Sunday, January 30, 2011
Like Egypt Was
Let my people go.
Or as Tom G would say: Let my people go-go!
He always was one for "the dance".
But this stuff in Egypt is some fucked-up shit to watch go down. I'm not siding with Mubarak (or Moubarak, depending on which outlet you read - it's kind of like Kadafi/Kadhafi/Gadaffi) or anything, but talk about history in the making.....and history being destroyed.
Literally, Egyptian artifacts have been damaged in the riots over the last few days. While secruity and police try to protect them, there are real lives out there being lost over protests of non-reform.
After 9/11, I did have some respect for Mubarak. As a middle-eastern country leader, he was seemingly the voice of knowledge when it came to how terrorists were cultivated and how the U.S. and our actions with war would create 40 more for everyone we killed.
Judging that we are still at war almost eight years later, he wasn't horribly off-base.
But according to his people, he is off-base. They is one angry mob.
I won't even pretend to know all the facts and what the tipping point was. Admittedly, I was not paying attention to the international news and then - boom - there it was. That's all there is. Yesterday's 30 minute NBC Nightly News broadcast, 19 of their minutes were only on Egypt. I do love how newspaper articles and newscasts talk about what's going on, but never with the recap as to how they really got there.
I am interested to see how this turns out (Mubarak will resign within the next week, is my guess), but to see what the short-term and long-term effects will be interesting to watch - to say the least.
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As a non-American, I would have to say that US media is far too domestically focussed. The opportunity to learn from neighbouring countries is often lost.
An angry mob remains one of the most frightening things I can imagine.
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