Many British Gazette readers upon reading reports such as in the Guardian below:
will recall Benjamin Disraeli’s famous quote; “I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.”
Disraeli may have had at the back of his mind Alexander Pope’s more optimistic refrain:
“Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”
- An Essay on Man.
The object of the terrorist attack was clear and it was two fold:
1. Retaliation for Russian attacks in Syria.
2. To destroy the Egyptian tourist industry.
Optimists will look HERE:
It appears that tourism whilst very important to Egypt’s economy is not the main contributor.
Egypt’s importance (to “the West”) has traditionally been her location and since 1869, the Suez Canal. The trade route to India (and Australia) was a principal concern of British Foreign Policy. It still is an important factor but with the widening of the Panama canal not quite as important as it used to be.
That does not mean that we can take a relaxed attitude towards the instability in Egypt.
Egypt’s greatest asset is her 84,705,681 population. For a breakdown of this, GOTO: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/egypt-population/
Egypt is the giant of the Middle East. Apart from Turkey, Egypt’s population is greater than Iran’s 79,476,308. Pakistan has a greater population – 185,132,926 but cannot be said to be in the Middle East.
The repressive regime in Egypt is clearly involved in an exercise of “holding back the tide” of Islamic extremism.
Meanwhile, the civil war in Syria together with poverty throughout the region and neighbouring countries is causing the continued migration of huge numbers of predominately Muslim people into Europe.
Given all this, we think many readers may well think that the image at the top of this article is most appropriate.