Thursday, February 17, 2011
In recent weeks, we've seen the rise and fall of a supposed "democratic" government in Egypt. Hosni Mubarak, ex-head of state who held on to the executive power for more than two decades, was publicly slaughtered by the Egyptian citizens and brought to his self-implied demise. For weeks, riots and protests flooded the streets of Egypt for a new executive power and necessary change, and as emotions drove high, violence insued. Hundreds of the protesters were injured and killed, as well as some of our own. Famed journalists Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour were among the many Americans targeted during the riots. With no end to the tribulations in sight, actions needed to be taken. With a country in shambles, Mubarak was forced to meet the needs of his citizens, and with that choice, stepped down as commander in chief. With the country now off the drama radar, another population seems to be taking the limelight. Bahrain, an Iranian town, has joined the anti-government craze and are protesting for change. Calling it a "freedom fever" now seems to be appropriate. Lets hope Iranian rioters have a touch more sense of community and keep the citizen on citizen violence to a minimum.