Why Mubarak should (have) stay(ed)

Why Mubarak Should Stay…for now….

First allow me to start with the usually concluding disclaimer that the views in this piece do not reflect the thoughts of Vuga, hell in a week they might not even reflect the views of the author. But for now, they do. So let us begin.

Hosni Mubarak should stay NOT for the sake of stability (he and his state police are the reason for instability in the first place), I’m not one of those stability over democracy because really I’m worried about national interest’s folks. No, Mubarak should stay, for now, for the sake of history not repeating itself. As the world watches the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, Mansoura and as of a few hours
ago Suez; Obama, Netanyahu, Peres, and Mubarak are doing what keepers of the establishment do best. Figuring out a way of making little to no change at all, look like leaps and bounds for society.

If the current rumors of Mubarak stepping down are realized now it looks like Suleiman (who was appointed Vice President literally a week ago in a pathetic an attempt to appease protesters) will replace him. With his training in US Intelligence, and running of torture
programs on behalf of the Bush and now Obama administrations, the military man does not look like much change at all. Oh and to top it off, Israel likes him, so you can expect Egypt to continue to stand by and even encourage the Israel military’s extermination of Arabs more specifically Palestinians.

But I digress….

So if not Suleiman what options do the Egyptian people have at the moment? It’s either him, the Google guy on behalf of the youth someone from the unions and the Muslim Brotherhood. We already know the US and Israel are not letting the ‘brotherhood anywhere near a position of power (and frankly it doesn’t seem like the people would either). In a testimony of a protester a man described how “the longer Mubarak stays the stronger and more creative we become”. In places like Tahrir Square it’s a great time to have political discussions about what the future could look like, and less about how grim the past has been. After the Google exec, who was detained’s interview, (very emotional stuff) protesters gained momentum, and it led to the biggest protests in Cairo and to the most recent strikes in Suez. So it’s obvious Mubarak doesn’t control the country anymore. His power and I’d like to hope the violence along with it has ‘left the building’. But if he officially left and that void was created who or what would fill it, either in the meantime or permanently? The military? They get a billion a year in allowance from the US, how long can they be trusted?

Maybe it’s not possible, maybe the capacity of the Egyptian people to conceive the future is subject to a clean ‘official’ break from the past, but I feel it’s in their best interest to use the energy they are expending on chants in a street, to evolve into some sort of transition committee for whoever is picked to succeed him.

I’ve never even been to Egypt, and most the stuff I know about the country is during a time it was called Kemet, so really what DO I know? I know as much as I hate consolidation of power the protesters need to find a leader, or he (or possibly but probably not, ‘she’) will be picked for them; and what better time then now?

This post was submitted by Ignorant American. He will probably be lurking in the comments if you have any questions for him

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Do something good for your country…

A Lonely Planet slogan says “Do something great for your country: Leave”.  Is it a clichéd idea, to talk about the importance of getting to know cultures other than one’s own, breaking bread with a family in the Andes, learning at the feet of a tribe of monks in the Himalayas…? What was I talking about? I think I got carried away on my around-the-world-in-50 stereotypes trip.

Clichés, they exist because they are true, and there is something to be said about the narrow-minded nature of a society whose inhabitants “defend” their own religion by burning others’ holy books and protesting their prayer rooms. Small-mindedness doesn’t apply only to American religious fundamentalists, I would say the same  to Ugandan girls who think that dating a whiteboy is somehow the key to wealth, health and future happiness.

Small-minded behaviour does not have to be a big-ticket, shit-on-my-rainbow-parade item. It can be as simple as the American waitress who corrected me after she finally understood my drink order; “Oh! You mean Waaahder”, or asking the new international student what the African National Anthem is (if you see nothing wrong with that statement please stop reading immediately and go back to licking windows).

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