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Remnants,or as you call them: Felool.

I bet that 90% of the people who use this word do not know its literal meaning. Yet this word is used as an insult nowadays. It describes people who are routing for presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik in a pejorative aspect. 
What intrigued me is that people used that term for Amr Moussa too before he lost the elections, but now these same people refer to him as more revolutionary than Shafik. No. Both of these people served the old regime, but since when did serving - or trying to serve- your country become a crime? Is this the fruit of this revolution who want equality and justice?
Ahmed Shafik tried to serve his country amidst a corrupt regime. If he was as corrupt as other people in that regime, why is the department he was in charge of the best department in Egypt at the moment? 
He also accepted the risky responsibility of being prime minister during turmoil and revolutionary times. He accepted being in charge of chaos to try to serve the same people who are insulting him right now. Why did he accept this post, if not because he is responsible and servile? People will argue that he did not do anything about the turmoil, well did you people give him a chance? Is 10 days enough to make change? No.

Moses was raised by Pharaoh. Luke Skywalker is Darth Vader's son. Even if he went to the dark side for two weeks, he still prevails as good. Severus Snape was a Deatheater before being part of The Order of The Phoenix. Tyrion Lannister is , well a Lannister. These examples prove my point that no one is perfect, but being part of a corrupt system does not make you corrupt. I took Tyrion as an example, he is the best comparison to Shafik. To those of you who do not know who he is, Tyrion is the dwarf son of a cruel corrupt family called the Lannisters. During times of war his father, Tywin, appointed him as Hand ( the same post as prime minister). He helped the people by being the mastermind behind a war victory, he diminished taxes, augmented guards in the city. Yet, he was called "a demon monkey". Ahmed Shafik suffered the exact same thing,  and is being called a shoe as Tyrion was called a demon monkey.

Enough vandalism, insults, and blind reproaches. Be civilized and educated. Make a change.

Hassan A. Madkour

Decisions to be made

I, and everyone else, must admit that the true winner in the past elections is Hamdeen Sabbahy. The new comer, the underdog, he has developed a huge crowd of supporters out of nothing, but it should not end here. Who is he routing for in the second round? What is the right decision to be made? He is left with two.

The first choice is to support Dr. Mohamed Morsy in his campaign. If he does, Morsy has a guaranteed win. However, his regime will be similar to the old regime in the aspect wherein the Muslim Brotherhood controls the parliament, the ministry, the presidency, and the ruling party. He would burn his image and reputation down to ashes.

However Mr. Hamdeen Sabbahy is considered right now as the leader of the youth. His second choice, is to support Dr. Ahmed Shafik. In doing that, he would also encourage the youth to join his party, not the Karama(dignity) party, but a new one he would start for the youth. This would give him an important percentage in the upcoming parliament, and that way he would be able to control the president, and government if they get out of line. This course of action is only possible with Dr. Ahmed Shafik, being a civil person, who does not transform religion into a business. It will advertise Hamdeen Sabbahy, who would be known as the opposition. He could also demand making a suppository government which will know every detail of the functioning government, and in four years, Egypt's new generation will welcome its first truly elected president Mr. Hamdeen Sabbahy. 

Let these speculations arrive to Sabbahy's ears, and it could become a reality. Don't be passive. Your voice counts.

Hassan A. Madkour

Egyptian Presidential Elections

The Egyptian Revolution (January 25th 2011) was made in order to obtain democracy, freedom of speech, and liberty. I pity the martyrs. Its appalling that only the supporters of Ahmed Shafik and Amr Moussa accept criticism for their views, while the others who accuse these supporters of being counter-revolutionary, don't accept any kind of criticism and get angry, frustrated, and offensive when opposed. They impose their opinion, they want a theocracy, an ideocracy, a dictatorship. Calling it democracy won't make it so. If they really intended on letting the revolution succeed, and a democratic rule to reign, they would let the people's choices in peace and choose the best of them (or the lesser of two evils) in the second round. No, there was no cheating or falsification. People expressed their opinions. The elections were recorded for the 48 hours wherein they were held, and televised. The vote counting was also televised so it was impossible to cheat.

Some people also did not chose a candidate but wrote "None of them are qualified", and others who wanted a candidate who was disqualified wrote " We want Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail". Yes, their votes won't count, but their opinion was expressed, and heard throughout the country thanks to the media. That is the true essence of democracy, not people who fight and argue about how these candidates cheated and will not be president.

You can go to Tahrir Square (which is ironically a round place) as you like, but the majority spoke. I agree that 80% of Egyptians are illiterate, and can be made fools of, but being illiterate doesn't mean they don't have the right to vote! They are as much a part of the community as any of us, or of you reading this entry are! Being illiterate does NOT mean being stupid. These people are not deaf, nor blind. They watch the media as much as any of us, or maybe more, to compensate for not being able to read the daily paper. They have seen all of the candidates express themselves and have made a decision. Embrace the people's choice, or go live under a rock for all I care, but do NOT claim it wasn't democracy. Do NOT attack people for their choices. You wanted democracy, and now you have it.

But now, you have to make a choice: Either a deceitful man who is influenced by the "Morshed" of the Muslim Brotherhood, or a man who was part of the ancient regime, but also a man who opposed that regime and its leader for a long time.

Make your choice, don't be passive. Your vote counts.

Hassan A. Madkour

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