The Face of Freedom

Ira Schwartz

“If we wish to be free, if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained _ we must fight!” Patrick Henry

Mohamed-Morsi-via-AFPFor the last year or more the people of Egypt have discovered that Freedom is not something that can be given to a peoples…it must be fought for.  They have discovered that their struggle to rid their country of a vicious dictator was only the opening round.  They are discovering that to keep freedom alive and thriving one must constantly be vigilant.

Egypt’s current president Mohammed Morsi was as far as we know, legally elected by the people to represent all the people of his country.  When he started to place fellow members of the Muslim Brotherhood in key cabinet posts and in the Egyptian congress most people began to suspect something was not right.  Protests began and the voices of descent began to grow louder.  But as the tenure of the government began to shift toward Islamic Fundamentalist beliefs those voice began to cry out in anger.

The Islamic state that Morsi was trying to force on the Egyptian peoples was not the freedom based government he was elected to run or that the people wanted.  It was not the government that so many had died trying to create.  In fact if Morsi is allowed to continue with his grand plan Egypt would be even more oppressed then under Mubarak.

440966-egypt-protestsSo the people took to the streets.  Thousands turned into tens of thousands then quickly grew into hundreds of thousands.  They wanted freedom and would not stand for anything less even if it cost more Egyptian blood.  The world watched what may very well be the birth of a new nation in the Middle East.  A nation run “by the people and for the people.”  Sound familiar?

But once someone is given power they rarely give it up without a fight and Morsi is no exception.  His defiance in the face of the people has prompted the Egyptian army to step in.  And as I write this article they may have already caused the end of the Morsi regime.  But they are making it very clear that the army will not be running the country.  Hossam Sweilam a retired Egyptian army general with close ties to the military released the Egyptians military’s plans.

south-africa-egypt-protest-2011-2-4-10-40-7First a panel of experts would draft a new constitution and the interim administration would be a presidential council led by the Supreme Constitutional Court’s chief justice and including the defense minister, representatives of political parties, youth groups, Al-Azhar Mosque and the Coptic Church.

He said the military envisaged a one-year transitional period before presidential elections are held.

Freedom is an addicting thing.  Once you’ve had even the smallest taste of it nothing else will do.  It is something that should be cherished and protected every day because once it is gone it can only be reclaimed in blood.

“Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.”  Pericles

Let us all hope our freedom seeking brothers in Egypt succeed in their quest.

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