Friday, August 16, 2013
The pain of irrelevance
Reading Arab and world papers, it stands out the lack of interst in what is going on in Egypt, the Mediterranean and the Arab world's most populous country. Egypt produces little, exports nothing, import nothing, it is little more than a basket case a-la-Bangla Desh. Europe is not looking, America want to cut all aid, Turkey retired its Ambassador, Israel keeps radio-silence on everything over the border. Egypt is not sinking to the Third World because already is there, but it is increasingly impotent and irrelevant. Egyptian intellectuals feel this and they are hurt by their utter insignificance. Therefore they have built themselves a phantasy world where America is intensively involved in plotting day and night in Egypt, being vitally interested in them. Arab editorials are increasingly divorced from reality, because they cannot bear the fact that no one cares.