I Have a Gripe

February 11, 2011

Mubarak Resigns (Finally) – What’s Next?

Filed under: International News,Security — alvb1227 @ 5:17 pm
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It appears the protesters in Egypt have won. It has just been announced that Mubarak has resigned.  As I watch the news and read posts on social media, I am seeing mixed emotions. Just like everyone else, I feel compelled to put in my two cents.

What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?-Thomas Jefferson

I know many worry that this is going to be an opportunity for extreme groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood, to take over and yes, that is possible. But I have to tell you, I don’t see that happening. Let me explain why.

In my opinion one of the reasons Iraq has become such a nightmare is because you can’t just hand someone their freedom. Freedom needs to rise up from the people, just like it did here in the U.S. over 200 years ago. I really believe they are going to watch diligently to see who tries to rise to power and will not allow extremists to take over.

This rise up in Egypt has came from the people. They have taken control of their neighborhood with checkpoints and watches. They have protected the elderly. They fought back thugs sent in by the government. They have created a “tent city” which could almost be considered a microcosm of a new society.

It also seems that the Egyptian people trust the military, so I think for now, the people will be comfortable with that while change is taking place.

So what should we do as Americans to support this change? First – pray. Pray for the people of Egypt that they will stay diligent and understand that this is the beginning of a long process. Second, as K.T. McFarland put it, “one election does not a democracy make.” Like we did when the wall fell, we should send individuals, not to dictate, but to advise only. Let the Egyptian people know we support them and will help them through this. The U.N. should send in people to help, but we all know they are useless and corrupt, so it is probably best they stay out of it.

So who could rise to power? I think Google Exec Wael Ghonim might be a good place to start. He was a major factor in the “social media uprising” and seems to have a calm and even head.

We can only hope that this is a first step for those who have been suppressed, especially in that part of the world, will see all of this as an inspiration that they can be free as well. Ultimately, this will make the world safer, if successful, because it could potentially minimize the influence of extremists and let the “common man” take control of their own destiny.

God Bless the people of Egypt.

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