It’s been interesting to compare reactions to events in Egypt. My US friends, at least those who care about things international, have been cheering the Egyptian protesters, hoping that Mubarak would resign. When we watch the news from Uzbekistan, there’s no mention at all of Egypt. And people aren’t talking much about Egypt in Kyrgyzstan. I’m planning on asking the students on Tuesday about their reaction to it, but from the little I’ve gathered so far, there certainly isn’t cheering going on here. It’s hard to cheer for that kind of government change when it’s happened in your country, and basically resulted in job losses, increased cost of living, and, especially, horrific ethnic violence.
Sometimes I wish someone would write a well-researched and well-written book on the results of the American Revolution on everyday life in America, especially during and right after the Revolution. It seems that we tend to glorify revolution and gloss over the hard parts. And we had plenty of hard parts, even if we conveniently forget them.