Egypt: Why We Cannot Afford to Ignore What is Happening
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As we enter the month of February, a month dedicated to the remembrance of our pilgrimage from being enslaved in the land of the FREE … a pilgrimage that still has open wounds … wounds that have been hard to heal … we cannot afford to turn our heads or close our eyes to what is happening in Egypt. The piercing words which Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail are still warm and will never grow cold. He reminded us that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
We cannot turn away from the horror we’ve witnessed in Egypt. Blood-soaked clothing of people on the streets, screams of those who are injured and in excruciating pain, those wrapped in sheets in the morgues, or the thousands upon thousands camped out, calling for their 30 year iron-fist leader, Hosni Mubarak, to “LEAVE NOW” are all etched in our memory. We cannot deafen our ears to these familiar voices. The voices of those who are … tired of being oppressed … tired of police brutality and corruption, tired of not being able to feed their families because of a lack of employment … these voices cannot be silenced. Even when employed, the wages received are barely enough to survive because of the rising prices of food and other living expenses. A man’s dignity is linked to being able to adequately support his family.
To add insult to injury, virtually all Internet access was shut down, temporarily interrupting the protestors’ freedom of speech so the rest of the world could not witness what was happening.
Our fate remains intertwined. There will always be people in power who claim to love their country, but not love ALL of the people in it. To me, this is an oxymoron because what is a country without the PEOPLE? And what is the point of having a ruler if there are no people? Furthermore, what kind of love leaves people struggling from day to day without having access to equal opportunities?
As you view these videos, and many others on YouTube, remember … the thread of humanity does not have any breaks in it, we are all tied together as ONE.
The Tehran Times reported, “According to Nasrallah (Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah) the world is witnessing a real, patriotic, and popular Egyptian revolution in which Muslims and Christians are participating as well as various movements.” Nasrallah said “In this revolution, all Egyptians are taking part, including children, women, men, intellectuals, scholars, workers. But the major and strongest element in this revolution remains the youth generation. That’s why we can say that we’re before a complete revolution.”
Egypt reminds us that when people grow weary of being oppressed, abused, and denied basic human rights, they will eventually come together, rise up and rebel out of desperation.
Egypt is not far away. The people are not far away. Egypt is in our homes via television and newspapers. Egypt is in our hands via technology. Some of us have relatives in Egypt and for many of us, Egypt will remain in our hearts because of our common humanity.