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  •  Perhaps so when a nation has a two year election (1+ / 0-)
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    cycle with a tradition of peaceful governmental transitions. Not to mention the national resources and distribution systems to keep the large majority of citizens clothed, fed, and sheltered despite economic ups and downs.

    Such is not the case in Egypt, and the economic calamity there is the real story. The political tooing and froing is just it's symptom. It is in fact astonishing to read very little from any Egyptian political faction on how they intend to feed their people over the next several months.

    It will look like the Latin American banana republics, but without the bananas. That is not meant in jest: few people actually starved to death in the Latin inflations. Egypt, which imports half its wheat and a great deal of the rest of its food, will actually starve.

    Revolutions don't only kill their children. They kill a great many ordinary people. The 1921 famine after the Russian civil war killed an estimated five million people, and casualties on the same scale are quite possible in Egypt as well. Half of Egyptians live on $2 a day, and that $2 is about to collapse along with the national currency, and the result will be a catastrophe of, well, biblical proportions.

    It's been a while coming, but its coming.

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