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When money controls policy making

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14.03.2018

I really dislike the idea that having money means that you are worth something as an individual, as such a view expresses the heinous materialism in the world, in which all human values are replaced by the value of money when evaluating people, their behaviour and society’s opinion of them. However, it seems that times are changing and we are in a period of major developments, the deviation of the compass, a change in standards and a change of concepts. This idea has become our reality now that we are living in a hypocritical world.

Not so long ago, Saudi Arabia was seen by the entire world as the source of terrorism funding and ideology, and a breeding ground for terrorists around the world. The corrupt elites in Egypt would once describe Saudis as Bedouins and would say that they were a backwards nation that was exporting Wahhabism, or Bedouin Islam, in order to change Egypt’s civilised traditions and customs. They would also claim that the Saudis wanted to impose the Gulf dialect on Egypt’s by acquiring and dominating the major entertainment production centres and monopolising the music business in the Arab world. Some, especially the Christian elites, went as far as describing the Saudis as invaders of Egypt because ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘As led the conquest of the country in 640 CE.

However, the whole situation has changed overnight, and the same elites are now praising Saudi Arabia’s role and blessing its takeover of Egypt’s Tiran and Sanafir islands at the northern end of the Red Sea. They are rushing to welcome a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to Egypt, and competing against each other to be one of the lucky ones who have the chance to meet him. The newspapers are filled with articles glorifying this young man who aspires to the throne, their glorification reaching the level of corruption, disbelief and infidelity. An example of this is the headline in Al-Dostor newspaper, which read, “How Mohammad Bin Salman regained Allah from the hands of the extremists”.

Read: Egypt gets Israel’s approval to hand over the two islands to Saudi Arabia

The streets across Egypt were filled with electronic and regular billboards with pictures of the Crown Prince welcoming him. In a startling breach of protocol, the Egyptian Head of State, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, waited at the foot of the aircraft steps to greet Bin........

© Middle East Monitor