The events shaking the Islamic world are an essential part of the human need for freedom. The very thought of freedom causes tremors in the halls of power where denial of freedom is customary, malicious and misguided. Religious people are especially prone to fear real freedom, and they frequently join the political fearmongerers when they assume that freedom leads to chaos. When people decide to march towards freedom there is no law that can stop them, and the only recourse the establishments have is violence. Egypt, facing the loud and determined voice of its people, has an unprecedented opportunity to build a nation on the highest ideals, and will waste it by allowing the “Pharaoh” to build another pyramid.
Egypt’s value to the western powers is problematic. Sadat, who set the bar extremely high, is clearly not Mubarak’s mentor. Sadat was a hated man: a peace-maker who lost his life at the hands of Islamic militants. Mubarak has his eyes on Pharaonic power: decades of police repression of his people, an increasing militarization of the government, and a Mubarak dynasty. He is about to lose all. His name ius already a faded entry in the so-called noble peacemaking process with the State of Israel and Islamic friendship with the United States.
Mobs, like the ones surfacing in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, are everywhere. They pop up on Parliament Hill in both the senate and Parliament, on Capitol Hill, on the popular media, radio and television. They incite anger and fear, foster division and ignorance, in their delusion that democracy is a sacred cow. Their love of truth has little to do with a sense of community and faith or love, and they most certainly offer no hope but the endless conflict and debate that has characterized the trail of western powers. A pyramid of truth wuld be helpful at this juncture in human history. The pyramids of religion and capitalism are desined for the trash heap, and they will be lucky if anything is left to wow, puzzle and thrill archaeologists.
Egypt’s nation-building project is unprecedented. There is no invasion, no coalition of the willing, nothing more than mild warnings to an inveterate brutal dictator. This Egyptian project uncharacterustically has only a handful of Egyptians on the job but a host of international helpers. Whatever comes out of the fire will not last for even 7 years. The Egyptian magnates and imams will ensure its demise through their interminable claims of superiority. Alas, this pyramid bites the dust.