From the Beeb:
A highly unusual security check that US Secretary of State John Kerry and his senior aides were subjected to at the presidential palace in Cairo before meeting Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has made a splash in the local press.
The top US diplomat is usually treated with every courtesy in Cairo, but the front-page coverage in both private and state-owned papers hovers between factual reports and applause, describing the check with a hand-held metal detector as a “surprise” and saying that Mr Kerry had had to “comply” with orders of the security officers.
A note of pride can also be detected in the headlines.
“Checking Kerry at the doors of ‘al-Ittihadiyah’,” announces private daily Al-Tahrir. The report mentions twice that “Kerry and his team complied” with the procedures.
Similarly, privately-owned daily Al-Dustur’s headline proclaims in red letters: “A heavy surprise: John Kerry subject to strict inspection procedures before his meeting with Al-Sisi”.
The paper complements the report with a photo showing Kerry passing through the security scanner at the doors of Al-Ittihadiyah Palace.
And, again in red ink, private daily Al-Yawm al-Sabi adds to its headline: “Bravo Sisi”
For most of us emptying our pockets and passing thru metal detectors at security checkpoints at airports, sporting events and government buildings is just one of the minor hassles of modern life. But VIP types usually get to skip such inconveniences.
I’m guessing that what happened in Cairo was no coincidence. It was a not-so-subtle way of sending a message. As was the look on Benjamin Netanyahu’s face when Kerry arrived in Israel.
What makes this significant is that both Egypt and Israel are our allies. Our friends don’t respect us and our enemies don’t fear us. These are dangerous times indeed.
Meanwhile, Jews in Europe and America are being attacked by “pro-Palestinian protesters”, most of whom are Muslims. Yesterday they rushed onto the field at a soccer game and attacked the players of a Jewish team. So why are so many news outlets reluctant to identify the attackers?
A couple more planes got shot down over Ukraine yesterday. Fighting continues in Iraq. A commercial jet liner has disappeared over Africa somewhere. Scandalpalooza keeps going in Washington D.C. like the Energizer Bunny.
So where in the world is Barack Obama? He’s in California on a west coast fundraising tour!
We are so fucked.