Egypt is reeling under the most severe political and economic storms ever, but the people are determined today more than ever before to achieve freedom.
They have overcome fear, the most debilitating factor that held them back for years under the military dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak.
Fear is the most debilitating factor that paralyses most oppressed people and as Franklin D Roosevelt once said fear was the most frightening thing of all, and when planted in the people’s psyche fear could be the most destructive force because it “eradicates the will of human beings to think, to question, to analyze, to work, to move, and to live. In short, fear destroys all aspirations to a better life.”
Young Egyptians regardless of their religious affiliation have been convening at Tahrir Square, also known as “Martyr Square” to press for a liberated Egypt free from the shackles of authoritarianism.
After the joy and promise of removing the Military, Egypt is in a deep morass and despair. The economy has virtually collapsed with the tourism industry in total melt down as tourists fear to venture to the once most favored tourist destination in the world.
What went wrong?
Instead of tackling the real problems of unemployment, widespread corruption, poverty and religious intolerance Morsi was more preoccupied with ensuring the permanent entrenchment of the Moslem Brotherhood and their values in society.
Infact the current crisis can all be traced back to President Morsi’s decree of November 2012 in which he gave himself full powers over the legislature and Judiciary, elevating himself beyond all the courts of the land. Therefore none of his decisions could be overturned. He forgot that nobody was above the law, including the President of Egypt.
Morsi who drew most of his support from the Muslim Brotherhood, relied on their support for the controversial constitution which was drafted by a Parliament that was dominated by Islamist parties.
And instead of implementing the reform that the youth aspired for Morsi retreated to conservative, Islamism which estranged the young, whose main aspiration was for an Egypt that enjoyed naturally freedom, liberty, justice, and true democracy.
Blinded by the fanatical support he received from the Moslem Brotherhood, Morsi refused counsel from other opposition parties including the Constitution Party led by Mr. Mohamed El Baradai and the Conference Party led by Mr. Amr Moussa and Mr. Ayman Nour, all of whom had appealed to him to delay the vote until such time as there was sufficient diversity in the constitution making process.
The constitution was put to a vote and according to Morsi there was a 64percent approval vote for the constitution.
Sadly Morsi forgot one thing, that the anti Mubarak revolution was not led by the Muslim Brotherhood, rather it was led by educated and ambitious Egyptians who wanted a new order for progress and development and not religious conservatism.
The rest as they say is History.
The young revolutionaries, from all walks of life, from all religious persuasion went back to the streets to demand once again for a secular state that reflected the greatest values of democracy, namely freedom of speech, assembly, association and conscience.
When fear goes nothing will stop a revolution.