Egypt for the Egyptians

This rallying cry has so often been co-opted for narrow political purposes, often xenophobic.  The assumption has always been that the country needs to be wrestled back from foreign domination. But the last year saw a different hue to this cry, and one that is profoundly positive.  The country is being wrestled back from the lethargic and corrupt rulers who have wasted its energy and potential.

On this day a year ago, the Egyptians have begun the difficult process of reclaiming their country for themselves. They can now be the owners of their land and their fate, and hopefully wise enough to be careful custodians of its great heritage for all of humanity.

Through the inevitable doubt that comes from decades of shame, failure and under-achievement, a firmer sense of self and place will emerge.

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