On this day, two years ago, the Egyptian people overthrew their tyrannical ruler, Hosni Mubarak, who had been in power for almost 30 years. During his time, he expanded Egypt’s Central Security Forces (anti-riot and containment forces), and oversaw a dramatic increase in interior corruption. Prior to the Egyptian Revolution, the people of Egypt were living under “emergency law”, and often subjected to police brutality.
The Egyptian Revolution was one of the most widely covered and glorified of the many revolutions of the Arab Spring, and was largely believed to have been inspired by the Tunisian revolution from one month earlier, and the result of online activism.
But I’m not here to describe the Egyptian Revolution to you. If you want to learn more about it, look it up online. I’m here to ask the fundamental question: has anything changed in Egypt over the past 2 years?
Well, let’s remember that the Egyptian protesters made 17 demands, and of them, 5 of them have not been met as of late. One of the reasons for the protests was economic inequality, which still persists under Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. On January 25, the Egpytians once again cried for social justice, freedom, and the downfall of the current regime.
Well, so much for the power of social networking sites.
The situation is worse when you consider that Egypt is now in the hands of Mohamed Morsi, who, prior to the revolution, was an imprisoned Islamist. In fact, many Egyptians have come to the conclusion that the revolution has failed, because nothing has changed. Some of their other comments vary wildly, up to and including beliefs that the Muslim Brotherhood leaders were sent by America.
There is actually a page that shows what some of the protesters have to say now. Click here to read it.
My point remains, that absolutely nothing has changed in Egypt, so why did we hype the revolution? Moreover, I think this has a lot to say about the cycle of democracy and power. The moral of this story is that you can hope for change all you want, but all you’ll do is replace one clown with another, one thief with another thief, and one devil with another devil. The cycle is the same. Only the people can break that cycle, but they won’t. But they’ll do anything to get rid of the bad ruler in power, even if it means inadvertently installing another.