On Egypt

I know nothing about Egypt. I’m not even really following events there very closely. Nevertheless, I have a couple random thoughts.

Revolutions that are not led by some group with a plan for what to do when they seize power don’t end well. They are to be avoided at all costs and feared by all right thinking men.

The mob is now in control and mobs cannot rule. Mobs are sated with blood, so I expect blood to be shed.

This dude is supposedly the "international" candidate to seize power. Perhaps under different circumstances he could be a ruler, but I don’t see him grasping the nettle. And in Egypt now, the nettle must be grasped.

Ask yourself, of all the potential candidates in Egypt now, which ones are capable of grasping the nettle? I think the answer is relatively clear.

As is generally the case, the poet put it best:

MacDonough’s Song

by Rudyard Kipling

WHETHER the State can loose and bind
In Heaven as well as on Earth:
If it be wiser to kill mankind
Before or after the birth—
These are matters of high concern
Where State-kept schoolmen are;

But Holy State (we have lived to learn)
Endeth in Holy War.

Whether The People be led by The Lord,
Or lured by the loudest throat:

If it be quicker to die by the sword
Or cheaper to die by vote—
These are things we have dealt with once,
(And they will not rise from their grave)
For Holy People, however it runs,
Endeth in wholly Slave.

Whatsoever, for any cause,
Seeketh to take or give,
Power above or beyond the Laws,
Suffer it not to live!
Holy State or Holy King—

Or Holy People’s Will—
Have no truck with the senseless thing.
Order the guns and kill!
Saying—after—me:—

Once there was The People—Terror gave it birth;

Once there was The People and it made a Hell of Earth.
Earth arose and crushed it. Listen, O ye slain!
Once there was The People—it shall never be again!

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3 Responses to On Egypt

  1. sconzey says:

    I heard something terrifyingly foolish on the radio the other day; apparently the Egyptian army recieves funds, training and bureaucratic oversight from the US ¬_¬. Their chummy behavior with the protestors suddenly makes a bunch more sense.

    Dude. Rule Fucking One of Ruling a Country: Make sure the Army is loyal to YOU!

    I mean. God. I know America rules the world; but I thought it was more subtle than that.

  2. sconzey says:

    Oh, incidentally, you may be interested in something related I wrote elsewhere.

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