Speaking of inspiring, a youtube user put together this video about the protests called “I’m Not Moving” which compares the statements made by our government about the protests in the middle east along with footage of the Occupy Wallstreet demonstrations and subsequent police response.
I’m not an expert. I don’t know if I have anything profound to say about the protests in Egypt. But I do know that I can’t stop thinking about it. At work, home, or when out with friends I keep wanting to know more, to hear something new. I feel both excited at the possibilities and terrified for the people on the streets.
In 2007 I was lucky enough to spend a month in Egypt, mostly in Cairo. I was able to meet with professors, people at the US Embassy, USAID, The Arab League, and yes, see the pyramids. I learned some about the political situation there, and developed an affinity for the country. I’m sure this is why I feel more connected to this uprising than others that have taken place recently.
I understand some people’s fear that if a revolution occurs the new leadership could be worse than Mubarak, but that doesn’t diminish my full support of these protests. I don’t know if we are witnessing a revolution. I do know that I stand with the Egyptian people and their right to choose their own leader for the first time. Even if the leader(s) they choose are not what I would want. That’s the problem with democracy, but it’s a problem I’m willing to accept.