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The Egypt Deception: The Left Misleads Americans on the Cause of the Middle East Chaos

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Posted on February 4 2011 3:14 pm
Rob Taylor has a Master of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. He blogs at Greenville Dragnet.

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The Left sees chaos and calls it revolution, they see societies collapse and imagine a brighter future.  CNN and MSNBC have led the the media in cheer-leading for the “protests” in Egypt, claiming that this is a popular uprising for Democracy. Even as I write this CNN is claiming that pro-Mubarak protesters are responsible for most of the violence, including two muggings that are being reported as political violence:

The Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini said one of its reporters, Petros Papaconstantinou, was beaten by protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Papaconstantinou was clubbed in the head with a baton and stabbed in the foot, either with a knife or a screwdriver, said Xenia Kounalaki, head of the newspaper’s foreign desk. A photographer also sustained minor injuries, Kounalaki said, and both were treated at a Cairo hospital and released.

Other journalists reported close calls. Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times of London said she was approached by a gang of men with knives in Imbaba, a poor neighborhood of Cairo. Another group of men, who also were strangers to her, pushed her into a store and locked it to protect her, she said.

To the Left a woman wandering the poor sections of Cairo getting attacked is part of political upheaval – to the rational observer it’s petty crime in a country that has lost all control of their streets. But if the networks reported the reality of chaos in Egypt it would destroy the narrative the left-leaning media wants to craft. And while they pursue their agenda, which is clearly to help the international Left cover up their involvement in escalating the crisis,  the public is not being told the truth about what is causing the middle eastern unrest – and how easily it will spread first to Europe then across the globe.

Ironically it is another left leaning media outlet, CNBC, that exposes the lie of the so called democracy protests:

It is food inflation that is ultimately breaking the the back of the Mubarak regime. Traders on Friday noted that Fitch, in downgrading Egypt’s outlook to negative, specifically cited the high food inflation, which is running at about 17 percent a year. Staples like meat, sugar and vegetables have been climbing out of the reach of the ordinary Egyptian for a year.

Bottom line: we are watching a major economic story — global food inflation — play out now as a major geopolitical event.

Even the left leaning Telegraph was unable to ignore the root cause of Egyptian and Tunisian unrest:

The surge in global food prices since the summer – since Ben Bernanke signalled a fresh dollar blitz, as it happens – is not the underlying cause of Arab revolt, any more than bad harvests in 1788 were the cause of the French Revolution.

Yet they are the trigger, and have set off a vicious circle. Vulnerable governments are scrambling to lock up world supplies of grain while they can. Algeria bought 800,000 tonnes of wheat last week, and Indonesia has ordered 800,000 tonnes of rice, both greatly exceeding their normal pace of purchases. Saudi Arabia, Libya, and Bangladesh, are trying to secure extra grain supplies.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said its global food index has surpassed the all-time high of 2008, both in nominal and real terms. The cereals index has risen 39pc in the last year, the oil and fats index 55pc.

Which puts the attacks on Westerners – widely viewed by the masses as wealthy – into a new perspective. Buried in many of the reports of attacks on reporters is the fact that these assaults are followed by the theft of expensive, and sellable, equipment. Gangs of armed men are looting stores and supermarkets, leading to citizens forming vigilante patrols to keep looters from decimating their neighborhoods.

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