Email Of The Day

A reader writes:

For what it's worth, I'm not at all irate about your concentration of coverage on the uprisings in the Middle East. There are many venues for info on Wisconsin - TPM is a good representative example - and far too few doing the kind of broad synthesis you are on Iran/Libya/Bahrain/Yemen etc.

During the Egyptian revolution, while I kept my ear close to the live blogs of al-Jazeera English and the NYTimes, the Dish also was a superlative resource for the widest possible number of perspectives.

The Egyptian revolution exhilarated, then terrified, then exhilarated me again: I have many friends in the country whose safety I feared through in the days of retaliation, and whose exuberant joy in the wake of the Tahrir Triumph would, I would hope, move even the stoniest hard-right American heart. Watching the yearning for democracy, for self-actualization, for freedom, sweep through the region, not dependent on US interference but proving by its very spontaneity how intrinsic the desire for freedom is, has been something that has brought me to tears daily.

Wisconsin already has democracy. Many people are covering the situation there. (Also, I suspect, given what you've written so far, that I probably wouldn't agree with your take on it, anyway.) I say, feel free to indulge in as much coverage as you like of the truly historic protests in the Middle East. You are doing a mitzvah with your coverage!