January 31st, 2011

S.C. Hickman

Egyptian Solidarity: Silence is a Crime - Ela Toghat Al Alaam

“We cannot be silent about what has happened.
   Silence is a crime. The blood of those who fell cannot be wasted.” 
     - an Egyptian Woman - as told by Mansoura Ez-Eldin author of Maryam's Maze
and Beyond Paradise

The hypocrisy of western liberals is breathtaking: they publicly supported democracy, and now, when the people revolt against the tyrants on behalf of secular freedom and justice, not on behalf of religion, they are all deeply concerned."
     - Slavoj Zizek Why fear the Arab revolutionary spirit? 

Reading Mansoura Ez-Eldin's OP-ed piece in the NY Times Date With a Revolution I was struck not only by his honesty but by both his passion and his call for the unmasking of power in all its guises. As he tells us, even " if the regime continues to bombard us with bullets and tear gas, continues to block Internet access and cut off our mobile phones, we will find ways to get our voices across to the world, to demand freedom and justice." Have we not heard these words before? Is not the this the cry of all true revolutions? Isn't it what best typifies the battle cries of the revolutionary spirit itself that we "demand freedom and justice" against all perpetrators of tyranny and injustice wherever they might be? But why? Why do we sit idly by watching from the sidelines, as if this were some Debordian spectacle rather than the troubled flames of a people tired of the harshness of an impossible situation?


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