Monday, February 14, 2011

Egypt: Answering Pessimism About The 25th of January Revolution's Prospects

As expected, with Mubarak and his regime oustedthere have been (and will be for days and years to come) many ex-Mubarak regime members (whom have been excluded from the regime at some point the past) coming out now and acting like angles. Some of them were well known to be corrupt in their time of service, and now are coming out totell it allabout the regime and how corrupt it was.

On another hand, a few Mubarak regime officials (i.e. ex-Prime Minister, and ex-Interior Ministeretc) have been prohibited from travelling abroad till a full investigation takes place.
One of those people is a guy called Rashid Mohammed Rashid (ex-Ministry of Trade and Industry Minister).

I was watching the TV yesterday, and as I was browsing through I found an interview with Rashid Mohammed Rashid (he is aboard nowleft as soon as the government was removed by Mubarak on 02Feb11).

Rashid Mohammed Rashid
Understandably he was defending himself (which he has the right to do as any human being). But, he said a few sentences which were not that easy to swallow.

Rashid said to the Al Arabiya interviewer (meaning of):
We will have a revolution that will be hijacked by people we do not want. Check what happened to the other revolutions
The French revolution, Napoleon kidnapped it for his own glory and ruined it.
The Russian revolution, was kidnapped by the communists and ruined.
The Chinese revolution, was kidnapped and ruin too.
The Iranian revolution, was at the beginning a normal revolution and then was kidnapped by the fanatics and check where they are now

When I heard that part I was like: “WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo, hang on buddykeep your pants on!”.

So, this guy (Rashid) simplistically generalized three major historical People’s revolutions which were all under different contexts, had different goals, and all happened at different times in history (with failures and successes through history). And he boldly labeled them all as failures! COME ON!!!

Cheeeez! Where shall I start here????...

A little history check about those revolutions

First of all, the Iranian revolution (1979):

I am not sure where he gets his info from, but he was totally misguided/misinformed (or misBEYSTAHBEL”) on this one.
Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with Iran’s political/social ideologies, it is a disgrace that he said something wrong about a revolution just to prove his point.
It is a known fact that the Iranian revolution was an Islamic revolution from day one. It was fueled by the supporters of Ayatoulah Khomini (whom was in France). And by far he was its leader.
So, please Mr. Rashidget your facts right!

The French Revolution (started 1789):

Summary: “Old ideas about hierarchy and tradition succumbed to new Enlightenment principles of citizenship and inalienable rights.”

The Russian Revolution (1917):

The date referred to is 1917 which actually was 2 revolutions in the same year.
Nov 1917: “October Revolution (November in the Gregorian calendar), the Bolshevik party, led by Vladimir Lenin, and the workers' Soviets, overthrew the Provisional Government in St Petersburg (Feb 1917 revolution). The Bolsheviks appointed themselves as leaders of various government ministries and seized control of the countryside, establishing the Cheka to quash dissent. To end the war, the Bolshevik leadership signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany in March 1918”. A civil war broke out and the Bolsheviks won (as a result peasants took over and redistributed land).

The Chinese Revolution (Started 1911):

Although there are other ones in 1913 and 1949 but this was the start.
Summary: “motivated by anger at corruption in the Qing government, frustration with the government's inability to restrain the interventions of foreign powers, and the majority Han Chinese's resentment toward a government dominated by an ethnic minority; the Manchus.”

Let me put it this way...

French revolution: Labeling the French revolution and what it did for France as a failure just because of Napoleon at some point in time lost for England is inaccurate and unfair.
The French revolution paved the way for the modern state in France. France now is part of the free democratic world and is one of G8 countries. That is besides it is one of the most powerful military super powers.

Russian Revolution: “The Russian revolution paved the way for the Soviet union. Which was the second major world power last century. Even now Russia (after the Soviet Union lost the cold war, and broke down in 1989-1990) is part of the G8 countries, and one of the BRIC countries (the rising powers that are foreseen to play a major role in the near future). That is also besides the fact that it is one of the most powerful military super powers.

Chinese Revolution: “The Chinese revolution paved the way for the current Chinese state. It (throughout the third quarter of last century) was one of the major world powers. Even now China is one of G8 countries, and one of the BRIC countries. That is also besides the fact that it is one of the most powerful military super powers.

The question to Mr. Rashid should be … "if those countries (he mentioned) ended up into such powerful nationswouldn’t you want OUR revolution to head that way too?
Do you think Mubarak and his regime were helping us head there with their repression and corruption? "

All revolutions usually start with noble goals, go through mistakes (maybe even disasters), and over the long term work themselves out. Especially, if the revolution’s goal was democracy.

Yes, wrong things will happen in our Revolution;
Yes, wrong decisions will be taken at some point or the other;
Yes, it will be missy;
Yes, maybe someone we do not want will hijack it (or at least try) for a while.

But remember two things
1- People have now tasted the power of standing up for their rights. They will not give in easily to an oppressive regime any time soon.
2- Yes, we will suffer on the short term (with wrong decisions or bad turns here and there because of our Democratic evolution)…but if History teaches us anything, it is that what happened (the toppling of Mubarak’s corrupt/repressive regime) was the BEST thing that can happen to us on the long run. And that Democracy is an ongoing evolution to the best.

The changes and pains we will be going through are already years overdue, and they are something that HAD TO HAPPEN (a long time ago) for the benefit of Egypt, and for the benefit of the generations to come.
- Wikipedia
- Al Arabiya News channel

Mood: Optimistic :)

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