At first i declined to write about Egypt because, well, it really didnt affect me at all i guess but a few nights ago after meeting the man who I think runs organised crime in Istanbul, having far too much Raki at dinner and Grey Goose Vodka at the W bar while ‘Tony Soprano’ told me that I have to let him know in advance when I come back to Istanbul (I think he may want me to smuggle in drugs for him) I saw Mubarak step down, in four languages on two W suite TVs on 7 news channels, in Egypt after ruling for 30 years.
His rise to power was similar to most African dictators, he led a revolution or was part of one, became a favourite of the people and those in power and then when he got his moment he seized it. He just never worked out when the correct time was to move on from it and so the hands that held the Egyptian people aloft became an iron fist that held them by the throats and ultimately were the reason his reign came to an end.
The problem I have, and I assume Ill have many disagreements about this, is the way he was deposed. I guess if I were completely honest he would never have gone had the people not taken to the streets, but my concern is the way the masses are starting to control politics of countries. What should happen is the democratic process should allow the majority of any country to have a voice in its leadership and while I agree in this instance that was not allowed to happen, my point is what if it was? What if the masses just were sick of a leader and decided to march, riot, loot and pillage until the leadership stepped down?
What’s stopping the people from throwing a country into chaos as they have done with Egypt? (Although in this case with valid reason). Is it the army? The police? Are they any match for millions marching on a town square? That is assuming they are in fact against the masses because as in Egypt the army merely kept the violence to a minimum rather than stopping the protest!
Egypt is certainly not the first time a leader has been deposed by the people but, for me, it just seems like a frightening realisation that the masses hold the fragile balance of any nation in their hands and who’s to say that if they are not happy with their share that they will take to the streets?
I rejoice with Egyptians and applaud their bravery and courage in finally taking the most important of stands but I cannot help but think that they have opened the eyes and ears of the rest of the dissatisfied people around the globe who want to emulate their ‘victory’ even if the intentions are not as noble!
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