January 29, 2011

One more for the road...

"The bad news? You're all fired!"

I have to admit that I've always lived for days like these. History is in the making. In Egypt, a land settled, civilized and sending forth art, mathematics and culture into the world long before, America was little more than a gleam in the star-spangled-eye of the, Mayflower. Set against a backdrop of the still-standing-pyramids and the endlessly shifting sands of an ancient desert, an event is occurring of potentially world shaking importance.

While others may prefer to sit mesmerized by the caterwauling of those poor sad souls who will never come anywhere close to becoming the next, American Idol, I prefer something with a little more, substance. What is happening in, Egypt, at this very moment is reality T.V. at it's finest. Events like this are as rare and wondrous to behold as any celestial event to occur in the heavens above us. This is history in the making. Children will sit someday in a classroom and study this event long after you and I have ended our journeys through the world and are nothing more than dust and bones in the ground. This truly is must see T.V. and I haven't missed a single moment of it yet.

Do you realize what is happening right now in, Egypt? A president is about to be deposed. One form of government is about to be swept away and replaced by something new. There's a movement of the people, for the people, to free themselves from a tyrannical regime and it's ruthless leader, Hosni Mubarak. The single most awe inspiring aspect of the event? Not one single, American soldier has died in this struggle for freedom. Without the support of, American Made, helicopter-gun-ships, cluster bombs or cruise missiles these revolutionaries have toppled a regime supported by one of the largest and technologically superior military forces in the entire Arab world. Hell, the only boots we've had on the ground during this event have been worn by journalists, reporters and tourists.

And just how in the world have this loose-knit band of merry pranksters managed to accomplish such an amazing feat? By using cell phones, Blackberries, laptop and personal home computers. Using the long range tactical superiority of the, Internet Delivery System, they've unleashed a devastating barrage of, Tweets, blogs, text messages and facebook postings against which, Hosni Mubarak and his oppressive regime have no defense. This brave young band of revolutionaries have brought down a tyrant using nothing more than the free wireless at their local, Starbucks and a handful of electronic gadgets. When have you ever witnessed such a thing in your entire life?

And if things continue as they have in the first twenty-four hours of this war, they will break the longstanding record of the, Six Day War, set by the Israelis in nineteen-sixty-seven. (Hey, I thought it would never be broken either.) If the Hippie movement of the sixties and seventies had possessed these same electronic toys, you'd all be wearing tie-dye, living in communes and smoking pot by now. It would be a very mellow world, dude...

What we are witnessing here is changing the world. And it is doing so in ways that will be analyzed, talked about and studied for many years to come. Tune in, you won't be disappointed. Now if you'll forgive me, I'm outta here. (I've got some history to watch.)

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