2 years ago I was on vacation in the US and drove from Memphis Tennessee to Chi town Illinois, I think it was a 9 hours drive. I passed through 3 or 4 states (was pulled over twice for speeding, and didn’t get a ticket!).
Each state is bigger than the other. During my drive, all I was thinking was how great unity is. why can’t I, as an Arab, drive from Dubai to Damascus without a passport or a visa? We Arabs always had this dream of having 1 country, but the dictatorships that govern most of us have killed the dream. Instead of dreaming about unity we got busy dreaming about food, democracy, rights and Palestine. But not anymore. It seems, and I hope, that things are changing. We started with Tunis, then Egypt … I can see change in the horizon and for the first time since I was born, I feel optimistic. VERY optimistic.
In my head, our nations were puppets in an invisible hand (or maybe visible). They take us left and right as they wish. People are rising. And if we manage to fix ourselves from the inside, things will change.
Mauritania, Tunis, Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Comoros, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Yemen … I love you. I love you and your people from the bottom of my heart.
God I can’t believe Mubarak is gone. I just can’t believe it.