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A Poem

A Question for Egypt

by TARIQ ALI

A Question for Egypt

Millions gathered in squares and streets

They wanted the end of the system

They wanted to topple Mubarik and his regime.

When the military men understood the resolve of the crowd

They took Mubarik away.

That was the first phase.

Then came the Brotherhood

Elected by many not of its number

They wanted to end the old regime for ever.

But the Brotherhood broke its promises,

Clung to the old system

Sent sewage down the tunnels of Gaza

Praised the man in the White House.

Did nothing at home

except torment Copt and women and Shia.

Angered by the betrayal

The people came out again

In numbers larger than before

And demanded an end to the regime they had elected

Millions came out.

The military men  understood the resolve of this crowd,

They smiled and took Brother Morsi away.

Killed a few dozen of his people

As the millions chanted ‘freedom’.

But what if the Army and its friends

Carry on like the Brotherhood and Mubarik

And the millions coime out again,

Who will take the Army away?

Tariq Ali is the author of The Obama Syndrome (Verso).