I don’t know… I’m just asking the question.
All of the news, all of the activity, and all of the emotion is being portrayed as a people-against-a-tyrant kind of movement. But I don’t buy it. (It may be true for individual participants, but the news media, in my opinion, is being very irresponsible with such a portrayal.)
Keep in mind though, I am sitting here in the US, completely removed from what’s happening on the ground in Egypt. In fact, I’ve never even been to Egypt, so please take my thoughts with a grain of salt.
But let me say this… Sometimes it is easier to see things as they are from afar.
We (the world) are in the middle (perhaps only the beginning) of a global financial crisis. The global financial system is backed by the US dollar, which is backed only by debt and is on the verge of collapse. To keep up, governments are printing currency like there’s no tomorrow. As a consequence, food prices are soaring. Unemployment (no matter how many times talking heads and governments redefine it) is skyrocketing. And people are rising up in protest… however, not necessarily with knowledge of the real problems… There are definitely scapegoats (Mubarak and others… and some are deserved, for sure), but the issue is a financial one.
Do you really think what happened in Tunisia, Yemen, and Egypt is an Arab thing? Do you really think it’s a Muslim thing?
No… this is a global thing. It’s a human thing. It’s a trend.
Now, if you’re on the ground in Egypt or Tunisia, sure, your concerns are yourself, your family, your country, and how bad will this really get? But if you’re not in the thick of it and you do not float from one TV show or news item to the next without context, you will start to see a trend.
Remember Greece last year? How about France? Those protests looked the same – tear gas, gunfire, government and military response, people throwing rocks – and everyone talking about what’s happening locally.
And if you’re in the US (where I am), you know that the sense that something is wrong is quite palpable. Gas prices are going up. The number of people using food stamps is up to 42 million. Banks are going under. Local and state governments are bankrupt. You know people who lost their jobs. Heck, maybe you lost yours.
The fact is, the financial crisis is here. And these uprisings must be viewed in that context.
Now here’s where I may be going off the deep end… Is it planned? Is this the old game of creating a problem with the goal of implementing the “solution”?… namely a one world currency. We shall see.
(Which is why I’m moving all of my money out of US dollars and into things of real value – gold, silver, farm land, real estate. I’m not sure if the dollar will completely collapse, but the world will certainly leave the dollar standard in the near future… When that happens, it won’t be pretty.)