Friday, February 11, 2011

The Revolution will be Tweeted

For the second time in my life I have witnessed a true revolution. The masses took the the streets of Egypt and would not be ignored. Some of the images straight from the streets are just amazing.

I have many memories of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the former Eastern Bloc but what most don't realize is that process took months to years. The Egyptian people overthrew a thirty year dictatorship in a matter of DAYS. If that is not a stunning testament to the power of modern communication technology and social media then I don't know what could possibly be.

I just hope that this atmosphere of unity that the Egyptian people have displayed can be maintained and that they can actually form a viable Democracy in the Middle East. If the most populous Arab nation can do that they may actually be able to pull that region out of it's terrible history for brutal dictatorships and harsh religious regimes.

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