Friday, February 11, 2011

F R E E D O M


This is what it looks like.


This is how powerful it is.


This is the hope it brings.


This is what we tell our children is worth fighting for at all costs.


What we've just witnessed is nothing short of astonishing.

Revel in this.

ABC News: Mubarak Steps Down, Cairo Erupts with Joy/2.11.11

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your visual assessment is stunning.
Amen

paleotectonics said...

Now, we can't be too joyful, must comfort the afflicted among us.

You know, Repubs, the Villagers, a whole conference currently in tears.

Can't have happy brown pagans, ya know.

(as much as I am thrilled for the Egyptian people, and I don't care who ends up governing there, as long as they do the will of the Egyptians, that is how much the CPAC bullshit depresses me)

Steven D Skelton said...

Paleo

I'm not sure what you're getting at. I know there is disagreement about what conclusion best served our interests...but I don't think it was a left/right divide.

I've seen comments on this ranging the spectrum from voices that ranged the spectrum.

Even the administration (hardly CPAC people) initially supported Mubarak in this thing.

Anon said...

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

Run and hide Mubarak. Egypt belongs to Egyptians again.

Christine said...

We have video available everywhere, and words aplenty, but when it really comes down to it, nothing seems to convey the depth, emotion and magic of a moment better than photography.

Of course, I'm biased. :-)

I think that even for those of us who don't do photojournalism, THIS is still the reason we pick up a camera... to capture that sliver of time and tell a story with it. And that story, over and over in the last 2 weeks, has been proof that a government can be toppled through non-violent means. I wonder if anything could motivate American youth similarly...

Ducky said...

We live in interesting times. A spontaneous uprising is a historic rarity, and they usually don't end well. The only one that comes to mind is the French Revolution, and France didn't see anything approaching democracy for another 100 years. It will be fascinating to watch events unfold, and see who gets to stay and who gets their bags packed for them. I would have to disagree with the last picture: this is only the beginning.

Kevin Davis said...

Wait, Glenn Beck told me this was a "coming insurrection" uniting Marxists and radical Islamists who are out to destroy Western civilization and establish a new caliphate?

And like Sarah Palin said, the regime change is for naught if we don't know who is going to take over... which I'm sure she felt the same when the decision to invade Iraq came.

Welcome to Obama's America.

(eat that bill white)

Rob said...

I usually agree with your takes, Chez, but I'm going to reserve judgment on this one.
Of course, I'm heartened to see people stand up to a brutal dictator and take their power back.
However, if this is a first step towards turning Egypt into an oppressive theocracy a la Iran, then nothing's been accomplished. An evil will have been replaced by an even greater one.

-RPR Media Blog

Sheriff Bart said...

Looking forward to an end of all the sign waving. you know... the easy shit.
Looking forward to the building of a government.
You know... the hard shit.

abu said...

To think all this was triggered by a slap...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/22/world/africa/22sidi.html?_r=1

butterfly effect in practice

Bill Orvis White said...

A caliphate is coming and y'all wanna do is dance. What's wrong with y'all?

Anonymous said...

How did they do it without guns???