Saturday, March 5, 2011

Middle East Developments After Egyptian Revolution

Call it sheer coincidence or an act of providence that dictatorship in Egypt fell on the very same day when the Islamic Revolution had succeeded in Iran. When the Islamic Revolution knocked at the doors of Iran on 11 February 1979, it was, according to the Hijri (Islamic) calendar, the 13th day of the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal of 1399. Exactly on 11 February, people's revolution knocked at Egypt, the largest Islamic country by population in the region. Call it a coincidence or a miracle that when Egyptian people received redemption from the unholy rule of Hosni Mubarak, it was the 8th of Rabiul Awwal there.

Emergence of Significant Change
In this holy month of the birth of the Prophet Mohammad, emergence of such a significant change is an occasion for great joy indeed. Certainly, for the sake of His beloved, Allah bestowed independence on Egyptian people, who had continued to be oppressed for centuries. There is yet another coincidence. On 11 February 1949, the prominent revolutionary of Egypt, Hasan ul Bana was shot and martyred. It may be recalled that it was Hasan ul Bana who had founded the Ikhwan ul Muslimeen (Islamic Brotherhood) movement in Egypt. On the eve of his 62nd death anniversary, the celebrations and "God is great" slogans, recalling the sacrifice of that great leader, bore fruit and Islamists who had been targeted and oppressed in Egypt, they received emancipation.

Now, no government in Egypt can be formed by ignoring and sidelining the Ikhwanul Muslimeen. It is also a well known fact that should Ikhwanul Muslimeen form the government, Israel would not be in a position to carry out its oppression and tyranny against the people of Palestine, as it had been indulging in with the tacit support of the Egyptian government. In short, the sun of independence that has risen at Tahrir Square, its light would reach even in the darkest alleys and tunnels, through which food articles and other essential commodities were being supplied to the poor and oppressed people of Ghaza, that too without the knowledge of their government.

It is the first time in the history of Arabian countries when the people without resorting to any kind of arms and weapons, removed a powerful president with their sheer grit and determination. It was the same powerful president who was carved out of the stone of Israel and given a huge stature. The most significant aspect of his resignation is that the United States was under constant pressure from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates rulers to extend support to Hosni Mubarak and to save him from being dismissed, because such a situation would have an impact on all countries in the region. Yet, one doesn't know why the United States paid no heed to its allies.

US Interests in Region
It was, perhaps, due to the reason that the United States might have realized that should it strongly oppose the people's revolution in Egypt, like it did in the case of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, its interests may suffer in the same way as they did in Iran. The United States adopted such a positive attitude in the case of Egypt that those who love justice began to ponder whether the United States has taken a decision to snap links with Arab countries and to cripple them. Or by sacrificing Hosni Mubarak, the United States is endeavoring to safeguard its own interests in the region.

There is a common feeling that the United States wants that notwithstanding the stepping down by Hosni Mubarak, his successor must by all means be a US agent. It also is certain that the army, which played an extremely positive and an impartial role during the Egyptian revolution, will never let any anti-US power to assume power in Egypt. It was because of this consideration that the United States continued to enact the drama of supporting the people in Egypt so that they may not get infused with the same kind of hatred against the United States as that in the case of the people of Iran, which continues to hurt even after thirty two years of the Islamic Revolution.

After Mubarak stepped down, Vice President Omar Suleiman has taken over the power and he has called upon people to vacate streets now, and return home. He has also appealed that people should cooperate with the interim government. At Tahrir Square, people continued to celebrate their independence throughout the night on Saturday. It appeared that entire Egypt has converged into Cairo. The people were greatly enthusiastic in merry making. It is a matter of conjecture as to what kind of a treatment would the people get during the next a few days. Will it be that after the departure of one despot, another tyrant and oppressor has taken over the reins of the government?

Undemocratic Government
Omar Suleiman is said to be very close to Israeli rulers. He also happens to be one of the most liked Egyptian by the United States. It may become clear during the next couple of days whether the path gets paved for holding independent elections in Egypt or another undemocratic government gets installed by including the army to share power. In fact, there is nothing impossible in this region. It is because the interest of Israel, the most powerful country in the region, is linked with Egypt. It would never like to see the installation of a government in its neighborhood, which may have good relations with the HAMAS, Hezbollah and Iran. Yet, all its planning cannot fructify till the time the very same enthusiasm and the very same sentiments continue to be harbored by the people with which they have crippled the most important puppet of Western imperialism.

The war of independence fought in the Tahrir Square has not only brought about a revolution in Egypt alone, but has made dictators who had turned entire Middle East into a death trap, to sit up and burn midnight oil. All of them are now pondering and contemplating as how to suppress and stifle the rising voices for democracy.

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