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When They Cried for Freedom by Raymond A. Foss
Too much credit
we need to be more humble
recognizing the delay
how slow we were to act
to give them aid
to give them comfort
holding onto old allegiances
not seeing tomorrow

When they cried for freedom
we should have acted
we must learn that lesson
when we are too timid
When we fritter away
the peoples’ mandate
when we remember friends
when they have brutalized their people

We must turn
live by our statements
that we should lift them up
when they cry out for freedom
Our is to speak
to not remain silent
short-term expediency
does not excuse inaction
We must be resolute, bold,
standing with those yearning to breathe free

May 19, 2011
Speech May 19, 2011 by United States President Barack Obama
on the Arab Spring of 2011
and how our country will chart a new course
holding up the people more
and not just focusing on our narrower
financial and strategic interests
March 17, 2011
UN Security Council approval of sanctions against Libya
calling on President Obama and the world
to act in the Middle East, especially in Libya and Bahrain,
to stand with the people
yearning to breathe free
and not worrying about the results,
that it is always right to stand for basic human rights
on the transformations since the beginning of December -
all the protests in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Syria,
Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Djibouti, Mauritania, Senegal, etc.
especially the resignation of Hosni Mubarak
February 11, 2011
and the jubilance in Tahrir Square
versus the bloodshed in Bahrain and Libya, etc.
February 18, 2011
hearing claim by President Obama 2/15/2011
in a news conference that when history books tell it
we will be seen as being on the right side of history
in how the United States responded
Post on Twitter by Wael Ghonim
“Our Revolution was like Wikipedia”
February 14, 2011
Post on Twitter by Wael Ghonim
“This is Revolution 2.0: No one was a hero because everyone was a hero.”
February 13, 2011
and see
A Prayer for the People of Egypt (February 3, 2011)
by Safiyah Fosua

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