Egypt’s uprising – genuine revolution
The demonstrators who are on the streets are not satisfied with cosmetic change, they want real change, he told RT. “Those people are going to keep fighting until they win justice.”
“We have a dynamic where the steadfastness of the Egyptian people has enlivened not only the entire country but in fact the entire world,” he pointed out.
Despite some differences from country to country “there is a universality of global character to the protest,” he noted. “The people are suffering the same fate – high unemployment, young people who cannot get jobs, even those who went to college, government repression, bailing out of the elites while the people are in suffering.”
With the fall of the regime of Hosni Mubarak the West lost its major ally whom it wanted to see in power forever, notes Becker. The West then hoped that military rule would create political leaders who would be acceptable to the West.
And now, amid the second wave of the revolution, Mohammed El Baradei, seems to be the best available option. Becker says.
“He is a familiar face to the West, he is recognized by the West. He was somewhat independent of the United States, but not really a serious challenge to the United States in the run-up to the Iraq war.”
But the Egyptian people want genuine democracy, the anti-war activist stresses. “They don’t want the interim government appointed by those who are really still the institutions of power from the Mubarak days.”