Egypt As I Understand It
First let me start off by saying I thought Egypt was fine. I know people who've been there, you don't hear about it in the news a lot, but I'm quickly learning that, that doesn't mean anything.
But I didn't know about Tunisia. Which I still don't know how to pronounce, it wasn't really covered in history class. Maybe it was in one of those AP courses. I don't understand how there's an AP History, which is probably why I was never in AP History, but I digress.
This whole rioting thing did not start out in Egypt, it started in Tunisia. Apparently it sucks over there, it sucks so bad that a 26 year old man Mohamed Bouazizi in the city of Sidi Bouzid, had to take out the equivalent of US $200 loan to buy a cart so he can sell produce on the street to provide for his family.
Some jerk, a police woman comes along and basically harrasses, tries to extort money from him and humiliates him because he didn't have a permit.
Doesn't this sound like something you would read in a history book? Because of this "person's" evil and hateful acts. The guy goes to his government and they won't talk to him.
Do you know what self-immolation is? I didn't.
It means you've set yourself on fire.
I couldn't believe it. I've been talking about it all day to anyone who would listen because it's just crazy. So the Tunisian president, tried to smooth things over but it didn't work and he was outsed by the (military?) I'm not sure. But he had to flee. He tried to go to France, but even France wasn't having it. France? Everyone flees to France! I think it's in their tourism brochure. Come to France...where it's very hard to extradited.
So, I don't know, the whole thing is very upsetting to think about his mindset that he was just so done and do humiliated and just...desperate. He was desperate to be heard. We get heard every election. But that's their voting process: setting yourself on fire. Insane. I can't even fathom his way of thinking.
Guess what. It's not just him. Wikipedia actually has a chart!
I think life is so important, there's bible stories about faith and hope and overcoming. But for things to be so bleak and bleak and not even the right word but I've used desperate a lot to convey what's happening here. I feel helpless - and some people would say - would they care about us? or it's not our problem and first of all when we had our own national tragedy I remember a lot of countries showing support and sympathy so the answer is yes.
I know some people are saying the President should interfer and others are saying he shouldn't. And I can only say I'm glad I'm not the President. When Bush wanted to invade Iraq I supported him, just like I'll support Barack in his next decision. No matter what he does it'll upset someone. It's the cost of being the Commander of our Nation.
I hope it ends soon.