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Africa North
Into the Fray: Egypt: A doomed nation?
It's not only Spengler who sees it, and it may soon be that those foolish enough to grasp the hook and flail of the pharaohs of Egypt will have much more urgent things than those Allah is said to hate.
Tens of millions of Egyptians might consider the epithet "Gift of the Nile" singularly misplaced.

Looking out across the vastness of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, it is difficult to see why Æthiopia is known as a land plagued by horrific droughts.
-- BBC, "Nile restrictions anger Æthiopia," February 3, 2005

Any action that would endanger the waters of the Blue Nile will be faced with a firm reaction on the part of Egypt, even if that action should lead to war.
-- Egyptian president Anwar Sadat -- cited in "The Waters Of Life," Time, April 23, 2006.

While Egypt is taking the Nile water to transform the Sahara into something green, we in Æthiopia -- which is the source of 85 percent of that water -- are denied the possibility of using it to feed ourselves... and forced to beg for food every year. -- Æthiopia's late prime minister Meles Zenawi, February 3, 2005.

The Greek historian Herodotus (c.484- 425 BCE) is credited with designating Egypt "The Gift of the Nile." Today, tens of millions of Egyptians might consider the epithet "gift" singularly misplaced.

Writing on the wall?

The recent unrest that has raged across Egypt has once again thrust the country into the center of international attention. Indeed, there is a growing realization that the gap between the challenges facing the country and its ability to meet them -- in even a minimally adequate fashion -- is widening, perhaps irretrievably, making a humanitarian catastrophe of staggering proportions evermore likely.
Posted by:trailing wife

#10  Give them a big loan and F-16s. It's the only way out of this mess and into a bigger one.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2013-02-11 22:21  

#9  The answer to your question about doom is simple.

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you are in fact, doomed.

Is your country muslim?
Is your country socialist?
Is your country full of socialists who claim they aren't socialists?
Does Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi live in your country?
Posted by: Silentbrick - Schlumberger Squishy Mud Division   2013-02-11 19:33  

#8  Whatever happened to Farmin B. Hard? This site is so unwelcoming of noobs and folks with a different viewpoint.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-02-11 16:54  

#7  They should just confiscate all the white-owned farms. Oh, wait...wrong country.
Posted by: SteveS   2013-02-11 13:18  

#6  Water is nice if you want to farm, but without effort, it is not sufficient.

What??? You mean Farmin'B Hard??
Posted by: Alanc   2013-02-11 10:12  

Posted by: Glenmore   2013-02-11 09:23  

#4  Water is nice if you want to farm, but without effort, it is not sufficient.
Posted by: M. Murcek   2013-02-11 08:59  

#3  Or springs a leak. A BIG leak.
Posted by: lotp   2013-02-11 08:46  

#2  I seem to recall a big dam somewhere on that river. What happens if that falls down?
Posted by: Alanc   2013-02-11 08:23  

#1  The only solution for Egypt is to occupy Libya's oil producing regions.
Posted by: phil_b   2013-02-11 02:28