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January 28, 2005

Do Not Blame Me.

Fairuz is giving a concert in Montréal in a couple of weeks. Attending the concert is like one of my life time dreams coming true. I do not know what I will do in the concert if she sings “Aho dah elli sar” (This is what happened!) by the legendary Said Darwish, words by Badie Kheiri. My favorite lines are:
تلوم عليّ إزاي يا سيدنا
و خير بلادنا مش في ايدنا
“Sir, how can you blame me if all the goods of our country are not in our hands?”

When I was in Cairo, I used to have tedious discussions with one of my co-workers about whether the problem lies in the Egyptian element or in the conditions surrounding the Egyptian element. She debated that the problem lies in us, Egyptians. I furiously debated that the problem lies in the conditions not in the element. I believe and will always believe that we are lacking two things: ownership and the role model.

We need to know that this is our country not the country of the people in power. This is our work not the guy sitting in a comfy chair in the end of the hallway. This is our money not the money of people taking bank loans and not repaying them. This is our bus not the government bus. This is our street not the street of the ministers. Unfortunately, we are now lacking this sense of ownership because the whole country is being ripped off by a small portion of opportunists who are being protected by the government.

Corruption has unfortunately become a common trait in all government levels. Who will care about doing his or her job if he or she knows that the boss is stealing and the boss’s boss is covering up and taking a commission? And who will correct this if the whole system is affected by the fatal virus. The pure hard working element is disappearing because he or she feels as a stranger in this new world created by corruption and cover up.

Nothing will correct this sad situation except a freely elected government that works for the benefit of the country and its citizens; a government that is keen to earn their trust and vote.

If only we regained our trust that this is our country and if only we had someone who would lead us, the Egyptian element will deliver.

And please do not blame me!

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

ما لكش حق تلوم عليا

No time for reproche. This country will not revive until every single Egyptian feels that Egypt is His/Hers. Egypt is OURS. Hand in Hand, Soul with Soul we can take each other's hand and DELIVER.

Anonymous said...

ما لكش حق تلوم عليا

No time for reproche. This country will not revive until every single Egyptian feels that Egypt is His/Hers. Egypt is OURS. Hand in Hand, Soul with Soul we can take each other's hand and DELIVER.

Dido's^^^ said...

Well, it's one of my deams as well but as Fayrouz decided that she won't hold concerts in Egypt any more , am not sure if my drean will ever come true :(

I believe the problem is devided between the element and the surronders ... SOME & SOME
Egyptians need to put some effort to fight surrounders !

Enjoy the concert and please let me know about it

Anonymous said...

Couldn't disagree with you more...

5% of the world's population owns 95% of its wealth. Welcome to the 21st century, if Egyptians are going to look for 'ownership' then 3aleih el 3awad.

I firmly believe that our very moral fabric is corrupt. You need proof? Look at the vast majority of expatriated Egyptian communities living abroad...how much 'ownership' do they have over their surroundings? Plenty. But are they any better? Are they better human beings? Do they treat each other better? Hell no! They skirt the limits of the law of their host countries and yet still manage to treat each other like total shit.

You tell me that's an ownership problem?

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Sorry, forgot to sign.

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Ley-La said...

this is also my favourite song can u send it to me by link or somehting cause i recently moved to uae and left my records in lebanon ..please i beg u i cant find it anywhere!