Monday, December 10, 2012

Letters from Egypt: The Irony

Less than 3% of the 780,000 Egyptians residing in the US exercised their right to vote in Egypt's presidential elections

This photo was taken via a friend from his office window in Washington DC showing Egyptian Americans taking to the streets in protest over the Muslim Brotherhood and leader/current president Mohamed Morsi.

Do I want to see the Muslim Brotherhood hijack Egypt? Of course not, but I don’t understand why this is a US problem. Some of you might say it’s because the US represents the free world. True, but do you really want the US coming in and trying to implement so-called democracy in your country? I mean, I understand that most people don’t look at history, but uh, hello, Iraq anyone?

And I really don’t understand why Egyptian Americans are protesting. It’s their culture, their home. True. But less than 3% of the 780,000 Egyptian Americans voted in the presidential election, their right to vote for the leader of their culture, their home. So why should the US listen to those located there? Unless you are part of the 27,300 Egyptians that even registered to vote at one of the five precincts, I don’t understand why your voice should matter now. Why didn’t you think it important to voice your concerns in June?

Oh that’s right – you just assumed everyone else would vote for Shafiq so you didn’t feel that your vote would matter. And even those of you living in the US seem to have a problem understanding a democratic process. Ironic.

And because people are unhappy, many Egyptians feel that it’s time for the international community to step in and save the day. Excuse me, when has the international community stepped in, saved the day and the country and its people just lived happily ever after? Everyone wants the easy way out instead of working for it themselves. Okay, then what?

Dear Egyptians:

Have you thought about life after Morsi? It would be nice if you did because it seems like no one thought about life after Mubarak. No one thought about life after the military.

Where do you want to see your country go and how would you like to implement it (step by step plan of action would be great here – don’t just say that you want economic reform)?

Of course very few of you have thought past your daily ritual of protesting. You all focus on your wants, but never how to get them. Or if you do focus on how to get them, it’s usually other people, securing them for you. Like a spoiled child wanting everything handed to you.

You may think that I'm being completely cold-hearted. That couldn't be farther from the truth. I want to encourage Egyptians to fight for their rights on their own - you'd be surprised at the rewards that would come from doing so. When Egypt won its independence from Britain, Egyptians took pride in how THEY did it - not the international community. So as proud Egyptians, stop calling on the international community - handle your business. You'll be much better off in the long-run.

Egyptian Exception

There are those that have been actively thinking about "What next." One Egyptian has started a dialogue encouraging others to join. Here is the start of his blog (click the link):

1 comment:

  1. My name is Caitlin and I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions about the culture in Egypt?