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Friday, February 03, 2006

Quote of the Day

" Freedom of opinion, expression and of the press, which we guarantee and respect, cannot be used as an excuse to insult sanctities, beliefs and religions. " Hosni Mubarak

Mubarak presides over a savage dictatorship in which the judiciary consists of the secret police. The Egyptian media is rigorously censored and journalists protest at the risk of their lives. State television produces and broadcasts - at public expense - dramatizations of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Opposition politicians are unceremoniously thrown in prison the instant they balk at doing what they are told. The streets in the centers of major cities are unpaved collections of dust, garbage and potholes. The level of official corruption defies understanding. The economic prospects of ordinary Egyptians are abyssmal. The public education system is a wretched failure. The environment - what's left of it - is being rapidly destroyed.

And he's worried about insults to beliefs.

The word hypocrisy comes to mind. But that's like calling the December 2004 tsunami an inconvenience.

Yet another example of what Richard Dawkins so aptly calls "wierd respect".

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