Egyptians abroad are all glued to TV screens and computer monitors trying to make sense of the rapid and uncontrollable events unfolding in Egypt. Nobody with a sane  mind gives Mubarak a chance of surviving the popular tidal wave. 

Yet thugs, masquerading as Pro-Mubarak supporters, have been unleashed by a desperate regime trying to stall the inevitable.  What is most disconcerting is to see the Egyptian army sitting on the sidelines watching all of this as it unfolds. Mobs are burning buildings and vehicles, and attacking the anti-Mubarak demonstrators while the army personnel sits on the top of their tanks with their arm crossed.  They are passively watching anti-Mubarak demonstrators being trampled by horses and camels ridden by ruthless goon squads sent out by the dying regime. 

Like it or not, after the dust settles. And eventually it will, there will come a day of reckoning for all the perpetrators and passive watchers alike.  Welcome to the new brave world of the 21st century instant media. After all, we are reminded that we are all on candid camera and nobody will be spared. 

The time will come when people will sift through thousands of pictures and identify the  criminals whose behavior has caused the mayhem. Investigations will be launched to explain the following:

Who ordered to kill the switch of the Internet, Facebook and Twitter? Who ordered the transportation system to come to a screeching halt?  Who ordered the army to roll its heavy armor in the streets in a show of force only to sit on the sidelines watching people being beaten, burned and trampled?  Why were fire engines not sent to the scene when buildings were set on fire, and yet water jets were turned on the demonstrators while they were praying?

 If the Army is not to take sides between the government and the peaceful anti-Mubarak demonstrators, then  it would be wise to ask ourselves:   What is the ultimate role of having tanks stationed in the streets and  F-16 fighter planes and helicopters buzzing Tahrir square?  One must wonder what is the role of an army if it fails to defend?  The question  becomes:to defend what? The country, its people or simply a regime?  The same could be said regarding the police disappearance from all the neighborhoods. 

Many questions are raised about the unsettling behavior of many of parties concerned. We are all warned to be afraid of the Muslim brotherhood taking over.  If so, where are they ?  So far, the 25 January Revolution has been an essentially a popular one.  It seems that the brotherhood extreme caution is triggered by the memory of what happened in the aftermath of the1952 revolution and their consequent demise in 1954.  For the moment they seem to be biding their time.  Their participation is minimum in order to avoid giving the Army the pretext to quash them.  Though, the trap has obviously been set for them, they are wisely reluctant to walk into it.  Their only move so far has been the liberation of their leadership and fellow members who were jailed in Mubarak' s concentration camps in  Abuw Za`bal, Wadiy Natrun, Faywm , and Burg al-`Arab. 

As for the reactions of the Americans and Europeans, I wish they would refrain from meddling in this crisis, it isn't about them, even though they have been the biggest endorser of this despot for over 30 years. We all know that the concern of the western world is not about 'Democracy."  It has always been clear that their concern is for the "safety' of US and Israel interests and the hope for a regime that can be propped up to endorse the 1979 Camp David Accords. 

The US announcement of reviewing US aid to Egypt at this very moment is used as  bribery and a threat to manipulate the course of events in Egypt. So far it has being working for the benefit of the few powerful elite.  Whatever the outcome of the present crisis, US pressures will increase to ensure that business is conducted as usual. For us Egyptians, we all know that Democracy is the last thing on their mind.  It is clear that it is the security of Israel which is paramount. 

 All of these events are unraveling  within a few feet from the prestigious Ancient Egyptian Museum located in Tahrir square, the repository of our 7000 years history of civilization.  One false move and pouf it goes up in flames along with our glorious past. What is most frightening is that Mubarak, like all despots before him, is determined to destroy the entire country before he leaves. Living up to the phrase: "Après moi, Le déluge*." 


*Après moi, Le déluge "  a phrase, coined by Louis XIV (the French  Sun King), which translates roughly to, "After me, the downfall." 






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