Egypt – Tahrir Square Revolution Ending Army Rule

November 26, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

Citizens gathered in Tahrir Square demand end to army rule that took control in February 2011 subsequent to Mubarak era termination

Supreme Council for Armed Forces (SPAF) has been on international watch since assuming power under direct influence of United States and ally.

Army rule under Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Sami Hafez Anan has implemented predecessor hard line policy and continued crack down on peaceful dissent for civilian government.

Egyptian army comprising civilian recruits through conscription receives arms supply from three major so-called democratic nations – the United States, France, and Britain representing the powerful military industrial complex.

Furthermore, Egypt army is also the recipient of U.S. $1.3 billion annual military aid until now that enabled fatal attacks against unarmed civilians during Mubarak dismissal.

U.S. State  and Defense Department involvement in political activities of nations around the world is well known – viz. Latin America, Middle East, Africa and Asia – specifically Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

However, in the Middle East – evidently the policy is to prevent democratic government formation predominantly for strategic and economic interests in the region witnessed in Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Palestinian statehood permanently stalled even though identical approach through UN vote enthusiastically adopted in 1948 for Israeli state establishment.

Arab Spring considered an impediment by hegemony except in selective states like Syria – the uprising with western intelligence engagement promoted to escalate situation like in Libya – arming peaceful protesters for a potential civil war.

Egypt army re-appointment of Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri after his resignation upon public protest is foreign donors instigated development.

The United States in particular conducting dual dialogue  – conflicting actions with public message for peace and privately favoring the army repeating the earlier maneuvering with Mubarak ouster exacerbates U.S. trust factor amongst people.

If United States is serious about civilian rule in Egypt,

It could cut off military and monetary aid to Supreme Council for Armed Forces effective immediately concluding military regime term with no political intervention in the future.

Egypt revolution could turn the tide peacefully and non-violently by declining foreign power enforced draft and shifting to nation building through community service.

Military families encouraging their members to lay down arms defying military order to harm non-violent peaceful citizens in Tahrir Square and elsewhere could save lives expediting desirable outcome – transfer to civilian power.

The national security personnel – police and army responsibility to maintain law and order begins with protecting the people and nation from internal and external tyranny.

When citizens’ safety and security is threatened with military might and police brutality or hired mercenaries,

It is indicative of the fact – the military government under foreign authority was never legitimate and remains imminent danger to national sovereignty.

The people in Egypt along with families serving in the police and army could come together in unison to challenge the concentrated power – a mere handful sworn allegiance to foreign force and reclaim political governance by civil society.

Please remember the Libyan leaderships exhibited enormous clout backed by foreign alliance and eventually succumbed to their choice of destiny.

He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.

As for the loyalists – One who follows evil perishes with evil.

Throughout history, revolutions have driven treason and oppression away from their soil demonstrating resilience and unity.

The solidarity movement pledged to peace and non-violence has prevailed against powerful ruling political class despite authoritarianism unleashed surreptitiously or by terror and violence against own citizens.

Egypt army latest statement on holding political power attributed to ‘curse’ claiming they cannot not escape from it – is indeed a great burden and,

Perhaps the Supreme Council for Armed Forces could transform the curse into blessing by stepping down honorably allowing republic governance in the country.

The national election scheduled for November 28, 2011 is meaningless as long as autocracy through subjugated regime receiving orders from abroad is a permanent system in Egypt politics.

Time has arrived for Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Sami Hafez Anan including the military chain of command to relinquish power and dismantle the overseas operated political apparatus that has withheld Egypt progress for exclusive benefit.

Not to mention the persecution of Egypt population by proxy – prevalent worldwide not excluding the democratic environment.

National army definitive goal is to infuse patriotism in a solemn oath to defend the nation from the enemy within and outside.

Instead military top brass subservience to foreign elements and corrupt domestic authorities jeopardizes national defense institution credibility surrendering the nation to remotely managed invasion and occupation.

Egypt revolution having achieved remarkable victory thus far with Mubarak government removal leading to interim cabinet resignation,

The ultimate task is liberating the nation from foreign dominance under army rule.

Adhering to peaceful and non-violent principle that delivered Mubarak elimination,

The revolution could solidify with common aspirations such as individual freedom, economic prosperity and social justice for all.

Steel resolve combined with nationalist spirit vowed to true independence from factions proved detrimental to people and nation at large is the revolution’s key to success.

The united revolution could then move forward and not relent until civilian power is restored at the center and all over the country.

Egypt revolution has been on the path before and triumphed Mubarak expulsion.

Similar accomplishment is inevitable in the current mission.

Good Luck and Best Wishes! To Egypt revolution for republic governed democracy.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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