Egypt’s Unfinished Business and a Lesson For the Arab Revolution

 

It has become apparent that all of our most cynical readings of the situation in Egypt, since the supposed ouster of Hosni Mubarak, are being proved true by the continued oppression, and disenfranchisement, of the Egyptian people at the hands of the Military government. The aggressive midnight assault by police and military forces, to clear peaceful protesters from Tahrir Square, was an all too familiar reminder of the regime’s brutal tactics before Mubarak assigned them to their new post as governmental figureheads.

Mubarak’s April 9, 2011, address on State media, arguing that charges of corruption against him are completely false, demonstrates the access, influence, and control he maintains over the country’s establishment and power infrastructure.  How else is a supposedly disposed dictator able to give the equivalent of a Presidential statement if there is any truth to the charade of his removal from power?

His financial wealth and political capital have allowed him to maintain his status of power-broker.  His title was removed but his true sources of power were left untouched.  Through a false transition of control which he and his regime orchestrated in order to placate revolutionaries, distract international attention, and reassert their control, Mubarak has been able to govern and strategize from the comfort of his Sharm El Sheikh palace.  He doesn’t need the official title in order to be the de facto ruler of the country.  He has loyal, and well paid, military officials to perform the role of figurehead.

General prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud has said that he will question Hosni Mubarak, as well as Mubarak’s sons Gamal and Alaa, in connection with embezzlement charges and the killing of protesters.  Mr. Mahmoud insists that Mubarak’s claims of innocence, and threats of legal action against any who accuse him, will not effect the investigation.  It is much more likely that the fact that Mr. Mahmoud was a member of Mubarak’s regime, and was directly appointed to his post by Mubarak, will prove to be the reason that the investigation will be just another act in this drama.  Mubarak may as well be put in charge of the investigation of himself and his sons.

The people of Egypt were fooled.  Mubarak is not gone; and democracy, economic justice, empowerment, and equal rights are still a long way off.  The trials of Tahrir Square were just a foreshadowing of what must come.  The regime, along with its international corporate interests, partnerships, and beneficiaries, as well as the politicians and heads of state that profit from facilitating their dealings, will not give up without a much bigger struggle than we’ve seen thus far.

In the words of Frederick Douglas:

“Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reforms. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of struggle…. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground…. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will…”

The biggest lesson that needs to be learned from Egypt is not to trust a dictator.  The people of every Arab state, that is currently experiencing the rise of democratic revolutions, are getting the same mix of brutal repression and false promises of reform. When the brutality doesn’t work they try and trick the revolutionaries with false promises.  Unfortunately, in the case of Egypt, that trick has been successful thus far.  A revolutionary movement brought about revolutionary action, but it was stopped before it could achieve a revolution.  The status quo is simply going through some re-branding.

Qaddafi is set to meet with revolutionary leaders on Monday, April 11, 2011, to attempt his version of what Mubarak pulled off.  He wants to discuss a compromise and a ceasefire.  If allowed, he will remain just as much a threat and imminent danger as Mubarak is to the people of Egypt.  Forty years of entrenched power is not something that either man is willing to give up, and the cowards that support them will continue to do so for the scraps they get from the table.  They have killed many to gain it and maintain it.  They will not hesitate to kill many more to continue it.


 

 

The only chance is to completely remove them, and all other dictatorial regimes, and purge their governments of their accomplices and allies.  The United Nations must be brought into service as overseer, or facilitator, of a transition to a responsible civilian government, and to ensure the lawful, effective, and thorough prosecution of  all those in any leadership positions within these regimes.   All bank accounts and properties belonging to such members of these regimes must be confiscated and/or frozen until an impartial investigation, and audit, can be performed in order to return any stolen assets to the people.  National resources and industries privatized by the regime, particularly those privatized to the regime, must be repatriated, and any future contracts  renegotiated and approved by a new democratically elected civilian government.  There can be no half measures.  They must be completely removed from power and their sources of power must be completely removed from their control.

These dictators and their regimes have proven their inability to be any part of reform and have made it clear that they are intent on using any means at their disposal to maintain their tyrannical control, and exploitation, of the people and their resources.  Revolutionaries must learn from this.  They must learn that their only chance is to pursue their goal of emancipation with an equally uncompromising certainty and an unwavering commitment to a complete eradication of these regimes.  There is no middle ground.  Not only must these dictators be completely removed from power and prosecuted for their crimes, but also, the entire financial and political power structures they have built must be completely dismantled and returned to the people from whom they were stolen.

 

 

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13 Responses to Egypt’s Unfinished Business and a Lesson For the Arab Revolution

  1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Bofa
    April 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    So… in other words, screw all this ‘reform’ BS. Especially when reform is left in the hands of those who have the least motive for, or even understanding of, the necessary reforms… but every reason to keep and strengthen the status quo. Scrap it all, repatriate it all, and start a new. Isn’t that what a revolution should be anyway, rather than a refurbished and rebranded version of the same old crap? Kind of makes me think about Obama’s very Bush-like policies. When are Americans going to wake up and realize that they aren’t really in any better situation than the rest of the poor stooges on this planet. We are all the expendable class fighting over scraps from the corporate, oligarchy, plutocracy, thieves that hoard our planets wealth for their small elite group. Americans are kept placated because they get bigger scraps in order to allow the terrorist corporations a home base while they pillage the rest of the world with the assistance of the American industrial-military machine. But the rich are getting greedier and your scraps are getting smaller and it won’t be long til you wake up and find yourself living in a third world America where we all simply live to feed the economic machine as the lowest possible wage-slave they can force us into being while they continue to post greater profits and bonuses on Wall Street every year. America is Egypt, but without the heart, the smarts, and the courage.

  2. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Atlanta Roofing
    April 11, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Where peaceful protesters were assembled, demanding the departure of the nation’s ruler, who they say is a tyrant. The soldiers fired bullets into the crowd and beat the protesters, dragging some away into trucks going to unknown destinations. Protesters courageously remain in the square, however, and are repeating their demands.

    • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Liam Fox
      April 11, 2011 at 3:08 am

      It’s strange how protesters can still be targeted for speaking out against a dictator who has supposedly been deposed. Excuse the sarcasm. I wish strength and support in the continuing courageous battle against Mubarak, his mercenaries, and his thugs, as you fight for your basic rights and emancipation. The people of the world should be there. Involved. This is not simply an Egyptian issue, or an African issue, or a Muslim issue etc… This is a human issue that defies borders, geography, language, and so on. If any of us wants to ensure our own rights, we must stand up and fight for the rights of all.

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Sound Reason
    April 11, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Guys get your heads on straight this has nothing to do with Egypt, if this were chess Egypt’s government would be a pawn, the King that is being sought is Iran. By placing western figure heads in power in muslim countries like Egypt, Syria, Lybia, etc, the west (Isreal and U.S.) will have a better chance at declaring war on Iran. That is what this is about. Democracy my ass. Don’t forget our government shot peaceful student protesters in Ohio when they spoke out against the war in vietnam. Democracy is catch phrase that is thrown around as an excuse. You can find as much “democracy” in Iraq right now as we found WMD’s when we started this mess.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1ANTIFA_Action
      April 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

      These uprisings were not orchestrated by the US. The US has worked diligently behind the scenes to maintain as much of the status quo as they can. You insult the people of Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, and Yemen, as well as Syria and others if you suggest that their sacrifices and desire for democracy and representational government is somehow disingenuous… that they couldn’t possibly want this on their own. That is a typically stupid ‘any thing can only happen if America makes it happen attitude.’ As if the people from these countries are somehow unable to want their freedom, and fight for it, on their own accord. Your American-centric attitude shows anything BUT sound reason. Although I put nothing past the machinations of American politicians and power brokers, for you to label the situation this way shows a complete disregard, and perhaps prejudice, for the intelligence and human desire of the people of these countries.

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Joe
    April 11, 2011 at 8:07 am

    What are we truly seeing in Egypt?

    I believe the Egyptians liberated themselves from Mubarak; I do not believe they have liberated themselves from tyranny. I believe we are seeing what happened in Iran in 1979 with the fall of the Shah of Iran a second time.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is in the driver’s seat in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood was born under the instructions of the Nazi’s in the late 1920s. They are hand in glove with Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and the Revolutionary Guard. They have an absolute hatred for America and Israel.

    Yes, Egypt will have an election and all of the mental midgets in America’s media will jump and shout and dance about. There will be repeated proclamations of “democracy in action.” Not so!

    Remember, an election does not create a democracy! We had an election in Gaza and Hamas, a worldwide terrorist organization was duly elected and remain in power to this day. Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel and America! Yes, they are in power by an election but that does not make them a democracy.

    Egypt will have an election that will be totally controlled by the Islamic Brotherhood. Whoever gets elected will be approved by the Islamic Brotherhood. This Brotherhood wants to see Israel and America destroyed.

    I want our Salt Covenant Partners to think about this! I have already told my church what I am about to tell you.

    Fact: Nations that hate America now have the ability to close the Suez Canal and to block the Strait of Hormuz and to close the Canal in Yemen.

    Result? No ship can reach America with crude oil that makes gasoline and diesel that controls America’s economy. The price of gasoline is going to sky rocket as is the price of food. I encourage my church family to keep six weeks of food in their house at all times. It’s much better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Nations that hate us now control our economic destiny.

    If there was ever a time to pray for America and Israel it’s now. If there was ever a time to support the preaching of truth in this millennium of politically correct deception; it’s now!

    • Vote -1 Vote +1ANTIFA_Action
      April 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Democracy is not defined by whether it is pro-American or not. A democracy should be representative A democracy in a country that has been abused by America, directly or indirectly through the dictators that America helps maintain and arm, is not going to be a democracy that necessarily loves America. America has done many evil things to the people in these Arab nations. A true democracy might be best recognized by the fact that it will choose to limit its involvement with such an Imperial nation that has assisted the regime that exploited and brutalized the country.
      The Muslim Brotherhood is not in charge of anything, except maybe Glenn Becks brain. These are young, educated people who are tired of living under brutal dictators propped up by America. Many of whom are smart enough to be pursuing a secular democracy in order to avoid the delusional religious fanatics from any religion, like the Taliban or the American religious-right, hi-jacking a responsible government.
      These are people that want the same thing that we all want – freedom, responsible government, democracy, social justice, and economic justice. If they have a grudge against America, it’s for good reason, and America deserves it. Instead of invading and dropping bombs on anyone who doesn’t do exactly as America wants, and succumbs to America’s economic empire… perhaps America should work on it’s diplomacy and negotiating skilss and start practicing what it preaches….. support democracy, not dictators.

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    • Vote -1 Vote +1Liam Fox
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  6. Vote -1 Vote +1Alex
    April 12, 2011 at 1:22 am

    So… in other words, screw all this ‘reform’ BS. Especially when reform is left in the hands of those who have the least motive for, or even understanding of, the necessary reforms… but every reason to keep and strengthen the status quo. Scrap it all, repatriate it all, and start a new. Isn’t that what a revolution should be anyway, rather than a refurbished and rebranded version of the same old crap? Kind of makes me think about Obama’s very Bush-like policies. When are Americans going to wake up and realize that they aren’t really in any better situation than the rest of the poor stooges on this planet. We are all the expendable class fighting over scraps from the corporate, oligarchy, plutocracy, thieves that hoard our planets wealth for their small elite group. Americans are kept placated because they get bigger scraps in order to allow the terrorist corporations a home base while they pillage the rest of the world with the assistance of the American industrial-military machine. But the rich are getting greedier and your scraps are getting smaller and it won’t be long til you wake up and find yourself living in a third world America where we all simply live to feed the economic machine as the lowest possible wage-slave they can force us into being while they continue to post greater profits and bonuses on Wall Street every year. America is Egypt, but without the heart, the smarts, and the courage.

  7. Vote -1 Vote +1Bob
    April 12, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Is 3 decades not long enough to rule a nation of people? I hope the participants of the Arabic revolution are prepared for the long haul. Deposing dictators is not a pretty business.

    I’m just glad the the Obama Administration took a hard line stance against dictators in the end. /s

  8. Vote -1 Vote +1Henry
    April 12, 2011 at 1:24 am

    the egyptians need a real violent revolution or upheaval .

  9. Vote -1 Vote +1Jonni
    April 12, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Thanks man for sharing this post with us.