What do we learn from Egyptian Security Forces?
WEAKLEAK: Given the wind of change, or a ‘perfect storm’ according to Hillary Clinton, sweeping across the Arab world and Africa, we are faced with a complex question of: Are the armed (security) forces there to protect the republic or they are there to protect the public? Find the answer from this Egyptian uprising’s picture and see the answer given by a former Egyptian army commander,
Since the ‘republic’ in this case stands for the group of people with collective interests not necessarily the elected representatives of a political system of a given state, and the ‘public’ stands for the community as a whole, I am of the opinion that through the numerous prejudicially oriented security systems, we become our own insecurity.
HOW? By practical experience, just about an hour from writing this blog, I came across a construction company (ABMC) paving a piece of road from Emmanuel Jieng Parish from Hai Cinema (now Hai Kanisa) to the main road in Juba town. With the job well down by our local South Sudanese company, I took a picture of the public workders after asking for permission to do so. Hardly had I clicked the third snap when somebody in a T-shirt and khaki shorts came running with his hand held up like a mediaeval town crier or a king’s messenger. “Stop! Stop!” he shouted. On advancing to me menacingly, I asked what his problem was, to which he replied in this argumentative exchange:
MAN: Why are you taking pictures here?
WEAKLEAKS: I am a journalist.
MAN: Why don’t you contact the security first?
WEAKLEAKS: It’s not necessary here.
MAN: What! Now show me a written permission from the company and the security office to prove that you are allowed to take pictures of public works here!
WEAKLEAKS: This is a public work and I need not go to Dr. Marial Benjamin’s office (Minister of Information) or Benjamin Bol’s office (Director of ABMC) or your bloody National Security or what have you!
MAN: You, you, you will see now! (Dials a number in his phone to call for a reinforcement…)
WEAKLEAKS: Go to hell or go back to your goddamn security training school and let them set for you another examination over this topic…
Kudos to the Egyptian Army. They have given us a great lesson for instructions in our security training centres (if anybody cares anyway).
In conclusion, we should observe two most important lessons here. The Egyptian army, a peoples’ army (SPLA, are we there yet?), is standing with the people and not with a people as is the case with our own army. No wonder, the SPLA is called ‘Peoples’ Liberation Army’, mark the first two words. Should there be revolution virus spreading (in the future if God does not forbid), I bet by my old AK47 that demonstrators will be shot dead in defence of the dictators. South Sudanese, watch out after our independence (which is a must to happen!)!
Of course, this Egyption Uprising of 2011, or call it ‘Facebook Revolution’, will not end there. It is my pessimistic prediction that if the Egyptians do not put the right person in the right place after Mubarak is overthrown (or underthrown), the masses will be forced to the streets and Tahrir (Liberation) Square again to demand what they wanted in the first revolution. SPLM and South Sudanese, take note now that we are going to be free in July! I mean, independence alone without proper implementation of the vision is not enough. I had just read half of a book called ‘Not Yet Uhuru’ (Not Yet Freedom) by Oginga Odinga. And I did not only like the poetic rhymes in the name of the writer and the name of the book but also the poetic justice in the statement ‘Not Yet Uhuru’.
I am encouraged to cast doubt on these emerging revolutions, democracies and Independences because of the two things:
One, not only do I believe in the Bible but also in the man of the Bible. “The Egyptians and Sudanese will work with their buttocks bare…to the shame of Syria and those who rely on these countries…” Isaiah 20:5.
“In the few years to come, the fire of God’s wrath will shift from us to the Arab world. Iran and Iraq will burn. Egypt and the rest will be under fire, and we shall get our freedom. The Lord will revenge on those who joined in oppressing us. Muonjang (Dinka), people of God, Don’t throw away your faith on achieving what we have been praying for (Freedom). You will see big signs soon…” Rt. Rev. (Retd.) National Garang Anyieth in his Xmas sermon in Leudier Church (Bor’s main Cathedral) in 2010.
PARTING SHOT: Who, according to Bishop Garang and The Bible, joined in oppressing the modern Israelites (people of Southern Sudan or Cush)? This quote is enough…:
“This participation was a huge mistake that led to what is Sudan’s fate now,” Ibrahim said. The leading figure from al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya suggested that they were misguided in their backing of the war and blamed Bashir’s government for splitting up the country. “The Sudanese regime focused its efforts on Islamizing the south and the Egyptian Islamists considered their participation in the war [was for the cause of] safeguarding Islam.” Continue reading here: https://weakleak.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/is-it-region-region-reason-or-season-that-still-keeps-sudanese-bleeding/
I rest my case and arrest my cause!