Friday, February 11, 2011

Egypt Ousts Dictator, Installs Military

Egyptians got their wish today, and Mubarak has stepped down. In his place he has left the military to govern the country. I suppose this outcome was unavoidable, but I'm hard pressed to push the "Success!" button yet. Mainly, I'm reminded of this quote by ultra-genius H.L. Mencken:

Off goes the head of the king, and tyranny gives way to freedom. The change seems abysmal. Then, bit by bit, the face of freedom hardens, and by and by it is the old face of tyranny. Then another cycle, and another. But under the play of all these opposites there is something fundamental and permanent — the basic delusion that men may be governed and yet be free.

The Egyptians are playing their part in the never ending cycle, and I hope it works out for them. Their military seems sympathetic to the cause, so perhaps some real solidarity could take hold, and a freer government erected. Only time will tell.

How the people of Egypt execute their revolution will ripple through their society for decades, if not centuries. I wish them the best of luck. They're going to need it.

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