Article ☁ A Fleeting Victory ~ Lessons Unlearned

A FLEETING VICTORY

LESSONS UNLEARNED

 

The breathless sight of the 2011 Egyptian “revolution” to depose a malignant dictator was one of sheer beauty.

However, the same can’t be said about the recent demonstrations or the outcome.

 

A CLASSIC COUP D’ÉTAT

The army finally came out from lurking in the shadows to sweet talk the people. The amusing notion of “democracy” was setting ultimatums for a “democratically” [1] chosen leader – very legitimate, constitutional and “democratic”!

Millions of Egyptians cheered this (sigh), which may prove a peril to Egypt.

The coup subverted and obviated Egypt’s (embryotic) “democracy” during a frail time. Worsening should the army impose itself publicly in the political arena and break its word not to intervene in the coming (indeterminate) elections – presidential elections that only exist because the country proved too much for the army to control alone.

This is the aftermath under a “democracy”. What will become of the next elected president?

A connexion with the army seems to be a requisite; otherwise, beware! That is, unless he happens to be the army – and he most likely will be.

An army, with a blood-filled past, that thrives on control and power, which it’s already exerting, and, in polarising divisions.

Mubarak must be euphoric.

 

OMINOUS SIGNS

One can only envisage how “Israel” (with a hint of trepidation) and the “Occident” are savouring the coup. Although the latter falsely avers “democracy” is still on track so it can cement its influence by playing the semantics game – ‘coup’ just has too many negative connotations.

It’s essential to highlight, the US declared Morsi’s government ‘wasn’t a democratic rule’ and democracy isn’t only about casting a vote. At least the latter is true as it’s coming from a country that didn’t vote for a twice-(s)elected president.

George W. Bush.

A man who epitomised lying and gave a whole new meaning to incompetence, was responsible for two wars, thousands upon thousands of deaths and deemed the worst president in American history. Nevertheless, – here’s where it turns peculiarly amusing, – Bush and his government were a democratic rule.

Take a moment to absorb the above contradictory standards!

Not surprising, Ambassador Badr Abdel Atty, the state spokesperson of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was desperate for America’s approval to justify the ousting. No hidden motives there whatsoever!

Sardonically, and one can’t help but laugh at the cruel irony, Arab authorities commended the Egyptians for their victory. Dictators who aren’t fit to be “leaders” themselves, ruling their countries by imposing fear with no whiff of freedom: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah of Jordan, the Emirati “leadership”, [2] etc.

When will the people of these countries wake up and fight for their freedom?

Perturbing still is the imprisonment of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters, with the president under arrest. All treated as criminals. All labelled terrorists. What are their crimes?

Hurrah for democracy!

 

RAMPANT EMOTIONS

Feelings took over herding into demonstrations to vent and inveigh: for and against Morsi, for Mubarak, and now, against the army. All because people don’t want to adhere to the concept of how a so-called “democracy” works. The “Western democracy” they crave and want.

Demonstrators saw and heard what others wanted them to, with a dash of verisimilitude to make it believable.

More demonstrations will come but to what end.

Demonstrations and propagandistic utterances by the media [3] appear to be the only forms of “democracy” adopted.

No president is ever going to be flawless or even satisfy an entire population, hence why elections exist. Likewise, all “leaders” have made mistakes, some even deadly; to have Morsi singled out raises a few questions.

 

THE (EX-) PRESIDENT, MUHAMMAD MORSI

Is it his background? Because he didn’t yield to “Western” ways? Maybe weeding out the oppressive regimes of yesteryear was the problem? Could it be his transparent and honest ways – a foreign and threatening concept for many “on top” the world over? Wanting an independent Egypt free from poverty? Etc.

Impossibly high standards were set in a short time-frame for Morsi to achieve.

Sure, Morsi certainly lacks many leadership qualities and the charisma for such a role, and the incessant prodding at and scrutinising his every move with no breathing space didn’t help, but his deposing was a debacle.

A majority elected him for presidency fairly (by “Western” standards), which the people were willing to accept. For a “democracy” to develop, those who didn’t vote for him, need to respect the people’s choice and wait to vote him out in the next election.

Morsi stepped into a role after a thirty-year dictator was overthrown. Mubarak left a miasma of deep-rooted corruption, fear and death, driving “his” people into inhumane destitute, which he inherited and worsened from previous “powers”. The people were taciturn for decades, and now, they can barely hold out for a year.

In spite of all that, and despite his faults (which will pale in comparison to what the army will do), he had a few impressive accomplishments during his brief presidency. He, inter alia, made agricultural changes one being gradually ending the importing of wheat for it to be locally grown granting people jobs and produce; in turn, severing their dependence on others.

Morsi wasn’t corrupt or nepotistic nor did he steal; he was merely a scapegoat for others to execute their own agendas.

 

AN INTELLECTUAL AWAKENING

Putting feelings aside regarding Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood for a moment, Muslims for Morsi should mourn the intellects and leadership skills of Muslamists™ [4] rather than lament the (unfair but foreseeable) deposing of Morsi.

One of the major challenges facing Muslims is the lack of an intellectual awakening. Subjectivity and personal feelings take precedence instead of an intellectual, critical and objective one.

This is the reason why Muslims are in a rut today.

Running a country, expecting change and seeking improvement (or redemption), at an individual and societal level, can’t be a myopic endeavour.

They all require more than speeches and sermons of wistful days gone by, songs and poetry about the resurrection of Salāh Ad-Deen رحمه الله or Khālid ibn AlWalīd رضي الله عنه to lead us and fix our problems, praying (or calling) to Ali ibn Abi Tālib رضي الله عنه or AlHusayn ibn Ali ibn Abi Tālib رضي الله عنه when in trouble or in search for hope, or mere words about martyrdom and the future.

It’s a CHOICE we make by following-through via strategic- and forward-thinking methods outlining a clear, rational and structured vision, uniting people and improving their lives, regardless of their religious creeds and backgrounds.

It’s learning from our past to live in the present for a promising and productive future by DOING the work ourselves as individuals and as a collective whole, with awareness and clarity of mind, and precisely defined intentions and actions.

An intellectual awakening is theoretical, practical and creative, embodying all aspects of life.

One step in the right direction, is a perusal of, and learning and grasping, the values of leadership and its qualities, from Islâm.

With this said, Muslim Brotherhood of today, which has deviated grossly from the essence of Hassan Al-Banna’s wise doctrine رحمه الله and Islâm, is here to stay with its lack of action-oriented and forward-thinking mindset.

 

A HISTORY FORGOTTEN

Providing the opposition parties don’t reconcile for Egypt, – and they won’t – and people remain impatient, this disaster will recur.

Assaying the situation, it’s patent underlying deeper causes and outside forces are at play for the morass; ones that don’t want a stable Egypt because of the adverse effects it’ll have on them with unfavourable outcomes.

The people fell trap to them, their emotions and into the cycle of violence – again.

Freedom and “democracy” aren’t a chimaera; they’re achievable, but with true change and perseverance. The Arab nations have a long way in attaining them for they haven’t experienced it before, but it’s possible, once they wake up from their slumber.

Arabs can even go further and define democracy independent from “Western” influence, whilst learning from the mistakes of the “West”, to suit their own cultures and lifestyles.

The Arab nations look to Egypt as a paradigm for the impossible to become possible. If this proves to be true, no more lives will be lost and freedom reigns. It won’t be perfect – we don’t live in a utopian world despite what idealistic “revolutionaries” say – but it’ll be an optimistic and positive step forward, and, a stab in the hearts of all Arab dictators, monarchies, royalties and tyrants.

In addition, it’ll also strengthen the identity of Arabs, their resolve and autonomy, and close the chasms for a united Arab nation.

Think what’ll become of Palestine then and future generations.

The annals of history chronically prove the road to freedom and change take time; people need to persevere with a prudent, critical and just mind and eye, and an open ear, mind and heart.

For change to happen, we must start from within whilst looking at the bigger picture, minus the victim mentality, irrespective of the chosen leader.

The people of Egypt can learn from their own convoluted history, replete with valuable lessons, should they want a better and stable Egypt.

Else, the bloodshed will continue, the nation will dissipate, the poor will sink into a deeper abyss of penury, and that inspirational “revolution”, will be a thing of the past – if it was indeed a revolution.

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires a change of heart.

~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

 

[1]   The word is in quotations because it’s democracy as the “Occident” dictates – according to the “Western” definition of the term, rendered meaningless deviating from its original definition.

[2]   The Emirati “leadership” – more specifically Abu Dhabi – supported Morsi’s contender, Mubarak’s last Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq, for presidency. Because of their deep odium for the Muslim Brotherhood, the UAE was already imprisoning many of its members without trial, and banning others from entering the country, merely for being members and nothing more.

[3]   The media is controlled from behind the screens to utilise people’s fears and worries to cloud their minds. It’s crucial to note, to some extent, the media is pro Mubarak. In addition, it’s common knowledge for the media to be “anti-Islamists”.

[4]   Muslamists™ is a nonce by Khalid AlMahmoud meaning Muslims selectively trying and claiming to be Islamists but aren’t; instead, they’re misrepresenting Islâm.

 


WRITTEN: Thursday, 4th July 2013

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1 Comment

  1. وسبحان الله وانا اقرؤه وكأنني أقرأ احدى مقالات
    والدك تقبله الله، في بعض الفقرات اسلوبك شبيه جدا
    باسلوب ابوك بالتحليل

    خير خلف لخير سلف ان شاء الله

    ♥♡♥

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