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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Spengler: Denial still is a river in Egypt

Egypt is running out of everything, except well-wishers from the Western foreign policy establishment, for which the Arab Spring has been a humiliating proposition.

The deterioration of the Arab Spring into societal breakdown constitutes a reproach to the Western foreign policy establishment, which could not envision this outcome before, and refuses to consider its consequences now.

How one conducts a "constructive discussion" with someone who believes that Jews are the descendants of apes and pigs is a matter we will leave to Senator McCain's memoirs, if ever they appear. President Morsi's paranoid ravings are sadly typical of Egypt's pre-modern backwardness - its 45% rate of illiteracy, its 90% rate of female genital mutilation, its 33% rate of consanguineal marriage - that make it a money sink unable to adapt to the shifts in the global market during the past several years.

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