Egypt Military is Fraternizing with the Protestors

The NYT has a good article by David Kirkpatrick and photos of the “chaos” in Egypt.

Strike chaos, make that an uprising.

CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt struggled to maintain a tenuous hold on power on Saturday as the police withdrew from the major cities and the military did nothing to hold back tens of thousands of demonstrators defying a curfew to call for an end to his nearly 30 years of authoritarian rule.

Wow.  When the military was streaming toward Tiannanmen Square in China, the protesters pleaded with the military to join instead of squashing the uprising.  The Chinese troops followed their orders.

Speaking of uprisings.  Some folks out there are asking the media to refer to the events in Egypt as an uprising, not chaos.

Al Jazeera is reported to have been told to leave Egypt.  Will they leave?

The most important political events on this small blue planet are happening in Egypt right now.  Hope this will continue to develop toward the military joining the protests and leading to a political change instead of a military crackdown.

Mr. Mubarak – Resign now.  President Obama, call on Mubarak to step down.

The most important political events on this small blue planet are happening in Egypt right now.

David Neiwert Looks at Home Grown Terrorism

Thought I got this posted yesterday, but I saved and didn’t publish.  Still worth a look I think.

David Neiwert has a powerful graphic showing the cloud of violence that exists here in the US.  A map of violence and terrorism from the political right wing fringe against citizens, liberals, and the government.

It’s strange how the conflict here in the US is right-wingers instigating and inciting violence against “liberals and big government” while in Egypt it is the people in the streets demonstrating to take down a very right-wing, militarist administration led by a guy who will do the bidding of the US in the Middle East as long as we will keep the money flowing. It’s not like the US government is a utopian, socialist endeavor.

Probably the right-wingers with paranoia are right about their fear of the government, but wrong about details and solutions.  It’s not the currency that is the problem so much as the influence of money in the political realm.  It’s not the imaginary death panels in a corporatist health care makeover, it’s the way-too-real suspension of habeas corpus and the pervasive violation of 4th amendment search and seizure that occurs in a surveillance society.

GWOT Expeditionary Ribbon

But maybe I am wrong about all that.  I am told the economic recession is over, the economy is bouncing back, Iraqis love the democracy we have gifted to them paid for by money borrowed from China, there is a light at the end of the tunnel in Afghanistan, we are about to enter a new era of enlightened innovation that will put a chicken dinner in every microwave.

And I guess that’s working for me.  I am heading in to the office shortly to put in a day drafting bankruptcy documents on Sunday.  I will see a little extra prosperity that I don’t really need in the next check.

It’s Sunday, how about a little Gospel Wisdom, a challenge to understand from the parables, Matthew 13:12 “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

May you live in abundance.  Jump in and chat if you have a take on all this.  I will check in from time to time to day to join the discussion, if one arises.   I have my own take on Matthew 13:12.  I don’t think Jesus was thinking about the flat tax.