By H.A. Hellyer
Amid the turbulence of the 2011 Arab uprisings, the innovative rebellion that performed out in Cairo's Tahrir sq. created excessive expectancies earlier than rushing the hopes of its members. The upheaval resulted in a chain of occasions in Egypt that scarcely somebody can have estimated, and helpful few have understood: 5 years on, the prestige of Egypt's unfinished revolution continues to be shrouded in confusion. energy shifted fingers quickly, first from protesters to the military management, then to the politicians of the Muslim Brotherhood, after which again to the military. The politics of the road has given method to the politics of Islamist-military détentes and the undoing of the democratic scan. in the meantime, a burgeoning Islamist insurgency occupies the military in Sinai and compounds the nation's experience of uncertainty.
A Revolution Undone blends research and narrative, charting Egypt's trip from Tahrir to Sisi from the viewpoint of an writer and analyst who lived all of it. H.A. Hellyer brings his first-hand event to endure in his overview of Egypt's scan with protest and democracy. And through scrutinizing Egyptian society and public opinion, Islamism and Islam, the army and govt, in addition to the West's response to occasions, Hellyer offers a much-needed appraisal of Egypt's destiny prospects.
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Not to kill—but to die if necessary. â•… Shortly after Mubarak’s speech, it was announced that the army’s leadership would make its own declaration. They never did. But the following day, it was all over—or, at least, something was. Just not what most were led to believe at the time. â•… The last time I was in Tahrir Square during those eighteen days was on 11 February. I had been home, after having been prepared to march in Tahrir all night the day before. The news came through: the stonefaced vice president and spy chief, the infamous Omar Suleiman, had announced Mubarak’s resignation.
He never failed to argue intellectually and peacefully in support of the Palestinian cause and against the Israeli occupation, and in so doing he eventually formed a ‘democratic third force’ in the form of the Palestinian National Initiative that included the likes of Mustafa Barghouti and others. That is a model of some worth to consider—keeping in mind that it has, thus far, failed to be capitalised upon. But good ideas do not necessarily become successful in and of themselves: they need to be properly deployed, with strategies and tactics that match the challenges of the day.
OK. ’ â•… As we stood at the roadblock, someone took a picture of the officer. ’ â•… And then, I think, the man remembered. This was January 2011. The people were no longer afraid of him. Maybe for the first time, he felt the same fear that he had tried to instil in so many. He drove off, like a bat out of hell. VI As I alluded to earlier, my mother is from Cairo. Fortunately for me, she was not in Cairo during the eighteen days. ‘Fortunately’, because many who went to Tahrir Square had to hide that fact from their parents.