It's not always about you

Watching the coverage on Egypt, noticing a common theme among stateside media: a search for a “leader”, and concerns about constitutional “legitimacy” of a transition.  Considering the constitution being referred to is the same one that granted Mubarak dictatorial powers for the past 30 years, I think it’s safe to say any legitimacy has already been voided, and frankly it puzzles me that this is becoming an issue.  When dealing with a regime that’s A-OK with simply shooting its opposition in the street, what is the moral weight that the active constitution holds?

As for a leader…has the media here ever considered that maybe, at least for now, the Egyptian people don’t want one?  This is a sign of the built-in stance of U.S. media when it comes to foreign events, always thinking of it solely in terms of what it means to continued imperialism: they want to know a leader so they can speculate on how aligned with the U.S. and/or Israel any future government would be, even though the crowds of protestors have largely said outsiders are irrelevant.

BTW: Those “emergency” powers that Mubarak claims remind you of anything?



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2 Responses to It's not always about you

  1. Joe says:

    The Patriot Act?

    Yeah, re: the leader thing, on NPR the other day they were talking about how food and other provisions were being moved into the square, and the host was like, “So there must be a leader.” Like a bunch of people couldn’t possibly have developed some kind of informal network to deliver food to themselves. Such things can only get done by diktat.

  2. B Psycho says:

    Besides, look what their last “leader” did…

    For now, I’m taking the seemingly accepted involvement of the military in tossing Mubarak as a sign of just how shitty the situation was. Because I’m not going to speculate further on a country I know jack shit about, and I’m halfway to drunk again. So I’ll leave it at “wow, your civilian rule must suck ass if army dudes are seen as decent enough to wave at when they show up to protests”.

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