Where were you when ....Such occasions are 9/11, MJ's death and Princess Diana's Death. Now this.
At the tender age of 28 years old, I can only really claim to remember two events in the ‘where were you when?’ category. On 11th September 2001 I was about to go to work in the Rusacks Hotel in St. Andrews to confront tens of bewildered and worried Americans and (trivially, by comparison) when Diana died I had just returned from a holiday in Turkey.
And a slightly different point of view to that which has been aired the most from Marc Lynch.
After President Obama spoke last night about the situation in Egypt, my Twitter feed and inbox filled up with angry denunciations.
I think the instant analysis badly misread his comments and the thrust of the administration's policy. His speech was actually pretty good, as is the rapidly evolving American policy.
Another local voice.
Yesterday was a very long day for me, I was up from 7 am trying to get as much news as possible. Egypt being under total lock down communication wise, I had to rely on AlJazeera and tweets. Aljazeera Mubasher was shut down and Aljazeera and AlJazeera English were doing live broadcasts all day. There was nothing else to do but follow the news and retweet and tweet about it.
I managed to call my mother this morning. My mother and sister live in Alex and even though they are stressed and slightly scared, I know my mother understands that the situation was not only inevitable but is willing to pay the price.
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