Friday, February 11, 2011


A stunning victory for the people of Egypt as Hosni Mubarak steps down--not long after publicly announcing he would absolutely NOT step down--and the resulting crowds in Tahrir Square celebrate with singing, chanting, car horns and peace signs. 307 people were killed by government forces during the 18-day occupation--not a small number, of course, but relatively bloodless for a revolution, especially a succesful one. The people held out against violence and intimidation, against empty promises and false hopes, against what seemed like the weight of historic inevitability, but they didn't give up. And they won.

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