Friday, February 11, 2011

Congratulations, Egyptians


What a difference a day makes.
More importantly, what a difference an 18-day revolution makes. Is this possible? Days of energetic, indefatigable gathering, organizing by social media, tireless determination. There were casualties.
But, 18 days? Well done, Egyptians.
Now, as long as we've got Republican legislators who want to take this country, America, down to some fundamentalist Dark Ages, with cruel disparities between rich and poor, and total disrespect for women, remember: We can build a Tahrir Square.

6 comments:

Kailyn said...

It does give one hope. We should have had our revolution the first time Dubya was elected. Friends from other countries didn't understand why we didn't take to the streets.

cookiecrumb said...

Kailyn: That was a shocking, illegal time. But we Americans hadn't been beaten down by 30 years of despair (and we could hardly *believe* it). Next time, we'll be ready.

namastenancy said...

Tarek Heggy, one of Egypt’s most distinguished intellectuals (IMHO) and a man who, more than anyone else I know, predicted the course of events there, has written an analysis of the Muslim Brotherhood.

http://www.muslimsdebate.com/faces/sn.php?nid=1558=

IF the current government can handle all the difficult currents of this transition, then I think there is hope for a better government in Egypt.

On another topic, I sent you a scan of my watercolor of the sunflowers. I sent it under my "other" e-mail address (nej at astound dot net). If it ended up in your spam box, you can see it on my blog. I hope it does not disappoint you - at least the colors are bright yellow and cheerful.

cookiecrumb said...

Nancy: Wow, thanks. I'm devouring that kind of stuff. I feel so raw and hopeful and afraid...

And thanks for the news about the watercolor! I didn't get the scan, though there was a message from you on my gmail account... I'm going to visit your blog now. :)

knancy said...

And Americans should have had their revolution back in late 60's or early 70's during the Viet Nam and Kent State fiascos. We have now allowed the government too much control into our rights and pay for those intrusions with our own money (taxes). This country is on a downslide so steep that recovery seems irreversible. Glad I'm so old that I'll be dead before the old US of A.

cookiecrumb said...

Knancy: I confess to thinking thoughts like that. I'm too old to be a revolutionary, but I sit here, just cringeing. Well, there's always Australia.