Denial is a river in ...
The Big Pharaoh, back from his abbreviated vacation notes that nearly half of all Egyptians surveyed think the Dahab bombing was the handiwork of the Mossad.
The poll above was posted on Egypt's number one web portal Masrawy.com. The question asks people whom they think was behind the bombings in Dahab yesterday. 48.9% of the respondents so far think that the Israeli Mossad was behind the terrorist attack. 4.2% believe it was Al-Qaeda and 21% think it was the work of internal terrorist groups.
The above poll is a clear indication of the trouble we as a nation are in. Up till now the vast majority among us and especially among our intelligentsia don't want to admit that we have a terrorist problem in our society, in our currently practiced religiosity. Up till now we don't want to look in the mirror and see what's wrong with us and with our culture. This is the reason why I don't see light at the end of tunnel anytime soon as far as our Arab/Islamic world is concerned.
So Egypt's hopeless; in a quagmire, huh? Yet it's been in existence some thousands of years and will probably keep ticking over some eons more. I guess it's an argument for calibrating expectations in the Middle East. Maybe the "small successes" viewed in context are really bigger victories than one thinks.