Tahrir and the undying spirit of revolt

January 29, 2013

in News, Politics, Radical, Revolution

If there is one lesson we have to learn from the endless struggle of the Egyptians, it is this: don’t rely on anyone to make your revolution for you.

Indefatigable. That’s probably the word that best describes Egypt’s revolutionaries, two years since the start of their revolt. Fearless and heroic are some others that instantly come to mind. Firmly committed to their cause. Fully conscious of the immense obstacles. Fiercely determined to succeed. There are many things we savages in the West can learn from our brothers and sisters in Egypt. The most important, perhaps, is never to give up in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. People died for this revolution. It will not be hijacked by those who piss on their legacy.

Two years after millions amassed in Tahrir Square and elsewhere in the country to demand the downfall of the regime — in the process giving rise to a global revolutionary wave that washed across the Mediterranean and Atlantic to reach the seemingly insensitive shores of the mind-numbingly narcissistic West — we have learned a number of crucial lessons about the meaning and necessity of revolution in the 21st century. First of all, in an era of globalization, more than ever before, revolutions do not halt at borders. Through the frictionless medium of cyberspace, the plight of the Tunisians and Egyptians resonated across the globe. Their struggle inspired radical movements on all five inhabited continents. In our very lifetimes, we witnessed — and continue to witness — the greatest revolutionary episode since 1848. READ MORE

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