In long-repressed states of the Arab world, what began as a modern keystroke revolution – and thus a peaceful one – may yet be put down with the classic tools of an old-fashioned dictator: clubs and thugs, as universal as those western values.
But in the Internet age, no authoritarian can keep his own people from knowing the truth. Millions of Egyptians are disgusted with their leadership. They have hope. They want change. And we should stand with them with the tools of an open society: ideas and technology, and maybe a deft diplomatic nudge. Beyond that, it’s out of American hands. MORE...
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Tim Egan on Egypt: "Bonfire of American Vanities"
Tim Egan (NY Times op-ed):