A few years ago when the Egyptian "Spring" sprung forth I listened to that dimwit Monica Crawley hold forth that we were ignoring that "fact" that the Arab Spring was all George Bush's policies come to life. Now that matters have, to be polite, not worked out so well, it is time to look again at North Africa, and Egypt, perhaps not so much through politically rose covered glasses.
I've never been to Egypt and what I know of it comes from books, a curiousity about geography in general and now CNN. It doesn't feel like 30 years since Sadat was gunned down - a strong enough visual at the time to stick in my head - and Mubarak and Israel didn't have another fruitless war so Egypt was somewhat off my radar. A commentator said that if Mubarak resigns and leaves Egypt he will be the only leader of Egypt in its history NOT to die in office. I suppose that is true and its an interesting observation.
Looking at a map of Egypt (so to get my places straight so I can follow the newscasts), I noticed a town called "Mut". In school there was a class on Egyptian gods and goddesses and Mut, if I remember right, was something of the mother figure but thats about it. Well Mut, Egypt, needs a little PR or at least a chamber of commerce as the current description doesn't exactly make me want to go there:
Nothing quiet in North Africa today.