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Reflections on Egypt in 2012

Since I’ve moved to the US, I’ve been trying to visit Egypt once a year. Last year (in 2011), I came around the time when SCAF attacked some women in the most brutal ways, to name but one major incident. There was a deep sense of negativity and darkness, and of course, everyone was naturally depressed but in denial. SCAF was breaking our spirit. I even theorized possibly with exaggeration that they may be Satanists or black magicians who are sacrificing Egyptians as part of a mass ritual! A sickening idea I know and a little far fetched, too, but how else can we explain such cruel behavior?
This year (2012), I feel–and I say this with sadness–that I am in a country about to collapse economically among other things. And the dominant sentiment is that of apathy. The MB is trying to impose a fake identity on Egypt. It’s attempting to teach Egyptians Islam. While most Egyptians know Islam better than them. The true identity of Egypt is that of moderation and centrism. Egypt is the heart of the Arab World, and it’s a very important country not only geopolitically but also historically and culturally, etc. The MB is a frustrated group of men who have been oppressed politically for 80 years. Some of its members have been imprisoned and/or tortured, so we are ruled by a group of men who are psychologically unstable because they’ve been traumatized for decades. And now they are in power, so it’s revenge time. Also, the MB hates Egypt and Egyptians, so forget about diversity or even Islam. What you’ll get is Political Islam, specifically the MB’s version, which is akin to a cult. Organizationally, they are not so different from Freemasons or hierarchical organizations like the Military with the difference being that they–the MB–are incapable of effectively running the country. I can pragmatically support enlightened dictatorship, but of course I am a Socialist Libertarian at heart. These people are taking us to the past unfortunately.

The 25th of January Revolution was a peaceful one, the next revolution against the MB–due to their endless failures–will sadly be a violent one instigated by the millions of hungry ones. Egypt’s problems now are ignorance and poverty, not Islam. Islam etymologically means peace or surrender. Sure, I have my issues with Islam, but I do not have a problem with most Muslims. In fact, most of my friends are Muslims. The religious problem in Egypt is a superficial one and also an unreal one. The deeper problems concern economics, social justice, human rights, education, etc. I love Egypt and I am sad to see it collapsing in front of my eyes…

Djedpillar

(the Djed is an Ancient Egyptian symbol of stability.

Exactly what we lack right now in Egypt!)

Morsi, The Person of The Year, or Who Do You Fear?

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We, the Egyptians who are pro-the 25th of January Revolution, will never accept another dictator. It is not possible for a dictator to rule Egypt and for this dictator to think he can do so is very insulting to the Egyptian people.

 

Let us remember that around 50% (approx. 10 million people) of the presidential votes went to Leftist candidates while 25% of the votes went to so-called ‘Liberals’ or Right-wing candidates. The remaining 25% went to the authoritarian Muslim Brotherhood with their political Islamism, trying to force one (fake) identity onto the Egyptian people with all its diversity. Confusing the ignorant and the naive and leading Egyptians to fight one another.

The Egyptian identity is one of centrism and moderation. Sure, extremism does exist, but that is not the rule. The bigger problem is ignorance, which can usually lead to extremism, but you have people in power who are not ignorant but who use the ignorance of some Egyptians to their benefit, that is political Islam. The unity of Church and State which has lead Europe into the Dark Ages.
 

Of course, in addition to the 20+ million voters, we have around 60 million non-voters (aka the Couch Party).
 

Morsi is leading the votes in TIME magazine as the person of the year. In a year that may be the end of the world according to some. I don’t believe in such 2012 theories; nevertheless, we are living in strange times and there’s an apocalyptic feeling in the air, worldwide.
 

Tahrir Square (and any square for that matter) is a symbol of the people’s will and it is way more real than TIME magazine’s polls or CNN‘s lies or what have you!

 

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[Merkaba by Maria-Constanza Garrido, 2011

Original artwork for IIII (FOUR)]

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