I’m watching images of the crowds cheering “Free Egypt” as they hear that Mubarak has stepped down.
Having read El Baradei’s article in the NY Times this morning (his viewpoint seems very balanced to me) I feel optimistic that the recent communications technologies will continue to give people opportunities and motivation to address imbalances in power.
Here’s a quote:
“young Egyptians, gazing through the windows of the Internet, have gained a keener sense than many of their elders of the freedoms and opportunities they lack. They have found in social media a way to interact and share ideas, bypassing, in virtual space, the restrictions placed on physical freedom of assembly.”
I love his conclusion in this article as well:
“We are at the dawn of a new Egypt. A free and democratic society, at peace with itself and with its neighbors, will be a bulwark of stability in the Middle East and a worthy partner in the international community. The rebirth of Egypt represents the hope of a new era in which Arab society, Muslim culture and the Middle East are no longer viewed through the lens of war and radicalism, but as contributors to the forward march of humanity, modernized by advanced science and technology, enriched by our diversity of art and culture and united by shared universal values.
We have nothing to fear but the shadow of a repressive past.”