Friday, February 11, 2011

Egypt: huge milestone

Congratulations, people of Egypt!

I look forward to this banner being re-hung in Tahrir Square with the first demand checked off, because the next several are just as crucial.

1. Resignation of the president
2. End the State of Emergency
3. Dissolution of the People’s Assembly and Shura Council
4. Formation of a national transitional government
5. An elected Parliament that will amend the Constitution to allow for presidential elections
6. Immediate prosecution for those responsible of the deaths of the revolution’s martyrs
7. Immediate prosecution of the corrupters and those who robbed the country of its wealth.

Youths of Egypt

The banner first appeared on February 4. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy (3arabawy)


At 1:59 PM, February 28, 2011, Anonymous Rick Supplee said...

This is all well and good except for the reality that these revolutions off end in tyranny. Consider Iran in the late 70's. There was great euphoria as the Muslim Theocracy took charge and America recoiled in fear. Yet this Theocracy proceeded to build a military machine that so threatens the world today. So how could this revolution, exactly like Egypt's, be viewed with happiness?

At 10:13 PM, March 12, 2011, Blogger Nell said...

Apologies for the long wait in moderation.

Iran's revolution was very far from being "exactly like Egypt's". What the two have in common is the overthrow of a dictator supported for decades by the U.S. government.

Nor does Iran's military today threaten the world. There is a nation with bases in 150 countries, that has invaded at least two countries in the last decade and unlike Iran's, and which spends more on weapons and war than the next twenty countries combined. It's having its own democracy problems here and there...


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