Egyptians ask their political leaders: Who are you?

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

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We seem to be an orphaned people whose riches were taken by a few who unrightfully imposed themselves as the elite. These few named themselves “the political forces.” So, we lived as orphans while they lived as those who steal orphans’ money. I don’t think that I am exaggerating even if it may seem so. What I am saying here is an expression, or a reflection, of what is discussed in private and in public throughout Egypt. There is a real anger from those who are attempting to kidnap Egypt and its people once again. The discussions start calmly and then become heated in criticizing those who work, knowingly or unknowingly, to usurp the Egyptian dream of moving towards achieving a modern state.

To explain my point I will ask a few legitimate questions, asked by most Egyptians. First, who are the “political forces,” who authorized the stealing of Egyptians’ dreams in order to accomplish their personal goals? What did these forces do to deserve what they’re demanding?

We must not forget that the economic issue is a ticking time bomb nowadays, and will be in the future

The truth that nobody has the right to deny is that the Egyptians who took to the streets on June 30 and beyond did not do it in response to any call from these “forces.” Such forces barely reflect the names they have garnered; “the movement,” “the coalition,” “the strong,” “the unity” and its derivatives, “the people and the popular” and so on. These “forces” can barely gather dozens of persons in the streets. These “forces” are the ones who surfaced and started imposing their conditions and dividing the spoils. They gathered riches while the real activists went to the streets and contributed to change without considering those who are attempting today to kill the hopes of the Egyptians’ awakening.

Cheating their way to the top

The leadership of the so-called “political forces” started imposing their conditions on the movement for political change in Egypt, defining the steps to be taken in order to achieve the road map. All the while they are emptying this roadmap towards change of any substance. But this doesn’t mean anything to them as long as these small forces can take some small gain out of it. These small forces claimed to be large as no one came out to contradict them or tell them that they do not represent the Egyptian people.

The problem here is that this illusion risks taking control over the nation’s destiny and future, if they are not stopped by anyone.

They already started acting as if they are the rightful bearers and heroes of the revolution, so we started hearing about the preconditions of this party to participate in the constitutional committee. This didn’t stop here, as the news and rumors started to spread about secret alliances between the parties and sources with the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies in order to create electoral alliances that would guarantee for these “forces” the support of Muslim Brotherhood in order to win a few seats in the parliament, to represent voters who don’t know them and give the Muslim Brotherhood a backdoor to come back to the political scene. I say this to urge patriotic journalists to investigate them and expose them to the public.

Exploiting the people

Members of this lying party, which is based on exploiting the orphaned people, continue their political point scoring. By the amount of noise they make, they seem to be the most democratic and patriotic people. This exaggeration reached a point when a person says openly that those who criticize the absence of the “political forces” don’t know that these “forces” existed before June 30 and that forces were behind the revolution. They claim that the army simply followed the example set by these “forces.” This statement is a joke, and not a funny one. In fact it annoys people and encourages them to turn away from these “forces.”

The bad performance is not exclusive to these “forces,” but it applies to some of those who are in the hot seat, by mistake, and whose appointment is yet another reason to blame the country’s decision makers. Some of these people exaggerate when they claim to know the people’s needs. Meanwhile, the leader of this political faction has lost his position as vice president, however, his legitimacy remains intact, held in place by a travelling deputy prime minister who fails to show up to important events about important issues. We must not forget that the economic issue is a ticking time bomb nowadays, and will be in the future. It seems that he has forgotten the job we assigned him to do and we only see him when he is out to score political points. Many other officials in positions of executive authority are the same, their only aim is personal glory and personal benefits.

As I said before, this is in my opinion the mistake that was committed when the government was formed on the quota basis, only including the country’s “political forces” that I have spoken about. In front of all these, we stand up and ask: Who are you?

This article was first published in al-Masry al-Yawm on Oct. 27, 2013.
Abdel Latif el-Menawy is an author, columnist and multimedia journalist who has covered conflicts around the world. He is the author of “Tahrir: the last 18 days of Mubarak,” a book he wrote as an eyewitness to events during the 18 days before the stepping down of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Menawy’s most recent public position was head of Egypt’s News Center. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists in the United Kingdom, and the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate. He can be found on Twitter @ALMenawy

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