Thursday, July 31, 2008

What a Coincidence!!

On Sunday, July 27, and as I mentioned in a previous post, Yousef Shaheen was pronounced dead after being in a coma for several weeks.

On the same day, the Egyptian Football Super Cup match was scheduled and held between Egypt's two most popular teams AlAhly and Al Zamalak Sporting Clubs (howa el youm kan bayen na7s min awelo).

Also on the same day, an Egyptian court acquitted the owners of the Al-Salam 98 ferry, which sank in the Red Sea more than two years ago, killing more than 1,100 people. Mamdouh Ismail and his son Amr, who fled the country shortly after the February 3, 2006 accident, and accordingly were tried in absentia, were acquitted of charges of negligence and corruption by a court in the Red Sea port city of Hurghada

My question is:

Was it a pure coincidence (or a coinkidink as my kids used to say) that all three events just happen to take place on the same day? Or did someone carefully plan all three events so that the Egyptian artists, intellectuals, leftist, and movie lovers (5% of Egyptians) are busy with Shaheen's funeral (deferring the announcement of the death of a patient in coma is not too hard and not beyond the morals of the people I have in mind), and football lovers (90% of Egyptians) are busy with the Super cup (as far as I remember, this is the first time in the history of Egyptian football that the two teams meet twice in one week), so that the remaining 5% of Egyptians (those who are not into arts or football) and the families of the ferry victims would be easy to control if they do decide to take any action to denounce the verdict.

I am not a fan of conspiracy theories, but if this was not planned, then Mamdouh Ismail must be one of the luckiest men alive that Shaheen's death and the Super Cup just happen to take place on this eventful day.

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