Thursday, February 10, 2011

How the So-Called “Revolution” has Changed


As Tuesdays and Fridays continue to be the main days for continued protests, the overall atmosphere has changed.

Egyptians are calling this a revolution, nevermind that the definition of a revolution is a fundamental change in leadership and/or policy. Government has seen a new Prime Minister, Vice President and Minister of Interior – none of which are different from the old regime (that continues to remain in power). Discussions are being held among different political factions, but to date, policy changes have yet to be implemented.

Instead of the original protests that had educated Egyptians across various levels of society and industries, Tahrir Square is considered a carnival or festival. My friend Ahmed was in Tahrir on Tuesday and he said, “This whole revolution is bullsh*t.” He continued, “Everybody here is just here to slack around.”

I want to stress the point that it wasn’t like this in the beginning. The days that I wrote on my blog about the protests are proud moments for me and should be proud moments for Egyptians. I am so glad that I was able to experience that and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Once again, I saw a completely different side of Egypt that in my nearly three years here, I had failed to ever witness.

And now I’m watching a country fall apart.

People are complaining about jobs, but how can you expect an economy to survive if you’re too busy gathering in Tahrir Square? And what protests are being done now? According to Ahmed on Tuesday, people were sitting idle.

So tomorrow is expected to be a big day in this so-called revolution.

Everyone keeps asking my thoughts and while it isn’t going to win any points in this country, here goes:

You say that you’ve never seen your country more loyal, but if that was true, you would realize that Mubarak isn’t going anywhere. When elections occur in a few months, remember that free and fair is still a long way off. If you were loyal, you’d go to work and try to keep your country afloat. You would wait until elections and then, if nothing changes, show the world the power of about 83 million Egyptians and their voice.

If you were loyal, you would stop burning and destroying your heritage – which is making you a spectacle in the international community. You pride yourself on your ancient civilization, but unfortunately, you’ve begun to destroy history instead of rewriting like many of you think you’re doing. Some say that they don’t care about tourism/foreigners. I could care less about your tourism either, but you should seeing as how it brings so many jobs and income to your fellow Egyptians.

If you were loyal, you would work TOGETHER – pro-Mubarak/anti-Mubarak – and begin to rebuild instead of camping out.

So for any of you reading this that are taking part in the demonstrations, if you find yourself sitting around doing nothing, grab a broom and start cleaning the streets. Spend a few pounds on paint and begin painting buildings, damaged railings, etc. But most of all, if you still have a job, get to work. This country can’t survive without you. The first rule of democracy: one person can make a difference. 

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