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We can’t help but admire the Egyptian protesters, and their tenacity no matter what the outcome will be.
They vowed to get back their dignity even if it meant losing their lives. What they are asking for is simple: Getting back their dignity, finding jobs, feeding themselves and their families — the simple basic human rights.
The beauty of this movement is in its diversity; the diversity of the protesters is really is what captured our attention. The protesters are old and young people, men and women, even children, covered and not covered, bearded and not bearded, Christians, Muslims and Bahia or even agnostics, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, executives, professionals and labors.
The graciousness, decency and peacefulness of the whole revolution are a great history lesson for all to learn. They showed the world that you can both be poor and civilized. It reminded me of the great Mahatma Gandhi.
With that said, I have 2 points that keep puzzling me:
1 – Leadership: Egypt with 24 political parties; and millions in the streets does not have one pronounced leader — none. The problem that I see with the movement is that they don’t have a declared leader, and they don’t know or care at this point who will be President, which is very worry-some.
Countries are like corporations if they don’t have the proper succession plans. Guess what: that country/corporation is heading to disaster.
While each one the protesters is a leader by himself or herself — inspiring each other, sharing a common vision and goals — with no ONE leader/s to take charge, to plan and lead the way, this makes this movement unique and can be either considered as a strength or a weakness.
A present prospective is “El Baradei,” who never lived in Egypt and has no clue of the Egyptian people’s suffering, and returned to Egypt wanting to seize the opportunity to become the President. He obviously supports the Brotherhood; his intentions are unclear so far. He is more a threat than an opportunity or a solution.
Then there is “Omar Moussa,” who was actually a member of Mubarak’s cabinet for 10 years. He is educated, well spoken, logical, well regarded by both the Arab and Western worlds, but again, what are his intentions; working for the good of the country or his own gain?
The thing to admire, though, is the increase of the women leadership that has been rising and seen in these protests where women have been chanting, protesting, and even leading men acting as leaders, which is new and would have been a delight to watch if the conditions were different. As women have begun to change the paradigm, they still lack both organization of their leadership and representation in the higher leadership levels.
2 – It is being said: Be careful for what you wish for. Some parties, like the “Muslim Brotherhood” party, who have been banned since President Nasser’s era, President Sadat released from prisons and gave them power in an attempt to combat communism that was sweeping the streets of Egypt during the late 70’s; and they ended up killing him.
Make no mistake; the Brotherhood is very well organized, watching from behind the scenes. They are watching what is going on, they keep promoting that they didn’t start the movement and that they are not the cause of it. Though it is true, they are still instigators, and they said it over and over again: We might not be violent, but we don’t honor the peace treaty with Israel — so if this is not instigating violence, what is?
They are just waiting for the constitution to be changed to democracy so they can become a recognized party, and with the change of constitution that will limit the terms of each president. They are looking at the long run where a President will become one of theirs. They have been around for 80 years and they are patient and know how to plan properly and smoothly. They are a danger, and not a blessing, to be watched closely.
While the protesters are sacrificing their lives for freedom — busy trying to get Mubarak out — they might be missing the real role of the invisible hand played by the Brotherhood.
In closing, I can’t still explain the leadership or the lack of it in the Egyptian movement; it might evolve in the next few days . The mosaic of the protesters and their diversity shows a beautiful painted canvas; but should they be careful for what they wish for?
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