Friday, February 11, 2011

History Made

Sometimes when history is being made around us, we miss the clues until later. I think that most people who have an awareness of the wider world will remember how they heard that Mubarak resigned today as president of Egypt. I first saw the news on Facebook, which is typical for where I see breaking news these days - Facebook or Twitter.

Obviously, this is only a first step, and much remains to be seen. But what an amazing first step.

Revolution never comes easily. And we must not forget that lives were lost during this one. People are willing to die for Freedom. Amazing that such a nebulous concept could exact such a concrete price.


Judith said...

There are dates that live in history. December 7, 1941, ushered us into a global conflict.

September 11, 2001, started a different kind of war and has been much forgotten by many less than ten years later.

I remember the assassination of Anwar Sadat - and will probably remember the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.

Those who will not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. People in general seem to be slow learners.

I am grateful that this didn't (so far) spark a large conflagration. Something positive came from the internet organization and mobilization of people in what was a relatively peaceful demonstration.

No political change is ever accomplished without exacting a price in human life. How regrettable!

Patsy Terrell said...

We do seem incredibly slow to learn.