Today I heard half sleep in the morning on the online radio that Mubarak might be freed from detention soon. Immediately thought on how it felt to be in Tahrir square on 2011. Was almost like a dreamed revolution to be covered by a journalist. Long term dictator pulled down from his Egyptian Pharaoh throne by the people. Muslims, Christians, young, old, men, women, internet activist, seculars, students, workers… almost all layers of society united, resisting the pro Mubarak horde in a strange stone battle in the XXI century. Egyptian Army then was some kind of strange referee looking and waiting. International community started saying we are friends of Mubarak to in few days change their mind and celebrate the victory of the Egyptian peoples revolution. For the economic and values depressed and hopeless Europe was a breeze of fresh air and an example that people united and committed could achieve things. In Middle East was the green light for some countries to hunt down their long term dictator jailers.
Two years later I am making tea in Bangkok and I heard some journalist announcing that Mubarak will be probably freed. Quick I make a review about last couple of weeks. It is incredible how some media, when the anti Morsi demonstrations started, so fast were reporting the story like if another Tahrir revolution had started. I can understand that lots of people were not happy with the Muslim Brotherhood despite Morsi was a democratic elected president. But actually really few stopped and thought, wait a moment, what is really going on here? Meanwhile lots joined the fast food easy reporting of the celebrations of a coup hidden in a military intervention with fireworks and helicopters parading flying flags. Very few started to make simple questions. What happen during the period that Morsi was president? Why the Egyptian police was not doing their job in the streets? Was pro Mubarak people doing some kind of boycott in the Government administrations? Some elements in the international community were getting maybe too itchy with the spread of islamization in Middle East that could not be under their control? Revolution yes but by remote control? Why when pro Morsi demonstrations were attacked by gunmen or shoot down by security forces at the beginning was reported as clashes between pro and anti Morsi? The death toll among muslim brotherhood supporters had to reach high scores for some descriptions of what was going on started to be more accurate. Why the closure now of some media like would happen during Mubarak’s regime? And the most basic question, why is this a military intervention and not a coup? Are we in a new politically correct for my interest term? Another collateral damage instead of civilian deaths? Another preventive war instead of invasion?
All this story looks to me like, yes, lots of people were not happy with Morsi. And again I can understand that. But another Tahrir revolution? Do not think so. Everything looks like pro Mubarak elements and some “international community” had planned quite well something. Even the fireworks were on the list.
I heard that Mubarak might be freed soon. The Egyptian peoples revolution is almost finished. Today I need to put more honey on my tea.