Free elections are feared as much as desired
The pot has been stirring. Egypt is on the move. So far, the moves seem quite circular. They start somewhere and seem to end at the same points again. As most Egyptians go about their ordinary lives they cannot help but feel despair.
Sadly the un-clarity of the process and confusion of all talk and no actions does much to lead many groups to despair. For those that have never had the privilege of imagining they had a voice, the Tahrir Square-style demonstrations have been tempting to imitate. Nine months of demonstrating have definitely given many a voice. Daily, the once voiceless speak out. It looks like all of Egypt’s professional groups have been silent for too long. Other voices are increasingly critical and intolerant of both the disruption it causes and the response of the transitional leadership. For the silent majority, the entire scene is becoming quite alarming. On all sides of the political spectrum, the past months have been nothing less than frustrating; for a few it has been even discouraging.
Nevertheless, for all, it is a learning experience that is difficult. An experience that, despite its apparent confusing appearance, is inspiring some. The process so far has been an eye opener to many. Respected individuals who have kept away are coming out and looking for ways to engage in the process as we all realize the magnitude of the corrupt heritage we are up against. By now most are certain this is going to be a long road with many bumps along the way. The process that started with high hopes has taken a load of falls. With every fall, Egyptians will pick up and rise again. The vicious circles are gradually spiraling.
As all learn to speak out, more will have to appreciate the responsibility of their actions or non actions. Elections of what was claimed to be Egypt’s first free parliament are expected to happen in four weeks. As the process moves on as scheduled, the scene on the ground and the mood in the air cast a doubtful shadow. One major highlight on a challenging, learning journey, free elections are as much feared as desired. Attempts to cooperate rather than compete have hit a hard rock of disagreement over the shares of the trophy. As the circles become spirals, we must look forward to other rounds of alliances forming. It will take more reflection to adjust the actions and change the circular into a spiral. It will take much more to resist and overcome the fear of uniting. Egyptians have no choice but to move forward.