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Mubarak Must Go, And Then What?
Egypt; The Struggle For True Democracy
Mubarak must go; this is the cry of the majority of the Egyptian people, and I have to say frankly, that of this we all agree. Mubarak has managed to grasp on to power for more than 30 years by staying under the radar, and ruling with an iron fist. In essence, Mubarak is a quasi dictator cloaked in democratic gear. The fact that Mubarak has remained in power for as long as he did, can be credited to his skills at creating the illusion of nomalcy for the Egyptian people.
Mubarak has sold the proverbial ice to his eskimos (figure of speech), while suppressing any and all attempts at challenging his rule and policies. The goons who work for his secret police force have littered the alley ways of Egypt with the blood of his detractors, while he maintained a grandfatherly persona for the rest of the world.
Mubarak surely proved beyond all measure this week that power corrupts and power corrupts absolutely. He proved that he could knowingly sacrifice the health and well-being of his people and international journalist in order to hang on to power; in essence, he is hanging on to power at all cost. Think about this; if Mubarak could do what he did to the CNN, BBC, NBC and other reporters, then one can only imagine what he has done to his own people for the last 30 years.
When the dust settles, and people begin to dig deep enough, I will not be suprised to see in Egypt the kinds of attrocities that lay beneath the earth in Iraq. Another example that comes to mind at this point is Iraq; Saddam Hussein was supported for a long time by the US, like Egypt has been for the last 30 years.
Mubarak is 82 years old; 82 years old for crying out loud; Shouldn't he be resting comfortably in a home playing with his grandchildren? What is this obsession with power? does he not think that with the millions he has tucked away in who knows where, that he can find young belly dancers who will follow him to the ends of the earth?
Mubarak wants to die in Egypt, and he loves his country, that is why he will stay and fight till the very end. Well, I am sorry. Sometimes, if you love something enough, you should walk away from it, especially if your very presence is the one thing that threatens to distroy it. If Mubarak loves Egypt like he claims, he will step down and prevent the country from going up in smoke. If Mubarak loves Egypt like he claims, he will walk away and give the people a chance to heal their recent divide. Mubarak as a loving leader would not sit back and watch Egyptians kill Egyptians for his sake. That is not the act of a loving leader, but the act of a selfish tyrant. I join the rest of the world in echoing what Moses said to the pharoahs, Mr Mubarak, ''Let your people Go'', ''Free them from your bondage''. I believe that this dream will happen for Egyptians like it did for the Israelites, sooner rather than later.
Mubarak leaving Egypt is one part of the equation, after he leaves, then what?
Egyptians should see both an opportunity and a threat.
On the one hand Egyptians will have an opportunity to put aside ethnic, religious and political differences to work together to build a healthy and strong union. They will have an opportunity to unite and tap on their vast resources of educated young minds to build a vibrant economy, Working closely with the western world, Egypt can lead the way for all of the middle East to let go centuries of meaningless hatred and animosity towards Israel; they can build a peace that will benefit all the countries in the region. They can fight for minority and women rights, and show their breathen that equal rights for all, including women is overdue and just. This is the future, if they learn a lesson from the past.
On the other hand however, Egypt can easily become the hot bed for anti-westernism, anti-semitism, terrorism, religious persecution and economic inequality. This situation could be exploited by unsavory elements from Syria and Iran, and this will capitulate the region into a strife that will threaten the Suez Canal and other foreign interest in the region. Any such degeneration as could be brought about by political, ethnic and religious discord could see the Egyptian populace in worst economic circumstances than they knew under Mubarak; these are the dangers.
All I can say to my friends the Egyptians, is to go for what you want, but do so with your eyes wide open, and Goodwill on your mind. The only way your struggle will work, is to win your struggle and not lose the fight. The future is yours to chart, and Mubarak is the past not the future.
You need each other Christians, Muslims, Jews, Shites, Sunni's and all; you can either become a great nation again, or join the relics in your museums. Goodluck.