While I personally feel that the USA has a moral responsibility to stay out of the crisis in Egypt officially, everyone in the world who wishes to live in a free society is cheering right along with these people who just woke up overnight to the fact that they've been suffering under multiple decades of tyranny. Since I'm the type of person who obsessively watches world events like these, I figured I would provide some Egypt Revolution Cliff's Notes in the form of a video timeline of exactly how this sudden flash mob internet revolution came to be. I've been watching Al Jazeera's English Live Stream off and on for days due to their superior coverage of events on the ground in that part of the world. I have drifted off to sleep the past few nights watching swirling swarms of Egyptian patriots defeating tyranny by exercising the rights recognized in the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Free and unrestrained speech, social media websites, and direct protest action just took a 30-year dictator down in a flash. This should be inspirational to us all.
For those who haven't been keeping up with this ongoing crisis, check out this video timeline. This is intended to show the events that lead up to this remarkable philosophical paradigm shift.
Barry's Egypt Video Timeline
I first learned of Egypt's ongoing tyranny from Coptic Christian refugees that I met while living in Los Angeles. (Back when we were pursuing the Koch/Combat record deal that ultimately increased Skeet's fame and resulted in Minuteman for the Moment.) However, not until the internet began to show abuses did these issues become more well-known to the average person. It was the arrest and imprisonment of bloggers for writing critical speech of Mubarak's administration that first sent shockwaves throughout the internet.
Anyone who is familiar with the FreeKareem movement will remember where the Egyptian Revolution really started. In my view, while the people of Egypt deserve praise for their courage, the real battle at play here is the technology of the internet versus Mubarak's corrupt government. The internet is a vehicle of instant and unchained communication, and this is in direct conflict with a government that seeks to suppress speech.
When Mubarak's military proved to be the Egyptian version of the Oath Keepers, he decided to encourage his security forces to go home, dress in plain clothes, and engage in violent protest by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at peaceful anti-government protesters. This struck me as not only insanely tyrannical, but petty and childish.