USAfrica, January 30, 2011: As the popular uprising and pressure continue in Egypt against the 30-plus years of the iron-fisted presidency of Hosni Mubarak and his tottering government take more hardline but futile actions, the leadership realities of the post-Mubarak are developing and new leaders emerging.
First and clearly, the pace of the demands and demonstrators are, understandably, far ahead of the policy establishments in Washington DC., London, Tel Aviv and other centers of international influence. Some of their “specialists” still argued until the dying days that the regime is not like Tunisia’s and Tunisians are more deprived than Egyptians. Both claims are , flimsy and misleading; or worse, simply false.
Second, the complications and dizzying twist of the events have left the Obama administration looking rather slow in clearly defining and identifying the issues in credible terms reflecting the demand of Egyptians for an open society, fundamental democratic rights, media freedom and human rights, opposition to the personalization of the resources and instruments of Egyptian state power by Mubarak and his cronies, accountability for the resources of Egypt, opposition to corruption and squandermania by Mubarak and his henchmen and families, the legitimate demands for the expansion of economic opportunities for the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
Third, I think that these long suffering and humiliated grand-children of the pathfinders of modern civilization, Egyptians, are Not waiting for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the African Union or the United Nations to rectify 30-odd years of abuse, 30-odd years of the locust called Hosni Mubarak. For good reasons and as common threads, Egyptians, like Tunisians a few weeks earlier, this same January 2011, are not waiting for foreigners and the “international community” to move beyond Mubarak and his oppressive and corrupt machine.
Fourth, l believe that the wind of change has since become a tornado across the land of the Nile, and the former airforce commander Mubarak is certainly toast. The pro-democracy movement of all ethnic nationalities and religions in Egypt are irreversible despite the cosmetic changes and shuffle of top personnel and executives by the modern day Pharaoh of Egypt, Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak who was born on May 4, 1928 and took over as President since October 14, 1981; yes, 1981 — following the assassination of President Anwar El-Sadat.
Fifth, Mubarak has remained a client-dictatorial leader working and extending the various interests of the U.S in the African and Arab regions especially, reportedly, providing brutal prisons and torture locations against terrorists and hardliners in the GW Bush era CIA secret program called “rendition.”
The U.S provides Egypt almost $1.3billion in Military aid. More than 85% of Egyptians live with under $2 per day amidst massive youth unemployment and homelessness.
Over the weekend and into the new week, Mubarak also ordered the closure of access to the internet/twitter/sms and some tv broadcasts to stifle the opposition to his weakened regime. On Sunday January 30, the embattled Mubarak ordered the closure of the influential tv network Al Jazeera’s bureau in Cairo. The action has drawn international condemnation, and from the predominantly Arab-issues/news network, factually stated that: “Al Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting by the network and its journalists. In this time of deep turmoil and unrest in Egyptian society it is imperative that voices from all sides be heard; the closing of our bureau by the Egyptian government is aimed at
censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people.”
Finally, like most dictators, Mubarak does not know, any more, he is an emperor without clothes…. It’s been, to put it tidily, a revolting, tawdry and sorry image. It’s no longer if, but how soon… when, what day, what hour for Egypt’s corrupt dictator Mubarak to completely slide into history’s dustbin. Good bye to bad rubbish!
• Chido Nwangwu is the Founder and Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; The Black Business Journal, CLASSmagazine, PhotoWorks.TV, AchebeBooks.com, Nigeria360, USAfricaTV and several blogs, assessed by The New York TImes as the largest and arguably most influential multimedia networks for Africans and Americans. He served on the editorial board of the Daily Times of Nigeria in Lagos and worked for the Nigerian Television Authority (news) in the 1980s; served on a publicity committee of the Holocaust Museum, Houston; recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in May 2009; adviser on Africa to Houston’s former Mayor Dr. Lee Brown. Chido appears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, SABC, CBSNews, ABCNews, FOXNews, NBCNews, etc. Chido@USAfricaonline.com. wireless: 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436). Office: 713-270-5500.