Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Egypt Is an Inspiration for Us All

Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 11th February, 2011

For the past fortnight I have been glued to my iplayer, watching Al Jazeera hour after hour, as events in Egypt have unfolded. Like the crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, I have experienced a roller-coaster of emotions, from euphoria to despair. Last night was a low point, to put it mildly, as the widely anticpated resignation by President Mubarak didn’t happen. But the crowds went out onto the streets again after Friday prayers today, defiant. So there was justifiable ecstasy this evening when Hosni Mubarak did eventually stand down. Ecstasy mixed with relief, as this could have turned really nasty had the regime dug its heels in more firmly. As it is, around 300 pro-democracy demonstrators are understood to have lost their lives since the protests began. In recent hours, Western leaders have been reacting — most European heads of government, including Britain’s David Cameron, in rather muted terms, expressing hopes that Egypt can move safely from what is now a sort of military fostering to genuine multi-party democracy. The United States stood longer by President Mubarak than most states did, yet tonight Barack Obama trumped his European counterparts by giving a moving short speech, praising the Egyptian people. They have indeed been an inspiration for us all.

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2 Responses to “Egypt Is an Inspiration for Us All”

  1. Luis Vega said

    The stereotype of the savage Arab or the unsophisticated Muslim has been shattered by the inspiring example of thousands of Egyptian civilians, and its military, that intelligently resisted the traps set by former dictator Hosni Mubarak to provoke violence and justify massive repression against them. An example of gigantic proportions broadcast on live television to the whole world.

    Egyptians (civilian and military) resisted violence and together liberated their country transforming the way the world looks at the region and its people forever. Masterfully done. Now its the responsibility of the world to assist Egypt succeed in this endeavor. One in which we are all invested – whether Egyptian or not. Once again Egypt leads the Arab world by example. This time leading its brothers and sisters towards freedom through peaceful resistance. Mahshallah! السلام يكون معكم

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