Image: People who wear Che t-shirts. I really think this is probably pretty accurate; most of the goofs who parade around wearing Che Guevara t-shirts have no idea in the world what that vicious little communist murderer was really like.
The news from Egypt continues to worsen as our peaceful Stateside Sunday rolls along; other countries are scrambling to get their people out, and now we hear that Mohammed ElBaradei (yes, the former UN nuclear watchdog) and the Muslim Brotherhood may be forming a coalition government.
In my eyes, having the Muslim Brotherhood – of which Al Qaeda is an offshoot – take over Egypt is nothing short of a fucking catastrophe. We’re talking Iran in 1979 catastrophe. It hasn’t happened yet, but the indications are not good.
Related: The always-worth-reading Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on Egypt and the Middle East. Have a read. Excerpt:
So what’s the matter with Egypt? The same thing that is the matter with most of the modern Middle East: in the post-industrial world, its hundreds of millions now are vicariously exposed to the affluence and freedom of the West via satellite television, cell phones, the Internet, DVDs, and social networks.
And they become angry that, in contrast to what they see and hear from abroad, their own lives are unusually miserable in the most elemental sense. Of course, there is no introspective Socrates on hand and walking about to remind the Cairo or Amman Street that their corrupt government is in some part a reification of themselves, who in their daily lives see the world in terms of gender apartheid, tribalism, religious intolerance, conspiracies, fundamentalism, and statism that are incompatible with a modern, successful, capitalist democracy.