Gil Scott-Heron tok feil: Revolusjonen vil be televised. As a matter of fact, TV er en forutsetning for at den kan finne sted.
Victor Hugo sa: «No amount of armies can defeat an idea whose time has come.»
Det er en kommentator til Tom Friedman som skriver dette. Friedman er i Kairo og hyller demonstrantene på Tahrir-plassen.
For Friedman er dette internett-generasjonen som han hyller i sine bøker og artikler. Friedman tror at nettrevolusjonen også vil revolusjonere politikken. Det gjør den, men kanskje ikke på den forutsigbare måten?
Men Friedmans entusiasme er verdt å ta med seg:
I spent part of the morning in the square watching and photographing a group of young Egyptian students wearing plastic gloves taking garbage in both hands and neatly scooping it into black plastic bags to keep the area clean. This touched me in particular because more than once in this column I have quoted the aphorism that “in the history of the world no one has ever washed a rented car.” I used it to make the point that no one has ever washed a rented country either — and for the last century Arabs have just been renting their countries from kings, dictators and colonial powers. So, they had no desire to wash them.
Well, Egyptians have stopped renting, at least in Tahrir Square, where a sign hung Thursday said: “Tahrir — the only free place in Egypt.” So I went up to one of these young kids on garbage duty — Karim Turki, 23, who worked in a skin-care shop — and asked him: “Why did you volunteer for this?” He couldn’t get the words out in broken English fast enough: “This is my earth. This is my country. This is my home. I will clean all Egypt when Mubarak will go out.” Ownership is a beautiful thing.
As I was leaving the garbage pile, I ran into three rather prosperous-looking men who wanted to talk. One of them, Ahmed Awn, 31, explained that he was financially comfortable and even stood to lose if the turmoil here continued, but he wanted to join in for reasons so much more important than money. Before this uprising, he said, “I was not proud to tell people I was an Egyptian. Today, with what’s been done here” in Tahrir Square, “I can proudly say again I am an Egyptian.”
Humiliation is the single most powerful human emotion, and overcoming it is the second most powerful human emotion. That is such a big part of what is playing out here.
Finally, crossing the Nile bridge away from the square, I was stopped by a well-dressed Egyptian man — a Times reader — who worked in Saudi Arabia. He was with his wife and two young sons. He told me that he came to Cairo Thursday to take his two sons to see, hear, feel and touch Tahrir Square. “I want it seared in their memory,” he told me. It seemed to be his way of ensuring that this autocracy never returns. These are the people whom Mubarak is accusing of being stirred up entirely by foreigners. In truth, the Tahrir movement is one of the most authentic, most human, quests for dignity and freedom that I have ever seen.
Historisk-filosofisk kan det bestrides et ydmykelse er den sterkeste menneskelige følelse. Ydmykelse fører lett til ønske om hevn. Og spørsmålet er: hvem vil Tahrir-demonstrantene hevne seg på?
BBCs Rupert Wingfield-Hayes er nå i Jerusalem. På trygg avstand fra Kairo kan han forstå og forklare hvorfor israelerne er ambivalente. Wingfield-Hayes sa han snakket med en ung demonstrant, langt fra noen islamist. Han sa: Vi må ruste opp og bygge opp en sterk hær og fjerne Israel fra Midtøsten.
Luce Doucet tålte å høre det, men ikke alle i BBC liker å høre slike rapporter og på NRK er det nærmest utenkelig.
Sidsel Wold kom tilbake fra Midtøsten i natt, og langet ut etter Israel og USA for hykleri og dobbeltmoral. NRK hørest ut som SVs kringkaster, og den retthaverske tonen gir israelerne all grunn til bekymring.