The astonishing manner in which history repeats itself should encourage all of you living everywhere across the globe to learn about the Egyptian
revolution. Because, one day, everything that has ever happened there is going to exactly happen the same way in your country, over, and over, and
over again. Those who rule us never learn from their mistakes.
The Egyptian Revolution is one of the most beautiful and symbolic revolutions in history. Despite being Egyptian, I used to hate everything about
Egypt. I hated Egyptians and their manners. I hated their cowardness, their beliefs, their customs and traditions, and their ignorance.
In the first revolution of Jan 25, something changed… (I say first because what's happening today is a second revolution) - I was watching TV and
posting stuff on facebook. It was 3:00 AM and my TV is on AlJazeerah news. Then the reporter said that people are being sniped by hidden anonymous
snipers in Tahrir square; three dead and counting.
Naturally, I freaked out. I posted on facebook: guys… we lost… they're using snipers now… the game has changed… it's taking a new level. First
it was tear gas and sprays, but snipers? Everybody go home… please everyone… just go home. We lost this war.
And then everything I used to think about Egypt had changed completely. People didn't stay at home and as it turns out, I am the coward. People on
facebook would say: our brothers are dying in Tahrir… LET'S GO DIE TOO. It was confusing. This moment, I believe, is a turning point in the history
of Egypt. The moment people knew about the sniper and went in masses to Tahrir square instead of staying home where no snipers are looking for you.
One of my friends told me when I asked him about this: when you see your brother, that you were just with dreaming of a better tomorrow and talking
about it, falling down in front of your eyes, the last thing you think about is fleeing. All of a sudden, the entire world turns red and your anger
has no limits it actually eliminates any fragment of fear left inside you, and you basically become, a beast.
It was a turning point, because ever since then, Egyptians have been gaining actual field experience. They started organizing themselves and making
tools and equipment to counter the attacks and aid them survive encounters with their enemies.
They would study the components of the chemicals being thrown at them and try to find the antidote. All entrances to the square are closed by them and
no police is allowed in. Metals covers and blown up police cars everywhere to hide in and to protect them from snipers. Weapons were not all in the
same place so people don't all go at the same spot all at once to get a weapon. They were evenly distributed across the square. Small clinics were
scattered all over the place with first aid kits and volunteering doctors that have a card saying: "a doctor" so they can get in and out without
having to be searched. They also made a media center where people can go and know the news outside the square. Others would clean up the square and
some volunteered for fixing laptops and electronics. They made power outlets out of the street lights to recharge phones and laptops. They also made a
place for lost and found and another for lost children. Other volunteers would spread awareness about the corruption that took place in the last 30
years and reminding them of those who died in the revolution for our freedom so they keep the spirit up.
Today, a lot of Egyptians are losing their eyes because the police were being trained to aim on the eyes. So, people are getting masks for their eyes
and one of the "eye snipers" identity was discovered and people are spreading his personal information: his name, cell phone number, facebook page,
and address everywhere so that they give him the Gaddafi punishment. One of the eye snipers' victims is Ahmad Harara. He lost his right eye in Jan
And in Novermber 19th, he losts the other eye and he proudly writes down on each eye the day he lost it in.
And here's the ASSHOLE who did it:
The police changed the substance they're using in their tear gas, and used a 500 times more toxic component that does much more than tears:
It also killed many people, many of them children. Everyone now knows about it and everyone is carrying an antidote to the toxin that is recognized by
the USA as a chemical weapon. Also, my favorite: the people threatened cell phone and internet companies that they will destroy all their equipment
and towers in the streets if they disconnect phones and/or internet, and damage will cause those companies to lose millions of dollars.
WARNING to all ISP's and telecommunication companies: we will destroy all the facilities and establishments of any company that cuts its services.
Peaceful protesting is no more.
So, as you can see, this is all experience that Egyptians are gaining. Every day it becomes much harder to control or deceive those people. Every day
they turn into organized fearless noble beasts. On the political side, people are getting exceedingly politically literate and smart. They can read
their government's move even before it's made. Every word said by the government is instantly analyzed and all the possible outcomes become instantly
on the table. They're getting smarter than their rulers. And now they are feared by them. Yes, for the first time, the rulers of Egypt are finally
feared by the people.
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I have alot of sympathy for the Egyptian people whom have 'taken action' initially against all the odds to create their own democracey , which those
'''still in power''' are reluctant to give up.....
I genuinely think that nobody really knows what to do or how to move forward there and i fear that the Muslim brotherhood will eventually turn Egypt
into a Muslim state, albiet a muslim 'lite' state........
In doing this the balance of powers and strategies in the middle east will change and will become a threat / risk to the pretty little western world
most of us enjoy without realising its fragility....
One other observation is that the Egyptian Flag reminds me of the German flag in the 30's and 40's when a comedic moustache took power and gave rise
to a kind of Nationalism we do not want to see again...... I hope history doesn't kind of repeat itself once again......
Friedrich Nietzsche summed it up pretty well with the master-slave morality. You can choose to be a slave; passive, timid, cynical, and kind or you
can be a master; proud, strong, noble, courageous, and open-minded. The Egyptians have perhaps shaken the world without any of us feeling the rattling
– for now.
You have proved that lying deep down inside the Egyptian people is the spirit of the men and women who can live in inhospitable climates, who can
survive thousands of years of battles and still come out strong. This spirit of true masculinity, true heroism, will be reborn among the militarized
people; those who look death in the eyes without blinking or looking away. When men reach this point the entire society can be turned on its head and
those who are attempting to stand in their way shall be crushed mercilessly.
I am aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is the most organized group there is. But, I have a theory. I don't think the brotherhood can change
Egyptians. Not after Jan 25. After the revolution, anyone would HATE to rule Egypt. Because guess what?
SCAF: about to be thrown out
Mubarak: thrown out
before him Sadaat -> assassinated
before him Abdel Nasser -> poisoned and killed
before him Nagguib -> thrown out
before naguib King Frouk -> banished
and the list goes on...
those people are fed up and they need their demands to be met and they need democracy and equality. If the brotherhood take over Egypt, they will have
to change themselves. And anyways, culture has an the upper hand when confronted to religion. After all, religions customize themselves to correlate
with cultures, not teh other way around. What do I base this on?
Look at Lebanon and Saudi Arabia... they're both Muslim nations with different cultures. In lebanon atheists have the right to express their beliefs,
in Saudi, no one is allowed dik. So, Egyptian are Egyptians. They won't change because of the brotherhood. And, if the brotherhood fuk up, the above
You're right it is Photoshopped. I just noticed that. But, he did lose the other eye that's for sure.
Ahmed Harara lost his first eye protesting on January 28 shortly after the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution. He has now lost his second one to the
violent crackdown by security forces as a new, brutal chapter of the Egyptian Revolution is opened.
Thanks for the google search tip, but looks like those are showing the original image, whereas the source you got it from, has "Ahmad Harara (photo
retouchée, publiée sur le blog The Arabist)" written under it, no idea what languages you know, but photo retouchée type things really make me
cranky. This pic obviously got you mad (as with me at first), the story itself is horrible to say the least, I just wish websites employing cheap
photo trickery would just stop.
The company producing it: Combined Systems International of Jamestown, Pennsylvania.
(maybe worth visiting, hint hint )
The United States provides $1.3 billion a year in military financing for Egypt. According to the State Department's 2010 budget request, the aid is
used to help strengthen and modernize the Egyptian army.
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