Saturday 23 June 2012

Not Everyone Is Angry

I wrote 8 tweets a few hours ago on why some are not that angry, if not actually supportive, of the regime's recent power grab. I was asked to put them in a post, so here goes.

1- It should be noted that not everyone is angry with SCAF's recent actions. There is what appears to be a significantly large amount of >>>
2- amount of people who see SCAF as "stepping in at last second to save the process." I have heard this narrative from many people >>>>
3- Some of them express frustration with how political forces have been unable to reach any real consensus on constitutional issues >>>
4- Some express worry and distrust with regards to the MB's aggressive grasp for power, some worry of violence in case Morsi fairly loses >
5- Some find liberal and secular parties to be utterly worthless and incapable of having any real impact, and some see the political >>>
6- transition falling apart, and of course (the greatest irony) some see SCAF predominantly as the (gasp) "protector of the civil state." >>
7- Of course, I DO NOT share this opinion. But I am sharing it to explain how diverse opinions on the subject are within the Egyptian street
8- The point I'm making is that the combined (and unique) failures of organised Egyptian political forces is making this more acceptable.
People who kindly follow me know I in no way endorse the recent "soft coup," as some have described it the power grab over the past several days. I want a civilian government, a civilian political process, a civilian-drafted constitution, a civilian democracy. The entire point of those tweets was to explain that the performance of organised political forces (those who overreached, those who under reached, those who didn't reach at all) has been, in my evaluation, substantially instrumental in creating an environment wherein a significant percentage of the population (though I am not claiming it is the majority) was less hostile towards the recent power grabs, willing to wait and see what comes of it before mounting a reaction, at least be half-hearted in its condemnation of it, or/as well as for some to actually see SCAF and its actions in a relatively flattering light. The consequential point, therefore, is that if these same political forces wish to re/gain wider popular support on the side of their demands, then they will need address why this combined drop in popularity and trust had developed in the first place. As the cliché goes, the starting point would be that they will need to demonstrate wide unity on the path forward, with all of its larger and smaller details (I am speaking even about the constitution.)

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