Egyptians’ Hopes and Dreams

by Daniel McNeet on March 2, 2012


There has been protesting, an uprising, but no revolution in Egypt. Nothing has changed just a change of strategy by the military. What you see is an illusion of democracy; it is what the military wants you to see. So far, it is one vote one time. It is a puppet parliament. The military gave the protesters Hosni Mubarak, his sons and others as a pacifier to ease the pain of teething for democracy. The parliament will be allowed to engage in a pretense but will never get to the core problem — eliminating military control of the country.

There is no equality of opportunity or equality for women or tolerance. They are still their husband’s subservient — enslavement and vehicles for procreation — no rights.

Hopes and dreams battle with reality every minute of every day in Egypt. The Egyptian military owns secretly at least one third of the economy, have controlled the country longer than the oldest living Egyptian can remember, still control it and will continue to control it. Their holdings have never been audited or revealed. Why? Why not? Why would anyone give up their power and income to powerless protesters and the poor if they do not have to and they will not?

No parliament or constitution is going to take away their assets or deprive the military of acquiring more, more, and more of each — power and money. Why? Because they can and there is no power to stop them. Not the coalition of the impotent and unwilling League of Arab States, the United Nations or the United States for sure.

The Egyptian people have not even progressed to the point of equality of opportunity for women. They are still the slaves and second-class citizens of male-dominated medieval thinking. The women whom were in the forefront of the protest movement in Tahir Square with the men, exposed themselves to death, indignity and mayhem and suffered all three to protest the inequality of opportunity and intolerance. But now, they have nothing to show for it except intimidation by the army council and suffering the brutality and degrading misconduct at the hands of army soldiers — thugs in uniform.

An eighty-years old Egyptian woman, Nawal Saadawi, has been writing about the betrayal of present-day women by the military and the mullahs. She has gone to prison because of her writing of some forty-seven books about the inequality of opportunity of women and the intolerance toward them. She has accomplished nothing by shoveling sand against the tide of the military — the rulers of Egypt. The women want a secular state, rights and respect — hopes and dreams.

Even though the Muslim Brotherhood espouses publicly equality of opportunity, the Brotherhood forces women to be in a subservient role, does not consider women fit to serve on its leadership council and a woman cannot be president of Egypt. And remember, the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party is the largest party in the parliament. The Islamist’s parties control around two-thirds of the parliament.

What is your thought on the contribution the Islamists in the parliament are going to make to women’s equality of opportunity and tolerance? Equality of opportunity and tolerance of women are not religious issues, but are human-rights decisions. If the parliament does not pass laws providing these basic human rights, the U.N. should convene a coalition of the willing and diplomatically convince the majority in the parliament of the advantages of giving women equal opportunities and the disadvantages of not.

Contacting me with comments and constructive criticisms with honesty and pleasantness their constant companions will always be welcomed.

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