2 thoughts on “Jubilation

  1. A guest at WNYC’s forum on living through revolutions/revolts/transitions of power was ecstatic and crying with joy.

    But, now the discussion is back to the percentages which subsequently fail or go authoritarian. One guest just mentioned how Cromwell’s revolutions did lead to actual representative gov’t. No mention of the blood cost, of course…. And I’d recently heard a history program about the incredible horrors Cromwell inflicted on civilian populations in Ireland; it seemed that once the army had crossed the bright line against ethnic cleansing, it became standard MO. Shudder.

    Now, gotta get RL stuff actually DONE.

  2. Once more observation heard from WNYC — Egypt is showing the downside of nonviolent change. Once the leader is gone, the regime still remains in place and that has to be dealt with.

    Simon Shama (sp?): Revolutions tend to stress the young to stress rejuvenation of the body politic. The leaders of the army are very old guys, so some military leader needs to come along to say “I represent the rebirth of Egypt, follow our lead and we will have a new, great Egypt.”

    Question is whether Suleiman will allow anything like this. Army has been tainted by public learning it takes part in torture and repression. New guest, Egyptian, saying many young people have served in the army, feel close to the the army, thus much of the trust. Can US tell army to act more liberally (given that Obama likes the Powers That Be and wants Suleiman in place to satisfy Israel and keep Gaza under strict control???).

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