Egypt

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!
–  Patrick Henry

What can I say?  Other than, “Wow”.  The coverage is really what is providing the insight.  Despite attempts to shut down the internet in Egypt, people on the inside have still be online using proxies and dial up providers.  Internet freedom was not fully squelched, and that is a good thing.

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
–  Benjamin Franklin

But for me, a hard core patriot, I am truly inspired by what I am seeing.  From an article in today’s LA Times:

Like two medieval armies, screaming, enraged mobs — both hoisting Egyptian flags and professing love of country — clashed violently Wednesday with rocks, sticks and Molotov cocktails. Soldiers stood by passively as the pitched battle between supporters of President Hosni Mubarak and those seeking his immediate ouster threatened one of the nation’s most treasured sites, the Egyptian Museum.

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What we have here are “pro Mubarak” supporters clashing with the regular “Joe” of Egypt.  The thing is, it isn’t really a “pro Mubarak” anything, but rather a paid member of his national police force.  Much the same as the many instances of alleged US agent provocateurs from the FBI or CIA.

On the other side you have the average citizen of Egypt, tired of being trod upon.  The video that started the whole Egyptian revolution:

The passion that she has, the shame that she speaks of…I understand this.  I feel that shame over the condition of our country today.  I feel her passion.  And I understand why this video stirred people to act.

And act they have.  Daily they fill Tahrir Square, demanding the resignation of Mubarak.  For the most part, the protesters have not been overly violent, until they were attacked today.  That isn’t to say that they are all angels, as there are madmen in any group.  But their tenacity…it is something to be admired.

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. – Thomas Jefferson

The key difference I am seeing here is that in this case, these people are fighting for their own nation.  It isn’t like Iraq, where you had “liberators” looting the national treasures while setting up yet another puppet government.  Of course, that isn’t to say that the People won’t be usurped by the West via another puppet leader.  Or, even worse, the Muslim Brotherhood.  But the People seem fierce and unrelenting, and I am hopeful that we will see something of worth come out of this.

A good example of this comes from the above linked article:

In the heat of the rock-throwing volleys, one anti-Mubarak protester stood atop an overturned container, just behind the front line, waving an Egyptian flag and refusing to stop even as stones rained down on him.

That, my friends, is what it is all about.  This person is willing to give his blood for the liberty of his countrymen.  God Bless The Egyptians.

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