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Welcome Back Egypt

February 12, 2011


I visited my cousin in Utah last week and could not get much computer time, so I apologize for the lack of posts.  I’m back now, with lots of post ideas!  I could not start off the week without paying tribute to all the heroes and liberated people of Egypt.  I’m so happy for their success in creating a new beginning of hope and freedom.  To celebrate, I’ve transcribed some inspiring words from my favorite interviews I heard all week, mostly from Wael Ghonim, the Google marketing executive who was a leadership voice on the internet and on the airwaves for all the protesting people creating the new Egypt.

“I’m proud to be Egyptian.  I just want to say from the bottom of my heart congratulations to all Egyptians. I’ve read about Egypt in the history books and they convinced us for 30 years that Egypt died, that there’s no more Egypt, and that we’re a generation that just needs to eat and sleep. And tens of thousands on the 25th decided to start a search, a journey, for Egypt, and then they convinced hundreds of thousands, and then they convinced millions of people. We were all looking for Egypt and thank God that we found her today. I just want to say Welcome Back Egypt.”  – Wael Ghonim

“I just want to say to Hosni Mubarak and to all those in power who thought that being in power means you can oppress people, you know hard luck guys, and at the end of the day we have a choice and we’ve made our choice very early and you should have respected that. You are responsible of the killing of 300 innocent Egyptians, and you guys paid the price, are still going to pay the price.  It’s enough for you guys that in the history books they’re going to say one word to describe you: dictators.”  – Wael Ghonim

“Today is a day for celebration.  It’s hard for me now to even think.  We haven’t been sleeping for a few days. . . . Today I think the problem is solved, the real problem is solved, because the people in power were the problem because they didn’t want to leave, they were scared of losing power.  Now as they lose power, there will be no problem.”  – Wael Ghonim

“They have to erase the memory of this despotism.  And they will find a way.”  –  Fouad Ajami

“We are much strong than all these guys [the secret police, etc]. So I met with the minister of the interior after so many times and I speak to him one to one, I told him what I don’t like…  One year ago I said the internet is going to change the political scene in Egypt, and today you know, on the 25th I said that what Egypt was like before the 25th of January is never going to be what Egypt is like after the 25th of January.  Today I am telling you Egypt is going to be a democratic state, Egypt is going to start a new start, and you will be impressed how fast we will be developing.”  – Wael Ghonim

“About the people who lost their lives in the last few weeks:
Those people are the real heroes.  You know, there are lots of people who we know who have died, and also I wouldn’t forget those who are arrested. There are about a thousand people that no one knows where are they right now.”  – Wael Ghonim

Photos: Boston Globe.  You can listen to Wael Ghonim’s interview here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Bryn permalink
    February 14, 2011 12:37 pm

    very inspiring! and proof that anyone who works at google is cool.

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