Friday, February 11, 2011
The Egyptian Revolution and the Puppet Harper
If by any chance anyone needed yet another really good reason to get rid of Stephen Harper and his ugly Cons, all they have to do is this:
(1) Watch this clip of some people in Tahrir square getting the news the tyrant had fallen. And listen to the wonderful sounds of freedom.
(2) Read Barack Obama's inspiring words on the Egyptian Revolution.
The word Tahrir means liberation. It is a word that speaks to that something in our souls that cries out for freedom. And forevermore it will remind us of the Egyptian people — of what they did, of the things that they stood for, and how they changed their country, and in doing so changed the world.
(3) Read Stephen Harper's pathetic statement.
"Canada respects President Mubarak's decision to step down in order to promote peace and stability in the country. The future of Egypt is for Egyptians to decide.
"Canada wants to see free and fair elections; we want to see the rule of law and stability; we want to see respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities, including religious minorities; we want to see the transition to a democratic Egypt.
Lecturing the Egyptians like they were children, while looking like he had just swallowed a glass of battery acid.
Or was about to scream "Hosni I miss you." Or "Israel I'm sorry."
(4) Read Jeffrey Simpson for an analysis of Harper's bizarre behaviour.
The Egyptian revolution, a mass people’s movement, represents something democrats everywhere should celebrate.
It’s too bad, therefore, that the Harper government, once again seeing the Middle East through the exclusive prism of Israel’s interest, remained throughout so hesitant, cautious and, frankly, on the wrong side of history in commenting on Egyptian developments.
And then ask how did this miserable little man, this blind ideologue, this painted puppet, ever become Prime Minister of Canada? How could he make a big, strong, young country look so old, and small, and weak? And will he ever stop humiliating us in the eyes of the world?
The good news? The amazing people of Egypt have shown us the way to victory. Shown us that when the people UNITE nothing can stop them.
And hopefully shamed us into not taking democracy for granted.
Why do we toss away the democratic rights Egyptians were willing to die for? Why, in a country with free and fair elections, do 40 per cent of us not bother to vote?
What would freedom-starved young Egyptians say to their Canadian counterparts who don’t think elections matter, don’t know enough to cast an informed ballot and don’t care who governs the country?
Because we really need a CANADIAN Revolution.
Here's to my brothers and sisters in Egypt. Don't listen to Harper, nobody else does.
We know freedom is the most excellent adventure.
Not something to be feared.
Down with President Puppet...
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