Friday, February 11, 2011

Egypt

Not much to talk about at the home-front lately but I do feel inclined to talk about the state of the world.

I have never been so moved by watching the evening news as I was tonight. I feel privileged to witness the self-liberation of the Egyptian people. What an astounding event! The euphoria of the Egyptian nation is deeply touching.

I have been reading about their oppression in the last few days and the connection of the U.S. to the sustenance of it. To witness the rising up of the population and the peaceful yet successful revolution against a brutal despot that ruled over them for thirty years (sustained by billions of American aid dollars) is enough to give anyone hope. For a change, in a world full of bad news and depressing forecasts for the economic and political future driven by seemingly heartless and inept politicians, to see civilians perform an act of self-liberation in the manner that the Egyptian people accomplished, shows that the common people can have a voice and make a difference in their homeland.

They say that other dictatorial regimes are now shaking in their bloody boots and I hope that they are. I pray that it does give courage and hope to other people suffering in oppression around the world.

What do you think of the events taking place?

6 comments:

  1. The events of the last 4 months or so have really displayed the power of the common people, not just in Egypt and Tunisia. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the boot of Big Brother can be opposed, if only we all realize that we common folk are strong if we unite. I think that is the most important lesson to be learned from the Wikileaks/Tunisia/Egypt/whathaveyou events: that government by the people and that opposition to oppression is possible. We just need to want it.

    Orwell said that we would all be crushed under the oppressive boot of the man, and that we would live in fear of the government and secret detention and re-education. Well, we have seen now that the oppressed can unite to oppose the oppressor. But Huxley said that we would all be too comfortable and happy to oppose the oppressor. Now we just need to figure out how to prove him wrong, as we proved Orwell wrong.

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  2. On another note: Israel better find some new allies and stop making enemies/start making friends in the Middle East, because they just lost another friend in their fight.

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  3. The key difference is that the Egyptian people were neither comfortable nor happy.
    Dad and I were talking about their ability to unite in the revolution. They didn't/don't have any clear leaders in it. That is what is so fascinating about how it happened. It is also what is scary. They apparently don't have any intellectuals that are leading the way in what needs to be done next so that the void doesn't suck in more corruption and control by those that are already plotting how to do it.

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  4. I agree with your point of view..wonderful to have the change, but scary....especially about the lack of leadership at the moment. I feel that any time a military, albeit "peaceful", is in charge of a country, it cannot be a wonderful thing.

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  6. (Had to remove my typos...)
    I was glad to read in the Sunday paper today that the youth who were organized are very much working to be a part of the process of re-organization. That is a tall mountain to climb with the military (which has been corrupt all these years too) in control. The paper also told how the same groups are organizing the clean-up and repair of the "Liberation" square "because now it belongs to us." Amazing!

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