Revolution 2.0

Wael Ghonim, Google’s Head of Marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, speaking to CNN just shortly after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak…

“They convinced us for 30 years that Egypt had died, that there was no more Egypt. We were all looking for Egypt and thank God we found her today.”

Ghonim, an activist who helped launch the first online efforts calling for protests said that he had confidence that Egypt will not fall into dictatorship again: “Egypt will be a fully democratic state. You will be impressed.”

Certainly the revolution itself was impressive in every respect, so one hopes that the same qualities that enabled it achieve victory against all odds will carry through to the eventual realization of its democratic aspirations.

16 Replies to “Revolution 2.0”

  1. One of the most interesting interviews I saw was on the BBC. A protestor laughed off the support that Iran had given for an Islamic Revolution, and expressed his hope that Iran would follow Egypt’s lead. Seems like our media are really underestimating the degree to which this uprising was led by moderate, western educated, young Egyptians.

  2. That was one of many terrific moments in the protest movement when the Iranian theocrats’ pathetic attempt to characterize the uprising as “Islamist” in nature was immediately denied and refuted by protesters.

  3. I get the sense that the more events unfold nonviolently in Egypt, the more upsetting it is to the hawks who assert that only war can affect real change, no doubt supported in this belief by those who profit from said wars. The Obama adminstration cleearly sat on the fence until it became clear that Mubarak was out for sure. It really was pathetic for the executive body of the ‘free world’ to shun any association with a truly democratic movement. For shame.

  4. It’s kind of amazing that George W. Bush and Barack Obama now reside in the same neoconservative ideological territory with their shared belief in a “freedom agenda” while the crazed radical loons of the right-wing are off hysterically fear-mongering about an impending “Caliphate” or some such bloody nonsense.

  5. It has been fascinating.

    Rather than re-chew the cud of the last few days, I would like to add to a point being made here.

    The Egyptian people are as ancient and worldly as the Persians. I am hopeful that they can shake off the influence of Iran, the Islamic anti-west factions and the entrenched military controllers to create a state that bridges west and east. We will slowly get some feeling for where this goes, but likely not with any clarity until the smoke from the next election clears.

    Egyptian’s seem very self directed.

  6. I’m sure it will all become far more complicated, unclear and nettlesome as the situation continues to evolve long past our painfully limited attention span, but I think we can be excused for sharing in a small way, however vicariously, the sense of exuberant liberation that must come from ousting an oppressive tyrant from power.

  7. Even through the TV you could sense the euphoria. The people must have quietly endured some considerable repression.

  8. The people must have quietly endured some considerable repression.

    You bet. They tell me it was even worse than being Albertan during the Trudeau years, just to put it into perspective for you.

  9. Well, I don’t fault Tomm his sentiments in this instance, however it did strike me funny that I was going to respond to his comment by framing it in the same way you did, but then reconsidered the matter, only to have you come along and deliver the same punchline I’d voluntarily withdrawn.

  10. During the Trudeau years, Albertan’s were quietly all sent to gulags and worked the fields 16 hours a day wearing red jumpsuits.

    The only joys we got were Ernest Manning’s “Back to the Bible Hour” on Sunday’s, and whatever slop fell off of Marcel Lambert’s ample belly (our MP) when he returned from feeding at Ottawa’s trough.

    They were tough times… but they were good times.

    Patton was right, what doesn’t kill you makes you tougher. We Albertan’s grew a hide thick as an alligator’s and we did our book learnin’ from Ted Byfield’s Alberta Report.

  11. They were tough times…

    They were. But at least you weren’t forced to learn French. Or terribly much English, as the extant evidence powerfully suggests.

    For instance, it’s “larnin’”, not “learnin’”.

  12. Sir Francis said:…

    “…They were. But at least you weren’t forced to learn French. Or terribly much English, as the extant evidence powerfully suggests.

    …For instance, it’s “larnin’”, not “learnin’”.

    You got me again. I was exaggerating a little. This was during my youth. When I wasn’t getting beaten up in cub scouts, I was made to stick my tongue to school fence posts at 30 below. So it wasn’t quite so bad.

    During the summer I was allowed to roam freely to search for food.

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