Tunisism and Sarkozysm

Who would’ve thought one month ago that a street vendor setting himself in fire in Tunisia will trigger the wave of change in the ailed dictatorships throughout the African wing of the Arab world? Many people, myself included, thought that they will never live long enough to witness a day like this. In fact, I want to confess that I don’t remember ever shedding tears of happiness before today. This is us, the people, coming back, we are here, we are angry, and we won’t take no for an answer.

For the first time since the First World War two Arab nations are calling the shots in their homelands, and making their own future. I can’t think about any honest Arab who is not at least thrilled with what’s happening in Egypt. A nation of almost 80 million that used to beg for its basic rights and freedoms has finally decided to stop begging for that and start demanding it, reaching out to it and taking it.

The public is not counting on anyone anymore, not on political parties, not on some super hero, and not on an external intervention, they want to take things into their own hands now, and this is exhilarating.

There are few small things that we need to notice in the two examples of Tunisia and Egypt. First of all, when the uprising started in Tunisia, many western leaders urged the Tunisian government to practice restraint in dealing with the demonstrations. They said that people have the right to demonstrate and express themselves. All but one leader, Nicola Sarkozy.

The French president offered a ‘help for the Tunisian forces in confronting the riot-makers’. He made a bad bet. Of course after everything turned to be a revolution, and the dictator left the building, Sarkozy tried to swallow his words, and refused giving the Tunisian president refuge in France, and then he said that the family of Bin Ali is not welcomed in France. He even went as far as to freeze the funds of the man, and announced that this step was taken in order ‘to prevent any manipulation of the Tunisian fortunes by Bin Ali’. A little bit too late Sarkozy, we know what kind of people are you. Interesting how stupid people always think that other people are stupid!

Anyway, in the matter with Egypt, a more important country, another more important president made another more important mistake, and I don’t think people will forget it also. Obama clearly chose the side of the Egyptian president over the Egyptian people. He obviously reached the conclusion that maintaining the American interest in preserving the presidency of Mubarak is more important than supporting the core values of freedom and human rights that he alleges are central in the American worldview.

A president who uses riot police to oppress his people all the way until riot police can’t take it anymore, and then sends out the army against his people, killing and wounding hundreds of innocent people who are demanding their basic human rights doesn’t deserve to be supported. The least Obama could do was threatening to call for a security council meeting to impose sanctions on the regime if it continues to use violence against its people.

We, in this region have been watching one American president after another taking the side of the dictators for the sake of their interest. You would think Obama would be smarter, but I guess that’s simply because he reads the same CIA briefings!

The revolution in Egypt is irreversible. Mubarak was a lost bet, Obama, and the people of Egypt will not forget that.

But after all, you can’t blame politicians for having no morals or principles whatsoever, they are politicians, this is what they do. What you would blame are the people of other countries, who are not holding their governments accountable for compromising their core values in dealing with other nations.

The American people, and all the other people in Europe, where governments are elected, have an obligation to stand beside the Egyptian people in their struggle against their dictator. And this obligation can be practiced through demanding a firmer position from their governments against dictators such as Hosni Mubarak. Otherwise, don’t blame us if we take the wrong impression and assume that you as nations are like the politicians who represent you.

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One Response to “Tunisism and Sarkozysm”

  1. Karlitha says:

    A Khilafah that is established by man can’t sviurve because it does’n have the support of Allah (swt), but no one can destroy the Khilafah formed by Allah (swt). The good news is that the Khilafah has revived and is thriving for over a hundred years, spreading all over the world like wild fire. It is up to the Muslims to look it up and study it for themselves without seeking advice from their illiterate Mullahs who were prophesied by The Holy Prophet (sws) to be the worst creation under the sky

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