Monday, July 29, 2013

When billionaires speak, politicians listen

It follows that if you have a billionaire politician in a leadership position, he'll only listen to himself, which may account for Berlusconi's later career... but I digress.

Here's an uplifting story about one of the world's most influential politicians, EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton, travelling to Egypt to meet with a couple of young idealists from the anti-Morsi Tamarod movement.

So where is the billionaire, you ask?

Oddly enough, the billionaire in this story is deliberately left out of the story, so that we may naively continue on our way believing that these young Egyptian idealists have the ear of a powerful politician, and isn't that nice...

The billionaire for whom those young idealists are doing the talking is Naguib Sawiris, the man who bankrolls the Tamarod movement.

Sawiris comes from the Christian minority and that may explain some of the virulence in the anti-Muslim Brotherhood sentiments voiced by his little spokespersons.

The so-called Nations of Virtue have made a grave error in allowing this coup to pass unchallenged. The reason it has been unchallenged is of course the irrefutable fact that the US supported the coup all along. Unfortunately, the aspirations of the Egyptian people have been aroused, and it seems far from likely that the majority who voted for Morsi only a year ago are willing to give up those aspirations.

What's next for Egypt?

In the immediate future there's a big cloud of very toxic blow-back coming our way. It will decimate the Tamarod, sweep away the Christian minority, and perhaps prove even too much for the Army to contain.

After that, we'll see.

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