I get chills hearing of the bravery of Egyptians facing down Mubarak, the US backed thug. This could be a historic moment. Democracy could emerge here after all these years. It's very encouraging.
Tunisia is regarded as the first Wikileaks revolution, and the Egyptian outbreak is believed to have been fueled by it as well. People are figuring out what I've known for a long time regarding Al Jazeera. It's pretty darn good and doing some amazing work here. In many ways they actually act like journalists, criticizing powerful regimes. The right wing is spinning, trying to pretend that support for Mubarak's brutal dictatorship isn't something they supported. Sure, we've given him tens of billions in military aid and protesters are being gassed and abused with US made products, but that's not indicative of anything. Here's Victor Davis Hansen's effort. No credit for Wikileaks of course. It's the internet, which apparently only recently came to Egypt and they realized they were poor finally. None of that yearning to be free stuff. He blames the people themselves for their condition, with beliefs incompatible with successful "capitalist democracy." And he looks on at this courageous display of democracy with extreme pessimism, "expecting the worst". What a joke he is. I used to read him regularly. Incidentally inequality is worse in the US than in Egypt, but I'll leave that aside for now.
The state has cut off the internet, but the people are defiant. The military says they will not fire on protesters. So the demonstrations continue and I very much hope that this results in positive things.