Wow, what a week in Egypt. I have been watching the news non-stop. I have several channels running on my monitor: bbc arabic, cnn english, al-jazeera and al-arabiya. I watched a little bit of Egyptian state TV but I couldn’t take the lies any more. It was pathetic.
My emotions and feelings have been all over the place.
1 – Dismissive – when I first heard of this, I thought this is just a bunch of kids demonstrating for a few hours then it will be over.
2 – Pride – As the demonstrations kept going I felt proud of the protesters. They are brave and determined. They are not chanting crazy Islamic chants. They have legitimate demands. I have always argued that Egyptians, Iraqis and so on, deserved their leaders. I always that we are a bunch of yes-man afraid to question authority. I was wrong and I am happy for it.
3 – Disgust – When I heard that prisoners broke out and are terrorizing people and the police withdrew and completely disappeared; I was disgusted. Disgusted at how far and how low people will go to stay in power. Forgive my political incorrectness, I hope these people are caught and executed.
4 – Respect – Whether Mubarak is telling the truth or not; I definitely respect him from not fleeing. Here is a man that has billions of dollars (stolen from the people) and can easily say “screw you guys, I am just going to retire somewhere nice and leave this mess”. Instead he is sticking around. He is not a coward like the Tunisian president. He even said that he “lived in Egypt, fought for Egypt and will die in Egypt”. Don’t get me wrong, I want him out but I don’t think he should just get up and leave. Egypt is not a tribe of a few thousand people. Egypt has the 10th largest army in the world and one of the best and most stable economies in the middle east and Africa. He can’t just get up and leave. He did concede to the people’s demands though – albeit, too late.
5 – Anger – I am angry at the protesters for not accepting his concessions and moving on. They don’t realize the economic impact these demonstrations have caused. They have achieved their goals. Mubarak is leaving, his son will not be president, he is changing the constitution and he is re-running congressional elections.
6 – Confused – I am confused now and don’t know how to feel. Is Mubarak a veilin or a hero? Is he a patriot or a traitor? Are the protesters progressive? Are they stubborn? There is so much information and mis-information out there, it is hard to figure out what’s going on.
Whatever it is I just hope the outcome will be a secular and democratic Egypt. Turkey is the only democracy in the Muslim world, I am sure Egypt can be too. Let’s just hope the Muslim Brotherhood does not take over, which according to my facebook page, they will not.