agent-smith wrote:You want to know the worst part???
This is totally going to delay the release of Ishtar on Blu-Ray that much longer.
Ha, Agent Smith, in the midst of all this sobering and painful drama for Egypt's citizens, that was a refreshing bit of humor.
My two weeks in Egypt on vacation over 20 years ago was one of the highlights of my life, and I can't say enough about how friendly, personable, and helpful the people I encountered were. (I was told most Egyptians revered JFK and what he had done for their country and therefore liked and admired American tourists, a pleasant change from the scowling and unfriendly residents I interacted with in Morocco later that month.) I was downtown in an area that got me turned around as far as knowing what direction the hotel was in, and a group of Egyptian guys not only interpreted my distress, hand signals, and "Cairo Hilton?" correctly, they also smilingly flagged down a passing cab, insisted on paying for my fare, and pressed two tangerines into my hands in case I got hungry on the ride there.
I got to tour Tut's treasures and the Cairo Museum, walk to the center of the Great Pyramid, travel upriver to Luxor, and walk amidst thousands of years of history everywhere I went. Yes, I saw massive slums and great poverty and heard the cry of "Baksheesh!" as a source of income for families on the edge, and I am only amazed a revolution in the streets has not occurred before now. I can just imagine the population pressures of today when there were "only" 18 million in the city when I visited, and crossing the street was a daredevil, life-threatening experience due to the insane traffic and air pollution.
The savagely unfair income disparities and lack of equitable resource allocation to those in need appears to have blossomed into a long-overdue correction.