Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Joke is Rather Sad

Well, if we're going to spend an anxious day feverishly checking Twitter updates and surfing around for streaming Arabic television, trying to suss out what's really going on in Cairo, we might as well do it in the ever-splendid company of Dame Shirley.

Political turmoil is an old story in Egypt, and while this one has all kinds of new nuances and things are far from clear, it remains important to keep in mind the long view... We've seen it before, and we'll see it again, however much one might wish to sidestep the little bits of history repeating.

If you're casually watching all of this and need to know one thing, it's this:  there is no lie the Brotherhood government won't tell, and no limit to the skullduggery they will undertake to hold power.  The army and the opposition aren't saints, but next to the oafs and villains in power now, the generals are Mandela and Ghandi and de Gaulle rolled up in one.  And I am hopeless, endlessly, utterly admiring of the spirit and bravery and sheer elan of the Egyptian people.

End of political rant.  Enjoy Shirley.


  1. I was just thinking of all that is going on there and your recent time spent there. the phrase near miss kept coming to mind, As if moving didn't offer enough turmoil in your life at the moment.

  2. The word is about, there's something evolving,
    whatever may come, the world keeps revolving!

    I am certain that "the spirit and bravery and sheer elan of the Egyptian people" will indeed win over a nasty small-minded brotherhood in the end... Jx

  3. Somehow it's easy to imagine that she's an Egyptian queen reincarnated there, just to give us a message.

  4. I think this is the first time since the fall of the Shah that 16 MILLION people have protested anything in one place like this. And I am suspect of any organized religion.