Wednesday, February 27, 2008

We Only Send One ... So Let's Send Our Weirdest ...

No, this is not a Mike Castle post, but I couldn't resist the tag line in order to discuss [get ready for it]: Cindy Sheehan in Egypt!

Al Jazeera interviewed the now-globe-trotting Sheehan in Cairo, where's she's protesting the trial of members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Amazingly, like a blind squirrel, Cindy occasionally finds a nut (instead of being one):

How can [Democratic Speaker of the House] Nancy Pelosi say unequivocally that water-boarding is torture and that Bush and [Richard] Cheney, the US vice-president, should not only be impeached but they should be charged with war crimes when in 2002 she herself was briefed on water-boarding and shown video of the rendition places where water-boarding happened?


The globally astute Sheehan then explains why she's in Egypt (although she's theoretically running against Nancy Pelosi):

But what does the US have to do with a military trial in Egypt?

Egypt is a major recipient of US foreign aid, and there is no relationship between American aid and human rights.

If we [America] really want to promote democracy in this region then we cannot silence the voices of the Muslim Brotherhood because they're the moderate voice here and they are the ones who are actually working for democracy.

Do you think your presence in Egypt will have an effect on the trial?

Well, we have been doing a lot of media work since we came to Egypt and we hope this will put pressure on the Egyptian government to treat the prisoners better and to also maybe alleviate their punishment.

Hopefully we will draw some international attention to what is happening here, too, and that will help the situation.


Of course, even Al Jazeera couldn't manage to make Cindy appear any less of a twit than she really is:

You also went to the National Council of Women in downtown Cairo to request a meeting with Suzanne Mubarak, Egypt's First Lady. How did that go?

I didn't really understand a lot of what was going on. There was a lot of yelling in Arabic. They weren't the right people to get us a meeting with Suzanne Mubarak ... I left a letter for Madame Mubarak and they promised that she would see it.


Imagine that, Cindy, a bunch of people yelling in Arabic--in Egypt.

And since they weren't the right people to set up a meeting, of course they were the right people to deliver the letter.

If you want to check out the Muslim Brotherhood, the website's here.

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