Revolution in Egypt, from an Egyptians perspective.
One thing that I know for sure about the current revolution in Egypt is that President Hosni Mubarak will not run for election again. Now I've studied my share of world history, and I would be honestly shocked if Mubarak ends up stepping down or gets overthrown. As a high ranking member of the Egyptian Army, he is a very stern man, and I predict he will stand his ground, although I would be more than happy if he resigns. Personally, it's funny to me how due to what’s basically a “love triangle” between the US, Israeli and Egyptian governments, none can be affected without the other losing something. The US is currently reviewing the military aid that is given to Egypt, and might cut back on it until they become a true democracy. How about they cut back the aid to Israel until they figure out a two-state solution between themselves and Palestine? Oh I forgot, they wont do that.
The government in Egypt has always been an important subject for me. As an Egyptian, I feel that the current government is only working to an extent, and not it’s full potential. I got to Egypt every summer, and personally, I see the conditions getting worse. The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. Being that I wanted to see the world media’s reaction on the current revolution in Egypt, I chose to do some more research on the topic. As I searched for blogs and news articles on Google, I came across this one article: Social media sense: Egypt’s ban did nothing <http://vator.tv/news/2011-02-03-social-media-sense-egypts-ban-did-nothing> This article provided a lot of information and opinions on the current revolution in Egypt, and also how social media affected it. Some people felt that social media played a big role in the current revolution in Egypt.
“The Internet shutdown did do something: it cost Egypt's economy as much as$90 million, or $18 million per day.”
This statistic didn't really surprise me all that much, but it did make me feel upset. It upsets me because the government doesn’t notice that they’re losing so much money, and yet everything is at a stand still. They try and give little statements to supposedly “uplift” the people, but it just gets worse.
In another article, “Adm. Mullen on Stopping Aid to Egypt: 'Caution Against' It Right Now”http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2011/02/adm-mike-mullen-on-stopping-aid-to-egypt-caution-against-it-right-now.html, there was this one statement that made me nod my head in agreement. It was: “There is a lot of uncertainty out there and I would just caution against doing anything until we really understand what’s going on” This is so true, because I don’t see why they should cut off aid to Egypt until they become a proper democracy, when, as I said earlier, they won’t cut off aid to Israel.