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79 Responses to Egypt: A Nation Forced Offline (Jan. 25th, 2011)

  1. Profile photo of RarLoco
    RarLoco Female 50-59
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    January 29, 2011 at 11:06 am
    Link: Egypt: A Nation Forced Offline (Jan. 25th, 2011) - Egypt protests and their government literally shut off their internet access. They have no means of communication.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    January 29, 2011 at 11:16 am
    Frightening for them, but it is amazing when a country decides it has had enough.
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    optix_reverb Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 11:20 am
    That sucks, makes you think if that can happen in Egypt, then it could happen anywhere. And our government wanted to introduce a bill for an Internet kill switch the president could flip. Stand up for your rights!!!
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    Postal2aw Male 13-17
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    January 29, 2011 at 11:21 am
    WTF!? They can`t block the Internets!!!!

    Srs, if this would happen over here... I would go drating postal on the streets.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 11:23 am
    interesting
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    Helgarin Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 11:31 am
    NO PORN?

    LIBERTY CALLS.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 11:32 am
    Silly arab countries... wallowing in corruption and misery.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    January 29, 2011 at 11:34 am
    I love some of the phone interviews with tourists, some of them find it quite amusing if a tad nerve-wracking.
  9. Profile photo of tn11
    tn11 Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 11:49 am
    remember this when you vote for public offices. WE have the power to choose WHO we elect. It is OUR responsibility in a democratic nation to vote and KNOW WHO WE ARE VOTING FOR. We elect the people who make these decisions. So, who`s fault is it this Internet kill switch is even being discussed? I know none of us may not have known this would be brought up, and so could not vote about it, but do you think that the bill could go through before the next election? I don`t think so. So don`t re-elect the people who make decisions you don`t like. Please. It hurts the rest of us out there who give a damn and vote.
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    Solvent Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 11:50 am
    Turning off the internet is the first step towards the apocalypse.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    @LazyMe

    Silly christian countries wallowing in misery and corruption.
  12. Profile photo of tn11
    tn11 Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm
    @Cajun247 and LazyMe, I think this has more to do with the government then the religion... just sayin...
  13. Profile photo of OutWest
    OutWest Male 50-59
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    January 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm
    The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has approved a cybersecurity bill, Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (PCNAA), that would give the president far-reaching authority over the Internet in the case of emergency.
    Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker First Posted: 06-25-10 02:46 PM | Updated: 08-25-10 05:12 AM
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    handeman77 Male 40-49
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    January 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    This is the power that Obama want`s
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    Agreed. This is not a religious debate.

    They didn`t turn off the internet because Allah or God said so. They turned it off out of fear of losing power.

    Total and complete corruption.
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    kingpong Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    @tn11, Arab doesn`t have to do with religion, it has to do with a region.
  17. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    Egypt has had a long run of prosperous economic times and technical/social advancements. One of the few muslim nations where women are educated and can {gasp!} wear make up.

    But now Hesbolah has them stirred up and it`ll revert to a 3rd world, middle-ages mentality. Another Afganastan in the making.

    Another example of . . . i`ll let you draw your own conclusion
  18. Profile photo of BrimstoneOne
    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    January 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm
    The United States government is waiting and planning to do the same in a "just in case" scenario. Certain Corporations would love it, cause it would allow THEM to gain a legal monopoly over what is delivered to `the people`, and with how the US government is operating, they`d get to keep too. And the American people (the majority) will allow it to happen, is the sad part.
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    apermal Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    Gerry: Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan (yes, Pakistan, I live there, so I would know), majority of the women there wear makeup WITHOUT covering themselves up, wear jeans, tshirts and all the rest.
    Just because the BBC keeps showing us images of the burqa clad women in certain suburbs everytime the word arab or muslim is mentioned doesn`t make it the mainstream reality. Those realities are in Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
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    apermal Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    Hosni Mubarak is a dictator who`s stayed in power for decades and has made his government a laughing stock, along with his country as well. This uprising has been welling up for all this time, and finally it`s exploded. Long live the youth who don`t stay silent.
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    Evil_Eye Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm
    1) Cajun247 + tn11 + kingpong, Arab is not a religion or a region. It is a cultural and linguistic term (aka, a race of people who speak Arabic as a first langerage and whos family have originated from Arabia).

    2) Gerry1of1, four out of five of the major muslim nations have had a female leader, beating your own country (but please don`t vote for Sarah Palin reguardless of what I just said).

    3) This was a storm coming and I wish the people good luck in their fight. Really hope the whole middle east doesn`t all kick-off with the middle man Egypt (that normaly keeps peace between the nations) being down.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm
    US presidents have this power. Should they ever use it then I will not feel bad when some enraged person does something... awful, to them. I`d love to be more precise, but this country lacks freedom of speech.
  23. Profile photo of tn11
    tn11 Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm
    @Evil_Eye, kingpong- I KNOW Arab isn`t a religion, I never said so. But cajun was treating it as such, I was just responding to the fact that this isn`t a religious upheaval, ok? I`m not a simpleton.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    January 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    The museum in central Cairo, which has the world`s biggest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, is adjacent to the headquarters of the ruling National Democratic Party that protesters had earlier set ablaze. Flames were seen still pouring out of the party headquarters early Saturday.

    "I felt deeply sorry today when I came this morning to the Egyptian Museum and found that some had tried to raid the museum by force last night," Zahi Hawass, chairman of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said Saturday.

    "Egyptian citizens tried to prevent them and were joined by the tourism police, but some (looters) managed to enter from above and they destroyed two of the mummies," he said.

    Dozens of would-be thieves started entering the grounds surrounding the museum, climbing over the metal fence or jumping inside from trees lining the sidewalk outside.

    This is truly Saddening. :-(
  25. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    Egypt/Isreal. Carter`s greatest accomplishment is the 30+ year lasting peace treaty. Shame to see them slipping back into barbaric ways, but what else can we expect of "those people".

    Yeah, I said "those people". I`m exercising my constitutionally protected right to be a racist. Or in this case a religionist as I don`t have anything against arab athiests. Of course, I never met one. Very superstitious people, the arabs.
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    gingerlad95 Male 13-17
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    January 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    so i wonder when this will happen in the US? Probably wont happen due to the fact that the only people who are angry at the government are the old people who fear `communism`(its now socialism dont correct me). the only thing they can do is brain wash (`teach` being the excuse about government) the younger generation to fight for them since they cant do that.

    Granted, I dont want to live in a controlling `nanny-state` country, I just wish i didnt have the government constantly looking over my shoulder or taxes directed towards pork projects and environmentally friendly programs...
  27. Profile photo of OutWest
    OutWest Male 50-59
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    January 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm
    Men and women have always fought to be free, while men and women fight to have power over others.

    All people should guard against the oppression of those from within their own population.

    No country or people are immune from this oppression.



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    rammo34 Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    TAKE AWAY MY PORN AND I WILL START A F*CKING REVOLUTION TOO
  29. Profile photo of BakedBrotato
    BakedBrotato Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    I`m sending all my old Playboys to Egypt immediately to help those poor souls.
  30. Profile photo of gorgack2000
    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    January 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    @CrakrJak- Apparently that`s Government propaganda so don`t worry too much about it.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    @Cajun247 and LazyMe, I think this has more to do with the government then the religion... just sayin...

    What makes you think it`s possible to seperate the two?
  32. Profile photo of SvampeBob
    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    NO PORN!!! Oo WTF!!! at least I`m prepared for such horrible crime 4TB 8-) enough for a weekend. seriously those poor people need help no governemet has the right to turn off the internet, that`s just drated up.
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    popsiclemyk Male 13-17
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    January 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    i heard about this on attack of the show
  34. Profile photo of Listypoos
    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    January 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    The government have denied it....... but I think they`re just in de Nile.
  35. Profile photo of coldCanuck
    coldCanuck Male 13-17
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    January 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm
    Rogers anywhere stick lets you take the internet here...and here...and here.
  36. Profile photo of AnImbroglio
    AnImbroglio Male 30-39
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    January 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm
    "Those that would make a peaceful revolution impossible will make a violent revolution inevitable." -John F. Kennedy...

    No truer words...
  37. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    January 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm
    gorgack2000: It`s not propaganda, Aljazeera shown pictures of the inside of the Cairo Museum this evening. Showcases smashed, Items damaged or destroyed, The whole place is a mess of broken glass. They interviewed Dr. Zahi Hawass and he confirmed two mummies where damaged.
  38. Profile photo of SlothOfDoom
    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    January 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm
    Man, that is 81 million less people to complain about reposts and bad links on IAB. Such a shame.
  39. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm
    I think this has more to do with the government then the religion... just sayin...

    That was my point actually. He has his unsubstantiated assertions, I have mine.
  40. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    January 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm
    It`s funny to hear Obama criticize Mubarak for killing the Internet while at the same time he`s trying to get this exact same power for himself. Well, this is exactly why we should never give it to him or any other president.
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    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm
    i heard france set up a dial-up access for anyone in egypt who has a modem and can call france...pretty nice of them really. Think it`s free too, less the long distance charges of course (i`m guessing)
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    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm
    some day soon enough people will be fed up and start revolting and the police wont be able to do anything about it
  43. Profile photo of Linkenberger
    Linkenberger Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    Wait, they can DO THAT?

    So, my dream of seeing a period of time where I can cut the internet from all the WoW users just to see if they revolt isn`t so far-fetched after all.
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    Renaud- Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    The worst is yet to come, poo really gonna start hitting the fan pretty soon
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    January 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm
    wow
  46. Profile photo of techgeek07
    techgeek07 Male 30-39
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    January 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm
    yea, there are several ISP`s in surrounding countries and outside proxy services in and around the area that people are using
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    techgeek07 Male 30-39
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    January 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm
    To clarify, from what I`ve heard, they`ve shut down the BGP services at 3 of the 4 ISP`s. The last one hasn`t followed the order
  48. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm
    same time he`s trying to get this exact same power for himself.

    That bill`s been put on the back burner for a while now, (it does frighten me nonetheless). Last I checked Obama isn`t very keen on bringing it up.
  49. Profile photo of ruthless1990
    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    January 30, 2011 at 3:13 am
    F`ck me that`s bad...
  50. Profile photo of Anger
    Anger Male 18-29
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    January 30, 2011 at 3:15 am
    yea i know its all epic and stuff but cmon they didnt need to add the part about "for the first time in history" the internet has only been around for 25years or so. it doesnt have much history..
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    AntiCool88 Female 18-29
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    January 30, 2011 at 7:00 am
    they shut internet access and mobile services...i don`t know if they still shut but that was two or three days ago...
  52. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 30, 2011 at 7:11 am
    It`s not our place to get their house in order.

    The only times the Middle East region has known peace was when it was forced on them with a very heavy iron fist. Left to their own devices, it is just bloodshed and turmoil. Socially they are just not evolved yet.

    I`m not saying Westerners are superior, only more developed socially. Europe went through the same thing...centuries ago. {except Germans. don`t turn your back on those guys!}

    So I say leave the Middle East alone and let them kill each other. Whoever comes out on top will need to sell oil and the US is the largest buyer so they`ll sell to us.

  53. Profile photo of bigbangbilly
    bigbangbilly Male 13-17
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    January 30, 2011 at 8:20 am
    So is their internet officially up yet?
  54. Profile photo of shizzamX
    shizzamX Female 18-29
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    January 30, 2011 at 9:14 am
    what exactly are we supposed to do about it?
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    furryblob Male 18-29
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    January 30, 2011 at 9:29 am
    Don`t know about all this, I hope it`s not another `Islamic` Republic in the making. We don`t need another Iran.
  56. Profile photo of T-Marley
    T-Marley Male 70 & Over
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    January 30, 2011 at 10:24 am
    Egypt was still one of the most moderate Middle Eastern countries out there. With tourism being a major source of income, they are fairly tolerant of other cultures, as long as they are paying...

    They also are the center of the Middle Eastern film industry. At one time they were on par with Bollywood. The press is tolerated an unusual amount of freedom for a ME dictatorship.

    They are also treated like Mexican laborers in a lot of their neighboring countries. I don`t think you will see them turning more radical unless the military assumes total control. Even then, it is the middle class that is revolting. If they are sincere in their commitment, one dictator isn`t going to be different from another. They also have the potential of the old El-Baradei, who is very modern and moderate, and loved by the populace.

    Depending on the Military and Police of Egypt, this could be a very good thing for the country.
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    Matholameu Male 70 & Over
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    January 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    Well that sucks. Not much I can do about it though.
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    January 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm
    its our duty to help these unfortunate people, lets send them crates full of hearty delicious porn
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    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    January 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm
    @CrakrJak- Al Jazeera?! Fair enough, I was lied to on that one.
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    January 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm
    @shizzamX
    "what are we supposed to do about it?"

    Nothing. Wait to see who comes out on top and lobby them to maintain our alliance and keep peace with Israel.
  61. Profile photo of agp209
    agp209 Male 18-29
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    January 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm
    Go go Team `Merica, invade and oust the oppressive regime! Just like Iraq and Afghanistan, its a failproof plan!
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    Murcu Male 18-29
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    January 31, 2011 at 1:23 am
    its our duty to help these unfortunate people, lets send them crates full of hearty delicious porn

    lololol quackor
  63. Profile photo of binarystarr
    binarystarr Male 30-39
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    January 31, 2011 at 4:38 am
    letter writing will be on the increase. my money is on egyptian stamps.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 31, 2011 at 5:16 am
    "Don`t know about all this, I hope it`s not another `Islamic` Republic in the making. We don`t need another Iran."

    I`m not worried about the fact that Egypt will likely now become less secular.

    I AM worried about the fact that Mubarek was an American puppet, much like the Shah of Iran, and the people there that take power will use this to their advantage, much like when the Shah got overthrown.

    Israel has only Jordan left. If they lose their secular ways, they are double screwed.
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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    January 31, 2011 at 6:07 am
    let`s hope for the best, this part of the world needs a bit of freedom and one thing is sure the radical muslims won`t bring much.
    good thing bush and his neocons are not here to mess it up.
  66. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 31, 2011 at 6:17 am
    @auburnjunky

    They still got Turkey.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 31, 2011 at 7:03 am
    "good thing bush and his neocons are not here to mess it up."

    Jimmy Carter is responsible for Mubarak.

    He is also responsible for Ayatollah Khomeini, which in turn led to Mahmoud Amadenajad.

    So yeah, that comment is now a fail.
  68. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    January 31, 2011 at 7:45 am
    Just to think in all those poor souls who didnt manage to wrote "be right back" on their facebook profiles
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    stonker Male 40-49
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    January 31, 2011 at 8:17 am
    Because the storming of the Bastille or Winter Palace wouldn`t have happened without Twitter?
  70. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 31, 2011 at 8:35 am
    @auburnjunky


    I thought Jimmy Peanut-farmer was out of office before Anwar Sadat was assassinated?

    Also the Iranian Revolution was an ultimate response to a 1953 coup backed by US and UK, so don`t blame someone for providing motive.
  71. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 31, 2011 at 8:52 am
    @Cajun:

    You`re right, but the unrest began in `77, and Carter did nothing to really stop the snowball from growing.

    I guess, technically, Reagan was in office when Mubarak took power, but the policy that led to his rise (from a US point of view) began under the Carter Administration.
  72. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 31, 2011 at 9:02 am
    Carter did nothing to really stop the snowball from growing.


    I don`t think such an intervention would`ve been appropriate anyway.
  73. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 31, 2011 at 9:08 am
    (from a US point of view) began under the Carter Administration.


    Okay then but, Reagan still chose carry out the policy.
  74. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 31, 2011 at 9:10 am
    No I agree Cajun. I hate the US policy of installing puppet dictators.

    I wish we would just let them be, and if they develops nukes, or saber rattle Israel, drop a couple bombs on `em and tell them to chill.

    Trying to change the Middle East from the inside is obviously not working.
  75. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 31, 2011 at 9:16 am
    Hehe.

    I actually heard that most Arabs would prefer a dictator who rose to power on his own efforts rather than one put in place by us.
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    Riftsong Female 18-29
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    January 31, 2011 at 11:51 am
    I haven`t read the whole thread, but I would like to say one thing: just because one option is not working quickly/well/at all, does not mean that other options automatically will - ie, just because protesters in a country have not managed to change it from the inside doesn`t mean a foreign intervention would work better.

    I`m just saying, there are situations with no good solution.
  77. Profile photo of Oystah
    Oystah Female 40-49
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    January 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    Thankfully, the soup cans and string were working just fine.
  78. Profile photo of Padiddle
    Padiddle Female 13-17
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    January 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm
    There are still videos on youtube though... even if they`re offline, people can still see what`s been going on, and also thanks to news networks.
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    Subfighter88 Male 18-29
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    January 31, 2011 at 7:09 pm
    That S@#T is Bananas

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