Egypts Youth Now Stand Alone

Only weeks after the hearts and minds of the world stood with Egypt’s youth in Tahir square, it is easier to find discount air fare to Egypt than to find out what has really happened,.what is likely to happen  with government reorganization.  Egypts youth stand alone now as the worlds attention has shifted to events in Libya.  No one is watching and there is a sense that our own government is glad of that.relieved that that there is no ongoing public  scrutiny of what America’s principal diplomatic, economic and political goals are for Egypt.  It appears that without a miraculous turn of events,  Egypt will continue under Western tutelage and none of the changes sought by Egypts youth will be addressed..  The new cabinet is a reshuffle of Mubarak cabinet with only a few token posts for “the opposition” .The army who seemed so on the side of the youth,  it turns out aren’t so eager for reforms that could cost them the comforts and priveleges  they have become accustomed to.  Some of the most critical immediate constitutional changes demanded by protestors remain in place. The self appointed Committee of Wise Men who seemed to being playing a constructive role in allowing the voices of Egypts youth to be heard without the distortion of outside interest groups were all along creatures of the plutonomy with deep vested interests in mainatinging a staus quo sans Mubarak and gaining power for themselves..The group includes Mubarak VP Omar Suleiman and Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab league who has mentioned his desire to be a cabinet minister in the new administration. (

Egyptians have freed themselves from one Zionist puppet (Hosni Mubarak), but Egypt is not free as yet. The old pro-Israel regime and its apparatus are still very much in place and waiting for the protesters’ energy to die.  (op cit  It actually appears that a group of miliutary and civic leaders with their own ambitions used the opportunity of student revolt, and their rhetorical support for it, to accomplish their own political ambitions.  Egypts “free and fair” elections will cement all that into legitimacy and permanancy which will be passed off to the world as a government reform led by Egypts youth.

The Egyptian writer Tarek Osman told Al Jazeera: “The revolution has not achieved its aims yet because the new political players have not really emerged yet …we have not seen any new, structured narratives being put forward, if we have elections in six to twelve months then the same political parties will continue to dominate.” (

The young revoloutionaries have continued to frame demands and gather in Tahir square on Fridays.  This mornings demand was to have been for the replacement of Mubarak appointed Pm  Sahfiq.   Perhaps hoping to prevent the gathering in Tahir square the interim Military government announced it had accepted Shafiq’s resignation and appointed Essam Sharaf  who enjoys support and respect  among his people. The young revoloutionaries quickly reorganized this mornings rally to celebrate the ouster of Shafiq and to press for an immediate suspension of emergency law and a release of all political prisoners. 

UPDATE 03/15/11..see Egyptian jjournalist Sarah Carr’s report on the betrayal of the revoloution  Also see Human Rights Wtach account of the brutal disburseement of Tahir square protestors on March 11 with apparent army support for the thugs initiating the attack.


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