It is my belief that the struggle of the Egyptian people is the struggle of humanity. So much is at stake here, for both opressor and opressed, that if the people actually do succeed – I believe that the world will take a step forward towards a more dignified, free and humane society. Perhaps I am naiive (people often tell me so) but I am a firm believer in the possibility of building a society based on equality, social responsibility and compassion – whether it be in Egypt or in the rich democracies of the world. However, to even come close to this we all need to fight, and we need to fight like dogs, continuously. A constant state of revolution. We need to force our eyes to stay open, we need to sharpen our senses to stay clearheaded, we need to constantly filter away all decisions based on fear and insecurity, we need to protect the unprotected and shout at the top of our lungs the words of those who have no voice.
Egypt has to liberate itself from its despot and his henchmen that have stolen the future of entire generations, terrorised and tortured them, and sold the country to the highest bidder. The rich democracies of the world need to liberate themselves from their governing systems that allow its leaders to use public resources and the goodwil of citizens to oppress through despicable wars, dirty business and financing terror regimes throughout the world. That is why the fight of one against an oppressor is the fight of all against all oppressors.
That is what Tahrir Square is really about.
Look at Tahrir Square, look at the streets of Alexandria, Suez, Mahalla, Mansoura, ElArish and all the cities of Egypt. Look how the people stand together, united, hopefull, happy, strong, shouting “Freedom!” They fought for their right to demonstrate, and they won. They fought for their right to continue demonstrating, and they won. The organised themselves, build makeshift hospitals and police force, they protected each other while praying and cracked jokes together. It is mostly the young, but also the middle-aged and old, it is the illiterate and the professor, the privileged and the poorest of the poor. I do not know if we will succeed, history tells us maybe not, but at least we have experienced this. We did not only see around us just violence and crime, we saw hope and we saw dignity, compassion, responsibility and love.
I leave you with my favorite Howard Zinn quote: “The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory”, and a prayer for victory in Egypt and for humanity.