A week after the rioting in the streets of Egypt, some of the conditions that the Egyptian people have been living under are only now beginning to dribble out. Like their economy sucks, and has been that way for years.
Who deserves the thanks, or in this case, the blame for the news blackout of the situation there? According to Dave Axelrod, President Obama has been involved with Mubarak since he has been president. So why are we just finding out about this now? And what other countries in the Middle East are on similar shaky ground?
The unemployment rate for college age up to 30 is reported as being anywhere from 25% to 75%. The highest nbr is from an Egyptian being interviewed on TV. The lower nbrs are from 2-3 yr old data I culled from the net and most of them seemed to be in the 35-40 % range. The 20-something woman who was interviewed said that the unemployment is so high that kids are not going to college. They say ‘what’s the point’ with unemployment so high?
The rioters are, for now anyways, turning against the government and its lack of democratic values. There are some Islamic extremist groups taking advantage of the situation by breaking their jailed jihadist buddies from prison, but reports so far are more of a call for Mubarak to step down, and for more freedom and democracy to take hold. Of course, most of the world would like to see that happen too.
With the economic situation there as dire as it is, there has been looting and destroying of artifacts in Egypt’s many rich museums. I can understand looting for resale in economic despiration. But I don’t understand destroying any part of Egypt’s rich history. As teed off as the people may be at their leader, why would they take it out on their thousands of years of rich history? That makes no sense unless perpetrated by the jihadist-types. Remember the Taliban blew up a several thousand-year old Budda that was chiseled into the side of a mountain in Afghanistan?
There’s just no place in civilization for animals, pigs like that. No offense to pigs.