As I Write The Sun Is Rising In Egypt

A lot of brave men and women who yearn for freedom are starting another day of hoping and fighting for a better Egypt. I wish more of the world would stand shoulder to shoulder with them.

The climate in Egypt is filled with more tension as this new day dawns than any that we have seen in the past few weeks.  That President Mubarak failed to meet his moment with history and step off the world stage on Thursday means the crisis has ratcheted up.  

Had Mubarak really cared about his people he would have stepped aside and let the process start that will eventually lead to elections and a new government.  That power and corruption have a stranglehold on Egypt is all too clear to see.   All can now understand much better why there is such seething hatred for Mubarak.

My view is that a certain segment of the Egyptian Army has weighed in and made a decision to stand with Mubarak as he is the one that greases their wallets.  How that translates into actions to curtail the protestors is what the coming hours may give more clarity to as the sun rises higher.

Friday prayers will give way to more protestors and tension than we have seen since this crisis started.  That blood may flow as a result of the Mubarak announcement Thursday seems more than likely.

Which would be very sad.

All along the protestors have been patient and have not resorted to violence.   Might it not then be Mubarak’s plan to incite the crowds to violence as a pretext to a violent crackdown by the army?  Might that have been the very reason for his speech Thursday?

Again, the sun is rising.

CNN is on…..the BBC is on…..the world is watching.

This is a sad world we live in when nations will not rise up and defend in the strongest terms possible those who wish to breathe freedom.

Couching behind diplomatic speak and timidity out of fear over the unknown is a horrible way to conduct foreign policy.  In this case, the wobbly knee crowd are fretting over the Muslim Brotherhood.

Might it not have occurred to these ‘thinkers’ that by not speaking truth  about Mubarak we are only strengthening the argument that the Brotherhood is making about the situation, and those in the world who are not standing with the protestors?

Sarah Palin Comments On…Um….Uprising In…Um…..Egypt

Vacuous.

“And nobody yet has, no body yet has explained to the American public what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us know who it is who will be taking the place of Mubarak and um, no, not, not real um enthused about what it is that that’s being done on a national level and from D.C. in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt. And um, in these areas that are so volatile right now because obviously it’s not just Egypt but the other countries too where we are seeing uprisings, we know that now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House.  We need to know what it is that America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with.  And um, we do not have all that information yet.”

Egypt Proves Why Continual Prodding On Reform Issues Matter

There was no way not to be near CNN today.  The events from Egypt were compelling and I think will prove to be historic.  There is no way to contain what has been unleashed  across the landscape of one of the most intriguing places on the face of the earth.   As I watched the famous footage of the masses crossing the bridge and being bombarded with tear gas one thing was obvious.

 The future is now.

Over the decades many American leaders have tried to prod and entice nations like Egypt, and leaders like Hosni Mubarak, to make the needed reforms so their people could find gainful employment and be able to participate more fully in day-to-day decisions.  That America did not always commit as forcefully to the needed reforms so not to up-end the delicate dance of international relations was short-sighted.  It was so in Iran, and will likely prove to be the case in Egypt.

The desire of people for increased liberties and economic freedoms are never able to be tamped down forever.  American leaders knew it was only a matter of time before patience would wear thin in places like Egypt.

Judith Miller, a reporter and analyst that I really like, appeared on Fox News this evening.  (Miller should really have her own show on Fox News, as she is the only one worth watching on that network.)  In moments like this when large events take place I like to see how all the major TV networks cover a story and the points they want to make.  Hence, that is why I was watching a network I usually excoriate.

Miller spoke of the average citizen in Egypt making less than $4.00 a day.  In 2011, and after decades of promises and no real results from Mubarak, it is easy to see why the people are taking to the streets from Alexandria to Suez to Cairo.   It is for these reasons that pressure was applied on Mubarak over time for movement on reforms.  Just not enough pressure.

That Mubarak is likely not to be able to hold on to power is more and more a matter of discussion for everyone.  The question then becomes what follows.

Which takes me back to Judith Miller. 

In 1996 she authored a book “God Has Ninety-Nine Names”  It is one of the rare times that I underlined portions of text in one of my books.  She writes with clarity about the Muslim Brotherhood and the reasons they should be taken seriously, and be alarmed over.  She writes of the beginnings of the Brotherhood in Suez in 1928 and the rise of this political powerhouse organization.   

That Mubarak dealt with the Brotherhood harshly will now prove to be a painful lesson the region might have to live with, and hopefully learn from.  That America and other nations did not force the lifting of emergency laws that has kept hundreds of the Brotherhood in prison in Egypt was wrong.    That these laws in some cases have been on the books for decades is criminal.

Though the Brotherhood lost all their parliamentary seats in the last general election does not mean they could not win a fair election in Egypt in a post-Mubarak era.  That election result would have major ramifications that would shake everything from Tel Aviv to Wall Street.

When liberals or even some conservatives bring up the idea that more pressure has to be put on this leader or that country to restructure government or implement reforms it might be important to listen.  History shows that if left unchecked there will be a day of reckoning.

It is not weakness to demand reform for those around the globe in need of it.

The question is if anyone who watched CNN today will learn something about the next ‘Egypt” that is simmering someplace around the globe.