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Being a relatively peaceful individual and living in relatively peaceful Canada, I do not like to hear of chaos, violence, shootings, or society on the rampage and out of control anywhere, but in this ever-changing world, once again it is happening. The quiet, dusty world of sleeping mummies and the Great Pyramids is being rudely awakened by violent uprising.
For several days now there have been massive demonstrations in Egypt. A veritable revolution is being held with chanting crowds on the rampage, looting, arson and shootings. Troops are using rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators. Blood is being spilled. Thousands of inmates have escaped jails, including Muslim militants. Police have reportedly disappeared from the streets.
Deaths and more major confrontations will most likely continue in Cairo and other major centers. Demonstrators will continue to demand the removal of Mubarak's authoritarian dictatorship until that change has been achieved. Egyptians are voicing angry dissent and unhappiness with the corrupt status quo with much vigour.
Mubarak's reign is supported by the United States, and Hosni has ruled Egypt with an iron fist for over 30 years. In response to the contemporary revolution, he has ordered troops and tanks into the streets to shoot at demonstrators.
A 6:00 pm curfew has been established; citizens are no longer free to stroll amicably in the streets of Cairo, shop in the markets, conduct any assembly of persons, or wander down the street to visit with momma, poppa and grandchildren.
In an almost unheard of move, the Internet has been shut down, and armed F16 fighter jets are flying over downtown Cairo to instill fear in the population.
I wonder what Mr. Hosni Mubarak is so deathly afraid of? Shoppers? Visiting children? Political reform?
He is afraid of losing power and control, but more likely, he is afraid of losing his collected fortunes, his treasures, and any access to his spoiled, premium, obscenely rich and luxurious lifestyle.
Most civilized people know that power corrupts just surely as wealth is concentrated by greed. We must conclude it unlikely Mr. Mubarak is any different from any other control freak or greedy opportunist that has held power for a very long term. In the face of poverty, unemployment and anger in the general populace, he doesn't want to give it up.
The fact is, as history teaches repetitively, change must be made willingly, or it will eventually be established by demonstration, force, or civil war.
Should peace-loving people instead resign to their fate of oppression and poverty silently? Is the revolution merely another example of collective human insanity unleashed, or is it a genuine sign that democracy is not dead?
How is the reader to interpret what is happening? I think the inevitable must prevail. Nothing remains the same. Change is inevitable. Change WILL happen simply because democracy is not dead.
Transition to democracy will occur, one way or the other if only for the fact that Mubarak, unless he is totally brain-dead, must recognize that his vicious, iron-fisted response to the demonstrations, and his subsequent misuse of the military, abuse of authority and suppression of expression of speech are the most blatant condemnations of the rule he has practiced.
Perhaps he does not recognize the fact that truth always comes out regardless of how well hidden it may be. Perhaps he is vicious enough to be certain of his power and will continue to tighten the grip on Egyptian society for a while, but in doing so he is merely offering more proof that his reign is decadent and requires termination.
In the aggregate opinion of democratic peoples world wide, the principle of stifling free speech is unacceptable. The inexcusable action of using national troops and armaments viciously against the citizens of their own country is criminal.
In spite of the shut-down internet, EGYPT is as visible as any 3D picture of your dusty old Pyramids. The world is watching, so at the very minimum, surrender your corrupt regime with a modicum of dignity, Mr. Mubarak.
In the eyes of the world, Egypt is not much different than any other aspiring nation; so let the people speak, -or carefully stand aside, for change IS inevitable, and soon.