Why the Egyptian Revolution is Good for the Middle East


It’s early yet for the discussions to begin on how the Egyptian revolution will turn out for the majority of Egyptians and for the rest of the region. My take on these things is to generally be pessimistic, and then be pleased if it doesn’t turn into an epic failure. But that’s mainly because I’ve seen the powerful stomp the masses into the ground too many times to be willing to get my hopes up early in the game.

But if it works out, if Egypt winds up with a truly representative democracy for a government, then there’s the chance that it could wind up being good for the region as a whole. The piece I’ve linked to is titled “Why the Egyptian Revolution is Good for Israel,” but to limit the discussion to Israel and the Palestinians is to only address the most noticeable problem in the region. Which is not to say the article isn’t good. It’s worth reading, even if you read it, as I did, while doing every superstitious act you know to ward off the chance of jinxing the whole thing.

To the Egyptians, I wish you all the luck in the world in getting a better government. You’ve certainly earned a shot at it.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →