It is said that if one shakes the carbonated bottle, the top may blow. And so the theory goes, we had better not shake that bottle. We make sure the bottle does not move, so the top does not blow, so that we do not get wet.
But the world turns, the bottle moves, and the top has blown. Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian Dictator/President has sat on top of an authoritarian bottle for 30 years while we have looked the other way, often at Fidel Castro, and never at Saudi Arabia. Now he may be about to get his.
Aside from this, when you watch any of the clips, there are no women on the streets. No Woman, No Cry? I don't think so! There is a lot to process here.
The top has blown in Tunisia, in Egypt, in Yemen, and in Algeria. What's next?
A Soulful Soundtrack for the Tragedy:
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron
The Breakdown Part 1 and Part 2: Rufus Thomas
Love Attack: The Persuaders
Everybody Gotta Learn Sometime: Beck
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death: The Salem Travelers
Killing Me Softly: Roberta Flack
Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards: Lou Bond
Psycho Killer: Talking Heads
Electric Avenue: Eddy Grant
War: Bob Marley
We've Got to Make a Change: Mickey & the Soul Generation
Thin Line Between Love and Hate: Persuasions
I Say a Little Prayer: Dionne Warwick
Freedom: Build an Ark
Stop the War, Now: Edwin Starr
What the World Needs Now is Love: Jackie De Shannon
Never Again: Remedy
Peace Go With You, Brother: Gil Scott-Heron