For someone who seems to disdain presumption, you presume much and often.
First of all there is not a shred of presumption in the statement of mine that you quoted, unless you believe that sitting in your living room you can somehow control the events in Egypt with your sanctimony.
Secondly, the post from which you took the quote makes no judgment on the source or sincerity of empathy, but suggests that such empathy can impair objectivity. Do you consider that presumptuous?
Obviously people have died and will continue to die and it is the height of presumption to suggest that anyone doesn't know that or, more importantly, doesn't care, but I guess when you reside at the height of self-satisfaction, it's easy to look down and sneer at all those who cannot hope to match your rectitude.
Another fine presumption of yours is that I "expect" Egyptians to tolerate the oppression that they have experienced and then to suggest such expectations are born of racism.
You can expect what you will of the Egyptian people and your expectations may actually coincide with many of theirs. I'm sure the families of those who die in these protests, including those Egyptians who simply find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, will take great comfort knowing that a romantic freedom lover in the UK believes he can feel their pain, and honors their sacrifice.
I am well aware of what has been going on in Egypt under Mubarak (despite more of your presumption on that score), but why do I have this feeling that you are one of those noble souls that believes the US should not consider itself the police force of the world. If, I'm wrong I will stand corrected, but, in any case, you seem to think we all have a duty to deeply care about all
the suffering in the world, as if that will somehow result in positive changes.
Living with the angst born of the suffering of millions and millions of souls must be an enormous spiritual burden. I'm amazed you find the time to visit A2K and chastise a sociopath such as me.
Endymion is actually quite an apt moniker for you to have adopted, although by the scope of your self-regard I'm surprised you didn't chose Nemesis...but that may have presented a gender problem for you.
I have repeatedly stated my admiration and hopes for the reformist movement in Egypt, but I guess you would have me suspend all that I have seen and learned about events such as this one, and join in the chanting of anti-Mubarak slogans and concentrate on sending good vibes
their way. Sorry, but we are not all Egyptians today, and it is perfectly reasonable, and moral, to view what is going on without immersing oneself in a passionate fervor for the Egyptian people.
If you wish to be a cheerleader, be my guest. It's certainly quite easy to urge people to die or destroy their lives for a freedom you cherish when you are sitting in front of a computer in the comfort of your flat in London.
But this is such a high-tech revolution, why don't you fly over there and join them behind their barricades and you castigate me from the thick of things? While you dodge Molotov cocktails, bullets and machetes your scolding might actually amount to something more than the braying of a punk dilettante.