Tuesday, April 26, 2011

An Egyptian Diary

Excerpts from the diary of an Egyptian doctor...

April 21
Cairo is still on the surface the same but when you dig deep you find a hidden Tsunami about to be unleashed.  There is a significant sense of uncertainty, anxiety, and apprehension.  There is no real government.  The police force is still absent and the state of lawlessness prevails.

April 25
It is very remarkable what has happened in Egypt in the last 4 months.  At the beginning there was a lot of excitement about the revolution and its unlimited potential.  Now this is the day after and things are turning fast into the unknown.  Simply put no one knows what will happen in the next few months.
Now there is a state of chaos in the country.  There is no effective government. There is no law and no police force.  That has allowed the criminals to roam the city and commit crimes with impunity.  There are many stories of people stopping motorists and forcing them to sign a sell contract to sell their cars by force for free to those criminals.  Even some people started building illegal buildings with no permits since no one is watching.
But the most significant thing is the emergence of a new group called “Salafeyeen” who aspire to return Egypt to the early days of Islam.   I had never heard of them before.  They are very radical and they are not bashful to broadcast their manifesto which is essentially against any progress, against women and against Christians.  By comparison the Muslim brotherhood is like the Boy Scout.