Thursday, 28 February 2013

Dead fish don't swim

stock photo : throwing fishing net during sunrise, Thailand

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"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Poverty is the worst form of violence." Mahatma Gandhi
The net has been cast. Good, bad, happy, sad, wriggling and writhing whilst dreaming of better days, Egypt awaits its fate.

The Worry: Turbulent waters where gaping jaws await.
The Fear:  Gasping for air only to end up on a plate

The Hope: 
To be heard
To find justice 
To remain diverse 
To swim
To breathe
A set of isolated cartoon figures of sea animals  Funny, cute, kids  Stock Photo - 15743019
Colourful living room ~ high on the list

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Saturation Point

Egypt may well be far off from democracy as we know it but democracy isn't ideal anywhere and i do believe that if anything that vaguely resembles it begins to bud in the Arab world it will take on some other form and perhaps require another name.
Anyone in a position of leadership in Egypt, would have huge problems at this point in time albeit each cloaked with a different fabric. The greedy will always surround those in power.
In an interview, link pasted below, Morsi speaks with conviction and with hindsight. One accusation is that he is led at times as all leaders are ~sometimes well but perhaps more often erroneously. Accepting a considered degree of fallibility leading to the present confusion would appear to his credit.  
Analysis and criticism of the party in control of the country is definitely necessary if only in order to remain a people awake, refusing to be duped yet again. However, continuous derisory allegations and infamous mockery of a personal nature is in essence no more than 'wet sponge throwing' at the head clamped in the frame. 
The alternative to that would appear to exist in praising Morsi and his efforts to the skies whilst at present finding little to substantiate such praise. However, history may well note this sore, heart-stricken period as early days.
The country has been impoverished through decades of severe debauchery and instead of finding relief on some level there's anarchy on all levels. A certain amount of clamping down within the realms of the law as Morsi puts it would therefore indeed appear to be fundamentally necessary. Any armed protest, intentions aside, can but constitute thuggery of a kind. A framework needs to be established within which laws can take effect and until such a time the nation teeters on the edge of collapse and gears are frantically interchanged. 
A balance of power is what Egypt's people require. Cutting our nose to spite our face is probably not the answer. Turbulent transition is where we are at and where we may well remain until such a time as some basic order begins to emerge. The ruling power must devote itself to earning that respect rather than wish to be feared in the same way as Military Rule was not so long ago. If it is indeed open to discussion and arbitration that respect will gather momentum and we may then find ourselves capable of negotiation and begin to focus on electorial processes of a kind. Furthermore, we cannot collect impetus for a more economically sound status until such a time. The quandary lies in a presiding theory that all negotiations are curtailed before being allowed to voice their perspectives; deplorable rampageous violence can only alienate the process even further.

Very significantly in the first hour of the interview Morsi mentions problems with the 'dakhleya', Ministry of Interior and how difficult that is to resolve. The unspoken assumption is that he must keep himself in favour with them whilst attempting to make the changes necessary.
As for shaking hands with the Military, there is no other way for Egypt in today's climate even if it may soon become more obvious that the Military will always veer more covertly with the funding sources and if it means reinstating former government under a different guise in order for funding to continue, it will obsequiously do its utmost to influence the people in an attempt to bring down the present rule. There is where the power lies, not within any subsidiary party where backing is both flimsy and inane at this point in time.

 With so much needing to be addressed, with brobdingnagian incompetence on all levels we need to see the bigger picture and reserve derisory wet sponge throwing entertainment or we may otherwise find ourselves surrounded by that which lies beneath the surface, lurking, waiting for a further and more violent collapse of country in order to make its pounce.

link to interview in Arabic