Anti-goverment demonstrators wave Egyptian flags at Cairo’s Tahrir Square. (PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Holy holy shit. They did it. The Egyptian people did it. They faced obstacle after obstacle, they faced fear, cynicism, thugs, tanks, propaganda, foreign powers, diplomats, pundits, and they did it. They took back their country. They gave hope to Arab nations. They gave hope to the world. They gave hope to me. Holy crap, they did it. The good guys won. In the face of cynical ‘stability’, they brought change. In the face of physical violence they practiced non-violence and they won. It helps that their enemy was especially douchebaggy, but this is still the coolest revolution ever. Go Egypt! Your dignity is our pride.
These are the 20 seconds that ended 30 years, delivered by a proxy douchebag that I hope is also out of power.
What amazes me is the roller coaster this has been. Like the greatest sport ever. The protesters faced challenges that the media freaked out above, speculated about, gave up over, but the people just kept going. When thuggish looters tried to sow chaos, they started policing their own neighborhoods. When they were attacked by thugs, they tore up the ground to make barricades and defend themselves. They cleaned up after themselves, they respected women, the protested peacefully and they won they won they won. What an inspiration to us all.