Every faith and political system has an aura of superiority. The proponents don’t even have to say it. Since almost every organized faith or political system makes claims of divine revelation and authority, and the leaders or founders are invested with a supernatural authority, leading to conflicts between the traditions. There is no way for religion to exist without an effect on daily life and religion does great harm if its ritual and participation are rooted in and can only thrive by means of segregation. Young people can afford to be nation-less but never vision-less. This is their heritage. The young people of every nation will inevitably deny failed religion the right to become parents of failed states.
The idea of a revolution in Egypt is becoming more and more fascinating. Are observers deluding themselves into thinking that Egypt is at risk if the political strife ends with the demise of the Mubarak regime? It takes time and there is a time for regimes to fall.
Will change in Egypt mean a departure from the UAR? Transparent democracy cannot be found in any Arab Republic and freedom is the last thing on the minds of autocratic rulers. Egypt may divide into Christian and Muslim entities: a disastrous outcome. There must be a unified face of Egypt. Egyptians have no choice now but to put the inclusive face of civic society on their revolution.
Observers are using the term revolution to describe Egypt’s upheaval and the question remains “What revolution?” Will Egypt become a secular democracy? The inclusion of foreigners into ancient Jewish society – Ruth and Naomi, David and the Jebusites, Solomon and his foreign wives – was not the cause for Jewish exile and dispersion. Ancient Israelites were, from the start, hooked on Baalism and the Asherot. Allowing Muslims and Christians to operate, side by side will be the test of what Egypt’s new religion will be. If Egypt’s upheaval needs xenophobia and repression to thrive the present revolution is stillborn.
A Tahrir Square victory is an opportunity for Egyptians to open the door for a translucent and transparent civic society. Will the youth of Canada rise up and demonstrate their PM out of office? It is probable that US President Barak Obama is on the list of turfed leaders? Could the Tea Party pull it off? Time will tell whether every individual in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Libya and Iran will enjoy a genuine jubilee.