During the Arab Spring of 2011 the people fought hard to remove their ruling dictator. President Mubarek was ousted and recently sentenced to life imprisonment. The people though have yet to find a medium ground as far as Egyptian politics goes. They have also to rid the country of the old rulers.
The people are between a rock and a hard place. The choice appears to be part of the old guard and the military or the Muslim Brotherhood. The brotherhood want to implement Sharia Lw in Egypt. This is bad news for young people or those who had hoped for more freedoms. Sharia Law would set the country back years and soon abolish freedoms.
This means that some of those who willingly ousted Mubarek are now looking at supporting the old guard. They see themselves as having few options. The problem with revolutions is the alternative leaders. Without a clear idea of who will take over an uprising or revolution can cause more harm to the people than the old regime.
The Egyptian military propped up the Mubarek regime for years. They prospered under his rule. Now a panel mainly made up of these military men has ended Parliament. The current popularly elected government has been dissolved. An election will follow but with few alternatives. It will be Hobson's Choice, that is no choice in reality. The military panel have given the go ahead to Mubarek's Prime Minister Mr Shafik, standing for election once more. This would mean that the revolution was for nought.
Most people see the events over the last couple of days as a military coup. A last ditch attempt for them to hang on to power. It would seem that an Islamist government would offer the military nothing.
The problem now is that some of those who wanted Mubarek out may vote for his old PM. This is because they see him and the old guard as less of a threat to their freedom than the Muslim Brotherhood.
Perhaps those in the West who daily applauded the Egyptian revolutionaries on, ougt to go to the country now and observe the mess that it is in. Yes Egyptians are better off without Mubarek but not if the alternative is going to be worse.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog