Egypt is a lesson for America, teaching us to look at ourselves, at how free we really are. We are not so different, Egypt under Mubarak and America under what ever gang of financial criminals and foreign thugs is controlling the government today. Egyptians have known thousands of years of slavery. They recognize it when they see it. Slavery, for most Americans, is something new. Americans woke up one day and weren't so free anymore, maybe not at all. Some didn't see it coming. Others screamed a warning and were pounded into the ground for it.
Seeing what is going on in Egypt reminds me of how I thought America was going to be. The 60′s were confusing, for those of us who were around then and still have the brain cells left to reminisce. John Kennedy's America was going to save the world, not so much from Communism but from slavery and dictatorship. Africa had "de-colonialized" and the dictatorships, the banana republics, Franco, Tito, whoever that guy in Korea was, all those oppressive folks were going to be tossed aside and Americans would lead the way, Peace Corps if possible, Special Forces if it came down to it.
We were the guys with democracy to sell and Kennedy had the credibility to pull it off. Then "they" killed him and we got Johnson, the USS Liberty
, deeper into Vietnam and, eventually another dead Kennedy, killed to put Nixon in office and end all that foolishness, hope and moral righteousness.