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Middle East Conflicts Make Auburn-Alabama Feud Look Trivial

By Michael Chung On February - 19 - 2011

We are at an unprecedented time in history.  In just 18 days, the people of Egypt were able to oust the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak.  Now, other Middle Eastern countries have been emboldened to do the same.  The media has reported that in Libya, Yemen, Algeria and Bahrain, uprisings in protest of the government are occurring. 

As of Saturday, February 19, 2011, 84 people have been reported killed in Libya and at least five in Bahrain.  Men and women are willing to take a stand and give up their lives in order to attain more freedom, a freedom that is already enjoyed by citizens of the U.S.

Enter Alabama and Auburn.  After Auburn beat Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl, overzealous Auburn fans placed a Cam Newton Jersey over the statue of Bear Bryant.  This was an outrage to Alabama fans, and to put salt in the wounds Auburn defeated Oregon in the BCS Championship Game to match Alabama’s feat a year ago. 

Out of revenge, 62-year-old Harvey Almorn Updyke, Jr., an ardent Alabama fan, allegedly used tree-killing herbicide on the two oaks of ...

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