All Eyes on Egypt

I don’t know about you guys but I’ve been watching the news on Egypt with quickened breath, sometimes with tears in my eyes.

I’m not an expert in Middle East politics by any means but from my perspective it seemed to come out of nowhere. Enboldened by the Tunisian revolution, Egyptians just exploded in protest. Everything was okay. Until it wasn’t.

All my thoughts and prayers are with the Egyptians now. People who are willing to starve, to sacrifice safety, even to die, in order to taste freedom and democracy.

And shame on you America. Shame on you for being, as usual, the hypocrites. Espousing democracy in the Middle East but ONLY when it suits you and your allies aka Israel. I’ve watched with bitter amusement as Obama, Clinton and others have tried to walk the tightrope of words, supporting their old friend and dictator, all for “strategic” reasons. How about standing up for the principles we’re supposed to represent?

 

Godspeed Egypt. May all your dreams come true.

Cairo

  

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8 responses to “All Eyes on Egypt

  1. Sarah

    As an Egyptian I am sitting here holding my breath. I just feel frustrated now because Mubarak simply won’t give in – and neither will the people. Mubarak thinks he can rule people who don’t want him, but its not going to work this time.

    • Are you IN Egypt? Tell me what’s going on where you’re at, or if not, what are friends and family saying? My God, I got so angry when I heard Mubarak’s speech today. What a psychopath!

  2. Sarah

    I’m not in Egypt but my family is including my father. Family and friends are safe Al hamdulilah… They are saying that Egypt is out of control ofcourse, but since when has it been under control? Mubarak does not want to leave because of his dignity, its a huge thing to Arabs but other than that yeah hes a control freak to say the least.

  3. There are some fellow blogspot bloggers in egypt who havent posted in a few days, I wonder if they have lost internet. Im worried. xoxo to our Egyptian muslimahs!

  4. liberalchristianman

    Glorious to behold: the Revolution in Egypt!

    Unlike legendary revolutions in the “civilized world” (America, France, Russia, China, etc.), Egypt’s revolution has been remarkably civil and peaceful. The restraint on both sides has brought civil discord to a new level of civility, it has — arguably — revolutionized revolution.

    To be sure, there have been honorable forerunners. Tunisia is obvious. But rather peaceful revolutions have happened elsewhere, too. Classic examples are the revolutions of India (throwing off the British) and Poland (discarding Soviet-era Communism). But there is something especially rewarding in Egypt’s civil revolt. It starkly discredits those who dismiss Arabs and/or Muslims as politically brutal, brutish, and violent. After a long history of internal and international violence has defaced the Arab and Muslim worlds, it is a huge stride forward that the largest Arab nation, and one of the largest and most important Muslim nations, has had a revolution — a REVOLUTION — that has been largely peaceful.

    There has been surprisingly little violence from the oppressive government, upon this great protest and revolt. And there seem surprisingly even less violence from the victorious opposition.

    While the prototypes for global assumptions about Arab/Muslim political evolutions are drawn from the bloody dramas of coups, assasinations, and wars — the vicious Iranian Revolution, the postwar explosion of Iraq, and the bloody reign and revenge of the Taliban — Egypt, in this moment, stands as a crystal clear sign that Arabs, Muslims, North Africans, are capable of as grand and civilized a transition of governments, as humane and dignified a transition to democracy, as any European or American culture — if not more so.

    My salute to Egypt, and to Egyptians.

    May all the world learn from you!

    Salaam, Shalom, Peace!

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