Friday, April 8, 2011

What is needed, the army, and religion in Egypt

Here is the rest of the demands that the people want:


وطالب المحتشدون المجلس العسكرى والنائب العام بسرعة محاكمة الرئيس السابق وعائلته وكافة رموز نظامه الفاسد , وإنشاء مجلس رئاسى مدنى / عسكرى يدير دفة الحكم بالبلاد لفترة انتقالية يتمكن خلالها من تحقيق مطالب الشعب , واسترداد الأموال المنهوبة , وحل المجالس المحلية وإقالة جميع المحافظين , والافراج عن بقية المعتقلين , واسترداد جميع مقار الحزب الوطنى بالمحافظات وتطهير المؤسسات النقابية والإعلام من رموز الفساد.

I have to stress however that I truly trust the Egyptian army. From the start till now the army has been with the revolution and when I say the army I do not mean every single soldier and officer. There is always bad apples in every basket. So do not talk about few accidents here and there. Look at the overall image: the army is with the revolution!!

When the Army is not with the revolution things go the other way. Remember China square!!

The reason the army is with the revolution is that the army is us! Look at the face of those soldiers. Those are us!

Of course who ever took this image wanted to hint and spread the fear of a zealous religion-flavour dark future for Egypt. This what I kept hearing in the media here in USA. The images on the newspaper always showed people praying in Tahrir. My two cents for the western media is: you do not understand the Egyptians. They are religious in a kind way, not the way that make you burn books a la Florida priest but religious in a way that makes them trust that the future will be OK and that justice will be done at the end. Those are all positive things that makes Egyptians cope with the stress of life. Taken in the wrong hands, however, those are also attributes that make you patient for over 30 years under the rule of a corrupt dictator.

My point is the west does not have any thing to fear from the religious nature of Egypt. Nor do Egyptians have any thing to apologize for. Our true religion makes us resilient, peaceful and just people. It is the wrong understanding (usually grows under dictators) of religion that makes you hostile to others, introverted, and stupid.

With freedom flourishing in Egypt now, I am sure all the wrong misguided interpretation of religion will disappear (slowly but surely) and a clear clean and energetic modern society will show up and help in solving the world problems (diseases, pollution, injustice, ... etc). So Cheer up West, Egypt is cleaning up and will be here soon. Watch the story unfolds ....

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