Elections under play

17 Jun

Elections Under SCAF

When I would get ready to attend a protest before the revolution, my father would tell me, “nothing will ever change, Mubarak and his regime will stay the same forever, you are just wasting your energy and risking your life for nothing.” I would respond, “every little demonstration is a stepping stone in a long-term process called a revolution that will end this regime.” I still believe that every mobilization is an essential piece of the puzzle to topple the regime.  The revolution started and without one single group leading it, we managed to kick it off. What will take to achieve the revolution’s goals is another important question that we must start answering. We, revolutionaries, spent a year and half boiling our energy in reaction, in mobilizing to achieve the goals we set out on 25 January 201, yet only few things have been achieved. One sure gain is that Mubarak is out, put on trial, and now in Tora prison facing a life sentence. Even though nothing less than death to the dictator would have satisfied my anger, I can’t say that I am not happy to see him suffer his last days in a prison hospital.  As for the rest of the murderers who are free, their day shall come when they will suffer just like they tortured many Egyptians.

Elections are finally finishing up with major expected disappointments and setbacks on the political road to “democracy.” I never expected any elections under military rule to achieve any results satisfying the revolution. Elections engineered and constructed by SCAF (Supreme Council for Armed Forces) can never produce revolutionary or even reformist accomplishments, only will result outcomes that would suit counter-revolution and its allies. History tells us too soon of elections are always used to bury revolutions. We are not the first by any means. Whether Romania, Chile, Portugal, or Bolivia, we can draw parallel where military junta institutionalized militarization and strengthened counter-revolution. We can go back and assess where “we went wrong” or where we could have done better, but one thing is clear, elections were inevitable since the regime is still in place since 1952.  Sooner or later elections would have happened, conducted by the same old regime, benefiting the organized groups sufficient enough to run and win elections. In the case of Egypt; the Muslim Brotherhood and the National Democratic Party (the regime’s political arm).

The truth is the revolution has no machine, no organized group, no political party sufficient enough to adopt the revolution’s goals and capable of fighting the two most organized and biggest threatening machines to the revolution, the NDP & MB and SCAF. This is partially our fault yet partially out of our control for the many decades we were politically silenced under Mubarak. Many of the revolutionaries got politicized with the revolution or slightly prior to the revolution giving a major lead to the organized groups already existing under the repressive regime.  This explains the great success of Islamists in parliamentary elections and in the first round of presidential elections despite their decreasing popularity on Egyptian streets due to their reactionary and opportunistic agenda that clearly contradicts with revolutionary goals.

What is to be done? We organize. Aside from fighting for civil liberties, constitution that reflects revolution principles, and for ending military authority in daily life, we must build our alternative power, our machine that will and can topple this regime once and for all.  As a revolutionary socialist, I believe that the only group of society that has the power to topple this dictatorship is the workers.  We must organize the working class. For this revolution, it is a matter of success or defeat. When I am talking about the working class, I am not only referring to the traditional blue collar worker at a factory, but I am referencing anyone who sells his or her hours to earn a wage. This includes doctors, teachers, public and private employees, those who have the power to put the country at a halt like the last 3 days of the 18 days in the revolution. The workers were the final bullet in Mubarak’s chest, and are the only ones who can finish off SCAF.

5 Responses to “Elections under play”

  1. Sanna R June 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Dont give up, Egyptians! If you use the same energy and power what you had during revolution, you’ll make it until the end. The democracy was first launched in Europe also hundreds of years ago – and now we can finally see it working (and not even good always) – so it takes time, but every step is important.

    -Girl from Scandinavia

  2. el wad haji (@elwadmasri) July 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Your father was right.

    If you actually knew the truth then your demonstrations would help but right now you are simply doing the work of the yahou for them.

    ever wonder why so many yahoudies on twitter cheer your “socialism revolution” on?

    Your ignorance will get our nation torn in half. the Israelis just took two gas wells worth 100 billion each, next the sinia, and u won’t even know it.

  3. Joe Earle August 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    To Gigi,

    My name is Joe Earle, I write for the Mancunion, Manchester’s student newspaper. I am in Cairo for a month studying in Arabic and I am writing to ask you whether you would agree to me interviewing you for the newspaper and for my own education. There are 30,000 students in Manchester who would value hearing your thoughts about the revolutionary situation in Egypt. I am sure you are very busy but young people in Britain need to hear about your experiences here in Egypt to gain confidence in their ability to change things in their own country. It wouldn’t take long and I could travel to you. Please email me your response at jonah.earle@student.manchester.ac.uk



  4. bentrem September 12, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    Your father says such as ” “nothing will ever change, Mubarak and his regime will stay the same forever” and you disagree, quite rightly.
    You tweet “Some people will remain stupid no matter what” … and I wonder what sort of people you will recruit with that sort of jingoistic reactionary clap-trap.

    Principles. Handy things, they are.

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