Before I go much into this, let me just say I am all for change in Egypt and agree their leaders have not done much to help the people.
That being said, here is what I noticed about Modern Cairo, there are very many fast food restaurants, and a lot of american food around . In fact at times, in certain neighborhoods, except for the Arabic signs, speech and level of poverty, one could easily think they were in a western city. Though there isn’t that much wrong with this, I just found it funny that many would complain about American and Western Powers, but lived very similar.
My biggest observation, is though much of the city is developed, in terms of architecture, shopping, malls, restaurants, car dealerships, etc. It’s basic needs, such as military, government, police, traffic, road construction, trash maintenance, power and water are either basically non-existent, or are put together in a way they don’t work, and people are unhappy with them. Not saying that every country should have perfect functioning institutions or democracy, a world of western style countries would be boring. Take Italy for example the reason I adore it so much is though everything is set up, nothing quite functions perfectly, store hours are random, buses run when they want, cleaning happens, but there is still some aspect of dirty city, it is western based, but with it’s own twist. But Egypt should at least have completed some of these necessary aspects to it’s country before it developed in other areas.
Now onto the Government, something that a mass of Egyptians have never been happy with, and what they are trying to change again today. While their leaders have often taken their own needs before those of the people, and citizens are often not allowed the freedom of speech. It is easy to see why the people constantly want the President out, however, what plan do they really have? Presidents can not be constantly thrown out if there is no solid plan to fix things. And for every President that is thrown out, there is still a group of people who did support them and will be unhappy when they are thrown out. There is no winning. Egypt has truly been unhappy with their government, and constantly in some form of revolutionary state, since way back when Alexander the Great set up Greek generals to be in charge of the country, though this unhappiness has grown with time, it has always been present at some level.
The Egyptian people are a strong, and passionate group, I do believe they can change anything they hope to. They have the power to change their country for the better. Only they need to focus, on what they want changed, rather then who they want out at the time.
I believe maybe, finally this will be a new start to Egypt, as long as they stay focused.
- From Egypt petition drive, a new grassroot wave (sfgate.com)
- Cairo set for another anti-Morsi protest (rinf.com)
- What are you up to, Egypt? (constanzagallardo.wordpress.com)