على إسم مصر التاريخ يقدر يقول ما شاء
أنا مصر عندى أحب و أجمل الأشياء
بحبها وهي مالكة الأرض شرق وغرب
و بحبها و هي مرمية جريحة حرب
بحبها بعنف و برقة و على إستحياء
و أكرهها و ألعن أبوها بعشق زي الداء
This is pretty much how I and many Egyptians can sum up their relationship with beloved Egypt these days. Those who have dreamt of The Change, the country they want to be associated with and belong to. Not knowing or underestimating their surrounding, unfocused of the target, mislead by media-made hazy figures and politics scarecrows.
In the morning on my way to work I listen to the Radio and scroll through twitter updates; my heart pounds in agony and contentment at the same time when parents call to let their kids “Salute the Flag” before they go to their schools. At the same time on twitterverse and facebook “mature” people and public figures diss their country in public and over international media. People bored at their cars or woke up on the wrong side of the bed retweeting negative energy, while parents whom while suffering through Cairo Traffic repeat تحيا جمهورية مصر العربية after their kids in the radio.
As an Egyptian who would you want to believe, or believe in?
If I have the choice I would want media to listen to the Radio and report that; regardless of the “turmoil” there are hopeful people who believe in their country, rather than filling their feeds with tweeps diarrhea. State Radio/media is totally biased (fact) and reflecting the government agenda, but tweeps are egomaniacs and many have agendas too (yes I am saying the agenda thing, sue me).
To me an agenda of unconditional love to a “lousy place” as declared by a group of Egyptian social media users, is much tolerable than a destructive one, that sells nothing but an uglier picture that is different from reality (not far different, but it is an exaggerated one), and negatively affects the minority that decided to do something positive away from the filthy political atmosphere.
For a reason we have mastered the game of doing nothing over the past three years. “We toppled two regimes”..alright great people, then what did you build? “nothing”. We protest and don’t find political solutions to reinforce our choices, we criticize instead of working, we tell people off instead of extending a helping hand, we make fun instead of digging down and fixing. We are lazy people who find comfort in condemning rather than taking actions and initiatives.
I am not trying to blame people here. I am neither being delusional nor by any chance turning a blind eye on the government or justifying the violations or the erratic performance, I am admitting it. But my country’s national security comes as a priority, and if others are ignoring the fact that there is a threat, and the fact that people are opening more fronts than the government can handle. I am not.
Where in the world would people fight an army that sacrifices tens of its people (our people) almost on daily basis? Violations? I won’t disagree..but is it the right time? You jeopardize “your country” for personal disputes?
Regardless of the names and political powers, and siding with teams. I am personally siding with Egypt – My Country represented in the brave young guys standing on the borders, burying their colleagues every single day, defending your country, and knowing that their turn is coming sooner or later.
If we as people of the country cannot put any other thing aside until we get over a shaky period, then we shouldn’t blame anyone when this country falls for occupation or prey for other powers! If you want to leave or you don’t care, it is your right but there are others like me who don’t want to leave this country as a refugee, or simply flee leaving everything behind, others who would rather die here fighting than leave at this point when the majority decided to shrug, diss, and watch.