(Oh Field Marshall, go on go on), with these words shouted the demonstrators who supported the Military Council in Egypt. Spokesman of the Council had said that ruling Egypt by the Military Council was derived from the Egyptian people, and accordingly they will not hand over the power except to the people and not to a group or a party of the protesters in Tahrir Square.
Thus, this is the case; even those officers whom were brought to top of the Power by the revolution came today to talk about themselves as a necessity and legitimate authority and is above suspicion and doubt. So, I think we are face to face with a dilemma which every one reaches the power suffer from.
No more than 9 months and half passed since Field Marshal Tantawi and his colleagues had been in power and even with such short time it seems that they are not willing to return to their barracks soon as they have left. In that critical and exceptional time, being in the power gave them feelings of pride, dignity, and reverence for the military, national and sovereign mission of the Military Corporation and its job as a protector of the people, country, sovereignty, constitution, achievements and the public order.
I clearly understand the fears and concerns of those against the Youth Demonstrations in Tahrir Square, which demand Field Marshal Tantawi and his Generals to step down, for such concerns can be justified in many ways; it’s sufficient to say that the state authority is totally absent in terms of leadership, government, parliament and even the police protecting law and order.
The point is that the Egyptian State has no longer any authorities except the current Military Corporation authority, and if it fell down this would be the final nail in the state’s coffin survival which depends on the existence of Military Corporation, and would fall down if this corporation disappeared or handed the power to chaos and anarchy.
I am not talking about the nature of the Military Council national mission for it's sure that the revolutionary condition required such authority, but I want to refer to the nature and characteristics of the Military Generals who do not differ too much from the dictatorial leaders.
Although those Generals did not come to power by a military coup or by people’s will but by the revolutionary moment and their national, moral and objective obligation, one can see that the military administration to run the country in the transitional stage is the same administration of Mubarak and his regime who thought they are a national necessity for all Egyptians.
In the beginning the Military Council undertook to hand over power within six months then extended the period to a year and even to an indefinite period. Now after the Revolutionists had returned to Tahrir Square for the third time, the Egyptians heard the date of July 1st as an appointed time for the end of the Military ruling. Why and how had the period extended from 6 months to a year and half? Of course it’s in fear of an Islamist majority in the elections of the first legislative authority expected to formulate the new constitution. This postponement was justified to the lack of readiness of the new-established parties to compete in the elections, whereas the substantial truth is that the Generals do not bring democracy or fair exercise free of their influence.
Only today, revolutionists realized the fact of the tyranny posing as the defender of people legitimacy. After ten months of their revolution on President Mubarak and his oppressive regime, here they are awaken for the third time but not only to overthrow the government of Issam Sharaf, who came from Tahrir Square, but also for the departure of Field Marshal Tantawi and his Military Council being an aspect of the Arab mentality producing tyranny and dictatorship.
Do not be deceived by the talk about democracy and human rights; reality will reveal the bitter facts. I heard one of those Generals speaking about the people, country and the heavy responsibility he and his colleagues are tasked with. “ I and my colleagues will not hand the power but to the people; as the Egyptian people have entrusted us with this responsibility we should hand it over once they want.” he said.
Phrases indicate a tyranny that came into existence taking the revolution and revolutionaries by surprise. Despite the fact that power is supposed to be heavy burden on generals of the military council, they do not want to hand it over without a revolution, sacrifice and bloodshed. It seems as if that inside every Arab person – whether they are military or civilian – there is a tyrant and dictator that is born, grow and swell as power approaching to them.