Is The Egyptian "Revolution Of Attrition" Ending?
As we noted yesterday, during what we called Cairo's D-Day demonstrations, Friday may well have been the last chance for Egypt to push through with a resolute attempt to finally overthrow Mubarak. Because now the doubts set in... and the desire to get back to a normal life. Sky News reports, "As anti-Mubarak demonstrators continue their protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, away from the area there are signs of growing divisions among their ranks." In this revolution of attrition, Mobarak may have been well aware of the time value of liberation enthusiasm. And now, two weeks after the start, people have realized they also have to eat (even if wheat has gone up well over 20% in the meantime).
From Sky News:
One protester, Ahmed, fought the president's hated riot police a week ago but he has now stopped going to the square.
For him, Mr Mubarak's concessions, including stepping down at the next election and promising reforms, is enough.
He told Sky News that as the protests continue he "doesn't want chaos".
Ahmed and another man, Omar, helped with the online campaign which drummed up support against Mr Mubarak.
But Omar is not content with the president's concessions.
He says the leader is trying to divide and rule and he fears it is working.
He said: "We will lose some much if we stop now. These people are not to be trusted.
"These people have never kept their word, so why do we believe now they are going to keep their word."
After nearly two weeks of chaos and violence on their streets, many people in Cairo want their city back.
Whatever they think of Mr Mubarak, they have also got to get on with their lives.
It is becoming a war of attrition, each side grinding away support for the other as the Mubarak regime continues trying to weather this storm.
It is increasingly becoming apparent, at least for the time being, that Mobarak timed his strategy perfectly. It is up to the people now to show that the revolutionary attempt, which has so far claimed over 300 deaths and thousands wounded, will not stop at having achieved nothing of significance, but merely reinforcing the current administration's resolve to maintain its current course. Alas, the price of food since the start of the revolution has only gone up, so those seeking a prompt resolution from the key overarching theme, will have to wait much longer.
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