From the archive of Abdelrahim Ali

Love, revolution triangle

Abdelrehim Aly

This article was published on al-Bawaba News site on Thursday, December 18, 2015.



January 25

The January 25 Revolution represented the most important curve in modern Egyptian history, as the people learned their major lessons through it.

Egyptians learned the value of their country, and knew the extent of their love for it, and their willingness to sacrifice everything precious to protect it.

In that revolution, all objective conditions for revolutions were available. 

Years before this date, the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak slacked off, and power and wealth were controlled by a small handful of elitist politicians and businessmen.

Egypt's social crisis deepened, as we explained before, until it reached a point of no return. 

Meanwhile, many external forces were planning to invade Egypt in their own way.

These forces chose two wings to play with, namely the Muslim Brotherhood and ambitious liberal political forces. 

Their struggle with the regime reached a dead end, and thus completed the two elements of the revolution necessary for its success: the objective and mature circumstances and the subjective circumstances. This was hastily matured through an external push from forces that have special strategies in Egypt.

The Egyptian people picked up the thread of anger, and the young, women, and old people came out in their millions, demanding life, freedom, social justice and human dignity. 

No one planned to raise the slogan of the regime's departure. This slogan was born from the womb of enthusiasm and with the planning of those forces, the external before the internal. The movement of history pulled up and the Brotherhood rose on the shoulders of the revolutionaries, just as the Americans wanted, bringing Mohamed Morsi to power.


June 30

The Brotherhood could not wait one or two rounds to hijack the most prestigious position in Egypt, the presidency. 

The Americans advised them, now or you will never get there. This was why Khairat al-Shater raised the issue for discussion in the Brotherhood's Shura Council. 

In the first vote, the project got half the votes, and a rerun, al-Shater was able to settle the matter with a few additional votes, not exceeding the fingers of one hand. 

Morsi was one of those who opposed the decision. Like others, he believed that the time was not appropriate. Therefore, the plan was either to win or to enter into an open confrontation with the army. The result of the presidential elections came to deprive the Brotherhood of the second option. The same result also kept the army away from the area of ​​conflict with the group, which is at the height of its power. The streets were also in flames. 

However, the Brotherhood made a mistake by choosing to run for the presidency. It erred even more when it decided to spill blood of fellow countrymen during the events of Ittihadiya Palace. 

The Brotherhood made a mistake when it dealt with the conditions after January 25 with the laws before January 25. It failed the judgment test, and the flood of June 30 came to sweep it off its feet. Its arms and legs were broken from opposite sides and the country moved forward.



On this earth, these are the things that are worthy of life: my mother's prayers, my father's bones in the soil, those that make me swear every day not to waste a grain of sand from my country, the cries of bereaved mothers, asking for revenge, the love of beautiful girls for the cap of soldiers, an eagle on the head of a death-defying officer, a hymn of love at the Ismail Pasha Opera, the Alexandria promenade, an old wedding party on the doorstep of the family of the house, an old woman bidding farewell to me at the entrance to my village with tears, calling for me victory over the brothers of the devils, the narrow streets of our village, downtown, the Riche Café, the Automobile Club, and the Madbouly Bookstore, streets sank in our tears, our nostalgia, our love and our grief for three decades, the St. Mark Church, and the al-Azhar Mosque, the tantrums of the soldiers protesting the martyrdom of their colleagues, the papyrus, the pyramids, the head of the Sphinx that has stood for thousands of years in the face of adversity, the hymns of Mustafa Ismail, Abd al-Basit Abd al-Samad, al-Minshawi and Mohamed Refaat, the fragrant biography of Pope Kyrillos, Pope Shenouda, Sheikh Abdel Ghani al-Nabulsi, Mohamed Abdo and Shaltout and Imam Abdel Halim Mahmud.

Our love for its sand, its greenery, its wind, its air, its water, its villages and cities, that eternal truth called Egypt, and the trilogy of love and revolution.