Plagued by politicians

Sherif A Rizk

“It’s your disease that kills me, not mine!”, says Asmaa in “Asmaa”, a very significant Egyptian film that reflects the social and political scene in contemporary Egypt; a country whose people have always been doomed to suffer from the illnesses of their leaders and the fatal mistakes of their politicians. The outcome is an incessant number of defeats over the years not to mention a host of political syndromes that may last forever. When one speculates on the current situation, it is easily noticed how dominant the political  ideology is, no matter how irrelevant it is to the demands of the realities of the people.

And regardless of the significance of the political ideology adopted by a group, the inability to perceive and analyze the current reality and take actions that correspond to it would be an inevitable political fiasco. Accordingly, doing otherwise, which is to deal flexibly with issues and respond to change, would lead to a successful political decision

In order to be able to perceive our surrounding reality we need a lot of knowledge and awareness. Since Mohamed Ali Pasha’s era, there has been a political performance that can only be defined as falling short in dealing with the West. Mohamed Ali had not estimated the strengths of the West accurately, and Nasser had been unable to realize the strengths Egypt had, yet he always persisted that the West was conspiring against us, but the question was and still is what has been done to deal with these conspiracies realistically and professionally in the political world. Being aware of the problem has never been enough. The conflict has always been evident, the super powers throughout history have always been like this. Bashar el Assad, a typical prototype of Nasser, has focused on why there is a crisis in Syria  and he never offered a realistic possible  creative solution. The management of the Syrian dilemma wouldn’t result in any possible solution as well.

And that is typically what explains Mubarak’s failure to manage crises, for he could not resolve Egypt’s urgent economical problems or respond positively and promptly to the rapid changes of the political community, which has eventually led to the ultimate end of his ruling era/ political regime.

Since politics can be defined as “what is possible”, a similar kind of a short-sighted vision characterizes the unrealistic demands of Tahrir Square demonstrators. This owes to the lack of a clear and focused agenda as well as a popular leader to speak on behalf of them. While each and every activist is striving to be a hero, the revolution is running like a non-stop train in the direction of an absurd anarchy.

Being part of the uprising in Al Tahrir square doesn’t include the right to rule the country your way. The 1952 coup d’etat provides another good example; a bunch of passionately patriotic leaders took over the government and when they failed to see their shortcomings, they were revolutionaries, yet they weren’t qualified to take over, so Egypt had to pay the price.

When a ruler gets addicted to power, trying tirelessly to always stay in power; he kills his people every day, people die because the rulers inflict them with incurable diseases. May we witness a day where the rulers don’t plague us, or we may see people who bring destructive rulers into power. Let’s see what we are going do next.

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