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Ramadan Comes to a Close

Well, that’s it for me — my foray into the Islamic month of Ramadan is done, for now.  This weekend marks the celebration of Eid al Fitr, the conclusion of Ramadan and all of it’s intricacies which have made my first three weeks here in Cairo so wild.  So, after this national 4 day weekend where almost everyone my age is at either the North Coast or the Red Sea, there will be no more fasting, much more normal business and social hours, and a general semblance of routine.  I’m pretty thrilled to see what Cairo is really like 11 of the 12 months out of the year, not to mention thrilled to be done fasting.  It was an enlightening experiences, and one which I thoroughly enjoyed and will probably do again, but I’m hungry.

On another note, despite the seriousness of today’s anniversary I’m going to go ahead and do what the entire U.S. media, General Petraeus (who otherwise is the man, in my opinion) and President Obama have failed to do in the past week or so.  I’m going to simply not talk about anything else today.   I’ve been completely blown away by the incredible amount of attention our leaders have been giving to the childish and immature antics of a a few unhinged Floridians in recent days.  The irresponsible sensationalism of our media was to be expected, but President Obama, General Petraeus, really?  Giving 0xygen to a flame only helps it grow, guys, and this is one flame that couldn’t have gone anywhere without your help.

Hope everyone’s well.  Till the next time, pax.

– T

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  1. Xuchi
    September 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Don’t underestimate the “unhinged Floridians”. They are not as stupid as yankees are perceived arrogant. They know their audience. That preacher has created a brilliant pretext to engage and unit a vast community outrage over the muslim cultural center intended for near Ground Zero. Now, many Americans believe that the Quaran burning will be the Iman’s fault. Remember Hitler was an unsophisticated uneducated thug who was able to tap into and organize other unsophisticated uneducated thugs. This is a hug problem that isn’t just a tactical misnomer, it is a strategic move affecting a much larger scale.

  2. September 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    What’s up Xuch? Thanks for reading! I find it unfortunate that we’re even talking about something like this, but I understand your point. As you said, there’s definitely something to be said about the ability to tap into and organize unsophisticated, uneducated thugs. The Hitler example is a good one. However, I don’t think I’m underestimating anyone, nor being arrogant for that matter.

    We’re not talking about Hitler here. This guy hasn’t engaged or united any sort of community outrage over the cultural center. That was going on for weeks before he ever came onto the scene. Also, if you look at this guy’s history and background he’s an opportunist, not a political mastermind or some sort of genius with a thorough understanding of human nature. If you follow his statements you can tell how quickly he’s gotten in over his head. After finding himself in a highly scrutinized and criticized position, his excuse today that his goal has always been “to expose that there is an element of Islam that is very dangerous and very radical,” makes little sense and exemplifies that this guy is playing a game he’s not qualified or smart enough to play.

    The entire world knows that there are dangerous and radical people hurting and threatening others worldwide and attributing their actions to Islam. If his goal really was to show us that there is a dangerous element of Islam, the method, which has only made matters worse for both our troops and Americans abroad, doesn’t really make sense. 9/11, the Taliban, Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Shabaab, etc, have already done his work for him. No need for a pastor for Florida with no relevant background to do so yet again.

    As one of his parishioners says in the article below, “He has bitten off more than he can chew.” It’s due to the fact that this guy is way out of his league that I don’t think his actions deserve any attention or response from our leaders, whose every word is followed by millions of people worldwide. Their public acknowledgment only turned what was a serious, but not mainstream issue, into a global phenomena and brought this guy the attention he was craving. I think it would have been better handled in a less public, and therefore sensational manner.

    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/24964847/detail.html

  3. Aunt Judith
    September 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Tommy,
    Wow, have read everything, find your comments fascinating. Aunt Laura is right, this is your lifetime experience.

    My computer scene keeps popping around (any thoughts on how to fix it) so I can’t find on which posting you commented about the helpfulness, wondering if it rooted in nascent nationalism, culture, etc.

    Anyway, one thing I remember my Arab friends often talking about was the old tribal hospitality thing. You would always help a stranger who showed up out of the desert. So, I am thinking the help the stranger has very deep cultural roots. I think they called it dim something, can’t remember. Its a thought.

    Am sure things are continuing to be interesting. Can’t wait to read what comes next. All is well in Cleveland, my friends and I are hosting what we call the W. Clinton Historic Haunt Walking Tour Oct. 1 and 2. We have written skits about historical and notorious Clevelanders, which are staged on local porches by members of our community theater. Lots of costumes, crazy tour guides and just plain fun. It is not living abroad, but it will have to do.

    Much love, take good care of yourself
    Aunt Judith

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