We’ve all been watching the events in Egypt (you have to, that’s about all that’s been on the news) with rapt attention. The non-stop rally in Cairo’s Tahrir square has us (or, at least the news casters) spellbound. Would Mubarak step down? What would happen if he did not? How would control be reestablished? What will be the outcome of this semi-peaceful revolution? Will “…free and fair presidential elections,” really eventuate? So many questions answered only in time. Speculation about the future is largely just that.
But I am impressed with the people, aren’t you? They finally had enough. They demonstrated that in the only way left to them: demonstrations. Too many died…too many were wounded but the demonstrations were mostly non-violent. Their demands were amazingly cohesive. Primarily, they wanted an end to the thirty-year autocratic rule of a man who clung to power like it was his lifeline.
It all made me thankful to live in a real, live democracy where we, the people, can bring about change by going to the polls. Yes, we demonstrate, but we call them “political rallies.” Whether or not you agree with the “Tea Party,” you have to give them credit for bringing about change in a peaceful manner. There comes a time when the people (last I checked, this is still a government of the people) must say, “Enough! We demand change!” The major flaw in our system, it seems to me, is when our judicial branch unilaterally decides what is best for us (another topic for another time).
The people of the Middle East have thrown a big rock in the autocratic pools of their nations beginning with Tunisia. The ripples will be felt for years to come. All reasonable people hope the resulting waves will be peaceful. Indications from Yemen and Algeria, however, point to something more violent.
Because of the internet, people around the world who are fed up with dictators and repressive regimes are taking to the streets. Freedom is in the air. Let’s hope that oppressed souls everywhere will have the courage to walk like an Egyptian.
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