The reporter seems rather aghast about it all, but the odd (but increasingly familiar) thing about the article is that there`s little discussion of the underlying reason: Egypt`s population growth. The population of Egypt is now approaching 84 million, having doubled in the last third of a century. The latest UN population projection is that Egypt will hit 130 million by 2050.
Third World population growth is becoming an unmentionable in the press. There`s nothing much more fundamental in human affairs than population, but we talk about it less and less.
This reflects the general anti-reductionist trend in Western thought. As the education level of the elites rise, the popularity of Occam`s Razor seems to decline. Who wants to figure out the simplest way to comprehend how things basically work when it`s better for your career to assert that everything`s very, very complicated, and only an expert like yourself could possibly begin to grasp the complexities of it all?