Egypt: 'The people united...'
It has been the eeriest coincidence to watch the events in Egypt unfold on television while workers at the Madison Hotel protest the lodging's new Danish owner, who the union says "have refused to accept the terms of the existing contract."
How often have I heard the chant of "the people united will never be defeated" during a labor protest? And how many times have I later learned that those same workers didn't get nearly everything they'd demanded? But the news out of Cairo -- that President Hosni Mubarak, dictator of Egypt since 1981, has stepped down -- has reinvigorated what I have come to think of as a hopeful, but tired, mantra.
Mubarak's departure gives Egyptians a chance to secure some of the freedoms we in the West hold dear, such as freedom of the press and the ability to live one's life without fear or oppression. Don't get your hopes up for an American-style democracy. But pray that the euphoria in Tahrir Square and across the country will lead to brighter, freer days. The people united will never be defeated -- in Egypt.
| February 11, 2011; 11:23 AM ET
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