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When They Cried for Freedom

Too much credit
we need to be more humble
recognizing the delay
how slow we were to act
to give them aid
to give them comfort
holding onto old allegiances
not seeing tomorrow

When they cried for freedom
we should have acted
we must learn that lesson
when we are too timid
When we fritter away
the peoples' mandate
when we remember friends
when they have brutalized their people

We must turn
live by our statements
that we should lift them up
when they cry out for freedom
Our is to speak
to not remain silent
short-term expediency
does not excuse inaction
We must be resolute, bold,
standing with those yearning to breathe free


May 19, 2011
Speech May 19, 2011 by United States President Barack Obama
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/05/2011519145837856559.html
on the Arab Spring of 2011
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline
and how our country will chart a new course
holding up the people more
and not just focusing on our narrower
financial and strategic interests
&
March 17, 2011
UN Security Council approval of sanctions against Libya
http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/17/libya.civil.war/index.html?hpt=T1&iref=BN1
&
calling on President Obama and the world
to act in the Middle East, especially in Libya and Bahrain,
to stand with the people
yearning to breathe free
and not worrying about the results,
that it is always right to stand for basic human rights
&
on the transformations since the beginning of December -
all the protests in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Syria,
Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Djibouti, Mauritania, Senegal, etc.
and
especially the resignation of Hosni Mubarak
February 11, 2011
&
and the jubilance in Tahrir Square
versus the bloodshed in Bahrain and Libya, etc.
February 18, 2011
&
hearing claim by President Obama 2/15/2011
in a news conference that when history books tell it
we will be seen as being on the right side of history
in how the United States responded
&
Post on Twitter by Wael Ghonim
http://twitter.com/Ghonim
"Our Revolution was like Wikipedia"
http://twitter.com/Ghonim/status/37306340103688192
http://techpresident.com/blog-entry/ghonim-our-revolution-wikipedia
February 14, 2011
&
Post on Twitter by Wael Ghonim
http://twitter.com/Ghonim
"This is Revolution 2.0: No one was a hero because everyone was a hero."
http://twitter.com/Ghonim/status/36708161440190464
February 13, 2011
and see
http://www.facebook.com/raymond.a.foss#!/notes/safiyah-fosua/a-prayer-for-the-people-of-egypt-february-3-2011/10150134548244274
A Prayer for the People of Egypt (February 3, 2011)
by Safiyah Fosua
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719089081



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