Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A message to the American president Barack Obama

Mr. president,
      I am starting my speech with some of the details which might appear to you as prisoners' prate, however they are positions that should be stopped at before taking any position concerning the future.
I remember the day when it was announced that you won in the American presidential elections, I celebrated that day with this victory and I wrote in my blog celebrating your winning. Your winning to me was the victory of the minorities, the marginalized and the disabled to reach their complete rights because of their affiliation to racial, ideological or political minorities. Your victory gave me the hope, that despite my affiliation to an extremely small minority, I could, as well, obtain complete political rights.
The day of Mubarak stepping down from authority, I was dancing, celebrating with friends in Tahrir square, then we stood in silence to listen to you excellency’s word concerning the success of the revolution in getting rid of Mubarak. I was happy with your positive words, but I was hitched strongly with you words, especially when you said that “there’s a long way full of difficulties waiting for Egyptians.” At that time I realized that with your experience you saw the difficulties that we must face which we didn’t realize at that time its existence when we danced naively in Tahrir.
Mr. president, on the 28th of March in the afternoon, armed forces of the army arrested me from my home to be moved to a military trial, very similar to inquisition from any other thing. The military court sentenced me to three years in prison, I started spending them under a great security siege, in which all the communication means with the rest of the outside world are disconnected.
Mr. president, it doesn’t bother me much that the Egyptian army sentenced me to three years in prison. We have an Egyptian proverb saying “if the flaw came from people of flaws, it won’t be a flaw.” The July militarist regime which, imprisoned Mostafa Amin charging him of spying for the United States, assassinated Sadat because of the peace treaty, imprisoned Saad El-Din Ibrahim for the charge of abusing Egypt reputation and targeted peace activists constantly. That regime was merciful on me when it was only satisfied with imprisoning me for three years and I didn’t have the fate of Sadat or Farag Foda.
But, Mr. president, what I want to understand is the American stance, as a financier and a supporter of the Egyptian army, giving the political, the financial and the militarist aid, as well as meeting with the Egyptian armed forces. What mobilized me in the past years was the same American values in which the American people struggled for. I have walked along the footsteps of the American activists who refused the Vietnam war and struggled for abolishing the compulsory military conscription. I called for the values of freedom, justice, equality, tolerance, free economy, globalization and peace, all of which are values that the United States does not stop announcing, sticking to and supporting. All of that guide us to the most important question: How does America accept to support an ally to fight against the American values and imprison peace activists who call for democracy?
Mr. president, I am not asking you anything, but I only wanted to tell you that I and thousands of other human rights activists around the world are monitoring and waiting to see: Will America follow the path of America which we knew and believed in its values? Or would America act that time as Taliban?

Marg prison – Qalyubia
27/4/2011- 4 pm

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