Saturday, February 12, 2011
Nights over Egypt
It's pretty breathtaking. To see thousands of people crowd an area in continuing opposition, just hours after they fired, not a President, -but a dictator. Clearly the people's issues with President Hosni Mubarek were not deeply philosophical or abstract, -but concrete. It's hard to stay in power if there's no bread on the table, but Mr. Mubarek somehow got by for 3 decades.
So it was a bloodless revolution that ended a dictator's turn. The Kalashnikovs, Uzis, M-16s and bayonets were left home next to umbrellas, or perhaps brought along ceremoniously and kept holstered for the most part, awaiting a storm that never materialized among the crowds, clouds and thunder.
Only time will tell if this is the way the rest of it will go in a region that the world culture owes so much to.
Let's remember Neda Agha Soltan, a young woman who stepped out on to the pavement to exercise the same right that Egyptians exuberantly applied for 18 days, only to meet with a different end on a street in Iran. Let's remember a young woman who died bleeding on the pavement, her life taken by a short-sighted coward with a gun.
Let's think of Neda today, before all the worry of what happens next and how, overtakes us.