Monday, 19 August 2013

UNDEFINABLE w/ updates

with an occasional telling clue:
"I'd half noticed this guy during our first ride; he was wearing bandages on his arms and legs, but he wasn't handcuffed and was the only person allowed to speak to the policemen without being punished afterwards."
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Perhaps the worst short-coming in Egypt today is its all-over short-sightedness, understandable but non-conducive to long-term reform.

People are so fed up with chaos that they are glad of simplification and prepared to disregard anything  and everything that appears a very grey area but people, many who feel persecuted collectively, who have lost loved ones will not tow the line and fearing the worst is inevitable since situation is bound to accelerate. 

The overwhelming pumping of the media controlled by official powers is driving people into excessive violence on the streets as it continuously drives home to the general public that everyone should be afraid of the anti-coup demonstrators, claiming they are no more than terrorists trying to destabilise the country and so ordinary people wishing for order are now fighting them. Protestors are being excessively demonised and dismissed while the protestors, see it as a 'political conflict' not aggression towards the general public. 
The poor soldiers are just obeying orders and they too, just like many of the unarmed anti-coup protestors are not regarded as individuals, only as an entity demonised by the anti-coup protestors. 
A niggling factor for many is: 'Who are the thugs still operating so insidiously and altogether too efficiently? They never seem to get caught'. 

Western perspective or bird's eye view is not appreciated for obvious reasons:
The West professes itself to be very anti the violence which it is witnessing and which has accelerated and that is what those in charge now in Egypt do not want to address, rather demonise whole entities and in the process be equally demonised. The price for that is a total disregard for human life, be it protestor, detainee, prisoner or soldier.

From a live newsreel:
Q: "We've been seeing this very strong campaign to brand the anti-coup protestors as terrorists, how's that message taking hold in Egypt?"

A: "Well look, when you 'control' the state media and; you have overwhelmingly sympathetic private channels and overwhelming sympathetic newspapers and satellite channels, then the message that they've all been pumping out is essentially that these anti-coup protestors threaten to destabilise the country and when you control that message and the message gets out to most Egyptians then a lot of them begin to believe it, that is why you are seeing on the streets, particularly I've seen it on the streets around Cairo when anti-coup protestors try to march or try to demonstrate local residents try and block them from getting there, they* tried to attack them** outside the Al-Fath mosque on Friday and it was the army that escorted a lot of those people out ultimately, then yes, so the public, a lot of them are beginning to  believe that these anti-coup protestors are trying to destabilise the country - the message of the foreign minister to the foreign media this morning was that he said that this was not a political conflict, he said this is about elements trying to destabilise the country, of course the anti-coup protesters say that this is a political conflict~  but that is not what a lot of people on the streets are beginning to believe.
*(they being the people on the streets?)
**(them being the protestors?) 
Compassion is fast becoming a dirty word and bias on all sides is replacing fairness of any kind. In simple terms: 
~ 'disproportionate and violent response' is being dismissed.
~ For the sake of order so desperately lacking and necessary to restore, all fairness appears to be a luxury and is sacrificed in favour of bias and simplification of situation. 

Link with captioned photos:

Whether in support of brothers or not here there is peace and acceptance which is all about Islam: villagers congregate at a church after Friday prayers at mosque~ in solidarity and protection~
 Tongue in cheek reflection:
Remembering a 'golden age' when religion was a private matter and when inner faith extended itself only in empathy; when soldiers did whatever they did and citizens towed the line regardless, shielded from taking part in political conflict. Flawed? Yes, Indeed. 
However, by comparison flies in the ointment are often less harmful than brewed toxins.
But here's to hoping Egyptians will hopefully bounce back, the good the bad the ugly and the beautiful.....

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