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August 23, 2013

A Tragedy Come Full Circle

By Dave Lefcourt

The Arab Spring so promising in Egypt almost 3 yrs. ago has ended w/ the military releasing Hosni Mubarak from prison. This has to bring disgust to the protesters who put their lives on the line & were the catalysts behind the military removing him from power. It's a contemptuous spitting in the face of the Egyptian people by Gen'l al Sisi who had Mubarak's released & a sure sign the military is the preeminent power in Egypt.


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General Abdul-Fattah al Sisi, the military leader of Egypt

The Arab Spring that began so promising in Egypt just short of 3 years ago, saw the people rise up and throw off their shackles of fear of Mubarak and his regime and cause the military to oust him after 30 years in power in February, 2011 has ended with that military releasing him from prison.

This latest event in Egypt has to bring disgust to all those protesters who put their lives on the line in 2011 and were the catalysts behind the military bringing Mubarak down.

Is this not a contemptuous spitting in the face of the Egyptian people by General Abdul-Fattah al Sisi, the military leader who authorized Mubarak's release?

The people must now realize with the military's release of Mubarak and its brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists that it has unmistakably reasserted itself as the pre-eminent power in Egypt. Other than giving lip service to the idea of restoring popularly elected government it seems clear the military intends to retain the real power in Egypt indefinitely regardless of who may be elected president or a parliament popularly elected (something al Sisi has asserted that he and the military want to re-establish with new popular elections in the next 6 months.

But this is a deception of the highest order by al Sisi, a propaganda ruse to give the "impression" he wants to return power to the electorate which can only be believed by the simple minded and naïve.

The tragedy of many of the Egyptian people protesting against President Mohamed Morsi and demanding the military to oust Egypt's first popularly elected president in a coup has essentially destroyed the possibility of real civilian control over that military and any chance for the country to develop into a thriving representative democracy.

Maybe that possibility would never been allowed to happen in Egypt. The U.S. has been a staunch supporter of the Egyptian military providing billions in military aid over the years and the Israeli's were perfectly happy with Mubarak (as a not so hidden collaborator) and the free hand he gave them in their wielding control over the Palestinian's since the 1979 peace agreement between then Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, (to which Mubarak and his military remained passively indifferent to the apartheid policies exercised by Israel in the West Bank and Gaza.

Maybe the Arab Spring in Egypt was simply a mirage, a popular uprising that "resembled" revolutionary change and transformation but merely a cruel deception, an enticement for the people to act, but not bring the real change they believed would occur.

Now the hopes and dreams spawned and nourished by that Arab Spring and the unlimited (possibly naïve) possibilities it generated in people's imaginations has now seemed to be an illusion.

To have those hopes and dreams now obviously crushed by al-Sisi's coup of Morsi, his pardon of Mubarak, along with the political sectarian and secular divide now gripping and consuming all factions in Egypt while bringing violence, chaos and massacres by the military, it seems any new "developments" in the country would hardly represent a change that will benefit its people.

Egypt may not be Syria but its future seems as bleak especially for the people.                      

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