“He’s gone…is he gone? No way! He’s gone…impossible”.
To all readers, today is a momentous day. A glorious day for all believers in democracy, for all believers in freedom, for all believers in equality, for all believers in justice. Today is the day the will of the people has utterly destroyed the 30 year old iron fist that is Mubarak. Today is the day Egypt has woken up. Today is the day Egypt has declared to the world that no longer will it tolerate the oppression so terrible that it has become synonymous with ‘normality’. Today is the day the Egyptian people witnessed the fruits of their labour. Was there really ever any genuine doubt as to what result other than this could have emerged in such a do or die situation?
Jubilation! Soldiers being carried by protestors, flags waving, songs bursting, tears, laughter, happiness…true and genuine happiness. And relief!
30 years for a revolution that lasted just 18 days, faster than that of Tunisia which has a significantly smaller population. Ben Ali was described in newspapers as invincible and more than capable of handling a minor revolution in the city of Sidi Bouzid. Mubarak was deemed much more powerful and in much stronger control. But no matter the incredible might of such tyrannical regimes, if the people desire freedom, none can prevent them. If the people desire justice, none can prevent it. If the people desire rights, none can prevent them. Not Mubarak, not Ben Ali, not the US, not Israel, nor any nation in this world. Intricate conspiracies have become the norm in political discussions and political debates with whimsical rhetoric such as the ‘will of the people’ as a minor and more inferior form of authority. People! Today we have seen the true power of the will of the people. The true power of unity amongst people. The true power of justice. The true power of a unity composing of different religious backgrounds and different ethnic backgrounds. Regardless as to how cliché this sounds, justice prevails. Such a phrase has become cliché due to the huge difficulty in upholding such a statement. It took the Tunisians 23 years to finally uphold this ‘cliché’. It took the Egyptians 30 years to fulfil this ‘cliché’. Just because the road is difficult, we should call it a cliché?
Mubarak is gone! Mubarak is gone! Just in case you did not hear, Mubarak is gone! The seemingly invincible regime has fallen to the sheer power and might of the people. Let us be under no pretence. This is a revolution for the people, by the people, with the people. Begun with no international influence, no foreign interference. Just simply people fed up with oppression and injustice. And look at what they have achieved!
Congratulations Egypt! Congratulations Egypt! Tahiya Masr! Um Addunya!
Tyrants, all we ever wanted was freedom. Since it was so difficult for you to give us this, we have taken it from you. We have won. Egypt has won. Humanity has won. And most importantly, justice has won.
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