As human beings we seem doomed to continue repeating our mistakes and being unable to live peacefully with each other. It’s a sad but true fact of life. Afghanistan, Cuba, Iraq, North Korea, are but a few examples of our inability to live in peace with our fellow man.
Now, all you have to do is look at the “cradle of civilization” to see that it’s being proven true again. Egypt is having a meltdown. And, after living under Mubarak’s regime for 30 years, I can’t say as I blame the people of Egypt for revolting and demanding change. But violence is not the way to solve the problem. Nor is one of the Brotherhood’s leaders threatening Israel with war, as he did the other day.
In Egypt there was a young man carrying a sign. I saw this sign in a photo on one of the news feeds. It read “It is better to die for something than to live for nothing”. It was printed in Egyptian and English. It’s a true statement. But, in its own way, it was a plea for someone to do something to stop the madness. Stop the death. Stop the regime that has made these people’s lives nothing but a struggle to survive in an already harsh and unyielding landscape.
Mubarak stepping down is a good start for the people of Egypt. But it’s going to be a long road of recovery for the country, especially if they are going to resort to violence every time they feel the need for change. Violence solves nothing except to exterminate young people. But it has to stop. There have been too many wars and too many deaths over the centuries. I’m willing to bet that, if you took all the dead killed in all the wars since the dawn of time, you could populate an entire planet the size of the earth with, roughly, the population the size of United States or possibly North America. Not a pleasant thought.
Mubarak’s recent statement that Egypt will “fall into chaos” without him is outlandish. He, and his oppressive regime, are the reason for the current unrest and deaths. To say that the country will fall into chaos is absurd. It’s already there……because of him.
Learn from the past and stop repeating it. It’s time the world grew up and stopped trying to oppress and destroy others for reasons of power, greed, control, racism or whatever. It’s time we figure out how to live in peace instead of fear and hatred. This is a small and fragile planet and we don’t have anywhere else to go but here. And the sooner the world’s power brokers figure it out and change their attitudes the better off we’ll all be.