This commentary was published in The Gulf News on 08/06/2011
The streets of Cairo are chaotic. Each driver seems to be governed by an entirely different set of traffic rules. Yet, somehow, the cars continue to move forward — for the time being, at least.
Egypt is finally free, and Egyptians are savouring every moment of their newly found freedom. Thanks to a popular revolution, itself a model of people's power, former president Hosni Mubarak is now in jail. His most recent appeal — seeking forgiveness from his people — was as much a failure as his past attempts at wooing a rebelling nation.
Curiously, many Egyptians make a distinction between SCAF and the military. Others accuse the Brotherhood of political manipulation, and of striking backroom deals with the military leadership. Liberal media and commentators cite all sorts of ‘historical proofs' to demonstrate the compromising nature of the Brotherhood. This could extend as far back as 1954, or as recently as the group's agreement to meet former vice-president, Omar Sulaiman.
Yet, despite everything, the Cairo traffic stubbornly continues to move forward.