Egyptian Aak: Week 4

Aak photo

The picture  by Al-Masry Al-Youm truly reflect Egypt’s surreal reality. Twitter via @tomgara

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A Few Thoughts: 

Week 4 of 2013 has seen enough events to fill a book. 36 dead in response to 21 death sentences over football riot that killed 76, in addition to 4 died in Suez yesterday. The flaws of post-revolution Egypt has come back to haunt the country in a big way.  Words like stability, renaissance, and legitimacy have been reduced to a meaningless clichés that mock their original meaning. One can easily write volumes on what went wrong and why we are struggling at this critical juncture of our history, but for the sake of brevity, my opinion will be limited to four events that in my opinion summarize the current surreal scene: A court verdict and a presidential trip to Ethiopia that was scheduled one day after the anniversary of the revolution, a ruling party that decided to celebrate by selling cheap clothes and vegetables, a president who sent his condolences to his people with 40% illiteracy through Twitter, and a sentence sending 21 young Egyptians to their death. These events indicate that we have a leadership that can neither think ahead nor demonstrate willingness to act decisively when crisis looms.

However, the opposition are not saints; they share a huge share of the blame. They are fully aware of the problem and the violence that became a prevailing theme in most demonstrations these days, yet they offer no clear plan or alternative. They desire to show their strength, overriding their critical thinking abilities. In fact, I think they partly considered violence as desirable in order to expose the weakness of the government.

In Egypt, proactivity is an alien concept that has been neither used nor appreciated. We love our knee-jerk reaction, as if we want to negate thousands of years of frustration as a result of oppression and submission. Violence became addictive, an easy way to prove our relevance and satisfy our egos through our angry youth.

Yes, our youth are angry. They are the kids we didn’t raise, the students we never teach, and the citizens we like to abuse to reach power.

Now many are talking about the possibility of Egypt becoming a failed state; with a bad economy, a fractured political scene, and weak leadership, this is not an unrealistic possibility. Currently, both the brotherhood and the opposition are pointing fingers at each other, pathetically exposing the immaturity of both.

I have one message to both groups: Grow up. To the Brotherhood I say, either lead or leave, and to the opposition I suggest you either come up with a realistic plan (not just abstract, academic suggestions), or simply (with all due respect) shut up.

 As for the rest of us Egyptians and for the specific events of the revolution anniversary and the Port Said verdict, I will try to write a piece in due course, hopefully when I have calmed down, as frankly the events we currently face are too overwhelming to describe.

I also leave you with this Friday prayer for Egypt by Jayson Casper.

Good Read 

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5 Responses to Egyptian Aak: Week 4

  1. Jon Goodfellow says:

    Don’t calm down too much Nervana. Your thoughts are very clear. Only one qualification: Don’t fault Egypt too much with frustration at your own nation. Substitute “United States” for “Eypgt” in many if not most of your clauses and it also fits to a degree. The events and issues in Egypt unleashed by “the Arab Spring” reflect fundamentally similar concerns of peoples all over the “developed” and “emerging” world. Tahrir’s “Bread, freedom, justice” is the standing complaint over food, jobs, and legal equality world-wide. MB and Sunnists (as opposed to just followers of Sunnah) are simply exploiting like all political opportunists everywhere are. Why else are Sauds, Gulf Emirates, and Levant MB claiming this mantle while ignoring extremist bretheren who murder Muslim bretheren in West African Sahel. So give yourself a break. It’s enough to expose these efforts past the veil of rote press interpretation for the ignorant.


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