Make no mistake, the walls will crumble around Mubarak’s head. His Western allies have all but abandoned him, issuing thinly veiled messages of support recognising the rights of Egyptian people, but not calling for the very man who is denying them their rights to step down, he clings on by. This dialogue of national interest is a cold, heartless one, where countries are, in truth, only concerned with the human rights of their selfish interests, regardless of how cowardly and contradictory it may make them look. Appeals to governments whose interests lie with the regime of Mubarak will fall upon deaf ears, this fight is the Egyptian people’s and they will prevail in spite of external powers. The more inevitable his departure becomes, the quicker the Western governments will flee from beside him and let him be consumed by the fear and hatred wrought by his own hands.
Mubarak lost his authority long ago, now the Egyptian people have liberated themselves from the clasp of his fear, it is the tragedy of every dictator that they fail to realise that fear and force will only increase opposition to them, for this reason they will never have authority and their decline will always be inevitable. Mubarak has virtually departed from leadership, his appointments of new ministers represent a delusion which none outside of the government buy into, it is as if the curtains have closed on his stage yet he shouts and gestures from behind them unable to see the audience, their hatred and anger. Let us no longer speak of the Mubarak regime, it no longer exists outside of itself, it must however not be allowed to leave, it must be brought to justice whether at the hands of the Egyptian people or God. The deaths of protesters, the looting, the chaos, the poverty, the decades of oppression, the corrupt justice will all form the very noose by which Mubarak and his cronies will hang.
The fate of this revolution is now in the hands of the Egyptian people alone and God, attempts to portray a descent into chaos and looting must not be made the story of this movement. We are on the cusp of one of the greatest moments in Egypt’s history and it can not and will not be hijacked by the inevitable looting minority, there are allegations that these are deliberate attempts to discredit the revolution by causing chaos which the delusional Mubarak believes the people will call upon him to end. It is difficult to know for sure amongst the confusion, but this tactic has been used before in the Algerian civil war in similar circumstances in which the government murdered civilians, then would blame the revolutionaries for the killings turning the people against them. However temporary chaos is a storm the Egyptian people must weather for its time has come, the baton of the Arab revolution has been passed on to it and it must not let it fall.
There would appear to be no single leadership for this revolution, the presence of the largest opposition movement, the Muslim brotherhood, has been somewhat muted with suggestions that major involvement on their behalf could jeopardise the revolution by swinging external opinion against the movement. We can not downplay the Islamic element of Egyptian society, but for the moment the ideology of this revolution remains broad and this is a good thing as none can oppose the pursuit of basic human rights, particularly the external powers who may hold stakes in Mubarak as an ally. Baradei is not a leading figure of this revolution, he has recognised the nature of this movement and not sought to take charge of this revolution of the Egyptian people. Whether or not he will play a role in the formation of new governance we can only speculate, but he has certainly demonstrated he is aligned with the demands and concerns of the populace. There can be no single leading light for this revolution however, leadership for the moment remains with the Egyptian people and rightly so. Once the dust clears the long and much more difficult process of rebuilding and reformation will take place signalling the potentially the entrance of one of the defining Era’s in not only the history of Egypt, but the history of the Arab-Muslim world also.
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