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Egypt’s Unrest

Joe Bialek

Cleveland, Ohio, USA



People of Egypt, over two and one-half years ago I wrote about your plight as you struggled for your freedom from former President Hosni Mubarak. I too shared in your joy when he left power and became even more excited about your first democratic elections. Sadly though the understanding of democracy has not caught up with the mechanism of democracy. Yes indeed there was a vote and candidates won with a majority {albeit a very small one} but I don't think anyone in Egypt fully comprehended the responsibilities that are required of a democratically elected republican {representative} form of government. It is similar to preparing for a camel race without knowing the rules of the race. Winning a election does not constitute the acquirement of absolute dictatorial power. It requires that those elected serve all the people and not just those who supported them.


Even in the United States we have checks and balances {as set up by our Constitution} that limits what those in power can do. As much as I am in disagreement with the coup d'état executed by your military I am also hopeful that once the violent protest recedes into peaceful protest the election process can begin again with those newly elected officials having learned a lesson from this first-time fiasco. My brothers and sisters of Democracy who are members of the Muslim Brotherhood need to understand that compromise for the public good is not necessarily a compromise of one's religious beliefs. You must come to a fundamental agreement with my brothers and sisters of Democracy who are members of the secular group that you agree to disagree without having to resort to violence. The Egyptian military needs to be convinced that your two groups will come together to form a strong united country before they are willing to suspend martial law.


You must demonstrate to them {and the world} that whether you are secular or Islamist, Christian or Muslim it is more important for all to live in peace and have equal opportunity than for a chosen few to rule as dictators in support of one small faction. People of Egypt, it is up to you.