Posts Tagged ‘Richard Engel’

The Turning Point

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I was thinking this week about turning points: points where foreign observers of the situations in places like Libya and Egypt suddenly have a better understanding of what they are watching.

During the protests in Egypt, I remember when I read this article in the New York Times about how the Egyptian military announced that they would not use force against the protesters. I thought to myself: game, set and match.

Those hundreds of thousands of people in the street were not going away, and if the military refused to fire on them, I knew that Mubarak would be out soon.

This moment on Libya came for me this week when I watched this report from Richard Engle, showing a Libyan military unit handing out heavy artillery including rocket launchers and machine guns to civilians. At that moment it was clear to me that this was not like the protests that gripped Egypt, it was an armed revolt, and that Qaddafi was in real trouble.

Since then, close to 90% of Libya has now turned over to rebel control, the towns under rebel control have started to develop their own rudimentary governing structure and Qaddafi, abandoned by the vast majority of Libyan’s, has had to turn to an army of mercenaries to defend Tripoli and maintain power.

No doubt Qaddafi could drag this out, but it’s increasingly clear that he’s making his last stand.

Richard Engel: Living Among the Muslim Brotherhood

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Some day I will start the a post about Richard Engel without talking about what a badass he is. We’re not there yet. He’s a badass.

On the day Mubarak went down, the guys on CNN had their translators with them. Engel was speaking Arabic and translating the responses from the people in Tahrir Square himself.

Anyway, here’s an interesting take on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Seems to me that it’s difficult to predict not only how much support these guys have or even what they believe in because they have never competed in fair elections nor been able to express themselves publicly as a party.

Gonna be interesting.

Remembering the Fall of Baghdad

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Great Rachel Maddow interview with Richard Engel about the day the Saddam statue came down.

Memory lane. We can remember how the war was sold to us as we hear about the soldiers who put the 9-11 American flag on Saddam’s head. We can see the foreshadowing of the future as the Shiites who helped tear down the statue shouted “Mohammed Sadek Al-Sadr,” the name of Moktada Sadr’s father, as the statue was being torn down.

We watched from home, thinking we knew what was going on. We had no idea what we were getting into.

Also, check here, to hear Engel talk about about living in Iraq during wartime. Total badass.

Last Combat Brigade Out of Iraq

Thursday, August 19th, 2010