Pro Mubarak disillusion

Pro Mubarak protesters

During the last two days, some people were saying that Mubarak should be given a chance to leave with dignity. Some people even went on to say that the majority of Egyptian people are not protesting because they want him to stay. I find myself obligated to write this post to explain why these claims defy logic.

It goes without saying that countries are not run with emotions, but with logic. But even if we are to talk about emotions, Mubarak still doesn’t have a good case. For thirty years he didn’t care about the needs, the feelings, or the dignity of his people. For thirty years he didn’t have any compassion for the Egyptian people. This is a man whose selfishness is beyond the ability of human language to explain. If he really cares about Egypt like he claims, he should step on his dignity for its sake, and not jeopardize the whole country for the sake of his ‘dignity’! Why should the dignity of a whole nation bend for the sake of one person? Why should they even be compassionate with him now after he failed them for three decades?

As to those claiming the ‘majority of Egypt is not demonstrating means that the silent majority wants Mubarak to stay’ there are many things that prove this wrong.

First of all, you can’t physically ask a whole nation to get out to the streets. There are people who stay home, fearing for their children. There are others who can’t demonstrate because they want to make sure to make a living, or to guard their neighborhood, or their house, or their business. There are the kids and juveniles who are not allowed by their parents to go, and this is a very big segment of the Egyptian society. There are the elderly people who can’t go. There are those who don’t demonstrate because they live too far, or because they think that those who demonstrate are enough to deliver the message, or because some people are pessimists who simply don’t believe in demonstrations to begin with. It is completely ridicules to claim that if few millions demonstrate against a regime in a country of 80 million then that means the majority of people are against the revolution. It just doesn’t make sense.

Secondly, the majority of those who do not belong to any of the previous categories, therefore, they are not demonstrating against Mubarak, but at the same time, are not demonstrating for Mubarak, happen to be simple and kind people who have believed the promise of the president to not run for office in the next elections. They believe him, therefore, they are not demonstrating not because they want Mubarak to stay, but because they think he will go, and these are completely different things that are not to be confused.

Thirdly, the majority of those who are calling for demonstrations to stop, or even those who are asking for Mubarak to stay are not talking from the point of view that it is necessary for Mubarak to remain the president of Egypt. Instead, what they are saying is that they want the demonstrations to stop for the sake of stability, or because they want their business to start working again.

These people are missing the big picture here, which is that it is the ruling, the policies, and the actions of Mubarak himself that brought these events to Egypt. He caused this, he is the reason for it, and he is deliberately allowing it to continue to influence these people and make them think what they think. The problem is that the kindness of people’s hearts is blinding their logic in this case. Instead of actively participating in revolution to bring this crisis to an end, they are agreeing to settle for the old system for the sake of stability.

Finally, those who are actively cheering for Mubarak, whether by simply giving interviews to foreign journalists, by demonstrating, or by committing acts of violence against the pro democracy protestors. These people can belong to any of the next three categories; those who are deluded and uneducated to the degree that they think everything good that happened in Egypt over the last three decades happened because of Mubarak, not in spite of him. Those who are simply afraid of change, no matter what it is, they are just afraid about anything they are not used to. Or they are people who have been benefiting illegally from the current system, and who know that a new system that will be fair to everyone will take these unrightfully acquired advantages away from them. Or they are people who are actually being paid to demonstrate for Mubarak.

It is clear, therefore, that the pro democracy protestors represent the overwhelming majority of people in Egypt. Just take a look at those who are demonstrating against Mubarak and compare them to those rallying for him and you will understand what I am saying. The revolutionists are the educated people of Egypt. They are peaceful people, who went to colleagues, speak foreign languages, and are familiar with new technologies. These people look good, and understand politics very well, and they can eloquently explain themselves. The other camp looks like the lower layer of society, people who use violence to express themselves, and who lack any ability to dream, imagine or be creative. I am sure anyone with enough knowledge of the Arab mind will agree with me on this issue.

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