“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Harman on White House on Egypt

Bottom line: the U.S. government wasn’t fully on board with the most exciting thing to happen in world politics in many years. The vanguard of democracy is no longer in Washington, but on the streets of the Arab world.

Copy that. Mind you I can't help thinking the Bush crew would have done their best to quash the whole thing. (Shame on everyone who said Mubarak should be supported.) And judging from the US right and the media, as Graham points out, just to let Egypt get on with it was kind of (kind of) a big deal. I got the feeling from the rather purse-lipped speech Obama gave yesterday that he wanted to say more, and was holding back. I wonder why. Israel? Fear of the rabid right?

This is the most revolutionary thing that's happened in my lifetime, that's for sure.

Really quite good analysis here too.

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