like it at all.
Posted by: Jewel at February 15, 2011 7:25 PM
Now That the Generals Are in Charge . . .
February 14, 2011 1:50 P.M.
By David Pryce-Jones
Communiqué Number Five is out in Cairo, as the new military junta gets going. The generals are in charge, and it so happens that they are lifelong colleagues and cronies of ex-president Mubarak. They have suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament. Military police have been using the usual strong-arm methods to clear protesters out of Tahrir Square, the main scene of protest. Road blocks have gone up here and there in the country, and the soldiers or police manning them are finding fault with identification papers if they can. ... The military junta assure all and sundry that they plan to introduce democracy but meanwhile are governing by decree and explaining the need to keep anarchy at bay, just like Mubarak before them. The more things change, as the famous French bon mot has it, the more they stay the same. Now why does that suddenly come to mind?
Posted by: Fat Man at February 15, 2011 8:45 PM
This article covers turf similar to Pundita's:
February 02, 2011
The Story of the Egyptian Revolution
By Sam Tadros
Posted by: Fat Man at February 15, 2011 9:15 PM
Pundita researches assiduously and writes beautifully and I hope nobody wishes to staunch her flow as a result of one spelling error. She spells it with an American accent, which is fair enough. Thank you for linking her Gerard; she is duly bookmarked. I liked her follow-up post, too. Obviously a nice lady. I am a little puzzled that when I tried to link the piece to the London Spectator magazine's Coffee House Wall blog, it spat it out, though it did accept the blog's main page link. Is Google guilty d'ya think, given its own involvement in the Camel Charge. (I'm still chuckling over your camel post during the coup).
Posted by: Frank P at February 16, 2011 6:16 AM
How can the Middle East improve if every go-getter and anyone with a strong desire for a better life runs to the Western world? Send 'em back to fix their mess. Treat them like adults with talents, not children with disabilities. We can't do it for them, and they won't do it themselves as long as we are their lifeboat. There is no shortcut to the modern world.
Posted by: Scott M at February 17, 2011 3:01 AM