Crumbling the Revolution
By: Mohamed Salah
Events are so quick in Egypt followed enthusiastically by Egyptians and lovers of that big Arab country.
Those events sometimes make jaws drop and sometimes vex. But in all cases, they mirror large differences between disagreeing parties who already got together during the revolution with one goal in mind; to topple the Mubarak regime, and later started disputing on the revolution fruits or to keep the show alive in the frontlines in the post-revolution stage…or to settle old accounts or get martyrs’ rights.
The scene says several forces remained “one hand” all the way during the revolution and until Mubarak’s ouster but broke up after it and started playing roles unilaterally in different squares, satellite TVs, conferences, symposiums and decision-making centers while decisions are made on TV shows, Web sites, or a wide square or closed halls.
The scene: The military while ruling the country through measures unsatisfactory for some forces promises to leave power for civil rulers post parliamentary and presidential elections.
But the military’s intentions to leave power for civilians are doubted by some forces on the street and squares.
The scene: The cabinet is led by a powerless premier, who faces pressures from everywhere so he reshuffles, changes and reshapes his cabinet every now and then in order to satisfy this or that party but, at the end of the day, satisfies nobody.
The scene: Islamists are determined not to clash with the army and busy on the streets, trying to link people’s interests to themselves by providing services people need and through direct communication that changes masks, changes decisions and channels votes to those with kind hearts.
The scene: Leftist and liberal forces – that are supposed to hate one another or at least disagree for their dissimilar ideologies and principles – got united at least for now to face the Islamists for fear of becoming unable to face them in elections.
The scene also includes several new forces, namely youth movements and coalitions that got fed up of decades of politicians’ tricks, understood political maneuvers and witnessed coalitions between parties, supposedly from the opposition, and the regime under Mubarak’s rule and realized the opposition under Mubarak was merely “décor” employed by the regime so that its image did not seem incomplete.
Those forces realized that streets are source of change so they used mechanisms uncommon for the government and parties and succeeded in moving the street and after the regime fell, they found themselves indirectly being asked either to quit the scene after they completed the mission or to be used for the sake of this or that faction.
The scene: Remains of the old regime are still there with different levels starting from thugs and ending with heavyweight businessmen who survived imprisonment and who seek to infiltrate the forces on the arena either to wash their reputations or hopefully to have a role in the new Egypt.
Meanwhile, the majority of the people – to whom the hat should be taken off and who has right to a better future – became confused, gasping behind media that often serves the agendas of this or that party.
At the same time, that majority is worn out for being the target of other forces while it is worn out already due to tough living conditions and poverty.
With one goal in everybody’s mind the regime collapsed only when some millions protested in Tahrir Square and some other squares in other provinces while rebels touched no governmental building.
With rebels divided and disputed, each section had its own square, each group had its own Friday and each party had its own channel with several demonstrations in several directions. So, friction occurs. Congestion builds up with each category, each movement and each group denying responsibility for violence that takes place under everybody’s nose and ear.
This is Egypt now in the “show of power” stage. The left and the right are angry of the military-Islamists rapprochement. In response to what they consider “a delay” of their rise through elections, Islamists decided to organize a million-strong demonstration in Tahrir this Friday, while the military and Sharaf’s government stand in between and the revolution erodes and its objectives melt and evaporate.
It is true the regime fell and part of its flesh is behind bars. But nations usually revolt not only to punish the regime, but also to have a better life…and not to let the rule be controlled by that category or that group.