I’m in love. It’s not an at-first-sight kind of passionate romance that I’m involved in. I haven’t jumped into the relationship “deep end” with blinders, or even rose colored glasses on. In fact, my heart has been slowly taken over and I expect this to be a life-long affair. The country of Egypt is my love. And these days it is absolutely breaking my heart.
For more than twelve years I’ve invested in the communities of Cairo and the country of Egypt as a whole. In return I’ve reaped blessings a thousand fold. I’ve received in abundance. And for years I’ve felt that my way of giving back was to help dispel myths, clarify circumstances, open up so-called ‘western’ eyes to the realities of Egypt’s complex beauty. The shock of the Jan 25 revolution and its ongoing aftermath have made this an even more vital mission to me.
But I’m confused now. I’m unsure of how to answer the questions that keep coming from my non-Egyptian family and friends. I myself am asking questions that I’m just not getting answers to. And I’ve asked a LOT of people.
So I open this next question to the whole of the Egyptian people: you who have given so much to me already, you who are going through so much right now and who have confusions of your own. I ask with a genuine desire to understand and support. I ask because I truly don’t know and I want to. I ask……
“What exactly is the game plan with the current protests?”
I really want to understand the objectives, basically because I haven’t heard anything other than “We want him out!” There must be more. There has to be more.
Pretty much everyone eventually acknowledged that the way Mubarak was removed ended up causing more problems than it solved. Because there was no plan for once Mubarak was out, the result was Morsi and the Brotherhood. So is the goal now to repeat the past? Is the current strategy simply to remove the undesired head and its supporting body in the hopes that something better will somehow fill the gap? Who is on deck to take over? Who will make the necessary decisions once the current crop of leaders has left? How will THOSE people be picked? If new elections do replace Morsi and the MB and then the citizenry become unhappy with the next group, is the plan to just keep kicking elected leaders out and setting up new elections?
My heart is full of pride in the peoples’ bravery to stand up, hope for what could potentially develop, and fear of what worse things might possibly come. On Jan 25th everyone was stating that “nothing could be worse than Mubarak”. Well, we found out that this wasn’t exactly true. Now I’m hearing “nothing could be worse than Morsi”. The country was not as strong as it should have been when Mubarak left power. There is no doubt that the instability has only increased since then. Please help me understand what is in place now that will make THIS revolution any different than the last one.
I ask my questions with sincere love and hope.