Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Decoding Egypt: The broken wings of Egypt's propaganda machine

Since the beginning of Israel’s war on Gaza, the official Egyptian propaganda machine has been working at full capacity, but what it has produced is a mixture of sheer lies and half-truths. There is a political and moral imperative to evaluate the basic arguments of that machine. Dr. Nael M. Shama, a political researcher in Cairo, criticizes Egypt:

1. Hamas is responsible for the war

Hamas was the result of the lingering Palestinian-Israeli conflict, not the cause of it. The clock of Egypt’s propaganda machine, however, started ticking on Dec. 19, 2008 when Hamas rejected an extension of the truce with Israel if its unjust conditions are not amended, particularly the lifting of the blockade imposed on Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinians. Israel’s aggressive intentions need no elaboration; it had fought the Arab world five times (in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973 and 1982) and occupied the land of four Arab states (Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt) before Hamas even existed.

Shama's complete article is published HERE, in the Daily News - Egypt.

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