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    Support for Egyptian Uprising

    by earwicga
    2nd February, 2011 at 4:37 pm    

    Via Al Jazeera, Rabbi Michael Lerner writes in support of the protesters in Egypt, concluding:

    In normal times, when the forces of repression seem to be winning, this kind of thinking is dismissed as “utopian” by the “realists” who shape public political discourse. But when events like the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt occur, for a moment the politicians and media are stunned enough to allow a different kind of thinking to emerge, the kind of thinking that acknowledged that underneath all the “business as usual” behaviour of the world’s peoples, the yearning for a world based on solidarity, caring for each other, freedom, self-determination, justice, non-violence and yes, even love and generosity, remains a potent and unquenchable thirst that may be temporarily repressed but never fully extinguished.

    It is this recognition that leads many Jews to join with the rest of the world’s peoples in celebrating the uprising, in praying that it does not become manipulated by the old regime into paths that too quickly divert the hopes for a brand new kind of order into politics and economics as usual, or into extremist attempts to switch the anger from domestic elites who have been the source of Egyptian oppression onto Jews or Israel which have not been responsible for the suffering of the Egyptian people.

    We hope that Egyptians will hear the news that they have strong support from many in the Jewish world. We are not waffling like Obama - we want the overthrow of Mubarak, the freeing of all political prisoners, the redistribution of wealth in a fair way, trials for those who perpetrated torture and other forms of injustice, and the democratisation of all aspects of Egyptian life.

    News has not been good from Cairo this afternoon.  ‘Pro-Mubarak’ supporters, many of who are thought to be in the pay of Mubarak, attacked Tahrir Square where thousands were trapped.  Journalists were hunted down.  Attacks continue this evening.  Protesters were attacked in Alexandria yesterday.

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    1. damon — on 2nd February, 2011 at 6:32 pm  

      Fair play and well done to George Alagiah from the BBC who I just saw has been out in the crowds today and had done a news piece from amongst those Mubarak supporters in the neighbourhoods.

    2. douglas clark — on 2nd February, 2011 at 9:00 pm  


      We may not agree about much, but I do agree with you completely on this post.

      Your final paragraph expresses my own fears about how this might end up. I have Tiananmen Square in my head and Boris Yeltsin on top of a tank in my heart.

      This is on a knife edge.

    3. joe90 — on 2nd February, 2011 at 10:27 pm  

      The rabbi was correct obama is waffling, and the US administration is working very hard to ensure one of their agents gets to the hot seat.

      over 300 people have been killed so far, many shot by mubaraks armed forces. Stories of people with bullet holes in their chests and heads, i hope the people get the justice and end result they deserve and not another puppet who will sell them out again.

    4. douglas clark — on 2nd February, 2011 at 10:44 pm  


      What do you hope for as an outcome from this situation?

      I am kind of thinking that mubarak is gone and the muslim brotherhood are not in power. What are you hoping for?

    5. joe90 — on 2nd February, 2011 at 11:01 pm  

      a free choice for the people without outside interference or corruption.

      if they choose a secular government or an islamic one then fair is fair winner takes all.

    6. KJB — on 3rd February, 2011 at 12:13 am  

      Good coverage of this from the Graun. Apparently 3 have been killed and 1, 500 injured by Mubarak’s thugs:


    7. Refresh — on 3rd February, 2011 at 1:38 am  

      Someone else has written what I fear the most. This attack on the people, whilst the army steps aside, and Mubarak staying on until September was simply a method of ensuring Mubarak leaves his man and legacy in place.

      via the Guardian

      ‘The Obama administration, having already thrown its weight behind the military, if not Mubarak personally, thereby facilitating the outcome just described, can be expected to redouble its already bad gamble. Fearing once again that the regime might be toppled, it will lean on the Europeans, the Saudis, and others to come to Egypt’s aid. The final nail will be driven into the coffin of the failed democratic transition in Egypt. It will be back to business as usual with a repressive, U.S.-backed military regime, only now the opposition will be much more radical and probably yet more Islamist. The historic opportunity to have a democratic Egypt led by those with whom the U.S., Europe, and even Israel could do business will have been lost, maybe forever. Uncle Sam will have to eat yet more humble pie, served up by the dictator who has just been insulting him.’


      All we can do now is watch and weep, where Egypt could have been a light to the world, even Israel.

    8. douglas clark — on 3rd February, 2011 at 7:26 am  

      refresh @ 7,

      Perhaps because I have been watching Al Jazeera non stop, I do not think the battle is lost, just yet. It is my opinion that mubarak will go. And I base that on similar situations in Eastern European countries such as Hungary and the old Czechoslovakia. It is strange to watch people power reach such a frenzy that no-one knows who will win, or frankly, why.

      This is an internal revolution, and is unpredictable in it’s outcome. It has little or nothing to do with foreign affairs. It is about what Egyptians want for themselves. Least, that’s how it seems to me. I do not think the anti mubarak folk have lost. Not yet, anyway.

      I am, kind of obviously, against US client states.

    9. douglas clark — on 3rd February, 2011 at 7:57 am  


      Oops, maybe Ceausescu rather than Hungary and Czechoslovakia…

    10. jamal — on 3rd February, 2011 at 2:23 pm  

      Tony Blair: Mubarak is ‘immensely courageous and a force for good’


      reliable old tony always good for showing his double standards in support of brutal dictators.

    11. Refresh — on 4th February, 2011 at 2:51 pm  

      Johann Hari: We all helped suppress the Egyptians. So how do we change?


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