vixenmage: Vimes, lighting a cigar with a dragon; from Wikipedia (Vimes)
The internet is becoming more and more of a tool - well, it's more accurate to say it's becoming more and more widely used. I never saw the potential, as a self-absorbed young teenager, and it is awe-inspiring today to see that force of connection and human potential used in the pursuit of human and civil rights, used by peoples yearning to be free - with or without foreign aid. And I say, power to them. They deserve to be recognized and held aloft, they are taking what the West by and large uses as a toy, or a marketing billboard, and they are lighting it up for freedom.

(Note: I like the Western internetters. I am one. Just sayin'. I'm not sure "1,000,000 strong for the Doctor to carry the Olympic Torch" is as worthy a cause as "Protest against Ghaddafi tomorrow in X location," or the like.)

Anyway, after years of complaining about Livejournal and their marketing, I suddenly find myself cheering for them rather loudly. Because like it or not, they are a voice of free speech, and no one has the right to take that away.
vixenmage: (coexist)
By the People, Of the People, For the People.

And here's to praying the military, come September, quietly steps down and makes sure that elections are fair and wide-spread.

And here's to the collapse of dictators and despots everywhere.

And here's to the people of Egypt, and here's to revolution, and here's to the downfall of tyranny.

ETA: President Obama's Remarks.

Egypt has played a pivotal role in human history for over 6,000 years. But over the last few weeks, the wheel of history turned at a blinding pace as the Egyptian people demanded their universal rights.

We saw protesters chant “Selmiyya, selmiyya” -- “We are peaceful” -- again and again.

We saw a military that would not fire bullets at the people they were sworn to protect.

We saw people of faith praying together and chanting – “Muslims, Christians, We are one.” And though we know that the strains between faiths still divide too many in this world and no single event will close that chasm immediately, these scenes remind us that we need not be defined by our differences. We can be defined by the common humanity that we share.


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