The Egyptian online and social media communities together with their international counterparts were abuzz in November with heated debates, sharp comments varied between ridicule, encouragement, resentment and sarcasm, and even social media pages dedicated to support for or against two incidents.
Egypt’s Tahrir Square a few weekends ago was not full of scenes of jubilation, but rather those of screams, tears, blood and violent clashes between demonstrators and police. More than 1,800 young Egyptians were injured and the violence claimed 42 people across the country according to Egyptian officials.
Egypt’s going through a critical phase in its history that will surely affect its, as well as the whole world’s, face. Egypt is infectious. Anything that happens here will take the Middle East, the backyard of Europe. The examples for this in history are many. 1 in 4 Arabs lives in Egypt. The importance of Egypt cannot be sufficiently underlined.
On April 10, 2011, Hosni Mubarak gave his last speech (on one privately funded channel) while under house arrest claiming that he’d been deeply hurt and extremely disappointed by the unfair allegations and accusations which have surfaced in newspapers which not only smeared his reputation, but that of his family.
“But we don’t hear anything about your country anymore. We thought everything’s alright and that your demands were met once Mubarak was gone. The situation has gone back to normal. Right,” asked the German tour guide after he discovered I’m Egyptian while he was giving us a night tour in the city of Osnabrueck.
I believe that not only he and his fellow Germans, but people from other countries and nationalities as well, share this perspective. I have to admit that I’ve been hearing such comments for at least two months now, which came as no surprise.
I had returned home from the doctor’s clinic on Saturday evening fidgeting with anxiety. My surgery was scheduled for the next day, and naturally my mind started contemplating the results. If all goes well I should be alive and in a better condition than I am in now. If not … Well, I didn’t want to dwell on the possibilities.
“He should have seen it coming” was a comment I heard from a news anchor about Libyan president tyrant Mommar Gaddafi after the U.N. voted Thursday, March 18 to approve the resolution “to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack” – that is from an attack by their own president. The resolution, sponsored by the United Kingdom, France, Lebanon and the United States, passed with an abstention from Germany.