Concerns About Egypt Going Forward

  • The new constitution needs to come hastily but be respectful of human rights
  • State of Emergency needs to be lifted.  Now.
  • The police force (or a police force, for those not thrilled with the last one) needs to be instated, for everyone’s sake
  • Economically, it is critical that Egypt be seen as stable and inviting asap, in order to bring the tourism industry back up to speed.  Without it, Egypt cannot function
  • The military council–of which I am not particularly afraid despite the fact that it is military–must usher in a quick transition to a civilian government
  • To that end, we need real elections with real parties and discourse on policy.  My understanding is that is already happening, with candidates already taking out papers to be on the ballot
  • The US needs to maintain th 1.3 billion in foreign aid from the Mubarak era, but perhaps it could be better spent once it gets there
  • The heightened sense of unity and tolerance needs to continue; it is the only way forward for Egypt.  It was shown so beautifully for Christmas services a few months ago, when Muslim Egyptians became human shields so their Christian countrymen could go to services without threat of another suicide bomber, and kicked into high gear when non-Muslim Egyptians started taking the blows of water cannons so that their Muslim friends and neighbors could pray in peace.  The great mix of men and women, young and old, Muslim and Christian and all things in between needs to continue and become a force within civil society, not just within the protests.  anyone who tells you this was a “student protest” or “young men’s protest” or “Muslim Brotherhood protest” is just wrong.  Women were an overwhelming part of the protests, as were non-student-age people, and that’s what took this from another protest no on in America ever heard of to a revolution.
  • Egyptians mustn’t forget what they have accomplished.  And any time their government fails them again, even in a small way, they must wield their power to effect change.

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