Mubarak...the Game is Over

Mubarak...the Game is Over

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Inspired by the Tunisian revolt that toppled the Tunisian dictator Zine Elabidine Ben Ali, after 23 years of absolute autocratic ruling, a protest in Egypt that erupted on January 25th, was known as the “Day of fury,” coined by the social media organizers. They also participated in the Egyptian uprising groups like “6th of April” movement, “Kefya”, and other youth and opposition groups.

Today, however, former UN Atomic commission head Mohamed ElBaradei returned to Egypt calling for democracy and change. But the main organizer of the Egyptian revolt was an online group called “We are all Khalid Saeed”, it was formed after a young Egyptian, Khalid Saeed, was killed by Egyptian police last summer, after they tortured him and smashed his face.

Pictures of Saeed’s smashed face soon circulated all over social media sites, inspiring thousands of Egyptians to go to the streets and protest police brutality. Khalid Saeed became the symbol of the Egyptian regime’s brutality, as did the picture of the Tunisian young man Muhammad Bouazizi, who set himself on fire in public, did for the millions of Tunisians. Much has been said about the similarities, and the differences between the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings, but I will leave this to historians, talking heads and TV experts to debate.

A public radio reporter this morning in Egypt weighed in, “women here are more librated, and secular in Tunis,” she explained. She interviewed a Tunisian woman lawyer who thought it is all about the “hijjab” that makes Tunisian women more civilized than other Arab women. “Women in Libya , look at them, they all wear hijaab, that is uncivilized,” the Tunisian woman explained to the reporter in their embodied taxi ride.

But what the Tunisian woman didn’t know or chose to ignore, is the fact that the dictator who was running the show in Tunisia, and oppressing Tunisian women and all Tunisians, was nothing other than the librated un-hijjabi former first lady Leila Trabelsi. The Huffington Post reported Trabelsi “… a one-time hairdresser who rose to become Tunisia's most influential woman, was widely despised as the ultimate symbol of corruption and excess.”

What is apparent in the Arab revolts that are spreading in the Arab world, mainly in Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, and to some extent in Saudi Arabia, is that these are all Arab countries with oppressive leaders who have been supported by the west and are the American partners on the so called war on terrorism and Al Qaeda. The Arab revolt may have its own specific historic context in different countries, however, they all shared one thing, it was devoid of any Islamic fervors, or religious inspiration. The religious groups and the Islamic Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, were all absent from the revolt scene. We haven’t seen any demand fleshing the usual Islamists sign, “Islam is the solution” anywhere.

In spite of the Egyptian bankrupt authority bogus claiming that the uprising was organized by the outlawed Muslims brotherhood, all reports show that it was mostly inspired and organized by the social media, youth movements on twitter and Facebook, and YouTube, where there is no police and tears gas.

The Arab revolt isn’t about liberating Arabs from the immoral corrupt west, it is about liberating them from the corrupt Arab leaders themselves. People all over the Arab world have reached the boiling point defending their dignity, they went to the street demanding a change. It is the “dignity revolution” and enough is enough.

A young man standing among some of Egyptian protesters, held a sign that says ‘game is over.” The interesting part of this was the sign was handwritten in English, most Egyptian don’t speak English, and the Tunisians are more likely to speak French, but this sign has captured the essence of what the Egyptian revolt is all about, the revolt wasn’t to inspire and entice more people to go out in the street and protest. This English massage was sent to the new Egyptian elites , the Mubarak regime and his family, who are banking on western support.

The game is over, a game where Mubarak and Arab leaders like him have been playing for years, first getting the support of the American and the west through political blackmailing, and as an Egyptian friend told me, extortion. Playing the role of the defenders against the Islamic danger and Al Qaeda, in return of then support of the American administration one after another, Republican and democrats who have been looking the other way, leaving those Arab leaders a free hand to oppress and torture their own people.

The game was over for the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, and it will be over for Mubarak and the rest of the Arab dictators who are watching now on the sideline waiting for their turn.