This is Al-Jazeera’s revolution.

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 @ 10:56 am | Politics

It’s a good thing American cable companies refuse to air Al-Jazeera, as it pleased the Bush administration so.

Now the thing those who spoke of freedom so hated has, as I knew back then, become the instrument of freedom. Understanding that we don’t know what kind of government will take over, popular revolutions against totalitarian regimes is good technique, and the information revolution has made them ever easier. Perhaps the next government won’t be any good- and they’ll throw that one out too. Knowing the character of the younger generations in these countries is what eases my worries.

There is some egg on America’s face, with Egypt being one of the premier examples of us embracing and even funding a non-democratic government for realpolitik. We may lose several such “friends” in the coming years if this is a true revolution, but by doing what we’re doing and providing rhetorical support for revolution without interfering, we’re helping clear a path towards a hopefully better future.

Anyway, we’re getting some pretty good coverage of Egypt, but once again Andrew Sullivan’s blog is the place to go. The web hasn’t just fomented revolution, but revolutionized how it is covered.

-hw

UPDATE:

UPDATE II: Link TV is now showing Al-Jazeera.

3 Responses to “This is Al-Jazeera’s revolution.”

  1. AJKamper Says:

    You really think we’ve been providing much “rhetorical support?” I get the sense we’ve been trying to play both sides, trying not to reject Mubarak in case he stays in power… which, if that’s the case, doesn’t help AT ALL if the revolution is successful.

  2. mike g Says:

    The al-Jazeera iPhone app is quite terrific. Full streaming video feed.

  3. Henry Whistler Says:

    Hey, let’s remember that full-throated support of these revolutions can backfire. We have to make sure it isn’t about us. It’s about them.

    So what you’ll see is very carefully crafted and read declarations. What we’ve said, the “orderly transition” statement, has sent a clear signal. One clear enough to piss off Limbaugh and Breitbart for being too friendly to the protestors. Of course, there’s a split on the right over this, so Bill Kristol will say it’s not strong enough. Both reactions tell me the Obama admin has it right.