January 31, 2011
When Will We Sing?
When we have learnt that bleating doesn't work.
My original post was exactly as you see above. Two lines. That said it all, I thought. Comments in my "Freemen of Egypt" post made I think a bit harder.
English Viking is asking "What happens after the revolution in Egypt?". A good question. The answer is "Whatever the Egyptians want to happen". The Egyptians are many things, but they are not stupid. They know that Egypt is not Iran II. Whilst most are Muslim, religious freedom is tolerated. Not always, but more than most other Muslim countries. The Coptic Christians are left (largely) in peace. They know that they control one of the most important waterways in the world. They know that their stance on Israel helps to maintain an uneasy peace. They know that they do not have oil & gas in the same quantities as the Big Three (Libya, Nigeria & Angola), and they know just how vital tourism is to their economy. They like a beer, and a smoke, so any hardline Islamist is going to get short shrift. I know many Egyptians and they want what I want: a peaceful life, a safe life for their families, some real job opportunities and a government that doesn't bleed them dry.
What is the difference between Mubaraks Egypt and Camerons UK?
Mubarak steals from his people. So does Cameron. (Punishing tax demands, anyone?)
Mubarak steals land belonging to the people and sells it off cheap to his cronies. So does Cameron. (National Parks, anyone?)
Mubarak uses his Interior Ministry to spy on his people. Cameron uses GCHQ. (Emails retained, phone calls transcribed, anyone?)
Mubaraks police officers snatch, beat and kill their citizens. Camerons policy enforcement officers do exactly the same. (1,100 deaths in custody in nine years without a single conviction, anyone?)
Vote rigging, expense-fiddling, abuse of office, treason, spurious law making, rising gaol population, gravy-training.
I could go on.
Were there ramifications after the French Revolution? Sure. For the French aristocrats.
Were there ramifications after the Tunisian Revolution? Absolutely. For the thieving Ben Ali family.
Will there be ramifications after the Egyptian Revolution? No doubt about it. For Mubarak and his 40 thieves.
Will it affect the region. Definitely. But, what must be, must be. The Egyptians will decide.
I trust them to do the right thing. They know what they don't want.
And that, is a fine way to start.