Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dark Days Ahead

I am troubled about the fact that the Internet has been shut down in Egypt in response to the protests on the streets of Cairo and throughout the nation. I was one who always naively believed that the Internet COULDN'T be shut down. That was the whole point of the Internet. How stupid I was.

Of course there is one button that the governments can press that puts all us rebellious peasants back into the dark ages - deprived of our Twitter, Skype, and Blogger. I thought that shutting down one site like Wikileaks was wrong. Imagine how I feel about how easily a whole country can be isolated from those very things that can bring about change.

Tunisia brought about a revolution without guns. Of course the military industrial complex would never allow that to happen in a place that mattered, like Egypt. I am sure that no one in power ever suspected that keeping a highly educated workforce in poverty would ever lead to riots and revolution. Anyone with a brain, however, knew that all that was needed was a spark.

At least from my seat I can still see what is happening in Egypt because not all the avenues for information have been blocked.


D.I. Felipe González said...

My "history of Technology" teacher once told us that history didn't respect calendar dates. That decades end and begin with important changes. Maybe the decade that started with 9/11 is about to end.
Quoting V: "Ideas are bulletproof".

TS Hendrik said...

It's pretty outrageous. Can anyone blame them for fighting back when they're being shut down as a people? I read a story this morning that the people of Iraq have been looking on and applauding that they're standing up for themselves without intervention from another country.

Kal said...

Well you know there are people in your government that are just DYING to be told that they can't send the troops into Egypt or Iran or even Tunisia. Halliburton is only counting the money they are losing not being allowed to do that. I hope the people do not get supressed and that their military turns against the government. Sure that means some General will be in charge for the time being but it will stabalize the situation. The last time that happened in Egypt, Nassar shook up the status quo. Lets just hope the new guy learns from history and doesn't attack Israel.

Paladin said...

I'm torn and concerned on this situation. Mubarak is a tyrant, who has fostered a bad situation through the use of a "state of emergency" since the late 1960's. The people in Egypt deserve and desire better from their government. I truly hope they achieve that end.

I'd feel a little better about things if one of the leading forces perched ready to swing into power was not the Muslim Brotherhood - which was founded in Egypt. A Caliphate Theocracy certainly won't bring about the era of freedom and democracy that the young people of Egypt are craving now. Just look at what happened when a popular revolt deposed the Shah in Iran back when you and I were kids - and what he was replaced with.

Weeeee.. power to the people! Or not.

Remember the riots in Iran last year?... and how the current regime there put it down with a booted foot in the face of the protestors?

We live in interesting times, my Friend. With all the tension and worry that brings with it.

Kal said...

I am glad that they have the chance to solve their own problems and not have other countries try to solve it for them. I know you are hugging your 'Betty' tighter tonight (the gun, not the dog) but I don't want to see a whole riotous population firing back. Rubber bullets and water cannons have killed less than ten. I want them to be angry but safe if that makes any sense. said...

Wow. Dark days ahead - and now - indeed.

Pat Tillett said...

this is frigging scary! Somebody told me that the military is not really doing anything at all to the protestors, it's the police that is doing all the head crunching.