Sunday, September 16, 2012

16 September 2012 Mittelschmerz and the Arab Spring

Cassi Creek:        
          Yesterday I wrote about the historical origins of the current Arab readiness to engage in mindless mob behavior over things that modern nations descended from what is know n as “Western Civilization” take in stride.  Writing on religious books, cartoons about religious mythical beings, and other events of that nature are not valid reasons to engage in mob behavior. 
          There is evidence, according to CNN that some of the “protestors” in Egypt were paid to take part in the protests. 
            “Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Egypt's prime minister said some of the thousands involved in days of protests near the U.S. Embassy got paid to participate, state news reported Saturday, the same day riot police managed to force demonstrators from the area.
Prime Minister Hesham Kandil said "a number" of those involved in the tense, sometimes violent protests, which began Tuesday, later confessed to getting paid to participate, according to the state-run Middle East News Agency. He noted, too, that some of the demonstrators were acting on their own and weren't paid to vent their anger against the United States over an inflammatory anti-Islam film that was privately produced in that country.
Kandil did not say whether the government knew or suspected who paid the demonstrators, according to the MENA report.”
          With this in mind, I chose the title for today’s post quite deliberately. What does it mean, why did I use potentially inflammatory terms to describe the Egyptian government, Egyptian citizens, and particularly the mob from Benghazi?  Look it up if you need to.  While you’re prowling through the dictionary, look up, also, the acronym, “Whiskey, Indigo, Mike, and Papa.”

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