Ahmed Shafik’s Apology

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One can look at Egypt’s 37% illiteracy rate and infer that as a society we may be uneducated, but we are certainly not unintelligent. The apology offered by new Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik was a pathetic attempt to delude the Egyptian population.

Let’s take a look at the main premises of Ahmed Shafik’s speech:

I offer my apology for everything that happened yesterday because it’s neither logical nor rational. Everything that happened yesterday will be investigated so everyone knows who was behind it.”

He repeated the apology at a press conference at which he also said (courtesy of the Guardian website):

• The attacks “seemed to have been organised” but “no one had prior knowledge” of them and he could not say for sure they were not spontaneous.

• He was “surprised” to see camels but they must have come from the Pyramids complex and it could have been camel owners upset about the effect of the protests on tourism.

• The banks will be reopened on Sunday.

• The Suez canal will not be threatened.

• No one will be excluded from the dialogue, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

He said: “I promise that what happened yesterday in Meydan Tahrir will not happen again. I’ll investigate and promise to publish the results.”

Number 1: How is it possible that the attacks seemed organised but no one had prior knowledge? Who organised them? And if they were organised, surely someone had prior knowledge of their organisation? And if they seemed organised, how can you not rule out that they weren’t spontaneous? They either were or they weren’t. There is no middle ground here. The whole world, including every Egyptian knows they were organised. It was not a coincidence that the internet came back up the same day that these “pro-government supporters” appeared. It is not a coincidence that they had government IDs (beta2at) which showed that they were either employed by the government or were members of the NDP. And it is no coincidence that cars pulled up providing them with sticks and Molotov cocktails. And finally, as if all of this is not indicative enough, they were holding the same pro-Mubarak banners that were used in Mubarak’s election campaign. They might have as well said: ‘we have been hired by the President’.

Number 2: The premise that riders on camelback ‘surprisingly’ appeared in Midan el Tahrir is absolute camelshit, for a lack of a better term. Since when do workers upset over a lack of tourism decide to charge civilians in the center of Cairo?! Shafik assumes that they charged the pro-democracy protesters because they were harming the tourism industry. But why wouldn’t they have decided to attack the pro-Mubarak protesters, because the sooner Mubarak leaves, the sooner the country will move back to normality and tourism will pick up again. And tourism is more likely to increase in a democracy than in an autocracy.

We Egyptians are not stupid. We know what’s happening when we are suddenly besieged from one day to the next.

Shafik said that ”everything that happened yesterday was neither logical nor rational”. And he is absolutely right.



Written by BraveNewEgypt

February 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm

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  1. […] our countrymen was unprecedented. But then the speeches came, and the the offers came, and then the apology, and all the while they tried to seduce us with offers of safety and security, despite Midan el […]

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