Saturday, January 29, 2011

Middle East Chaos.

I promise that I am not going to go on a political rant.
That being said, if you haven't tuned in to what's going on in the Middle East....
I think you should.
This is a big deal people.
Back in December, a man in Tunisia became so frustrated with the government
and the fact that he couldn't find any work (despite his college degree)
that he poured gas all over his body and lit himself on fire in the middle of the market.
The people in Tunisia rallied around this man and basically drove their president out of the country about two weeks ago.
Now in Egypt, people are following Tunisia's lead.
President Hosni Mubarak has been the authoritarian leader for about 30 years.
The Egyptians also are frustrated with their government's lack of action during the troubling state of the global economy.
History literally is happening in Egypt as these citizens are forming massive protests against their leader and the government. There is not a political party or interest group organizing these protests. The people are just THAT upset.
Now, as a disclaimer, I am not pretending to be an expert on the Middle East.
However, I have taken a few classes and find the region absolutely fascinating enough to recognize that if the Egyptian government is overthrown, ANYTHING could happen in the Middle East.
The Camp David Peace Accords are what has kept relations stable between Egypt and Israel for the last 30 years. If Egypt undergoes a drastic regime change, Israel is going to be nervous.
Like REALLY nervous.
From everything that I have learned about this region, the best way to describe it is like a a house made out of playing cards. Even if one small piece of the bigger picture changes just a little bit, a complete breakdown or remodel can happen.

Ben Wedeman is a CNN correspondent on the ground in Cairo.
His twitter feed paints a great picture of what things are like right now.
This is one of the sources that I've been tuning into the last few days.
Take a look. And say a prayer for the people in the midst of this chaos.
And be grateful for the freedoms that we enjoy in the United States,
regardless of race, religion, political party, and so on.

Okay. I'm sorry if I did end up ranting.
Back to the fluffy stuff in life now.

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