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Gallup says 82% of Americans are sympathetic to demonstrators in Egypt.  66% believe change in Egypt will be good. (Source)

Ha, ha.  The people are smarter than the politicans.

Egypt’s push toward democracy continues.  Yes, I said “Democracy” without a caveat for religious nutjobs seizing power.  After reading a metric shit ton about Egypt this morning, I’m convinced this is the direction the nation is taking.

Here’s why:

First of all…the Google executive Wael Ghonim who was imprisoned for a nearly two weeks is the reluctant hero who inspired Egypt’s “revolution of the youth of the Internet.”

Utilizing Facebook, Ghonim took up the cause of Khaled Said, a 28 year old, brutally murdered by Egyptian police in the Summer of 2010. The Washington Post article quotes a man saying everyone in Egypt is connected to a story like Said’s.  The people will not back down.  They obviously have too much to lose.

Ghonim was released yesterday, and his own harrowing story has gone out around the world.

Everybody knows what’s up with torture boys Mubarak and Suleiman.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper (beaten twice by pro-Mubarak thugs) is back at the anchor desk and giving hell to the powers that be:

The world is watching…and online, Egypt has the home team advantage.

The Mubarak regime still claims 11 people have died even though human rights activists have officially documented close to 300 victims.  Wael Ghonim refuses to let those deaths be trivialized by the regime’s lying:

We are hoping that the ‘Friday of Martyrs’ will be the world’s largest funeral to bid farewell to 300 Egyptians,” tweets Wael Ghonim, the young Google executive who has become one of the symbols of the opposition since being released after 12 days in custody.”  –NPR

The momentum is in favor of a Democratic Egypt even if Mubarak and Suleiman believe Egypt is “not ready.”

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16 thoughts on “Are we bored yet, Egypt? Hell, no!

  1. “A metric shit ton”. Now is that a long ton or a short ton, and is it 1,000 kilos, 2,000 kilos, or what? I hate to ask, but for some reason I can’t find an online conversion table for Imperial tons compared to metric shit tons. Can’t figure out why… 😉
    It ain’t just Cairo where the stuff is flying. A southern town had a knockdown dragout gunfight between police and protestors – no accurate casualty counts yet. And an interesting military sidenote – work has been completed on a base in Nigeria that would allow ALL kinds of Air Force planes to land, including the big cargo planes. All within tidy range of Somalia, Egypt, and the attempting-to-be-free South Sudan. Hopefully we can get forces over there before the Muslim North Sudan decides that the referendum was illegal and go for genocide on the Christian South.

  2. One image explaining everything in Egypt:

    And another:

    Also, Egypt is about to need more water than it can get from the Nile:

    This could mean war with the other countries sharing the Nile.

  3. Unfortunately, that’s going to become a greater possibility around the world. Argentina and Uruguay have been wrangling over the river Platte (of Graf Spee fame). There would already be conflict over the Danube and Rhine but for the EU. Russia is already running short of water in the south west, and with the political unrest in the region (especially Chechnya and Georgia) there may be a major Muslim insurgency (more so than right now). Just wait until sub-Saharan Africa becomes the cheap labour source. Once companies start investing, the demand for water will skyrocket, and the whole continent is liable to go boom. And the West worries about $5 a gallon gasoline!

    • Yeah, but it’ll take a little while to melt all that ice. The only reason Uruguay and Argentina aren’t at it is Argentina promised them to stop arguing if they joined Argentina in condemning Britain over the Falklands. South-west Russia is liable to go up regardless of water. Northeast South America will be the interesting one. We’ll see how friendly everybody is with Hugo Chavez once he decides he has a right to Amazon water. Talk about a rumble in the jungle! It’s also gonna get interesting when the various former Warsaw pact countries start arguing over the various rivers. With the flooding from Poland and Germany, and the smelting plant waste water dump in Hungary, the riverbeds are building up some nasty stuff. As the levels go down, that water will get harder to clean and use. With most of those countries having recently joined the EU, it will be interesting to see if the EU can hold all those disparate interests (and ancient enemies) together.

  4. the dumbest thing the mubarek government did was to piss off the reporters. once the media is no longer on your side, you might as well stick a fork in it. you’re done.

    p.s. i believe a metric shit ton is equal to an imperial shitload x 2.765.

    • True. (And excellent reference to Lou Reed. 😀 ) Egypt must be very used to “controlling” the message/discourse. That official sounded like an idiot as he tried to be condescending with Candy Crowley.

  5. Melissa,
    Between you and CNN, I stay informed. Thanks for your work … and the Cooper video. Whew … he laid it on the line!

    • Thanks, Frank. 😀

      Now there are strikes. It was initially the government that threw the wrench into every day life by closing banks and factories. I wonder what difference it will make that the people are shutting down business.

      And I’m interested to know what tomorrow will hold with a funeral for 300.

  6. Um.. anybody who’s out there right now (about 4:30 pm EST), check out your news outlets. Mubarak just ended a speech stating he won’t step down, and there are mobs of anti-Mubarak protesters surging through the Cairo streets. Things might be getting REALLY ugly very quickly.

  7. Mubarak has resigned and left the country. The Army has dissolved Parliament. Looks like the Egyptians will have a free government (God and the Army willing) for the first time in over 3 decades! Huzzah!

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