[Arab News, Saudi Arabia]



Semana, Colombia

Egypt's Imaginary Revolution


"This is what the global press calls a 'revolution'? Perhaps it is, but only in a strictly astronomical sense: a complete revolution is, for example, when the Earth circumnavigates the sun in a year, only to return to where it was before. The most eloquent proof that nothing has changed in Egypt is the satisfaction shown by the president of the United States, Barack Obama."


By Antonio Caballero


Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


February 19, 2011


Colombia - Semana - Original Article (Spanish)

Televisions around the world have shown Egyptian demonstrators dancing in Cairo's Tahrir Square because the military had taken power. But that didnt just happen now. They have held power - at least - since General Muhammad Naguib overturned the frivolous King Faruq in a 1952 military coup. Then Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, in turn, overthrew General Naguib in 1953. Nasser died in 1970, and control was inherited by his vice president, Anwar Sadat, an Army general. After Sadat was assassinated eleven years later, his successor was an Air Force general, Hosni Mubarak. Now that Mubarak has retired, the reins of power have been handed to a field marshal, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who is head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (composed of five generals). At 75, he spent 20 years as defense minister and is a pillar of the regime - the military regime that has ruled Egypt not for 30 years, as the press is telling us, but for close to 60 years. It has transformed Egypt into what it is today: a miserable, corrupt and oppressed country, where only the military caste thrives, fueled by corruption and armed by governments of the United States.


And this is what the global press calls a "revolution"? Perhaps it is, but only in a strictly astronomical sense: a complete revolution is, for example, when the Earth circumnavigates the sun in a year, only to return to where it was before.


That the Western press and television is exhibiting satisfaction with what happened in Egypt is understandable. A military coup (an auto-coup: only the top figure retires) ensures the continuation of a secular military regime (if a military regime can be called secular), which serves as a barrier against the militant Islam of the Muslim Brotherhood. Apart from the Army itself, the Brotherhood is the only relatively organized political force in the country, despite the fact that it is outlawed. What's incomprehensible is that Egyptians themselves should also rejoice, particularly since for starters, they are mostly believing and practicing Muslims, even within the ranks of the Army: they aren't suspicious of Islam.


In spite of all that, the Egyptian "revolution" has sparked disquiet within Arab governments throughout the region, from Mauritania to Saudi Arabia. For these governments, the people can never be trusted. Not because they actually fear these people will, "take their destiny into their own hands," as the most lyrical voices in the Western press are singing; such things have happened only very rarely in history. But because the rulers fear that with all the tumult, they might be replaced by other governments. After Tunisia, where it all began a month ago, the unrest spread to Algeria (where, as in Egypt, the military is in command; when they had free elections, they were won by Islamist extremists), Colonel Qaddafi's Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. All of these are countries are ruled by old dictators who have held power for decades or, in the case of monarchies, several generations.


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But the most eloquent proof that nothing has changed in Egypt with the so called "Youth Revolution" or "White Revolution" (by the way, we are running out of colors: the "Green Revolution" of Iran was thwarted, Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" faded, while botanical attributes - "Jasmine Revolution" or the "Reed Revolution" - are too corny to be taken seriously), is the satisfaction shown by U.S. President Barack Obama.



Following the firmly-rooted tradition of his country's leaders, he abandoned Mubarak, his faithful ally of 30 years, the moment difficulties occurred, and didn't even mention his name in the speech in which he welcomed Mubarak's downfall. Without even batting an eye, Obama employed his most flaming rhetoric, which is perhaps the only thing left of the hope awakened by his election. He called the Egyptian succession process "the triumph of human dignity", evidence of what can be achieved by "people, not by violence but by moral force", and he saluted the arrival of "a true democracy."


Then, after saying that what had occurred in 18 days at the Tahrir Square (which means Freedom, in reference to the coup of 1952) is comparable to the fall of the Berlin Wall that marked the end of communism in Europe and Gandhi's 25 years of "peaceful resistance" in India against the British Empire, he concluded: "The Egyptians have changed their country, and by doing so, they changed the world."


If the president of the United States really believed that, he would be extremely worried.



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