Saturday, February 12, 2011

A New Time in Egypt

Egypt's Mubarak has resigned.  Now we wait to see what will happen next.

"Egyptians have inspired us, and they've done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained by violence," Obama said. "For Egypt, it was the moral force of nonviolence, not terrorism, not mindless killing, but nonviolence, moral force, that bent the arc of history toward justice once more."

Let's hope that what follows this arc of justice and moral force will continue to be without violence to the world.

And what about the very powerful role technology has played in bringing about this revolution?

The seemingly unmovable president was finally toppled by an uprising that grew from small groups of young activists organizing on the Internet. Google manager Wael Ghonim, 30 -- who set up a popular protest page on Facebook and is now seen as one of the revolution's figureheads -- told CNN that he wanted to thank Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for supplying the tools that helped mobilize masses of Egyptians.

It can be so easy to consider the computer a toy, a recreational tool.  I say this non-facetiously--Maybe Mark Zuckerberg will get the Nobel Peace Prize.




7 comments:

  1. This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses. You’ve got a design here thats not too flashy, but makes a statement as big as what you’re saying. Great job, indeed.

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  2. We will now all hold our collective breaths and hope what was started will satisfy the starters. An amazing piece of history.

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  3. Thanks for the blog comment. It's nice to meet you.
    As the first commenter said, "This is a smart blog". Certainly this posting is. You said so much so succinctly, and left me with something to ponder. Mark Zuckerberk and the Peace Prize!

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  4. Transparency. Really. We the people of the world can do anything.

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  5. I love the notion of Mark Zuckerburg receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. It's amazing what humans can accomplish when they are passionate about something.

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  6. It has always been my belief that you cannot bring democracy to anyone. Like Bush tried to do in Iraq and like we are still trying to do. People have to want democracy, beg for it, be willing to fight for it, be willing to die for it. They have a long way to go, but it is a start. Now, they have to continue to want it badly enough to stay the course.

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  7. Oh my gosh. I bet he will. And maybe an Academy Award.

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