For a very long time, many Egyptians, including myself, were convinced that this was not the time for outspoken criticism of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
As the bedrock of stability and the protectors of the revolution, the honorable army generals who defended Egyptians' legitimate calls for freedom and democracy triggered by youth groups online and supported by ordinary citizens who took to the streets in the millions to rid Egypt of its 30-year dictator and his clique, the army was the last fort of defense for a collapsing state.
protesters who continued a sit-in in Tahrir Square and in public spaces all over Egypt have vowed to stand their ground until the demands of the revolution are met. Fringe groups who in no way represent the majority of protesters obstructed public services for three days, but other protesters convinced them to desist, which they did, while continuing their extremely civilized act of peaceful protest to press for their demands.
Rejected by most political currents, the recently announced parliament law, once more proved that the council's unilateral decision-making is not a myth as they are trying to show. Despite opening it for debate and public discussion, SCAF came up with a final version that not only disappointed political parties, but cast doubt over the SCAF's commitment to holding truly free, fair and transparent elections.
The unjustifiable decision not to invite international election monitors under the classic Mubarak-era pretext that this would be an infringement on Egypt's national sovereignty, can only mean one thing: SCAF is not truly committed to accepting the transparency it has promised.
And again harking back to the dark ages, the army discourse has confirmed most doubts about SCAF's true intentions of keeping the military's stranglehold on power, albeit from behind the scenes.
SCAF statement number 69 published early Saturday was an act of clear incitement against protesters and online activists planning a peaceful march towards SCAF headquarters and the Ministry of Defense. The statement even singled out the April 6 Youth Movement as the root of sedition and the cause of rifts between the army and the people.
Add to that accusations by Major General Hassan Al-Ruweiny, Head of the Central Military Command of Egypt of treason and "accepting foreign funds" leveled against the group and against the Kefaya Movement for Change, which he described in several media interviews as "a non-Egyptian movement" because the word "kefaya" means "Enough", similar to movements in North Sudan and Tunisia.
Of course accepting foreign funds is not a crime if you are the Egyptian military which has received $1.3 billion in military aid from the US every year since Egypt signed the Camp David Peace Accords with Israel in 1979.
It's telling that General Al-Ruweiny had described in a TV phone-in that those participating in the planned march towards SCAF headquarters as "protesters and thugs", in a dark premonition of the violence against them in Abbasseya Saturday night which left 296 injured after attacks by the real armed thugs as the military police and central security police watched without lifting a finger to protect the peaceful protesters.
Incidentally on the same Dream TV breakfast show with Dina Abdel Rahman who is rumored to have been fired the same Al-Ruweiny admitted that he personally spread disinformation in Tahrir Square because he understands the effect of rumors on angry crowds, confessing that he was the one who first started the rumor that steel magnate and NDP hawk Ahmed Ezz was arrested long before he was, in order to "calm down the protesters".
The Egyptian street has reached a fever pitch. This can only lead to a head-on collision between independent revolutionary forces and a growing spectrum of political currents, and a ruling army council that has failed to realize the magnitude of the seismic events since Jan. 25 2011 or to meet the minimum aspirations of Egyptians demanding fundamental change.
The question is, will SCAF protect or abort the dreams of millions of Egyptians? ...... the answer is ... NO
Down With The Military Rule ... NO SCAF