Standard #Jan25 Disclaimer: Any views expressed here are my own, and represent only myself. Got that out of the way? Good.
We’re between a democracy and a military state. If we end up with a military state, then BOOM KABAMM! There was no revolution, there was a presidential ousting.
Anything else is illusion.
Yes, the constitution is being re-written – but who’s doing the re-writing? Do you know? I don’t. Are they elected or have they been put into place by discredited officials?
I don’t know.
Yes, both houses of parliament have been dissolved – but due to suspension of the constitution, this has not automatically led to power being delegated to the Constitutional Court. There’s logic there, but I can’t tell the nature of its intention.
We are in danger of being flattered away by the ‘praise of our revolution’. Two days ago, I joined some friends at a Post-Mubarak party. The self-congratulatory tone of the crowd was disturbing, and I couldn’t take much of it. The clincher was when the dj put on ‘We Are The Champions’ and everybody sang along, euphorically drunk on achievement.
Yes, we removed a HUGE hurdle called Mubarak. It’s absolutely true, and before he left, as he attempted to pacify us, we also got a lot of his cronies – the ones he or the army were willing to spend as scape-goats.
It is unacceptable for the military to forcefully remove protesters from Tahrir. If the army really had ears, they’d re-route traffic around Tahrir, making the entire square a pedestrian area, and leaving it to function both as a speaker’s corner, and a cultural center for popular demands. That might sound frightening to them, but they should understand that there’s no real danger to that. If there’s one thing Tahrir has proved in the last three weeks its that the one thing that unites Egyptians is their loyalty to their country, that with their flag in hand and on their minds, they were ego-less and peaceful, with nothing on their minds except the good of the country and all Egyptians.
The people have made Tahrir their own, and changing the nature of the square forever goes a long way towards making it clear to the people that the army recognizes them as equals.
The military has to understand that they are our allies only in so far as they submit to the desires of the people. Otherwise, this is not a democracy, and is certainly not a civilian one. That means that the second the people feel a deviation between their desires and what the army is doing, they must use their new-found voice clearly and forcefully, they must make it clear that they will not ‘settle’ for anything less than self-rule.
By god, it’s about time.