Bill Easterly has goosebumps:
Egypt is Free!, by William Easterly: That is what the people in the streets are chanting as the seismic news of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation spreads.
I have goosebumps. Regardless of what the future holds, this is a historic moment. This is a moment to celebrate the remarkable achievement of ordinary multitudes of Egyptians who wanted their inalienable rights, that all individuals are born free and equal.
To close with the words of the Arab poet Abul-Qasim al-Shabi (1909-1934) (previously quoted on this blog).
If, one day, a people desires to live, then fate will answer their call.
And their night will then begin to fade, and their chains break and fall.
ADDED PARA 12:40PM: “No democracy please, you’re Muslim”: could all those self-appointed pundits on the American media worrying about whether Muslims can handle democracy kindly be quiet for a while, and just celebrate this day?
[Making space for links and discussion on Egypt.]