Abul-Futuh’s Strong Egypt and El-Baradie’s El-Dostor parties never meant to take part in Egypt’s political life after June 30; they seek to drown the nascent seeds of democracy being sown into our soil. There is some truth to the reasons as to why they withdrew from the parliamentary elections, but guess what, Egypt’s government, administrative system, and presidency are not perfect, partly because perfection is relative and partly because of centuries spent in the darkness that is Islamic Fundamentalism. Life does not meticulously obey our needs and desires, life is not fair, the front men of these two parties should know that, and maybe they do, maybe they have other goals.
Political pundits often pester “opposition” parties like Strong Egypt and El-Dostour for their inability to win more than a few parliament seats. However, there are other players on their teams who do not give a flaccid rat’s penis about the parliament. Withdrawing from the parliamentary elections is derecognizing the out-of-womb Egyptian democratic system and, in part, derecognizing the state. As it happens, there are two groups on the scene not playing by the rules.
Terrorists aside, Muslim Brotherhood elements in the cities are a constant source of migraine for both the people and state. Whether they are planting bombs in random areas, attacking policemen, or protesting with firearms to implicate the Interior Ministry in murdering one of their own or a passerby, they are rogue players blatantly working against the Egyptian state.
The second group is the protesting youths. They do not believe in gradual reformation, their answer is always radical swift change. Egyptians have become aware of the perils of radical changes after witnessing the devastation and destructive division in neighboring countries. Those rebels are also entitled. An alarmingly big number of Egyptian politically active young men and women firmly believe they deserve a good paying job upon graduation regardless of their qualifications or the job market’s demand. Yes, the public sector dream job is still alive and well here. When they do not get the job, they become bitter. Failing to see the road of hard work to a good job, frustration and despair take over their minds, and they are young, they ooze energy, energy channeled to the illegal protests that always end in clashes with police forces and death, anarchy. The latest tragedy was not even a protest; football hooligans known as “Ultras” have attempted to break into a stadium to watch a game without buying tickets to create chaos.
Strong Egypt and El-Dostour parties are painting an anti-state image in the political scene to mirror the angry youths’ disbelief in the present Egyptian order. To what end? I have no idea, but I do know this, without a state there is neither democracy nor a good-paying job.
Yet still, there are good men willing to lend a hand to our fledgling democracy. Renowned filmmaker Khaled Yusuf is running for parliament, even as an extreme opposing voice, his like are gains for Egypt. “I thought it’s time I stopped pontificating on satellite channels and did something,” Yusuf said.
We need this Do-Something attitude.
UPDATE: 2017, Sisi has eneded any semblance of political activity in Egypt.