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Leave it to the future

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Highly entertaining is the first reaction if asked to describe the bizarre unfolding of recent events in Egypt. Deeply sad and exhausting is how you would feel when you’ve had time to let the developments sink in. Absolutely optimistic is how you should be concluding the thought process.

The large showing on July 26th in response to Sisi’s call for a mandate to crackdown on ‘terrorism’ seemed like a massive loss for the revolutionary camp. But the fact of the matter is that times are-a-changin’. Never has Mubarak – or Tantawy for that matter – asked for show of legitimacy for any of his numerous attacks on Egyptians’ dignity. When Mubarak felt his afternoon squash game was interrupted by distant voices of a weak opposition, he gave a quick symbol between serves to his assistants to launch a mass arrest on anything not openly loyal. No questions asked.

But with Sisi, acting individually with disregards to public opinion at home and abroad, could mean political suicide. Back in the day a stretch of muscles would’ve been quiet streets, now it’s noise calling for your authoritarian rule. Sisi did not choose to promote millions to take to the streets and carry his posters, he had no choice but to resort to it. That’s how pink of an elephant our mobilization has become.

It was a vivid reminder of the the firm grip the ruling elite has on the masses – the mind-blowing influence their media and educational system has on all generations. But there’s a growing problem that Sisi and his clan of power thugs are well aware of. If they were successful in dragging in millions of formerly marginalized crowds into the political game, whereby their presence on the streets immediately reflected change in the political scene, and then development back again on their everyday lives, what will they do come the future?

After all, decades with no role in the system, followed by direct political activism (regardless of the nature of the demands), can only leave you feeling empowered, and capable of bringing change – the exact opposite of what SCAF’s after. The millions weren’t in love with Sisi as much as they were fond of the hope he represents, faith in a better future. But when the going’s still tough, the very same people will be the first to turn against their former idol. The only element separating their unconditional loyalty and their fuming rage is the future. With time, the future will arrive, and when it happens, there’s going to be a pickle that SCAF will not manage to cope with.

If that wasn’t enough, the same tactic of throwing the responsibility on the future has been repeatedly tossed into the political game by the counterrevolutionary forces. The latest of which is, at the time of writing and probably for a limited period, the groundbreaking inventions rolled out by the Armed Forces firmly promising to detect liver virus, AIDS and others, as well as cure them.

Anyone who hasn’t been glued to any of the Egyptian satellite channels would immediately comprehend of the ridiculousness of SCAF’s announcement, but then there’s 85 million Egyptians who do not fall under that category. The flip side of it, however, is that those 85 million will all eventually meet the future, and then it’ll be their turn to answer first.

While some deem the counterrevolution victorious for persuading the public in granting their leaders time to destroy the revolutionary pulse of the streets, the truth is all the contrary. They’ve only dug themselves into a hole by making promises that could only possibly be granted if SCAF were to sacrifice its illegal fortunes, give up its slave labor, let go of the people’s institutions, and fall back beneath the rule of law. How else will they stop food prices from rising, provide employment opportunities, bring safety and stability, and revamp all public services?

It’s no surprise that the current (expectedly unreported) grand wave of workers’ strikes across sectors and governerates has had a tremendous role to play in Sisi’s latest ministries’ dance. Every hollow promise made to the people will only come back to haunt them, hence the saying:

الجيش بيحضر عفريت مش هيعرف يصرفه

They prepare the education curricula, they control our TV channels, they use our money to fund the forces that fight us, and they use our youth to produce the products we are forced to buy. But time is in our hands, and since Sisi is already using up his limited cards that buy him the calm near future that precedes the anticipated storm, the future is most certainly ours. And until then, I suggest you invest your money in exposing SCAF’s hypocrisies in the built up to our future battles – a request that is reasonable given that your salaries have been transferred 🙂

To the future, and beyond ya welad el balad!

One comment on “Leave it to the future

  1. Saytara

    You never fail to make us see the glass as half full. Thanks for reminding us that it’s going to be a long, tough path to bread, freedom and justice.

    The phrase “الجيش بيحضر عفريت مش هيعرف يصرفه” is brilliant :D,I would like to add that
    و على راى المثل اللى يحضر عفريت و ما يعرفش يصرفة يستحمل اذاه.

    They are not even creative, the below page is from a book called “عبد الناصر المفترى عليه والمفترى علينا” by “أنيس منصور” says it all:

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