Update 1/30/2011: Found an interesting video http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/20110128-agenda-george-friedman-egypt Dr. George Friedman thinks it’s most likely that the Egyptian military will decide what happens. A reformist, democratic regime is the least likely outcome.
SAN FRANCISCO – About a half-hour past midnight Friday morning in Egypt, the Internet went dead.
Almost simultaneously, the handful of companies that pipe the Internet into and out of Egypt went dark as protesters were gearing up for a fresh round of demonstrations calling for the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30-year rule, experts said.
Egypt has apparently done what many technologists thought was unthinkable for any country with a major Internet economy: It unplugged itself entirely from the Internet to try and silence dissent.
The day part of the Internet died: Egypt goes dark – Yahoo! News.
To me, if the government shuts off the internet it’s AK-47 time. Note this happened in a totalitarian state where people’s natural right to self defense and RKBA is denied to them.
This could turn into something much, much worse for us than most people realize; if the fundamentalist get control there will be more wars and anarchy. To use a trite phrase ‘Heads Will Roll”. Many people in that part of the world blame the U.S. for all their problems not their own stupidity and belief systems. Trouble, Trouble, Trouble as it says in the song…..
Dagny Gromer said:
Kay, if there were an election there I’m sure radical Islamists would win. I think the Egyptian branch is called the Muslim Brotherhood. I doubt a moderate, pro-western system would be selected. Much the political frustration there is due the the US propping up a thug.