So finally, the state acts. They arrest 180 students, 3 university professors and some of the Ikhwan leaders. Nothing new, nothing unexpected. The same way that we’ve been dealing with “them” for the past 50 years.
The students will be tortured. And if you haven’t seen the latest torture videos, you better do:
And eventually, in two, three, five years they will be released. And those who will get out will no longer be those who went in. they will be remains of human – 7otaam aadameyya – most of them will be destroyed enough, both physically and psychologically to do anything in life. But some will still have the resistance and spirit inside them – only fueled with more anger at their whole society. Those are the ones who will want to take revenge. They will go back to their own organization, and will either spin off their small groups that are more violent and aggressive; groups that want to revenge from those who tortured them, and from the whole society that stood there in apathy or some time cheering. Those will be the next generation of the takfeer wel hegra, al-jehaad; etc.
And the ones who were completely destroyed, who are those? Those are the most active youth; they are the student leadership; they are the ones who “really care” enough to do something; they are the ones who are popular and able to organize students and lead them; they are the ones who could, and should’ve been the leaders of the student unions, and in the future, the political leaders. Now they are systematically crushed at every stage. And those who stay are the hypocrites and stooges. And they grow to become the political leaders of the NDP and the likes.
Isn’t this what happened in the 50’s and 60’s? The exact same scenario. And what was the outcome? Two decades of a near “civil war” in Egypt between 1981 when Sadaat was assassinated, till the mid nineties. There was more than 10,000 Egyptians killed. Some at attacks by violent groups against banks, Churches, cinemas, video stores, embassies, government agencies, or hotels. But most were by Security forces – Amn El-Dawla. Complete villages in Upper Egypt where burned or put under siege and curfew; thousands of acres of crops like maze or sugarcane, where people could easily hide, were burned to create “clear” buffer zones around roads or railways; hundreds of thousands where arrested and jailed without trials, with maybe 30,000 or more still in prisons today; secret assassination squads to targeted specific leaders. Today, the state security forces – Amn El-Dawla – outnumber the Egyptian Army. They are something in the order of one million soldiers. This is simply saying that the state has more enemies inside than outside.
Most of the younger generation does not remember what Cairo streets used to look like without the black uniformed Amn El-Dawla. But there was a day where the streets were different. Then there was an attack on an embassy; and the next day, all the embassies were surrounded by barracks and troops. Then there was an attack on a cinema, and a video store. Then there was an attack on a Church, and all churches had barracks and troops around them. Then there was an attack on a bank in Mohandeseen, and the same thing happened. Then there was an attack on tourists in a hotel in Al-haram, and all hotels started putting metal detectors and barracks. 10 years later, we are living in a city of barracks, metal detectors, black uniformed men in every block, ugly trucks filled with people with machine guns at every corner, and a culture of fear that is getting closer to that of the West Bank and Gaza .
It is starting to feel that we’re living under occupation.
And talking of occupation, what is the only success case that people are talking about of how to get rid of occupation? It’s Hizballah. So is it a surprise to see them being the model for the next episode?
Haven’t we learned anything from the past 50 years?