The following was sent to Cindy Sheehan supporters in an email:
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
“There’s no cloud so thick that the sun ain’t shining on the other side.”
Rattlesnake, 1870’s mountain man
Three years ago, this very month, I traveled to Egypt to be in solidarity with over 50 political prisoners that dictator, Hosni Mubarak, had imprisoned for no other reason, except that they were becoming a political threat to his autocratic rule. When I was there in Cairo, I felt the most oppressive rage-soaked hopelessness at the US/Israel/Egypt cabal that not only oppressed them, but their Palestinian brothers and sisters, as well.
The simmering rage was palpable and I was not surprised that this courageous stand for freedom took place, I am just surprised that it took so long.
Eighteen days ago, this peaceful quest for freedom began and, as always, the only violence came from the counter-revolution in the form of Mubarak paid thugs that killed hundreds of peaceful protesters, but the blood of the martyrs has been vindicated today.
This past Wednesday, I went to a Bay Area high school to speak to its Peace in the Middle East Club and there was a student there from Egypt who smirked and shook his head the entire time I was having a dialogue with the other students about what was happening in Egypt. He finally blurted out: “Mubarak is not that bad, 70 million people in Egypt love him, only 10 million people want him gone.” My response was that this was not the information I was getting, but if what he was saying was true, then he and Mubarak had nothing to worry about. Apparently, the student was wrong, because today Mubarak is gone.
Yesterday was a demoralizing day. Today, we congratulate our comrades in Egypt and rejoice with them in this great victory, but this is not the end of anything, this is just the beginning of their struggle for a government by and for the people.
The protesters want a technocratic committee that works to form a new constitution that guarantees a form of government that is truly representative and responsive to the needs of the people of Egypt, not the regimes in the US and Israel. This is also a call for the US, Israel and the war profiteers to keep their bloody paws of Egyptian reconstruction and honor the will of the people of Egypt.
Today, I feel like, just for now, the veil has been lifted off of the disease of US Imperialism and that true hope, not Madison Avenue infected hope, has descended on the world.
Today, I am crying tears of joy and victory instead of tears of sorrow and anger.
Thank you, my friends in Egypt–our deepest congratulations from Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox and the people in the US that know the truth.
With love, peace, deepest respect and complete solidarity,
POWER TO THE PEOPLE, CLAP, CLAP! POWER TO THE PEOPLE, CLAP, CLAP! POWER TO THE PEOPLE, CLAP, CLAP! POWER TO THE PEOPLE, RIGHT ON!
Our brothers and sisters in Egypt have shown us what to do–the time for symbolic protest ended years ago here in the US–may the Egyptian’s victory inspire us to do the same here:
End to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan–troops home now!
War crimes and treason trials for the Bush Regime!
Saturday rallies aren’t cutting it.
Signing petitions mean nothing.
Symbolic protests do nothing to solve real problems.
All power to the people!
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox