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So…Egypt, eh?

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There seems to be a lot of fuss in the United States right now over Egypt.  In case you have been living under a rock, Egypt has been busy tearing itself apart as the citizens (millions of them) have taken to the streets in an costly effort to oust a dictatorship that has clung to power for 30 years.

Egypt’s current dictator is a major US ally.  The largest organised opposition to him at the moment is the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group that would frankly be exceptionally bad news for anyone who doesn’t believe the same things they do.  While I understand the conundrum from a strategic and military standpoint, I simply cannot grasp at all how there is the remotest hint of a question who “we” (the nations of the western world) should be supporting.

The answer is as obvious as the nose on our collective face: “we” should be supporting the Egyptian people.  Yes, they may vote in a hostile government.  They may even vote in a government that is worse to the Egyptian people than the dictator they currently have.  That is not the point.  It is all irrelevant.  Democracy is a fundamental human right.  The Egyptian people have a right to choose their own destiny; a right to make mistakes – or not – as they themselves see fit.

We should not be fiddling while Egypt burns, making grand proclamations and televised overtures.  We should in fact be sending government representatives into the throng of protesters gathered in Tahrir square with only one question on their lips:  “how can we help?”  We need to be prepared to accept that if the answer is “stay the hell out of our way,” then it is our moral and ethical duty to do exactly that.

From a selfish standpoint, I would prefer it if Egypt didn’t vote in a government that wants to see me either converted or killed…but I would still defend to the death their human right to do so, if this is what they choose.   It is what being Canadian means.  It is supposed to be what being a citizen of any country that supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is about.  This isn’t about me, or you, or anyone put the people fighting for their freedom.  Freedom that isn’t merely what they “deserve”…it’s theirs by right.

Anyone who wouldn’t stand up to defend that right – even knowing the end result holds the possibility of not being in “our” favour – does not know what either freedom nor democracy mean.  Countries and persons do not deserve democracy only when the make the “right” decisions, or when the outcome is favourable to the western world.  Countries and persons deserve democracy and freedom because it is their right.  Inalienable.  Unassailable.  Who they vote for is simply none of our damned business.

Egypt, if we can help…let us know how.  In the meantime; good luck.

A miserable ending.

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I have taken a week to post my thouhgts on the conclusion to the world cup, because I needed to distance myself from the results.  As everyone knows, the Netherlands lost to Spain 1:0 in the second half of extra time.  It is not this that I find upsetting; the Netherlands did well to get to the finals at all, and I am proud of them for that!

What I find disheartening is the lack of style, class and sportsmanship displayed by the Netherlands in attempting to win this match.  They used a strategy of “try to foul your way to Victory” and it was downright shameful.  No victory is worth the heartbreaking match of football that was played.

For shame, Oranje.  Spain deserved that win a hundredfold.

Onto the final

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An exciting game against Uruguay sees the Netherlands victorious in the semi-finals.  An early goal by the Netherlands was seen off by a Uruguayan goal right before the half.  The Netherlands countered in the second half with two goals (one off of Robben’s head) almost three minutes apart.  Uruguay managed an excellent goal off a free kick towards the end of the match, but it wasn’t enough to keep Uruguay in the cup.

Good luck in the finals, Oranje.
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The Netherlands defeats Brazil 2:1 in one of the most spectacular football matches I’ve ever seen. HUP HUP ORANJE! HUP HOLLAND! HUP HOLLAND!

Take the cup, Oranje!

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2:1 victory sees the Netherlands forward

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A 2;1 victory over Slovakia in an excellently played game by both sides sees the Netherlands moving from the round of 16 into the quarter-finals. Here the Netherlands faces an famously capable opponent in Brazil, able to not only match the Netherlands in skill and power, but also support vocal support from proud fans.

This match promises to be a true contest, and excellent entertainment regardless of the outcome.

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Round 2, fight!

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After a strong game against Cameroon, the Netherlands proceeds to stage 2 (Round of 16,) having been victorious in all three games of Group E. The Netherlands now faces Slovakia.

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Netherlands 1, Japan 0

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Sneijder struck a goal in the second half of a very close game to see the Netherlands through to a second victory in Group E. The Netherlands’ next match is against Cameroon, and both extant matches to date have proved to be close. Though the Netherlands is leading Group E, with such a capable opponent, the Netherlands cannot afford to let its guard down even for a second.

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Hup Holland Hup!

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After a terrible start, Oranje defeats Denmark 2:0.  Sadly, they required an own-goal from Denmark and a nearly last-minute tap-in to get there.  Well done Oranje, but you’ve a long way to go before this is over.

Hup Holland Hup!

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