The Egyptians particularly the young ones have inspired the people of the world by their courage to peacefully ignite the light of democracy in Egypt after almost 60 years of military autocracy. This autocratic regime has infantilized the Egyptian people (I am quoting the term infantilise from the eminent Middle East expert Robert Fisk in his report in the Independent Newspaper on 6 February 2011) and castrated them politically for 6 decades. The infantilisation of the Egyptians was so apparent after the humiliation of the six days war in 1967, when we rushed into the streets of Cairo feeling completely helpless like children that have lost their parents demanding Nasser to stay in power. A mature nation would have demanded a new regime and the trial of the old one that caused this national disaster and the unnecessary death of thousands of innocent soldiers not forgetting the massive damage of the inspiration and hopes of an entire generation that was looking for a better future.
It is wonderful to see the empowered Egyptians after 25th of January caring about the cleanliness of their country and working together to clean Tahrir square shouting "this is my country, we want to keep it clean, we want Egypt to be the best in the world" these are some of the comments I heard on the different TV channels which covered the events of Egypt over the last 3 weeks. I wished I was in Tahrir square with all these wonderful people of Egypt who went out to claim their country back from those who infantilized and disempowered them all these years.
I left Egypt with a broken heart 38 years ago as I lost my trust in those who ruled us and mislead us with empty slogans that can not be achieved. Furthermore, I discovered later in life that the history which we were taught at schools in Egypt was manipulated to fit the political agenda of the new regime highlighting that Egypt pre 1952 was completely corrupt and useless and the revolution came to rectify all the flaws of the old corrupt society. Nasser has tried to offer some social justice but abolishing political freedom was a massive price to pay and caused most of the problems that affected Egypt since 1954 when all political parties were banned with the imprisonment of all political opponents. The culture of fear for having a political point of view was inflicted on my generation and caused disempowerment of a whole nation. The Egyptians felt they are helpless observers that have no say on how the country is managed. They were also fully aware that all power belongs to the military elites under the protection of a ruthless police force.
Under the old culture of fear I would have not dared to write this peace, but thanks to our young brothers and sister in Egypt; they have broken the wall of fear and liberated us from the chains of oppression that silenced us for many years.
Although I have left Egypt many years ago, Egypt has never left me. I am glad that I have lived to see the day that Egypt became free and the Egyptian people has reconnected with their beloved country after all these years. Egypt the birth of human civilisation at last has regained its status that its history and people deserves.
At this moment of time we should also remember those who have fallen in the past trying to ignite the light of freedom in Egypt with particular reference to Dr Ahmed Abdallah who was the leader of the students movement in 1972 and sadly died a few years ago with a brocken heart because of the state of Egypt. Today I salute Ahmed Abdallah and all the martyrs of Egypt who offered their lives without hesitation to liberate Egypt from its oppressors and give us all a better future.
I know this is the start of a new future with many uncertainties but I hope the current military high council will honour their promise of a new constitution and free election to give Egypt a democratic regime that its people rightly deserves. Otherwise, Tahrir square will see all of us again one hand against any new oppression!!