Why will you not get Leaders or Ministers of courage or conviction? Because we are all human and as humans we are not always right, we do not always make the right decisions. Furthermore no man or woman can satisfy or please everyone. Putting Mubarak on trial for decisions taken in a turbulent 18 day period or calling him to account for every decision you consider he made badly or wrongly is absurd.
Putting Mubarak on trial is telling every potential candidate for government in Egypt
“TAKE CARE BECAUSE YOU WILL MOST LIKELY FIND YOURSELF IN A CAGE LIKE MUBARAK. WE WILL CATCH YOU IN YOUR WEAKEST MOMENT AND YOU WILL PAY FOR EVERY MISTAKE YOU MAKE. TAKE CARE BECAUSE WE WILL DISREGARD EVERY GOOD DECISION YOU MAKE AND WE WILL FOCUS ON WHAT WE CONSIDER YOU DID WRONG. WHO ARE WE? WE ARE THE ONES WHO WILL NOT TAKE THE JOB OURSELVES, WE ARE THE ONES WHO WILL WATCH FOR YOU TO FALL. WE ARE THE ONES WHO WILL TAKE OUR REVENGE ON YOU BECAUSE WE FAILED IN OUR LIVES AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR PERSONAL FAILURES ALSO! WE ARE THE ONES WHO ENJOY THE PUBLICITY WE GAIN FROM CRITICISING THE EFFORTS OF EVERYONE ELSE – WE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OPPOSITION TO WHOEVER IS IN POWER BECAUSE IT IS THE EASY THING TO DO AND IF WE ARE THE POLITICIANS IT IS ALWAYS EASIER TO BE IN OPPOSITION – WE ONLY HAVE TO THROW STONES.
No, you will not get leaders of courage or conviction in Government positions – you will get people who will still buy their way into power, they will take the salaries, the high positions from which they will promote the businesses of their families and friends (don’t be a fool about this, we are all human and helping our families and friends is in our nature), they will not take difficult or uneasy decisions, they will probably spend more money on projects that are not wise but make them popular in the moment, they will never take unpopular decisions even if that would be the right decision for the country. They will serve out their time in office and they will probably leave office at the end of that time personally better off (but this time it will be better hidden) but probably leave the country in a worse state than when they took office. But you, the citizens of that country will not be aware of that for many, many years. Because it is only when you look back that you can see the bigger picture.
So prosecute your former leaders, take everything from their families – because that is your history. This is the second (or third) time you are doing this. But this time it will be interesting to see who stands for election – because if they are strong they will come to a bad end and if they are weak they will not govern wisely but will benefit personally in the short term.
The revolution may have deposed Mubarak but not in favour of democracy (or democracy under the rule of law which is the only system which will protect all people). The protestors who are trying so hard to vilify and change the minds of pro-Mubark people are not tolerant of other people’s right to have a different opinion. Could it be that so many people labelled pro-Mubarak are actually just people who can see there was good as well as bad? Maybe they are the people who have a better view of the past instead of a selective view?
I also need to say something about money here because we hear so much about it. If there are (and I’m quite sure there are) instances where government Ministers and people in positions of power have abused the property, people, assets of Egypt – take them to court on these individual cases, if the cases are proved against them, then they will have money, property or assets which can be confiscated orders made for compensation to the State or individuals wronged. This sends a message that graft and corruption may succeed in the short term but in the long term it will be exposed. But recognition for good decisions taken and good things done should also be taken into account. That is called Justice tempered with Mercy. It is judgement and retribution for the act without annihilating the person, the human behind the act.
Let the person who has never made a bad decision step forward.
Let the person who has never made a mistake step forward.
Let the person who has never wronged another person step forward.
Let the person who has never hurt another person step forward.
Let the person who knows how to please everyone step forward
Let the person who knows how to make everything better today step forward.
Let that person put himself/herself forward as fit to be a Government Minister
Let that person be the next President of Egypt.