Egypt’s Potential Liberty – Revolution

Egypt’s revolution is under way.  Reports of police officers removing their uniforms and joining the protesters fills me with hope.  My own country’s interest in Egypt and horrifying human rights record when it comes to respecting foreign powers fills me with dread.  The likelihood of their success depends upon a number of factors.  Outside influence is surely one – from the US, from Israel, from nearby Arab nations who fear their own security might be at risk if the flames of revolution spread (cough, Saudi Arabia, cough).  The reaction of the military is also key.  Will they start executing their own citizens, or will they bow to the will of the people and step aside?

Liberty for Egypt would further destabilize an already unstable region – but so would failure.  In their success the message of self-determination and hope they broadcast to the world could spur advancement for human rights.  Their struggle is not disconnected from the rest of the world – no matter how much their government attempts to cut them off.  It resonates and carries with it elements of frustration at rapidly increasing economic and political distance between the haves and the have nots.  That is a universal frustration.

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  1. Very powerful images coming out of Egypt. I kept asking myself today, is it possible? Can the people really begin to make changes? I saw a picture of a line of military people in riot gear lording over protesters who were on their knees in a prayer posture, and I thought, not all of the soldiers will be able to stomach this. It’s very encouraging to me that some of the enforcers are shedding their uniforms.

  2. see poster of Mubarak: “30 years of Mubarak” in:
    http://hozourblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/30-years-of-mubarak/

    • I took a look at your blog. The revolution in Egypt thus has a number of distinct differences from the one in Iran – namely it hasn’t been co-opted by Islamic Theocrats and their pathetic desire to control people’s lives. I wish the people Egypt the warmest luck in finding their own destiny, and choosing their own path.

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