Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The Indonesian Carbon Copy...

An Indonesian colleague said this to a friend of mine: “You guys should not worry or be in such a rush. Your revolution is almost carbon copy of ours. Starting with the countries situation, the build up to the revolution, the following events. Even our first Parliament election was not as we wanted. It took us 5 years to get on the right track”.

I find it amazing how people think that all the (expected) benefits from the Egyptian revolution would happen at once. If people would just read about other revolutions they'd find that it took years for democracy to take place.

Not to forget that in each successful revolution (that moved society towards democracy) a lot of problems and pains were experienced.

When i heard what our Indonesian colleague said, i went and read about their revolution. And what do you know, he was correct, it was very similar.

Reading it, and thinking of what he said, made me feel more confident.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Suharto

Patience my fellow Egyptians…patience

Mood: Optimistic