Saturday, February 12, 2011

Egypt's Mubarak Rise & Fall Mirrors Fiji Dictator Bainimarama

Sai's Comments:

Read below a snippet from The Times of India on the ousting  of the Egyptian Dictator, Mubarak. It reveals an uncanny resemblance to the rise and impending fall of Fiji's Dictator, Bainimarama. 

Note the following:
  • they both have military background and gain and hold on to power by repressive means;
  • both have an obsession with national security portraying themselves as saviours -Mubarak from islamist insurgency; Baini from "so called" ethno-nationalists and rebel soldiers;
  • both are 
    stubborn to change the corrupt and authoritarian system they said they inherited and instead adopted then promoted to their advantage;
  • they first promise reforms and freedom but then used the machinery of State to control citizen rights;
  • both have moved to heavily militarise the State and its institutions through nepotism and purging of the middle class, most of whom have either moved overseas or have acquiesced in the face of ongoing threats;
  • they are both deluded thinking they have popular support for their rule, yet both would not dare stand as candidates in a freely conducted election; and
  • they never seem to grasp the depth of popular hatred they accumulate over the years as they are only surrounded by "yes people" afraid to contradict them, which will in turn be their undoing in the end.
Let us hope, for Fiji's sake, people will wake up and begin agitating to oust the Dictator Bainimarama, who is making their lives a misery since December 2006. In both Tunisia and Egypt, fed up citizens had to burn themselves to start their popular uprising. Let us hope, it does not come to be the case too FOR Fiji.

The Times of India - 11 february 2011

....."Mubarak never seemed to grasp the depth of popular hatred he had accumulated in 30 years. In a last desperate attempt to fend off the inevitable, he handed powers to Suleiman on Thursday, but refused to step down before a presidential election due in September. He spoke in patronising tones that only enraged the demonstrators further. 

Mubarak once said he planned to "bear his responsibilities" as long as his heart was beating. But millions of angry Egyptians abruptly ended the autocratic leader's dream. 

Their unquenchable determination to oust him, defying the vast security apparatus that enforced his writ, is likely to have led the military to draw the curtain on the Mubarak era. 

The struggle to overthrow Mubarak has plunged Egypt into uncertainty after decades of repressive stagnation. 

Reflecting his obsession with security, the former pilot said 11 days ago that the surge of popular protests against him "impose on us a choice between chaos and stability". 

His supporters can argue he saved Egypt from chaos after Islamist militants shot dead his predecessor in 1981, kept Egypt out of wars, restored relations with the Arab world after the 1979 peace treaty with Israel and, after long delays, allowed his government to open up the economy to stimulate growth. 

He also managed to suppress a long Islamist insurgency in southern Egypt in the 1990s, after 1,200 people were killed. 

But Mubarak's stubborn refusal to change the corrupt and authoritarian system he inherited finally caught up with him."

1 comment:

sara'ssista said...

the main difference is that even egypt was prepared for a transition to civilan and democratic rule in a year, and Fiji is unable even to think about it unable to for eight years.?? Egypt has a population of 80m people.