All the same
Sir-- The Brotherhood is banned because of its violent extremism. It has murdered tourists to damage Egypt's economy and bring the government down. It assassinated Anwar El-Sadat. It has killed those it considers undesirable. And yet, Egypt must be liberal to allow a banned organisation to have candidates in an election. They should not even have been allowed to have any candidates. They are not interested in democracy but instituting an Islamic tyranny.
Kind of strange
Sir-- Kind of suspicious that Egypt refused independent monitoring and that the ruling party absolutely crushed the competition by such a huge majority.
An Egyptian equivalent to a Tea Party with a little Red Bull added to the pot.
Sir-- Re 'There will not be war' ( Al-Ahram Weekly, 25 November-1 December) we Africans are not seeking war over our water. We want to use it.
We treated Egyptians as brothers and sisters; we let you use our water for free for many years. But you never tried to say thank you or pay us for our resources.
We Ethiopians are not seeking war. We want to use our water. It is our right. The Nile is not just Egypt's. It is for Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and the Congo. We Africans should benefit from our Nile water.
This is not about hurting Egypt. It is about benefiting from our God-given natural resources.
The best there is
Sir-- Mubarak is the best candidate Egypt has for now. He has ruled Egypt for 30 years and without him, Egypt would have ended up in a civil war. Look at Iraq. Even though Saddam Hussein was ruthless, at least the country was under control. Look at Iraq now; its a mess.
All going to Israel
Sir-- We can't afford to police our cities and many of us are jobless. We are losing our homes and freedom because the political mafia supports Israel with our kids' money and they always have plenty for rich Israel. DC is occupied territory, and Israel is a crime in motion powered by our tax dollars.
Israel siphons more than $100 billion a year (direct and indirect "aid") which in turn generates more enemies for us and stifles any chances of peace. Sixty years of financing endless crimes -- no wonder we are so hated.
No money to fix our failing infrastructures and our debts are sky-high, but we always have billions for Israel. Like many other states, my state of Oregon is short $900 million. As such, we are releasing prisoners early, cutting schools' funding, and laying off people. All this while Israel prospers with our money.
Our aid to Israel is many times more than the mere $3 billion it gets in direct military aid and we are borrowing every penny of it from our kids.
Get out of the way
Sir-- 'Not a piece of furniture' ( Al-Ahram Weekly, 25 November- 1 December) suffers from the author's admittedly half-hearted return to his traditional "America always wins" mantra. As the article in fact makes clear, NATO didn't "embrace" anything and America doesn't rule the world, officially or otherwise. What comes out of the meeting, like all recent NATO meetings, is that the US and its European "allies" agree on practically nothing, other than that they should pretend to agree on everything! An interesting point is whether the attack on Ireland was intended to pressure the EU member states to kowtow to US wishes. If my memory serves me well, the attack on Greece came just before a NATO summit where the US wanted to get more cannon fodder for Afghanistan (and got the same agreement to everything but concrete action as now!) The American dinosaur is in its death throes and all Europe's leaders need to do is to keep out of the way of its flailing claws and wait until it keels over.
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