Mubarak: Life for 30
By Hwaa Irfan
After a suppressed silence erupted in protests across Lower Egypt, at the shock and awe of candidates Mohammed Mursi (Muslim Brotherhood), and Ahmed Shafiq, the anger and frustration of the people at what many feel is a rigged presidential election would seem to have been presented with a sacrificial bull.
All of a sudden out from nowhere, in the midst of an anti-Muslim propaganda campaign by SCAF and Co., (the co., being the members of a middle class who want a rush towards normalcy, normalcy being pre-January 25 2011, so that they can blindly go where the Euro and the dollar no longer reigns), all of a sudden former President Hosni Mubarak is back in the limelight. After Shafiq’s headquarters was destroyed by protestors, and the sentiment of the ordinary man, woman and child (even children are playing the Egyptian form of cowboys and Indians, i.e Mursi, vs. Shafiq), SCAF presented yet another scenario to ponder on, especially if they can purge the reputation of the regime that remains so that Shafiq can go on to win the run-offs in June 2012.
June 02nd, 2012, a few days later after protests erupt across Lower Egypt, a verdict has been made has scheduled from February. while family, friends, and self interested parties protest again the sentence in the disabling heat of May 2012 in Mubarak’s Cairo home of Heliopolis.
So, Mubarak has been given life sentence, but those who are supposed to have carried out the ‘crimes’ have been set free. Many of the documents/evidence went missing during the time of Ahmed Shafiq as the last former Prime Minister under Mubarak! This means most of the perpetrators under the Mubarak regime remain free, active, and a threat to any real change. This is why thousands have flocked into Tahrir, for it remains for real justice to be done!
Putting aside that Mubarak is Shafiq’s mentor, and that his presidential campaign has been financed and administered by the regime, the 30 years of NDP vs. Muslim Brotherhood still remains a conundrum for the people to solve if the questionable run-off goes ahead this June.
During those 30 years, the foundations for the accruing of wealth by the global financial elite – the global 1% began turning millions around the world into wage slaves that increases their wealth and pwoer base, and bleeds the nations dry. Egypt has been but a part of that process as Canadians face the same issue, after weeks of student protests have taken the lid of what really troubles Canadians.
Egyptians believe that they are alone in this story, but they are not. Far too many Egyptians believe that getting back into the global economy is the way forward without realizing that that economy is crumbling. Far too many middle and upper class Egyptians believe that te solutions to their problems can be found in the West, and far too many of those Egyptians are asleep to the fact that the intelligence, and the polity, and the way forward is amongst them, both those that can read and cannot read. It is this lack of faith that has led to their dilemma of not realizing they can creat their own way forward if real discussion on a national level takes place. This means honoring the interim Constitution that went to referendum giving space to the farmers, and the working classes to speak.
When Shafiq blamed Muslim Brotherhood for hijacking the Revolution many know that it has been SCAF that has carried out the mission, on and behalf of a regime that supports and perpetuates the Washington Consensus which is not in the interest of the people.
For SCAF to truel save face, it needs to with true intent unite the factions that it has actively disunited. It also needs to recognize that in real terms, what will unite the factions for now is a government that is structured for proportional representation, and the only body that has the ability to listen to all sides is Al-Azhar since it gained its independence from the government from it is from Al Azhar that the voice of wisdom has risen for each and every event (good or bad) since January 25, 2011.
In the time since the official declaration of the presidential candidates Muhammed Mursi, and Ahmed Shafiq, ordinary Egyptians re-lived again what it means to be insulted and treated as less than second class citizens via incidents that took place up and around the country whereby pro-Shafiq’s felt disposed to do so – one can point to a case of a micro-bus driver doing his job. With a vehicle full of passengers, a white Daimler with a Shafiq poster in the rear window intentionally drove into the micro-bus, jumped out in rage and insulted and accused the innocent driver, and threatened to have him lose his job. This is the extent to which healing needs to take place, and take place now, popping these types out of the illusion the time of power and wealth over justice is dying, and that it is tim to look within, and then look to each other for a sustainable way forward for all!
The level of debate that goes on at the street level is far more enlightening than that through state media, it is time to disgard all the defences and to open to a better Egypt, and a better world for all, but they need to get to the bottom of who is really running the country regardless of who becomes the president.
Mubarak has been given life for failing to protect protestors, but within that is the missing millions, corruption, and the wasting of natural resources, but from here on, each person is responsible, at least the head of the police No tone wants the elections to not go ahead, though constitutionally it is a mess. But the reality looms that SCAF in its governing capacity will be around for a while yet, is ever present as protestors call for Hamdeen Sabbahi, the 3rd runner up to be included in the run-offs. Sabbahi was not given votes from the Ministry of Interior as was the case according to a polic officer account with Ahmed Shafiq, also Sabbahi did not have the financial backing as Mursi and Shafiq did, what he did have were ballot papers in his favor carelessly disgarded on the streets!
Until all institutions are clean of the past and present regime, of those who see power and not the people as the owners, any change, any progress stands to be compromised while the real culprits get away with it!