Watching events unfold in Egypt and following Twitter has me convinced that tomorrow is going to be the Day of Reckoning. A 'lighter' day today. Brute attacks to muzzle the media. A veritable PR-offensive which can only have been designed and coordinated outside of Egypt's borders: Grandfatherly Prime Minister and Vice President on TV with false compromises, the bits and pieces of Mubarak's exclusive interview with ABC-TV coming out this evening, all trying to undermine the confidence and legitimacy of the pro-democracy movement. Setting the scene for a final confrontation away from prying eyes as much as possible.
I fear deep in the pit of my stomach that tomorrow is going to be T-Day for Egypt’s future. And both sides are going to fight like it is T-Day. And it will be every bit as fierce for those involved as June 6, 1945 was for young men and women in another great battle for freedom. I fear it will be as great a challenge and demand as great a sacrifice as that other D-Day did.
You will be out-gunned. You will be out-communicated. Perhaps outnumbered. The government has the domestic media in total control and has made serious inroads in the international media. The government has huge resources.
But you, freedom fighters, have destiny on your side. You have conviction and determination. You have spirit and spirituality on your side. You have each other and you share one of the most powerful dreams possible. Self-determination and freedom. You have imagined or experienced the exhilaration of freedom: the freedom of self-expression, freedom from want, freedom of worship and freedom from fear. And you want to see all your nation, all your brothers and sisters, all your mothers, fathers, daughters and sons, all your friends to enjoy these personal freedoms. What special heroes you are, one and all.
My dear friends, I have no words to match your boundless courage and the beauty of your spirits. Be strong, have faith, believe in your strength and in your right to be free. You will prevail. It is your destiny. I wish I was there with you or that I was someone important who could do something. Tomorrow. T-Day. “Tahrir” Day, your liberation day for generations to come.
Good luck and (g)(G)odspeed.