Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fisk's best piece yet: democratic rage

From The Independent, following today's defiant and rather silly speech by Egypt's favourite dictator.

This revelation by Fisk, at least to me as I have not yet read this, was that Mubarak, just 5 days into the protests, ordered his army to extinguish the protesters with fatal force. That was, the day the tanks rolled in to the jubilation of the people.

"...the critical moment came on the evening of 30 January when, it is now clear, Mubarak ordered the Egyptian Third Army to crush the demonstrators in Tahrir Square with their tanks ..."

"Many of the senior tank commanders could be seen tearing off their headsets – over which they had received the fatal orders – to use their mobile phones. They were, it now transpires, calling their own military families for advice. Fathers who had spent their lives serving the Egyptian army told their sons to disobey, that they must never kill their own people."

Not sure how he came up with this paragraph. Perhaps all that inspiration from Tahrir Square is showing through by the rather extraordinary worldwide journalism effort.

"But this is a Middle Eastern epic, one of those incremental moments when the Arab people – forgotten, chastised, infantilised, repressed, often beaten, tortured too many times, occasionally hanged – will still strive to give the great wheel of history a shove, and shake off the burden of their lives."

The best journalism reads like poetry.

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