Chapter 6 – The Pilot
Today was an interesting, unexpected day (04/02/2011). I stayed up all night listening to the local news and thinking “where have we reached with these so called demonstrators ?.” I slept at 6 am and woke up at 11:30 am. The street was quiet and people were getting ready for Friday’s prayers. The protesters were still there in Tahir and something does not add up. How do they do it ? Where is the energy coming from ?
Today’s so called day of departure did not happen. I doubt it would. Tahir square is now known worldwide as the landmark of Egypt.
In short, the events in the last week have been part of a plan and plot of both Egyptian and non-Egyptian agenda’s. They were able to mask their intentions through the youth so that it looks like it is the youth who is responsible for this crisis. Later on, their intentions were revealed. Apparently now, Iran is involved somewhat since they promote change to an Islamic state which no one accepts here.
People are still protesting. I lost interest in these people. Today looked like a carnival and we are wasting too much time. Tomorrow hopefully we will be able to drive them out and then get back to our daily lives.
Driving out does not mean physically. It can be mental by convincing them that the message was received and now let the government do its job. However, you can’t force them to leave at once because it can back fire in our faces. It needs some canny judgment.
Chapter 7 – Reparations
One thing that surprised me over the past few days is how alert people have become of their surroundings. In the past, people knew many things that occurred in Egypt but never used to speak about it. For example, the corrupt government in its various aspects, which people used to get by day by day.
When something was wrong, people would look the other way. That’s how life used to be. Now, President Mubarak woke up I think and realized that some things were wrong. It cannot be denied that he knew these things but played along. In the end, you reap what you sow.
The focus now is on reparations. The government needs to provide this to people from the social, economic and financial point of view. When people were discussing yesterday about why these things happen, a particular focus was why the police got brutally attacked ? This was a result of oppression for the last 30 years. The police was feared by the society since they were viewed as gangs. They used to be bribed and they could do what they want and when they want. They were tough with many and aggressive as well as being rude. As a result of this, the effects that happened last Friday proved this. The burning of police stations was not acceptable and that was another story.
This is why the previous interior minister was detained and not allowed to leave Egypt. He is responsible for much of the corruption of the police side and some say the past events that happened to Copts are largely due because of him. He did not care much about Copts nor their safety.
Once people leave Tahir, reparations can began and people will see if the government will keep its promise. On the other hand, many said that you can’t ignore the people who are still protesting. Their opinions must be respected because they are part of the community and their demands have not been met. From what was discussed, some people there are innocent and do have demands and not agenda’s. One solution which was proposed by several people was that Tahir square would be shut off by the army and then life can resume. This would protect people inside and outside. I can’t imagine the scene but I know the government can do anything J.
Another one was that they are transferred to the Cairo football stadium which is capacious and they can stay there as long as they want until they feel their demands have been met. A lot has been lost. Over the past 9 days, 1 million tourists have left and around 200 million Egyptians pounds was being lost on a daily basis.
We need to build now and try to improve. The problem is that some people don’t trust the government yet but let them work to prove. If they don’t meet the promised demands, you can demonstrate again. Tahir square is not going anywhere but time does. The government has responded somewhat; we have a vice president now which was not present in the last 30 years. Mubarak promised on live tv that he will not seek to be re-elected in September nor his son. Four ministers were detained from leaving the country for further enquires. The prime minister himself appeared also on live tv to apologize for the incidence that happened a few days ago. That has never happened before and has shown some change there.
Paralyzing the country does not solve the problem. Life needs to be restarted. The youth that protested on 25 January changed 180 degrees people’s views on the society. In the past, people saw the youth pathetic, useless, immature and had no idea about life. Now, the picture has changed.
Regarding Mubarak leaving, that is 99.9999 % unlikely to happen. If he leaves, we have a couple of problems:
i) Who will be the next president if elections are in September ?
ii) Who will change the constitution if only the president can change it ? If he leaves now, then he cannot dissolve the corrupt parliament nor can he amend the constitution.
iii) Which candidate is suitable to be elected ? Currently, there are a number of opposition people; the Muslim brotherhood, Ayman Nour, Mohammed El Baradei and other people.
I don’t see any of the above people able to lead the government properly without the effect of corruption and oppression. They have their own personal interests rather than the interests of other. We need someone who really can make a big change to this country and ensure we are a democratic society. That will show only when we have proper elections that are fair and free of corruption and deceit.
Right now, we are on the path to destruction. If the people in Tahir continue to stop life in Egypt, it will come on our heads. When you push for something, it brings effect in the beginning. The change is obvious and good. After a while, it will turn against and not on your side. So the youth that protested on 25 January for change will not have change if the government collapses. A few people in Tahir suggest that the entire government falls. It’s like a building. You have an old building. So either, you destroy it completely or you rebuild what is possible. It’s not logical to remove the entire government. Without an government, there is chaos and more corruption. Something else, if Egypt falls the other regions nearby will fall and then the world will be shaken once more.
Anyhow, the banks are scheduled to open tomorrow and the stock exchange the day after.
So we will await to see how things turn out today. I think they will be fine without any worry.
Viva Egypt !!!