What's Next For the Egyptian Revolution?Submitted by DJP333 on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 21:34
by Shamus Cooke | July 15, 2013
Egyptians are making history at a frantic pace. After the largest protests in Egypt's history initiated the downfall of the first Muslim Brotherhood government, a military-led massacre of Muslim Brotherhood faithful quickly altered the political dynamic. Everything is in flux.
The people of Egypt have now deposed of two governments amid one of world history's strongest revolutionary movements. But the massive showcase of Egyptian people-power has been met with gloom and cynicism from many progressive-minded people, who lament the loss of "democracy" in Egypt as they painfully watch the Egyptian military re-assert itself into power. "Nothing has changed,” they moan, "the same ruling class under Mubarak rules again.”
This criticism — although partially true — completely misses the point.
The flaw lies in viewing the Egyptian military as omnipotent and the Egyptian people as powerless. Yes, the military is a powerful institution —especially in light of U.S. military aid — but ignoring the crucial role of the Egyptian people in the process is a profound oversight and a lack of political depth perception.
Some key questions to ask are: Do the recent events in Egypt push general political consciousness forward or backwards? And are the people nearer or further away from taking power for themselves? The answer is unquestionably “forward.”
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