I am tired and about to go to bed, but I’m throwing a prayer out there for peace and stability in the land that I called home for 9 eventful months.
When the Arab Spring caught up in Egypt, I was like most people, watching from the outside. I had never been there and so, had nothing personal or tangible to link the events that were unfolding to.
But now, everything has changed. That American that got stabbed in Alexandria? No, I didn’t know him, but I do know his Egyptian roommates (both great guys who warned him not to go out the protests, but that is another entry for a time when I am not so sleepy—- Egypt in general was still not as turbulent as this incident might lead you to think, I know… I was there). Moreover, Egypt is now a tangible place, with names, and back stories of conversations and kindnesses paid to me. The program I was lucky enough to complete is going to be evacuated, or so I hear. They will probably be transplanted to the program center that I was in while in Morocco. This is all surreal.
And yet, it’s not terribly surprising.
BUt, I will leave the political posturing and ruminating to others.
Right now all I can do is write this blog entry. And of course,
I pray for peaceful resolution to this political showdown. I guess, since it’s my blog I can say what I really think: Mursi is not the greatest, but he was elected democratically and should be allowed to complete his term.
That’s not what a lot the Egyptians that I knew in Egypt think though. Allahu ‘Alim. I fear for Egyptian democracy and what will happen if/when the army takes over. Will they be like the Turkish army, weaving in and out of the direct control of government as need be? I doubt it.
I am helpless to do anything, of tangible effect. No one knows what the end result will be. Somehow it seems that people are making bold declarations, but I just say Rabna yastur (God help us).
Yeah, more in-depth (apolitical) analysis coming later.
I can’t count the number of time I or someone else intimated that Egypt is going to hell in a hand basket (most recently a group of Egyptians told me this). And in many ways, I still feel like so many indicators point to this being true. But, as all interested parties are bracing for the worst, and hoping for the best, I will too.