If you are like me we do not know a lot about Egypt and the politics there. But what most of us understand are the implications of any country’s citizens who rise out of the depths of repression in search of freedom.
The irony of all this is that while these Egyptian patriots who admire the United States and have the same burning desire for freedom of speech, religion, and to basic human rights, our freedom here in the United States is slowly eroding at the hands of politicians who are not much better than Hosni Mubarak the now defunct president of Egypt.
As I watched on our news media the courageous Egyptian people challenge their government and the cowardly Mubarak go into hiding, I was amazed to see these same Egyptian people literally cleaning up the mess left in Tahrir Square. I will always refer to this square as “Independence Square”. I was equally impressed with the fact that the Egyptian military had a mind of it own. Gone are the days of the military of any country taking orders without question.
Of course our own political “Mubaraks” have begun to use this Egyptian demand for freedom for their own political and (I suspect) financial gain.
Vice President Biden said in January that “Murbaka should not resign” but two days ago Biden told the people of Iran, “I say to our Iranian friends: let your people march, let your people speak, release your people from jail, let them have a voice”
We should also acknowledge statements by Newt Ginrich who warned that by publicly supporting the ouster of Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally, when political winds turned against his iron-fisted rule, the White House may have sent a message that discourages other leaders in unfriendly parts of the world from cooperating with American interests.
Who’s interest is Ginrich talking about?
President Obama said yesterday, “The people of Egypt have spoken,”
The implication of all this and one that our self imposed leaders should heed is this. President Hosni Mubarak was a dictatorial President. Yet the populace of Egypt rose up and booted him out. They did this without knowing whether the Egyptian Police and Army would support them or crucify them.
We live on a new planet now. Its about freedom , human rights and righteousness. Its not about taxes, fees, suppression, or laws. Get on the train or get the hell out of the way. As a card carrying American I am proud of the Egyptian people.