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MIDEAST: Strike reminds us of freedom’s price

Letter by Ian Staeheli, Tacoma on Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:13 am | 1 Comment »
February 23, 2011 11:55 am

Freedom is a privilege. It is earned. Not given. It has a price. This past month the world has been reminded of this fact by protests and violence in Egypt and now in Libya.

In Egypt, after 30 years of virtual dictatorship, weeks of protest, fear and violence, with hundreds of lives lost, freedom is finally shining through. The same battle is being fought in Libya, and after only one week reports are citing approximately 300 dead with protesters showing no signs of stopping.

America is approaching 277 years as an independent democratic nation. I am not saying that we have not fought our battles and earned the proportionally boundless freedom we have when compared to the people of Egypt and Libya. However, in the grand scheme of things we often take for granted what the price of freedom really is; whether it’s a young soldier killed by a roadside bomb in a small town in Iraq or a protester in Egypt gunned down.

We forget that while we Americans complain about an ignorant president or a socialist president or a leader who accomplishes nothing in the ways of health care and closing Guantanamo Bay, we had the right to vote democratically to choose the leader of our nation. While we blog our opinions on the issues we have with leadership in our nation, people in Egypt didn’t even have Internet service.

Let Egypt and Libya be a reminder that freedom isn’t free. It’s the most expensive right we have.

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