When will it ever end hey? Are we (the Arabo-Muslim nation, if I may still call it so) doomed to military coups and pseudo ‘popular democratic republics’ forever? Why? What is wrong with us? When will we learn that power and social control can be safeguarded more effectively by CCTV cameras, sophisticated computers and DNA chips without the need for heavy military artillery and moronic narratives of terrorism and ‘foreign conspiracy’ theories?
I do not consider myself a democrat because I have become disillusioned by the horrible acts of self-claimed democrats, I have no particular sympathy with Islamists because I consider that they have part of the responsibility of what happened in Algeria during the 90s. In fact, I have become what might best be described as ‘politically confused’ and worst be described as ‘politically cynical’. But, what is happening in Egypt stirs uncomfortable memories.
I cannot help but think at times that Algeria has become a ‘model’ for Arab dictatorships, the scenario staged by the Egyptian military feels like a cut-and-paste of the Algerian one, deployed by the Algerian army during the 90s. A bad reproduction but still, all the elements are there. Same arguments, same tactics, the only innovation being the tacky and silly photographic and video ‘proofs’ thrown in for good measure. Stupid use of ‘new technologies’ oblige as say the French. The only ‘good’ thing that could be claimed for our scenario is that it was at pace with the time, it was executed well and with competence, no matter how horrible it was. The guys in Egypt are making a mess of it all. I mean since the ‘Arab spring’ started, I have become more and more astonished day after day by the horrid psychopathic mentality and predisposition of Arab ruling elites towards their people. But what is now happening in Egypt shows how sheer incompetence and out-toucheness with the times further worsens the situation. I mean these guys in the military and police, in the Ministry of Interior, Egyptian ‘official media’, Egyptian diplomats, so-called intellectuals are completely out of touch with reality and the present time. They seem like they are living in a parallel universe.
I genuinely ask myself this question: “Do Egyptian people really believe what they hear on state media?“. I have asked myself this question before during the World Cup football incident. It seems a lot of them do believe the rubbish they get served by these ‘elites’. If only it was logical, but it isn’t. They have no excuse in my humble opinion. I accept that Morsi didn’t exactly shine during the 2 or 3 years he was president, but the responsibility wasn’t his, or his party’s alone. From the onset, there were many factions of Egyptian society and military who opposed any Islamist form of political activity. There is a long history of animosity against Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, because the Salafist are actually quite liked by Arab regimes.
Egyptian democracy is at stake. It is not about Morsi, or the Muslim Brotherhood, or Islam or religion. It really is about reforming the mechanisms of political life and doing away with the military intrusion in politics. If Egyptian people are prepared to pay the price for freedom, and resist for however long it will take, I think that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is still a chance for Egypt to regain its position as an Arab leader and shine by example.
But will they? As the ‘Big Brother’ slogan goes on eviction nights: Who goes? YOU decide….