Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt
Egypt’s revolution has failed to establish a free and just democracy. While the popular narrative blames military oppression or Islamist activism for “stealing” the revolution, author Samuel Tadros argues that more scrutiny must fall on the revolutionaries themselves. This requires one to begin, not in January of 2011, but years earlier when the revolutionaries were meeting one another for the first time and acquiring the skills that they would later use to bring down Hosni Mubarak’s regime. At that time, the opposition was little more than a disgruntled collection of communists, Islamists, and Nasserites, whose anger at Mubarak grew from their anti-Semitic, anti-American sentiments. Their message was not a new one in Egypt – what was novel was their decision to bring that message out of the salons of the leftist intellectuals and into the streets.