Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chaos in Egypt

Unless you live under a rock you've heard about the revolution in progress in Egypt. I really wanted to do an in-detail analysis of the turmoil and write a really well-informed piece, but I had guests this weekend, and piles of homework, and The Huffington Post already did such a good job of boiling everything down. If you're still wrapping your head around what's going on, or you need a quick study guide to stay informed, check out this compilation of facts, and take a look at this article by Cara Parks which summarizes the main players pretty well. You can also see what President Obama says; he treads a fine line by defending the inherent freedoms of the Egyptian people while cautioning against violence and repeating the promises made by President Mubarak to the Egyptian nation.

It's always difficult to get the real story until the after the dust settles. Only time will tell whether Mubarak will deliver on his promises for reform, or whether the Egyptian people will even give him a chance to try. I do sincerely hope the violence ends soon, and the Notre Dame students studying abroad in Egypt are able to leave the country safely. For now we can only hope the government loosens its stranglehold on communication outlets, and that no more lives are lost.