Wednesday, 2 February 2011

We Are All Egyptian Now!"

The centre of the Egyptian people’s revolution Tahrir Square, was rammed packed and overflowing miles back into the feeding and fertilising streets of Cairo capital of Egypt, with up to and over 2 million people responding to yesterdays (Tuesday) call for a mach of a million people. I think that the original intention was to March on to the presidential palace of Hosni Mubarak, the situation on the streets being fluid means that plans inevitably change as of necessity; we also see a consistent process of rational inference at play which has become the toolmaker of this revolution. The scenes in Egypt have been dramatic, and what an understatement that is. The country has exploded and burst open with a release of energy that is fuelling and constantly refuelling the people’s desire and determination to end the rule of Hosni Mubarak.

In desperation and I would say growing despair not only for Mubarak but western influences and blackjacks; a number of offers have been made to the masses, these have included the replacement of the cabinet and he discharged the detested interior minister for the first time. However, other key ministers are retaining their posts.

In another move, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on Monday afternoon the Egyptian president appointed him to hold immediate talks with the opposition, but they have now refused to participate after conceding to pressure from the people. I have something to say about these would be leaders latter in this post.  

But the crowds sneered at the moves, saying they don't want old faces in the new government because they are not chosen by the Egyptian people. They're demanding a new government with no links to President Hosni Mubarak. And of course Mubarak appeared on national TV last night to announce that he would not be standing for re-election, a long boring rambling speech which on refection I now suspect the hand of the US State Department at play and very much behind his latest move to placate the protesters; western capital and their governments must now be having some sleepless nights worrying about the effects this whole situation is having and will have on their fragile economies.

So it is very telling, and of course interesting that Obama fed the New York Times the story and hours before the Mubarak announcement, that he told him (Mubarak) not to seek re-election. My guess is that the US and Mubarak have been talking behind the canopy of cover and with a special US envoy said to be in Egypt it certainly makes you wonder. However with his announcement that he will not step down now and intends to serve out his term until September, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has thrown down the gauntlet before the millions opposing his regime. Mubarak’s promise not to contest the next election is meaningless. Its only intention is to provide Washington and the Egyptian military with the necessary time to disorientate, break up and muffle the mass opposition to the regime. During the past 24 hours, even as tens of thousands of protesters occupied Tahrir Square, Mubarak, the military and their US  advisor's have been huddled in intense scheming sessions on how best to formulate a political response to the outpouring of opposition that will ensure the survival of the regime and western interests in the region. And today the military have appeared on state TV calling on the people to return life back to a semblance of normality, in addition Mubarak supporters are holding counter demonstrations in the capital, clearly Mubarak is mobilising his supporters which could turn things very nasty.          

In the last few day’s it is obvious that western governments led by the US are not only nervous but are increasingly resorting to scare tactics, look at what Tony Blair (Middle East Peace Envoy) said on Monday:

“You don’t just have a government and a movement for democracy. You also have others, notably the Muslim Brotherhood, who would take this in a different direction. We need to be anxious to meet the aspirations of the people, but do it in away that produces something better.”

Many are drawing wrongly for devious and circuitous ends, comparisons with the Islamists who took power in Iran 30 years ago by seizing control of a revolution originally backed by many different groups, including Communists and secular democrats. But the situation in Egypt is not comparable.

At this time the control of the Revolution is very much in the hands of the people down on the streets, despite what we hear about an opposition grouping of versus factions, they are not running the show which has been said time and time again by the protesters. The real beauty is that the Revolution is organic, spontaneous, self-generated and without a visible leadership of any kind. This must be seen as a new development although it will of course be disappointing to those vanguards, centrists and others who think that they can impose a leadership on the working classes; this is all part of an evolution that is catching a hold, which we on this blog very much support.

Mohamed ElBardei has become the most familiar of those known amongst the figures of the so-called opposition. The Nobel peace laureate; he is the former head of the Atomic Energy Agency and recently returned to Egypt after the revolt was started. ElBaradei’s diplomacy with Mubarak began in the months leading up to the 2003 Iraq war, when the Nobel-prize winner stepped out of his role as chief of the United Nations atomic agency to have “candid talks in Cairo about the importance of starting democratic reform in Egypt. ElBaradei “looks like the sort of transitional figure that emerges at the beginning of a revolution and that will, having performed his function of bringing about political transition and stability, and must add that favours the west, will then disappear from the scene.

Many of the protesters interviewed by Al Jazeera have reacted angrily at the mere mention of ElBardei or any of the so-called opposition leaders having any say in the directions or the form the Revolution takes, yesterday whilst millions were tasking and taking to the streets Elbardei was at home giving interviews to the world media and in talks with the US Ambassador to Egypt.

As I conclude this post the peaceful protesters of Tahrir Square are being attacked by thousands of Mubarak supporters, violence has now once more entered the equation the Revolution is now under attack the next few days could be Egypt’s most crucial and all-important, our hopes and prayers remain and will always be with the people and the Revolution!”

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