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What is wrong with Egypt?
Comment by Khalid Amayreh in Jerusalem

Not since the downfall of the British puppet King Faruq in 
1952 has the Egyptian national will been so shamefully sub-
servient to a foreign power, namely the United States, 
whose politics and policies are tightly controlled by 
Zionist Jews. 

Today, Egypt, which could have become an African or Middle 
Eastern economic tiger is facing a hard time feeding its 
nearly 80 million citizens. Last month, several people 
were killed while standing in long queues waiting their 
turn to buy bread, the main staple for most Egyptians. 

Economically, inflation has reached an all time high, with 
Egyptian civil servants barely able to make ends meet. 
Some, probably many, Egyptians are forced to "eke out" some 
extra pounds to remain afloat, mainly through bribery and 
other forms of corruption. 

This bleak reality has forced thousands of skilled and 
highly-educated Egyptians to leave the country in order 
to seek a dignified life abroad, mainly in oil-rich Arab 
countries or in the West. 

Fifty years ago, Egypt and South Korea were more or less 
at the same socio-economic level. However, while the latter 
succeeded in becoming an industrial and economic giant, 
the former is still languishing in poverty, perennially 
awaiting grain shipments from abroad, especially from the 
US. 

One doesn't have to be a great authority in economics to 
understand the reasons for Egypt's failure and enduring 
backwardness. 

Egypt, since the Camp David Accords in the late 1970s, 
effectively lost its free will to the United States and 
therefore to Israel. Indeed, instead of aspiring to make 
Egypt the "China" or "India" or even "Malaysia" of the 
Arab world, the Egyptian regime opted to surrender Egypt's 
national will to the US, all in order to maintain its own 
power! 

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Egypt is not a country without resources, or indeed, with-
out brains. However, for brains to function properly, they 
need a fee environment. Brains simply can't function in 
an environment dominated by despotism, tyranny and 
authoritarianism. Dictatorship can only produce human 
robots that obey orders, but don't think. 

Unfortunately, Egypt is still among the most authoritarian 
states in the contemporary world. People are arrested and 
tortured for their conscience and thought. Political 
opponents spend more time in the regime's dungeons than 
they do with their families, and voters deemed "non-
conformists" are beaten savagely for daring to exercise 
their democratic rights. 

Unfortunately, this is done while America, which doesn't 
stop boasting about their own First Amendment and civil 
liberties, keeps babbling about "making progress" toward 
democracy in the Arab world. 

Militarily, Egypt's will to create a deterrent force in 
the face of Israel's huge nuclear arsenal has long been 
strangled by brazen American intervention. 

This is really scandalous especially given the unending 
statements from Israeli leaders that Egypt, not Iran, is 
Israel's strategic enemy.

How many times have Israeli cabinet ministers threatened 
to bomb the Aswan High Dam? How many times have Israeli 
leaders threatened to destroy the Pyramids? How many times 
has Israel, implicitly or explicitly, threatened to create 
trouble for Egypt by conspiring with Ethiopia to divert 
the waters of the Nile or limit the amount of water 
destined to Egypt and Sudan? 

I really don't understand the mindsets of Egyptian 
strategists who spend their time devising plots against 
opposition parties, such as the Ikhwan and Kifaya, while 
ignoring the real and haunting threat coming from Israel, 
a state which will soon be under the control of the 
genocidal fundamentalist millenarian Zionists who believe 
that dropping nuclear bombs on major Arab towns such 
Cairo, Damascus and even Mecca would expedite the 
appearance of the Mashiah, or Redeemer. 

So, what have the people, who are entrusted with the 
paramount task of protecting Egypt and its 80 million 
inhabitants from external threats, done to forestall 
such scenarios? The answer is nothing, absolutely 
nothing, apart from trusting the US to restrain Israel. 

To compensate its multi-faceted impotence and incompetence, 
the Egyptian regime is now trying to display its potency 
by helping Israel perfect and maximize its Nazi-like 
blockade of Gaza.

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A few months ago, the Foreign minister of Egypt, threatened 
to break the bones of Gazans who dared cross the borders 
into Egypt. 

And then the Egyptian authorities adopted a number of 
manifestly hostile measures against Gazans, like keeping 
them stranded for weeks and months in sub-human conditions 
on the Egyptian side of the border. 

Egypt has also sided with the American-backed Palestinian 
Authority in Ramallah in refusing to reopen the Rafah 
border crossing, the Gaza Strip's only remaining conduit 
to the outside world, unless Israel is allowed to have 
the final say as to who will and won't be allowed to 
pass through!! Isn't that more shameful than shame itself? 

Yes, Egypt has every right to protect its security against 
terrorists and saboteurs. And the Palestinian people are 
the last people on earth who would want to see Egypt's 
vital security interests undermined. 

And there may well be a few rogue elements who have sold 
their souls to the devil by joining some international 
terrorist groups. But fighting these criminals should 
never be done by conspiring with Israel to starve Gazans 
by turning Gaza into an updated version of the Warsaw 
Ghetto, which Egypt is now doing. 

Israel is murdering innocent Gazans on a daily basis. 
Last week, the Israeli army, knowingly and deliberately, 
murdered several Palestinian children and minors, to be 
added to the thousands of other Palestinians murdered 
mercilessly by the army of a state that commits genocide 
in the name of Jewish supremacy just as the Wehrmacht 
did the same thing in the name of Aryan supremacy. 

Unfortunately, instead of stepping in to help and comfort 
the starved and tormented Palestinians, the Egyptian 
government is doing quite the opposite by hermitically 
shutting off the borders with Gaza, all in order to 
obtain a certificate of good conduct from Tel Aviv and 
Washington. 

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing these sad words 
because I have always loved and continue to love Egypt, a 
country that deserves a better fate and a different destiny.

But God doesn't change the lot of a people, unless they 
themselves have the will to change their conditions. 

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