Monday, August 1, 2011

If news doesn't fit the media's narrative, it becomes no news at all.

Some very disturbing news from the Middle East is going on below the radar screen.  The great Arab 'spring' uprising seems to be turning into the summer nightmare.  From CNBC.com: Saturday evening, July 30, 2011

EL-ARISH, Egypt - Gunmen blew up a terminal along Egypt's natural gas pipeline to Israel in the northern Sinai Peninsula Saturday, security officials said.
It is the third attack on the pipeline this month and the fifth since the 18-day uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February. No gas has been flowing through the pipeline since the last attack on the pipeline on July 12
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A lot of us warned that the fall of Hosni Mubarak, in the Egyptian uprising called the Arab 'spring', may not have been the great news that most pundits had portrayed.  We were called alarmists, extremists, and worse.  It gives me no pleasure to say it looks like those of us who were trying to be realistic, are turning out to be right.
Nowadays you have to be on the lookout for news about the Middle East or the war in Afghanistan or the "kinetic" action in Libya.  This lame stream media is great about publicizing news around the world when that news may seem to put president Obama in a good light.  But when things start to go bad, as a lot of us predicted, it is like these things never took place.   Check out my post way back in April: If Libya falls in the forest, does it make a sound.  

The Islamists are making strides in Egypt. They have attacked the gas pipeline that flows into Israel 5 times since the fall of Mubarak. Since that just doesn't fit the media's narrative of this great democratic, peaceful yearning by the Arab 'spring', never mind.  

While I realize the debt ceiling debate is very important, it is still important to be vigilant of other important news that may get buried in the background.

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