Thursday, February 03, 2011

This morning I called Ahmad, my long time driver and asked his thoughts on the events in Egypt, his home country. Behind the concern for the day's violence, I could hear the smile in his voice. He went on to tell me about the conversations he's had with relatives and of the banter in the community and then he exclaimed, "We are going to have a Democracy, finally Mubarak will be gone and we'll have a Democracy."

Let's hope so.

Kim

3 Comments:

Blogger J said...

malheursement, it's a little early to begin celebrating. There is still a lot of water that must pass under the bridge between autocracy and full democracy in Egypt. But at least it appears to be a start.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous VJ said...

Yep. It's just the beginning. Sorry. Cheers, 'VJ'

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Egypt needs a better economy. While all people deserve freedom, food and opportunity is more important and on that account Egypt is a failure. I can't see how that changes, especially if the Brotherhood gains substantial influence - which I expect. Egypt not only gets $1.3B in US military aid but $800B in economic aid. They can't support an Islamic Revolution on oil a la Iran.

My expectations are that life for women will become more difficult, more constrained as the fundamentalists exert the social control the state has thwarted. The rest is murky.
-M

7:28 PM  

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