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Revolutions are Rarely Pretty

Posted by on February 11, 2011

Amidst all the excitement over the recent events in Egypt, I think it is vitally important to remember the above point.  Now don’t get me wrong, I think democracy is a great thing.  But, the process getting there is often a bloody one.

Our own country’s revolution cost the U.S. an estimated 50,000 lives, and over 25,000 for other countries.  Not to mention, we essentially took down the flailing French monarchy, resulting in their deaths (including their two innocent children), and over 40,000 deaths in their own country.  The French Revolution transformed France, but was concluded when Napoleon Bonaparte found himself as dictator.  I think we can all agree that the French Revolution was scary.  Who wants a repeat of that?

Egypt’s history hasn’t been too pretty, either.  Their current constitution has only been in place since 1971.  (I’m not a history buff; several of these numbers have been pulled from Wikipedia.)  There have been many battles for power in Egypt since the BCs.  As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, I suppose this is to be expected.

I’m not trying to be depressing.  I promise.  It’s just the excitement over another country becoming “free” is tempered by the facts of history.  Egypt has a long way to go.  We all do.  I hope we all get there safely.

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