Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thoughts on Egypt
In looking at pictures of the events in Egypt, I am struck by the absence of anti-Americanism. Maybe they are there, but just haven't been captured on film. However, I find this unlikely as the burning of American flags and effigies are usually what the media likes to seize on.
I find the absence of the anti-American rhetoric fascinating because:
- The US is a powerful symbol to rail against in any protest, but especially in the middle east
- The US provides copious amounts of assistance to the Egyptian government that the people are intent on bringing down
The only image I saw that had any reference to the US was some protesters pointing out that a tear gas canister had "made in the USA" written on it.
I guess sometimes it is not all about us.
It uneases me that the future of the country (and perhaps the region) hinges on the wisdom of a leader who has clearly lost touch with the world around him. Hopefully he will recognize that he must move on and that a peaceful transition of power can be achieved.
I'm not holding my breath.