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Imagining Egypt's unrest here is difficult

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Like so many others, I've been watching with great interest the political unrest in Egypt.

The scenes of mass demonstrations in the streets have become fairly commonplace. Change the nationalities and every few months, we see political unrest somewhere in the world.

In Egypt, we saw the inside of the national museum after looters, intent on grabbing the nation's most famous King Tut treasures, smashed display cases and disfigured ancient artifacts.

A news analyst said Sunday of Egypt, "This is no longer just a political movement with protesters on the streets, but there is a very basic collapse of law and order."

I began to consider such scenes here in the U.S.A.

Imagine, regular citizens forming a human cordon around the Smithsonian's Castle, acting as ad hoc security guards.

Think about angry, sometimes violent mobs surrounding the White House, calling for the president's resignation.

Can you envision the government shutting off our internet, pulling television channels off the air?

I just can't imagine it

Here in the U.S., we have an opportunity, every four years, to have a moratorium on our current leadership.

Every four years we as individuals can make our desires known through a free and open election system.

That's something that's been lacking in Egypt.

Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak has been in power for three decades. He's a powerful ally of the U.S. Since 1979, Egypt has been the second-largest recipient of U.S. aid. That aid hasn't allowed the U.S. much influence in how it treats its people.

And, it doesn't mean Mubarak does what the U.S. wants. In fact, he's been urged for years by our diplomats to allow open elections. Obviously, our friendship, and money, haven't influenced him to give his people the power to choose its leaders.

Now, his people are forcing that action.

Super Bowl Sunday is coming right up.

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Paula Buenger