It is pretty exciting to see modern events happening in real-time. I really especially enjoyed the recent news and how the press had cameras on the marches and the crowds. We got to basically feel the energy and the determination of both sides which is undoubtably one of the only benefits to 24/7 media. And the witness of a momentous event that was almost completely blood-less was something of a wonder. This is not to say these kind of events are to be necessarily wanted, but namely that when they do happen its nice to have a front-row seat so to speak. Perhaps this kind of scrutiny drives people to find peaceful methods to their operation as well? With the entire world watching, its difficult to pull things off that both sides might have attempted if the scrutiny had not been applied. As I type this blog report up on the Fourth Of July, I can not but help but wonder if events came together just for our holiday celebrating freedom? It’s a nice sentiment anyway.
Granted, it is very possible that events could go wrong in Egypt as well. Its unknown what Government is going to form in Egypt ultimately assuming elections are held in a timely matter. We know now that the military is going to install a temporary leader for “the time being” but we don’t know if they have other plans. As long as the military follows through with installation of a genuine Government we should see genuine elections that really will decide the fate for the Egyptian people. With the US not even interested in violence according to this recent release:
The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people. Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution. I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters. Given today’s developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.
We can at least hope that violence remains off the table for all sides. The displeasure the US has for the chain of events is evident,however. Our Government is upset about the removal of one political party that it favors, and wants that political party returned to power immediately. Ironically, this is directly countered by this statement in the first paragraph (and outright lie)
The United States does not support particular individuals or political parties, but we are committed to the democratic process and respect for the rule of law.
Although a very glaring lie, we can rest easy knowing that there is no threat of violence even applied in this statement. The stick applied is the 1.3 Billion $ that the US gives Egypt every-year. Now that the US is going to monitor the solution and to not give away aid if the military stays in power too long, we know that at least the US might be upset about events but at least they aren’t going to take vengeance on the people for their decision. Remember, the Egyptian people rose up against the Muslim Brotherhoods themselves and they were the causes to this entire chain of events. If the people had not demanded earlier elections and demanded more power sharing we wouldn’t be discussing this event. In that case, the word coup is not really applicable to this chain of events. What ended up happening was a spontaneous public revolution that is continuing the trends from the earlier Arab Spring movement. In Egypt, the people have finally figured out what they want and that happens to not be the Muslim Brotherhood which is cherished so much by the US Government.
And as events unfold I think the entire world can celebrate freedom as more people have learned about this first-hand in the Middle East and how something as simple as demonstrations CAN make a difference in your Government. Happy Fourth Of July or “Happy Freedom Day!” to those from over-seas.