I've worked with International Students for the last decade, and one thing I've become accustomed to, American kids don't see the world like the rest of the world. I think it's because we have geographic isolation from the Atlantic on the East and the Pacific on the West. Or maybe it's the long history of protesting other regimes or governments, we've become a people who 'do it on our own' and 'don't back down.' Or maybe it's the natural resource, self sufficiency, arrogance that America is who she is...no matter what or why....we need to take a long hard look at what is happening in Egypt.
As one of the largest, most populated countries in the Middle East, Egypt has a powerful impact on the future of the region. As my Jordanian friend put it, "So goes Egypt. So goes Everyone in the MIddle East."
When I turned on the news this morning and saw massive bloodshed I thought, "Oh my. I hope our friends and brothers around the world aren't going to just regulate this story to a sound bite on the 6:00 news. This is big. REALLY BIG!"
Egypt seems to be sitting in the balance right now between religious extremists and moderate ruling class. She hasn't seen any sort of Democracy, as America sponsored her 30 year dictatorial reign before encouraging the Arab Spring to rise up and in a moment change the course of history. By the way, I'm still amazed at how many people have no idea who was at the center of the Arab Spring movements. Do we really still think it was a pro-democratic movement??
In any event, I think now is the time for much thought and prayer. Obviously if you live in Egypt you're being called on to fend for your life, but those of us unable to support you on the ground, please know we are praying. We are hopeful a resolution to the violence will begin soon. We are praying for your young people who have a bright future. And as the region where both our faiths began, we are interested in seeing how we might both find a peaceful resolution.
Our hearts are with you all the way through this awful turn of events.