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Chan Lowe: Mubarak steps down


I was just doing the ink on this cartoon when the news broke that Mubarak was stepping down. Fortunately I had chosen an angle that would be relevant no matter what happened over there.

It’s a problem we in the old-fashioned news biz have had ever since this cascade of events began. The narrative was moving so quickly that anything we drew or wrote might be hopelessly out of date by the time it reached readers’ driveways.

Ironically, this very morning my editorial page editor finally decided that he could no longer put off writing something about the Egyptian developments; our silence was doing our readers a disservice. Within five minutes of his finishing, the Mubarak government fell, necessitating a rewrite.

Say what you will about the crowds, the army, Obama, and everyone else in this narrative…the Egyptian people owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the Sun Sentinel’s editorial page for plunging in and producing an editorial that was ready for the trash before the keyboard was cool.

On a final note, we ought to congratulate the Egyptians, who have forever changed our attitudes about the humanity, the generosity, and the courage of their nation. They have shown the American people, in their unquenchable yearning for freedom, that we have much in common with them.

Now we enter into a period of uncertainty and flux, maybe even (God forbid) chaos. Now, the nail biting begins.

Post script: Fans of the Second Amendment, a well-armed citizenry, etc., might want to take note that the Egyptians managed to overturn their repressive government without using a single firearm.

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I'm almost afraid to post anything...In case chaos happens again...Know your not a big fan of Face-Book, but I do think that it's helped people in other countries to learn about other parts of the world. I've connected with people who have given me a better understanding,so it's a "two-way street" in the learning process. Hope is in the young,seeking a different path of life for themselves & family...The internet can be used for a good exchange of ideas in this ever changing world....

"...without using a single firearm..."

You have a "forrest through the trees" problem. That, or you just choose to ignore the big picture. While there may have been little gunfire (check the rest of your paper - gunfire IS being reported), I saw a lot of rock throwing, makeshift weapon wielding, firebomb tossing with a little horse and camel charging.

This was, by no stretch of the imagination, a non-violent activity.

What was interesting was the reaction of the Egyptian Army. They clearly reacted with more restraint than President Johnson's in the 60's.

Now they have a military rule w/o a constitution. Seems that's why a well armed citizenry is a good thing. Also, notice the 1st thing Mubarak did was shut down the internet there. We have a bill too that gives only 1 person...president obama...the ability to shut down the USA's internet, at his discretion in a national emergency. In our country...NOBODY, not an elected official or stephen hawking should have that ability...but now that the bill has passed we have found out what's in it.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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