Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hollow Victory


After the protests in Egypt, it was widely publicized that the people have achieved their goals. An interim government was setup to oversee the changes demanded. It seems however, that this is far from the truth. Perhaps it was merely a cover to appease the masses and to prevent more protests.

Yesterday we saw exactly how much freedom the Egyptians have earned when soldiers opened fire on protesting citizens in Tahrir Square.

The rally revealed the increasing impatience and mistrust that many Egyptians feel towards the military, which took over when Mubarak was forced out of office on 11 February. Some protesters accuse the top brass of protecting the former leader.

What the people of Egypt need to realize is that their fight needs to be against the system itself and not a figurehead, be that Mubarak or Army stooges. Otherwise their revolution is in the danger of being swept under the rug. They must fight to change the underlying system that puts these people in power in the first place. Then, and only then, will they have a successful revolution.

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