As a history buff and a hopeless romantic I've heard those words spoken longingly and with love by representatives of generations past, but I've never even considered uttering them myself. I'm beginning to think I'm a fool for never even making an attempt.
A dictator has been toppled in Tunisia. There was no bloody military coup and no bombs were dropped on bruised and battered cities. Patriots, in the truest sense of the word, spontaneously and peacefully rose up, spoke out and demanded democracy and human rights. Nothing can defeat a united people with a righteous cause.
As I write this, a courtship is taking place between Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei and the hundreds of thousands of protesters working to defeat the iron-fisted, Egyptian autocrat, Honsi Mubarak. While ElBaradei has admittedly had his ups and downs in the Egyptian political arena, if he is accepted by the Egyptian people as a leader of their revolution, a powerful force would be formed that even the most strong-armed techniques would be unable to defeat.
Revolutions and good ideas tend to spread like wildfires. There is no greater idea than the universal human rights of men and women. Last week human rights were fought for and won in Tunisia. This week the good fight is being fought in Egypt. Next week will we see revolution in Iran?. Before you know it the oppressed peoples of Saudi Arabia and beyond will be free from tyranny. It isn't as impossible as it seemed a month ago, is it? A good idea can go a long way.
For far too long the people in that region of the world have suffered under imperial rule and then tyranny from within after they gained independence. Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thomas Jefferson are alive right now in every oppressed nation of the world. Instead of being patronizing, or writing everyone in the Middle East off as terrorists, we need to support our brothers and sisters in their fight for freedom and human rights.
Image taken from here: http://www.csmonitor.com/CSM-Photo-Galleries/In-Pictures/Egyptian-protests/%28photo%29/333928