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
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.
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
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:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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."