I sit, for the 12th hour now, alone and struggling for what to do. For the first time since I got on a plane for Egypt on January 29, 2011, I am at a loss.

Worse days than today lie ahead of us.

We thought we could change the world. We know now that that feeling was not unique to us, that every revolutionary moment courses with the pulse of a manifest destiny. How different things feel today. I will not bury our convictions, but that feeling — youthful optimism? naiveté? idealism? foolishness? — is now truly and irrevocably dead.

I mourn the dead and I despise those killing them. I mourn the dead and I despise those sending them to their deaths. I mourn the dead and I despise those that excuse their murder. How did it come to this? How did we get here? What is this place?

The revolution is dead when we say it’s dead. The revolution is dead when we will no longer die for it

It is February 12, 2011. Hosni Mubarak has fallen. In the morning I will fly to America to finish a job, before moving permanently to Cairo to help build the new country. I am sitting on my mother’s balcony. We are smoking cigarettes and drinking tea to keep out the cold and talking; about all that we’ve seen and done, about all that we’re going to do. Everything, on that night, was possible. Our conversation ranges from the grandiose of the global revolution to the practical re-thinking of ministerial appointments to the minutiae of the requirements of the film school that should be established. We talked through the night. I took notes.

It is, perhaps, this memory that hurts me the most.

By the time I return from America the army had cleared two sit-ins from Tahrir Square, begun court martialling civilians en masse and assaulting women protesters with “virginity tests.” The revolution now is smaller, but serious, focused and under sustained attack. The un-fallen state, the deep state, the client state; once a month, every month, it attacks. It clears Tahrir in March, April, August and December. It attacks protesters at the Israeli Embassy. It envelops downtown Cairo in a November mist of Pennsylvanian tear gas. It rains down rocks and Molotov cocktails from the roof of the Cabinet building. It welds shut the doors of the Port Said stadium death trap. Every month, people die fighting it.

There were moments when we could have broken the army’s grip on the country. We should have stayed in Tahrir after Mubarak was ousted. Tahrir was in the driving seat and hadn’t yet acquired the politicians to sell it out. But we left. Everyone said they would be back the next day and then, somehow, they weren’t. People wanted to shower and to sleep in their own beds. Then spontaneous cleaning brigades of earnest patriots spread through the city and by midday everything was nice and tidy and gone.

In November 2011 and in January 2012 the streets echoed with chants demanding the end of military rule. But now it had become the self-appointed role of the politicians to translate street action into political gain. Now, the army had people to talk to. Had all the forces that were supposedly against the military — the revolutionaries, the liberals, the Brotherhood and the Salafis — ever truly united where might we be today? Dead, possibly. But maybe not. Maybe somewhere closer to a civilian state.

A real, ideological alliance was never possible. But a tactical, practical one might just have worked. But rather than work together each party repeatedly met with and made deals with the army, consistently placing the generals in the strongest tactical position. Everyone was to blame. The old, moneyed liberals who presented themselves as allied with the revolution lived in relative comfort, had historical ties to the military and routinely demonized the Brotherhood. The revolutionaries’ disdain for high politics meant that they effectively removed themselves from the equation. The Salafis were only ever interested in the deal that brought them the most power and their prized ministries — education and health. And the Brotherhood, long-enamored of their ability to put numbers on the street, was arrogant and duplicitous from the beginning — making serious electoral promises to the liberals, lobbying America and offering the army immunity and oversight of itself.

When in power, Mohamed Morsi refused to take on the Ministry of Interior. Instead, he appointed Ahmad Gamal Eddin who, as chief of the Assiut Security Directorate almost killed off the revolution there in January 2011 and then was the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces' chief of general security at the time of the Mohamed Mahmoud and the ultras massacres.

The main enemy of the people has always been the security state — the police and the military. We will never get anywhere until they are dismantled entirely. There was a moment when that could have been achieved, when a civilian state could have been built. But Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood would have had to choose the challenge of working with the disparate and bickering forces of the left and the liberals over dealing with the organized certainty of the military.

* * * *

I write now from Sarajevo. I sat yesterday in the Srebrenica memorial museum. While men were jumping off Cairo’s October 6 Bridge to escape the gunfire closing in on them from all sides, General Ratko Mladic was staring at the camera, speaking to history:

Here we are on July 11, 1995, in Serbian Srebrenica, just before a great Serb holy day. We give this town to the Serbian nation; in memory of the uprising against the Turks. The time has now come to take revenge on the Muslims.

I wander the streets alone. Every building is still mapped with the scars of war. I drink alone at the opening gala of the film festival I am attending, thinking of a woman in the museum video.

If I had cried out, if I had screamed that they couldn’t take him. If I had grabbed him. If I had done something. I don’t know. Maybe I would be able to live with myself. 

* * * *

It’s June 27, 2013. We’re sitting in Estoril, at the corner table under the television. Of the six of us, three genuinely believe that the marches on June 30 will be very seriously attacked; that it is the perfect moment for the old National Democratic Party networks to throw the country into chaos, and so force the military to take control again. There is talk of kill lists. I spend hundreds of pounds on goggles I hope will keep the birdshot out of our eyes. I don’t want to march that day. I want Morsi gone, but the voices we are hearing are all feloul, and online instructions are circulating insisting no one chant against the military or the police. But all my friends are going, so what choice do I have? To watch them die on television?

We read it wrong. The blood that the army, the regime, wanted was not ours. Not this time. Is it because we are now irrelevant? Or because the backlash would have been too strong?

And on July 3, just as they did on February 11, 2011, the military staged a coup. In February they removed Mubarak to sap public pressure and demobilize people. And it worked. What happened this time? Did the street pressure force the army to act, or did the army create the street pressure through Tamarod to get what they wanted?

* * * *

Can the side without guns ever win?

An Iranian friend once assured me that reform, rather than revolution, is what we want. That revolutions are only won by those most violent.

The first thing I read when I woke up today was Adam Shatz. He wrote,

Egypt’s revolutionaries mistook their belief in the revolution for the existence of a revolution.

But what do we have if not our beliefs? They are the foundation of our actions, of our identities. And it was transformative: the belief we all shared, for a moment, in each other. In an eternity of disappointment and greed and malice that moment, that moment in which being human was finally worth something, in which having a community was preferable to being alone with a book, had a value that will never be lost. You cannot underestimate how important these two and half years have been for people, how empowered, how unafraid people were. The existence of the revolution should not be confused with the existence of a political leadership and process. The revolution is dead when we say it’s dead. The revolution is dead when we will no longer die for it.

My apartment in Cairo is in Bab al-Louq and every time I go to the supermarket I see the doorway I hid in on November 22, 2011, during the first battle of Mohamed Mahmoud Street. I smell the cloud of tear gas filling the street, see the locked glass door and the flashes of police gunfire coming closer and closer in the reflection. I hear the crack of a shotgun reloading, louder and louder. And I hear, with perfect clarity, my thoughts

Turn. Take it in the back. Maybe you’ll survive. Stand up straight. Stand up. They will remember you. It’s your turn now. People have given more. People have given their eyes. Alaa is in jail. They faced it bravely. Bravely. Stand up straight. They will remember you.

I cannot stand up to death today. Today I am a coward who can only write. I see the revolution being dragged away to be shot over a shallow grave and I don’t know what to do. But I do know that, before it’s too late, we will grab it, we will fight for it. We have to, or we will never be able to live with ourselves.

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Absolutely beautiful writing!

Absolutely beautiful writing! Do not underestimate or give up on the Egyptian people. We will never go back to how it was.

Really wished that someone

Really wished that someone can face it and talk to me like u're talking now. I am a coward too, never been before..but i'm now. But what should i do?! I can't do something not belong to me just because i hate what Police and Army did to them people or just because i want grape my heart pieces together after all those ppls who died with cold blood broke it!! ...Really so unfair!

Organize with all the

Organize with all the organizers to one end: making the revolution the nonviolence revolution. Nonviolence is the way it can be done. The people are ready to be as fed up with violence as they were with Mubarak, with dictators, with false presidents, with military force. Were they to stand as they have shown they have the power to do, but under a banner on which the word "nonviolence" accompanies the words "freedom" and "revolution", that will change the game. Am I wrong?

You described my feelings

You described my feelings exactly from the 29th of Jan. till 30th of June even the long night talk with your mother!. but I couldn't stomach going hand in hand with "El flol",the army and the police forces and now I wake every morning fearing that this will be the day I'll hear that one of my relatives or friends is shot or arrested and it happened yesterday.I envy you your hope for I have lost mine in "The Idea" after what I saw over the past month and sincerely wish that we won't set in a Cairo museum 20 years from now wishing we could live with ourselves.

Same there sally. But this

Same there sally. But this time am afraid to sleep because i told want tmrw come with a phone call telling me that my cousion in street killed because of his beard or my other cousion because he is a cop. And to be honest this the ONLY time i really felt sad and unfair for some of the police cops when my cousion called me today and told me my friend (Hitham RIP) died with me on the phone while he trying to catch a crimrnal on the roof of Rab'a's building. And to be more honest i felt very bad for his family and i thought about his family but i felt soo much bad and i can say that this sentence killed me when my cousin told me at the end of his call " Reem, why you're not answering me back ( i was just listening)...Of course you don't beleive me" I also didnt answer! .......ugh

Incredibly enough the same

Incredibly enough the same happened to me! a distant cousin who is a CSF officer got shot in Raba'a and my uncle(the sweetest man possible) got shot in the head yesterday( he survived thank God but with some damage to his eyes) and when my grandmother told us about our cousin I couldn't even pray for his recovery. the words just won't pass my lips.That's is my personal cowardice this horrifying ability to hate and that's why I feel so bad about what's happening this time because the state couldn't break us whatever they did all through the past three years but now they managed to get us to this point where you can't even mutter a few words to placate an old lady. May Allah grant his mercy to your friend and grant us the patience to go in living and the ability to forgive.

:'( Ameen. So what to do know

:'( Ameen. So what to do know ...keep hiding?! I wish we could find a place for us ...maybe we can do something for this country! Thanks for this small chit-chat Ally .Helped a little :)

I really don't know what to

I really don't know what to do!PEACEFUL demonstrations to at least placate our conscience?"El medan el talt" is a pretty promising move for like minded people but they haven't announced any gatherings soon. hope it all ends soon. and thank YOU for the chat it helped me too :)

The idea was not clarified

The idea was not clarified adequately. It must be "nonviolence revolution". The key is nonviolence. It was not adequately clarified, even if it won the day in the first instance, despite the violence in the first wave. The truth is the show of true humanity was compelling in the first wave of the revolution, as with the second outpouring. But by that time nonviolence had lost its way. The key really is nonviolence.

Very sad indeed. Yet, I envy

Very sad indeed. Yet, I envy you. You have somewhere else to go. We are here and we work everyday here. The problem is the revolution died before it ever seemed to have won. All the hypocrites and the greedy and the opportunists have killed it. All we can do now is survive and protect our weak and loved ones.I ccan't take it anymore with those fanatic barbarians threatening and frightening us. I know police use disproportionate force but I must admit that I cant afford to live under MB 's terror anymore. I voted Morsi against Shafik andII put every1 I convinced to do so Iintoa year of pure terror and grief for their country. We are fighting right now for what we can call a quasi country. Dreams are shattered and as you said every1 is to blame but when it comes to thinking that every1 in the street wants to kill u and attack u for opposing MB. That is not bearable anymore. The revolution is dead. We were betrayed. We are modern day les miserables.

If there were a new

If there were a new revolution, if the people flooded Tahrir and the streets, but if the name of the revolution were the "nonviolence revolution", what would you think? What if the people again flooded the streets, but in a new way. What if they demanded nonviolence, in nonviolence? What if they said, "we will not stop, we will not leave the streets, we will not go off strike, until the violence stops?" What if that were the actual name of the revolution? Its goal? Its goal, its idea? What if word got around and it was said, "the revolution of nonviolence is beginning! We are going to stand once and for all for nonviolence and will not let up until we bring everyone in to this goal?"

I'm sorry Omar but where you

I'm sorry Omar but where you not supporting the coup?! Yes, Morsi and MB did many things wrong, but they never had 100% control because of the "deep state." The MB's mistakes hasn't led to the death of nearly a 1,000 people in less than a week. No, the people who backed the coup can shoulder that blame. And something tells me the next 12 months will see more suffering than the 12 months the MB were in power. Again, thanks to the naivety of those that prompted the coup.

Yes, the ballot doesn't give unfettered legitimacy but it does give the opposition a chance to win back power. Now, the "deep state" will be the only power again, just like Mubarek's era.

Well done again!!

With all due respect Sir. I

With all due respect Sir. I totally agree with you that Morsi never had 100% control because of the "deep state." But he also put us at the same situation! Mubrak Said, Me or Mess! ...Morsi also said Me Or SCF ! Police or Army we knew how did they run thing, why we're so surprised now from their attitude?! I still believe that Morsi Has another option than sticking on one leg of the chair, he KNEW at the end he will let it go. I voted for Morsi just because i don't want Shafiq. Even my friends when they told me don't expect anything from him. I said i won't but i believe"ed" that he tasted unjustess before so he won't put us on a choosing position between fire or fire! ..I guess i was so native!

At least with Morsi, you

At least with Morsi, you would've had the chance to oust him eventually. There was a democratic framework in place to have that chance. Do we know whether you will get that chance with the army? You had a slither of hope with Morsi. Now it seems the feloul/deep state/army/ pro-mubarek regime - whatever you want to call it - are at the helm again. And now you're back to the "status quo." The over 50-year "status quo" that was briefly interrupted in February 2011. Just pray it doesn't take another 50-years to break them again.

Well brother! that's what am

Well brother! that's what am talking about... we're always FORCED to chose between worse and worst!! And btw, we tried to get our friends from jail during Morsi's and we made lots of demonstrations and know one even listen to us same like Mubarak's except than cops in police station are listening but still can't do anything :) .... For me it's the same bro! No more Lemon. I pray for the day i'll be still alive to chose between good and better :)

If you are pro- either side

If you are pro- either side then you obviously didn't understand the message and therefore are not on the same page.

I did understand it, and the

I did understand it, and the writer was pro Tamarod, who were clearly infiltrated and used by the army. If you're naive enough to be used by one side, you're with that side.

hear, hear

hear, hear

There should be a new

There should be a new revolution: against violence, in nonviolence, for nonviolence, against violence. The mass power has been shown. The only weakness has been that nonviolence was not adequately affirmed. Were it affirmed, the people could have petitioned the military not to intervene. The military can not stand up to such a great mass, and it is too committed to the people, despite its brutality.

The Pen will, always, be

The Pen will, always, be mightier than the sword. This is one mighty pen!

Your generation lived

Your generation lived terrible times, experienced awful things but also actually "lived" . Despite everything, you have made an irreversible change: people realise their power. No more "walking under the wall". And you brought back to life other generations who lost all hope in Egypt and even in humanity.

Please do not despair. You did amazing things that you should be proud of. The other forces were sooooo big, strong, fierce and they do not care about the sanctity of human life. You were David against Goliath.

There was no other way but to allow MBs to rule so that ordinary people are cured from feeling sorry for "God's pple who would rule with God's justice".

Now, the main battle is the constitution where the role of the military, president, must be clarified and the rights of the people are enshrined. Yes people are dying know and it is awful to live in fear, sadness, loss, but we need to guard the rights that are now -at least-recognised by ordinary people.

Just stick together and keep your hopes as better tomorrow will surely come -even if it comes after tomorrow!

They did not just realize

They did not just realize power; they used nonviolence. The power of nonviolence is the key. It should not be used and forgotten; it should be the very name of the revolution: the nonviolence revolution. That would change everything.

Maybe it's time to understand

Maybe it's time to understand that narcissism is not political action. The writer of this piece supported the military takeover of government, which was almost certainly grotesque and not it aint pretty neither. Not to be petty, but if you're going to write in this reflexive manner, at least acknowledge that; pretentiousness is only forgivable if it is absolutely innocent. This is not merely navel gazing, it is fundamentally dishonest. Glad you see the light; but it was your inflated sense of worth and exceptionalism that authorized this restoration. Reflect on that.

One of the smartest

One of the smartest paragraphs I've read in a long time. Cannot agree more - Egypt's problem now is a direct result of the unsophisticated narcissism of those who thought they were "upholding" the revolution by asking for a coup.

One of the smartest

One of the smartest paragraphs I've read in a long time. Cannot agree more - Egypt's problem now is a direct result of the unsophisticated narcissism of those who thought they were "upholding" the revolution by asking for a coup.

Your critique would be better

Your critique would be better spent recognizing the true problem: the forgetting of nonviolence. That is not a matter of narcissism, it is just what it is: the forgetting of nonviolence, not adequately clarifying it, not making it the central backbone of any revolution.

Beatiful writing and such

Beatiful writing and such deep feelings!!!
NEVER GO BACK TO HOW IT WAS!!!
I love Egypt and I pray a better future for all egyptians babies!!!

I believe that the whole

I believe that the whole world is praying for Egypt. Peace will surely come.

Do not confuse the belief in

Do not confuse the belief in revolution with revolution, but even more importantly, do not confuse revolution with change. Revolution does not create anything. It cannot! Revolution may bring down evil, but it is unable to create a functioning society.
Currently, the Egyptian society is not functioning. If Egyptians aim for democracy, they need a cohesive civil society; they need a people that is not divided into political, ideological and religious parties to such extent that they are able to kill for them. Egypt had seen a powerful revolution; the problem is that nothing has followed it. As much as Egyptians came together to get rid of Mubarak, they no longer cooperate to create a single society.
Revolution is always the easier part; with the right conditions and a critical mass you achieve major social unrest and even a major political change. But countries that revolutionized themselves into democracies were cohesive enough to build a country TOGETHER. Is the Egyptian society able to create something AS ONE these days? Is this not the major problem Egypt faces today; the partisan cancerous struggles that weaken opposition and give only more power to the army that benefits from unrest and demonstrations of civil disobedience?
Revolution may open way to creativity and free spirit; but it has no creative or liberalizing potential itself! It is only in the people that will be willing to work hard every day in their everyday jobs and families for a better country.
Egyptians have believed too much in their own revolution; they became too proud about themselves. As the whole world watched the courage in the streets of Cairo of young men and women who stood strong against the army, you Egyptians have started turning into yourselves. You started living from your revolution. Revolution has become the daily bread of Egyptians. It is a monument you helped together to create, but its enormity has outgrown you and you can't stop diving into it like into some holy river. Egyptians have became obsessed by their own creation!
But the only way your fantastic revolution will come to a fruitful end is that you stop politics and start real life. Politics is an illusion of power; a game of symbolism. But prosperity - the ultimate goal of the revolution - is only achieved by creative, hardworking individuals, who create new reality in their own jobs, houses and neighborhoods; not necessarily in the streets and in the squares with other tens of thousands.
Democratic prosperity is simply much more about a long-term societal integration and desire to transform the cohesiveness (social capital) of the society; it's not merely about the constitution and the Parliament and the election.
Egyptians, do not fall into the trap of dreaming about your revolution and in the same time letting it drift away! Much depends on whether you learn from your mistakes and mistakes of other naive and idealistic revolutionaries around the world!
I wish you all the best and strength and endurance and hope!

Politics is an illusion of

Politics is an illusion of power; a game of symbolism ......! I really need to stop and think a lot of this line!

This insightful piece just

This insightful piece just abt nailed it, i believe. Thank you, Michal, for keeping it real yet not dampening the hope.

It is one thing to believe in

It is one thing to believe in revolution, another thing to believe in nonviolence. It is the genius that is possible in Egypt to bring the two together in a nonviolence revolution. This would change things for once.

You are a talented writer. I

You are a talented writer. I was not going to comment because I am not Egyptian and don't know the reality on the ground. Just wanted to tell you that the despair you are going through now would pale in comparison to how you would feel after MB had consolidated its power the way Khomeini did in 1980's by mass murdering between 8000 to 30000 of political prisoners in span of only one month and dumping their bodies in mass graves in the name of Allah and to add insult to the injury to be alive and witness that the murdering judge responsible for those crimes against humanity is now is the head of judiciary of a supposed moderate cabinet... The Islamic Republic continues to murder and kill in the name of Islam...There are hundreds of other mass graves that the regime has bulldozed in other cities...
God loves Egyptians more than the Iranians. That is how I feel.

http://www.massacre88.com/14-women/87-canada-recognizes-iran-prison-mass...

sadly enough it's our own

sadly enough it's our own army and police forces that's killing people in the streets. some of them may be armed but the vast majority are not. many friends,relatives and acquaintances were killed arrested or beaten on the streets in spite of not carrying weapons.I don't condone violence.any one carrying weapons, harassing citizens or dealing in hate speech should be arrested! not murdered indiscriminately on the streets because they might have caused mass murders if they remained in power. people are tried for what they do, not for what they may possibly do in the future or what the Iranian regime did! preventive killing is not the answer!

Dude, how many people did

Dude, how many people did Morsi have killed in his one year of power? How many people get killed in Turkey, or in Tunisia. I got nothing to do with MB. But majority of muslim who call for Islam as an ideological bases of a state do so as they truly believe the principles of the faith can raise humanity out of the darkness it in. Not to endorse mass killing, FGM and waging jihad, MB was very different from Khomeini

Perhaps what Egypt needs

Perhaps what Egypt needs above all else is for us, her daughters and sons, to grow up a bit, to cut back on blaming the other when things go contrary to plan, to acknowledge our mistakes and shortcomings and - more importantly - to learn from them. And perhaps it's high time for anyone unable to do so; anyone willing to crouch in a corner in utter loss and despair; anyone willing to take the easy cop-out path of self-flogging; anyone not smart and strong enough to realise that ours is not - and was never destined to be - an easy, short, pleasant or bloddless path should simply step aside.

I wrote the following lines to friends and family on Aug 8th and thought I'd share them with you:

If only Egypt were an established state; if only we were a learned people; and if only democracy were an end in itself.

But the fact of the matter is that Egypt is but a country; we at best patriotic; and democracy a mere means toward an end.

And so it must be that, at one stage or other, a select few of us will have to take the reigns .. to guide the patriotic masses aboard the vehicle of democracy and drive them to their established-state destination.

And, herein - for the umpteenth time - lies the problem! For on every front that counts, we are incompetent! And in every fundamental arena we lack the skill set essential to achieving sustainable success!

For while our youth are blessed with creativity, innovation and a selfless readiness to sacrifice life and limb, they are also plagued with a tragic arrogance and immaturity that has repeatedly denied them the ability to recognise their post-revolution limitations and the point at which the baton must be passed on.

And while the Brotherhood few are masters at eliciting blind obedience from their followers through a toxic mixture of righteousness, victimisation and falsehoods, they have demonstrated catastrophic ineptitude at making the switch from dungeons and darkness to fresh air and transparency, from sermon to strategy, and from trading to statesmanship.

And while the free people of Egypt flock in their millions in response to a military call, not one of them pauses for a brief moment to reflect upon why it is that the country's security forces needed to seek authorisation to perform duties that were already theirs to perform.

And while an interim government is empowered by millions upon millions to perform a specific and immediate task, it chooses instead to court controversy, to drag its feet, and to dance to the tune of the foe.

And so it is that an entire nation is held to ransom for over a month by a couple of sit-ins officially labeled as illegal, unpeaceful and a direct threat to national security!

And so it is that foreign envoys with known sinister intentions are allowed an unprecedented foot in the door to 'mediate' between Egyptian and Egyptian.

And so it is that the Brotherhood thugs are allowed to come back from the dead after the good people of Egypt put them to rest in their political graveyard on 30th June, and again on 3rd July, and yet again on 26th July.

And so it is that we need multiple revolutions where the peoples of the world need but the one.

And so it is that the search must go on in earnest for competence and leadership; those illusive needles in the Egyptian haystack.

Let's hope we find them before it's too late.

you touched on a very

you touched on a very fundamental insidious issue that is paramount for all muslims to find the answer to: Why does the West support Radical Islamist throughout the ME whether shia or sunni?

Erm...that's not what he was

Erm...that's not what he was saying. He blamed everyone, not just (as i'm sure you like to think) the "Islamists", but also the leftist, the army and the international community. Read properly before you start regurgitating your blatant bias. Moreover, the West (alongside having its own agenda) is supporting the army, not the "islamists". That's why the West haven't called the coup, a coup. And haven't stopped military aid.

Can't agree more

Can't agree more

I did not say that is what he

I did not say that is what he was saying in totality. Your reading comprehension is your fault not mine. Your knee jerk response epitomizes the essence of what is wrong with the entire ME. The reactionary Islamist can barley govern themselves let alone governing a country. The Islamist ideology will never succeed in securing freedom, progress, prosperity or dignity.

If the revolution were more

If the revolution were more adequately grounded in an explicit and robust nonviolence, it would be different, all other things being the same. Great competence can not be willed into being, but nonviolence can become more robust. It is not enough not to carry guns; the revolution must be of and in nonviolence itself. The power is there if the need for the idea can be discerned.

Excellent! Bravo Bravo!! Yes.

Excellent! Bravo Bravo!! Yes.. I felt every word.. words so genuine and so true.. We must wake up we must.

Great article man, but don´t

Great article man, but don´t worry, they will want your blood when they finish with the brotherhood...

What is the right thing to do

What is the right thing to do in your opinion ? ... I see that you are confused and upset , but I for myself see no choice but to start with a new constitution and new elections .

I appreciate the emotions...

I appreciate the emotions... but there is some reality checks for people to wake up:

1. Egypt is not the liberal hipsters who blog on the internet. Egypt population are generally conservatives and given the current political structure is not going to increase the level of personal, social, political freedom. 68% of Morsi voters came from rural areas. The way MB get votes is through it's members personal relations and money to get people transported to election centres. NO POLITICAL PARTY WOULD BE ABLE TO DO THIS. MB uses the money it gathers from charity in mosques and from members to finance their party. add to that mosques were used as a mean for political mobilisation.

2. Had the revolutionaries stopped in the face of mixing politics and religion and demanded a secular or quasi-secular constitution maybe this crackdown would not have happened. Most secular opposition agreed that army could take a special position in exchange of a fair ground for every one at least in the distant future by not mixing politics and religion. It was called Al -selmi declaration article 4 guaranteed that and some other article garanteed a good ground for human rights and guaranteed that they can't be subject to the mode of parliament. But NO! you and others who have no idea about egypt started talking about SCAF and SCAF want to take power and all that crap. Leftist and some other some stupid political revolutionary groups who are heavily infiltrated by Muslim brotherhood members were controlling the political scene of many youth through "tweets". There was no room for logic. every one tried to talk or convince them was immediately blocked and labeled as flool and "licker of the military boot". Heck! even Elbaradie as coward backed off from the declaration even he agreed to accept it!
Stupid socialist and guys who know nothing about politics before 25th of jan moving the scene and controlling outcome manipulated easily by MB.

3. Guess what... MB are not stupid.. they go to the army guarantee that military can run its self by its own in exchange of removing anything has to do with exclusion of religion from politics and giving more power to parliament to decide anything to do with human rights and bunch of other stuff. MB removed the declaration all-together

4. MB was not interested in reforming institutions such as the Army or The Ministry of interior but rather they wanted to control them infiltrate them.

5. the reason why many liberals and socialists fail to understand the nature and the strategic targets and tactics of MB is because many of them are bunch of Bourgeois who go to Jazz bars and talk about politics blog, appear on CNN and BBC probably also on bill Maher and talk about Egypt.

6. The MB puppets " I am not MB, But I respect them" continued to fuck the political sphere and spread alot of clichés such as: "you have islamophobia", "MBphobia" and "flool" and "Just go to streets like MB and win them in the election". Many liberals were sold on those ideas. Reality is MB are in mosques not the streets you dumb fucks, but how the fuck would know.. he does not even go to mosque!

7. still after all this crap many socialites and liberals directing most of the blame on SCAF and the army where they MUST blame Islamists. Islamist don't believe in civil-state but rather a state that religion will be a corner stone for lawmakers, educators and even the army and other security apparatus.

8. Yes the violent party wins the revolutions. given that most socialists and liberals are whims... I would say Islamist would takeover had we not have the army.

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