The sad truth is that there was much naiveté on the part of protesters — and here I include myself. The assumption of rationality on the part of the opponent is simply unjustified. Yet most of the anti-Morsy protesters I spoke with told me that their main reason for taking to the street involve blackouts and gasoline shortages. Very few mentioned Morsys dubious constitutional decree that put him above the law, the disastrous laws drafted by an unrepresentative lower chamber of the parliament, or even the Brotherhood-tailored constitution.In its one year of rule, the Muslim Brotherhood has squandered much of the public sympathy it had garnered over 80 years of existence and 60 years of military persecution. The same people who took to the streets in January 2011, protesting the police violence that often targeted the Brotherhood, were out today to celebrate the Islamists demise.But now the clock is being reset to 2011, and Egyptians are faced with the ridiculous choice between a military junta or a theocracy-flavored-dictatorship. It isn’t a choice we should have to make: Egypt deserves better. But we have failed to develop the better alternative.For the moment the SCAF’s coup — for thats exactly what it is, albeit a bloodless one — may be welcomed by a segment of Egyptians on the street as a knee-jerk reaction to the Muslim Brotherhoods terrifying mismanagement of the state. But if the army does take over, under the guise of “overseeing the roadmap” mentioned in their communiqué, it wont be long until the people who were today chanting “the army and people are one hand” will be reminded that this is the same army that, just a few months ago, was responsible for the Maspero massacre, that unleashed angry mobs against the peaceful protesters who objected to its rule, that conducted virginity tests on Egyptian women, and that subjected 12,000 civilians to military trials.This is no day for celebration. I have no sympathy whatsoever for the Muslim Brotherhood; I was out there yesterday, too, protesting their disastrous rule. But we have to remind ourselves that the enemy of my enemy is not my friend. The army communiqué speaks doom, not salvation.
It’s a bit like getting rid of Morsy will be like jumping from the pan…
…back into the fire.
…or those ppl forgot who did they face not so long ago?
Again… I took my time to find an article that matches my thoughts and was made by an egyptian.
I am HAPPY that people went to street even more massively than against Mubarak.
I am HAPPY that finally Elbaradei will take a leading position.
I am HAPPY that this crash of Muslim Brotherhood (loosing everything achieved during a century by the Ilkhwan in one year is simply smthg deserving to appear in Guinness Book of Records) can balance the effect that possible Erdogan’s visit to Gaza can have in order to give a push to islamism in Middle East.
I am not happy of the mental lazyness of Egyptians ( and by extension arabs in general) who keep ignoring that the real change and revolution they need is moral, ethical, and emotional. Beyond religion and politics. It’s a matter of daily life. Little personal and individual revolutions.
Same as we all need to revolt ourselves against our own daily mental lazynesses.
I am not happy of seeing the same army that ppl faced when they voted MB, getting back to power almost uncontestedly.
I am not happy of feeling that the only aim of this massive revolt is to set back a government that managed economy disastrously… while sectarianism, sexism, and authoritarism used by MB never would have mobilised masses as this.
I am basically SCARED.
Because Elbaradei said it right: people can’t eat Shariah.
And Egyptian people are HUNGRY.
For freedom, maybe. But mostly hungry for living a decent life, for having a chance of building a life project, for being humanly HAPPY. And hungry of basic elemental needs.
Proper food, education, jobs, …basic life conditions.
If these transition happens, and eventually has a good end, Egyptians will keep asking for the same things.
And just if they get those needs satisfied (a process that should take many years, involving a whole change in the economical project of this arab cultural keystone) we can start to think about applying moral, social and ethical revolutions.
There is the weak point of this revolt. It was sparked by moral revolutionaries asking for freedom, democracy and secularity.
But … people can’t eat moral advances.
Let’s hope Elbaradei has it all planned: how to control army… how to control islamist discontent… how to change the economical base of the Nile country… and how to feed his country in a time when UN suggests westerns must start developing food products from jellyfish and insects… and finally how to settle the base for the real revolution that this country needs.
The real Arab Spring we all saw coming in 2011, and is still on the way. The spring Middle East needs, and maybe we all do. The true rebellion arabs need to spark.
Can’t avoid it: I am hopeful… almost as much as I am scared.