A Foggy Fu­ture?

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

Your ar­ti­cle on the Arab Awak­en­ing summed up the con­fu­sion many peo- ple are strug­gling with at the mo­ment. It is true that post-‘demo­cratic Tsunami’ in Egypt, much re­mains to be de­ter­mined. The rea­sons for the upris­ing were com­mon griev­ances and the Egyp­tian peo­ple showed the en­tire world what a peo­ple’s move­ment re­ally looks like. How­ever, as your writer states, the move­ment did not yield any con­crete re­sults. What was per­ceived as the be­gin­ning of a real democ­racy, failed as quickly as it started. As is of­ten the case, peo­ple act on the ba­sis of emo­tional frus­tra­tion and the Arab Spring had a short-term life. The move­ment wasn’t planned strate­gi­cally; in fact it wasn’t re­ally planned at all. Des­per­ate to re­move Mubarak’s au­thor­i­tar­ian regime, no­body had a po­lit­i­cally thought out plan of who would re­place him? Egypt is cur­rently mired in con­fu­sion and is blindly search­ing for an an­swer. Democ­ra­cies, a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of trans­parency and jus­tice, are not con­structed out of strug­gles and thin air. They are a re­sult of a care­fully planned pol­icy that gives the peo­ple a real voice. It is a struc­ture that needs to be built. This struc­ture is miss­ing in Egypt and it is still un­cer­tain whether it will be erected. Nora al-ab­dul,

Vir­ginia, US

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