Thoughts on Egypt

Posted on January 28, 2011


I’m not going to try and say anything intelligent about what is going on in the Arab world right now. It’s too removed from my own reference frame for that. What is happening in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen belongs properly in the realm of emotion. Every politically engaged person should take a moment to reflect on the kind of courage it takes to participate in these demonstrations. I’m just going to post some images and videos that have caught my attention lately.

The Egyptian government turned off the internet to the entire country, shortly after a video surfaced of a protester being shot dead. There are reports on Twitter of Egyptian police filing major intersections with gasoline. Yet the protesters are still clearly resolved to fight. What happens tomorrow will almost certainly be very ugly, but that doesn’t mean that the news is guaranteed to be bad when the internet smokescreen clears. The Egyptians are to be commended on their courage.