Egyptian Chronicles: Alaa Al Aswany Speaks about That historical episode

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Alaa Al Aswany Speaks about That historical episode

Dr. Alaa Al Aswany spoke at Al Ghad party last Thursday telling the whole world exactly what happened at the backstage of this historical episode “from his view of course, it is his side of the story”

Al Aswany speaks about the backstage of this episode

There are two teams now in the country , one that supports Al Aswany and thinks that he is correct in what he said and how he said to the former prime minister of Egypt air marshal Ahmed Shafik while the Pro-Shafik team thinks that Al Aswany went too far in how he talks the prime minister and that Al Aswany was too aggressive and rude. There are currently Anti-Alaa Al Aswany Facebook groups attacking the  bestselling author. The attack extended to the level of labelling him the porn and homosexuality author in reference to his novels Chicago and Yaccoubian Building as if these two novels were not best selling in Egypt !!Despite the Yaccoubian building’s extreme adult nature ,no one can deny that it draws a perfect vivid image for the Egyptian society during the Mubarak’s era.

Of course I notice that there is a considerable number of Anti Al- Aswan Pro-Shafik who are already from the NDP and Pro-Mubarak team. It is so obvious because actually we have passed that stage of criticizing Al Aswany to criticizing Al Tahrir square itself. Now the armed forces council is being accused of being biased to Al Tahrir square and that bunch of rude kids are running the show !!

Alaa Al Aswani at Tahrir

Team Alaa Al Aswany thinks he gave a lesson to the Egyptians and Arabs that Prime ministers are civil servants whom we should not bow to and to stop this unneeded fatherly respect.

I believe both men were on their nerves , Al Aswany was so provoked by what he heard in the first part of the show and Shafik for those who do not know is well known for his hot temper. In my point of view Shafik crossed the line more than Al Aswany when he told Al Aswany not to put the patriotism mask reminding us with his  role in 1973 war. It is as if Al Aswany pretends to be patriot while he is not.

Shafik was weak and defensive in a stupid way , he did not understand the questions of Al Aswany and thought that they were against him personally. Already his real temper was shown on the air when he embarrassed Randa Abu El-Azzam in his press conference. It is heaven justice , I think he knew now the meaning of being embarrassed on the air !!

Speaking of Shafik I, is not it strange that the state officers did not start burning down their documents except when he leaves the cabinet !? is not strange that Dr. ElBaradei will return back to Egyptian TV channels after being banned from appearing in our local TV channels for no specific reason in his time !?

Dr. ElBaradei is going to appear with Yosri Fouda and Reem Maged insh Allah next Wednesday , if you want to ask him any question then please send the question ASAP to Yosri Fouda on twitter.

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  1. At first, I wasn't against Shafik nor with him, I was neutral. I talked with some friends from 6 April trying to understand why they are against him but they didn't convince me because their point was just that he did the oath to Mubarak, I tried to contact you and have a piece of your mind without any response. Later when I read about his interference in the media, I started to pick a side and be against him. Later after he resigned and I started to see Amn El-Dawla burning documents and how did they panic I am certain that he was an extension to the old regime. And I loved how we can get a prime minister now and burn him in a TV interview, but lets be fair. Shafik proved that he is naive and he didn't answer any of the questions, his answers were always unrelated to the questions. But wasn't Alaa alittle just alittle bit rude :) ?
    I mean look at Hamdy Kandil, I love this man. He didn't speak alot but when he speaks he nails Shafik politely.

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  2. I don't think Ala was rude in any way.. people are still thinking within the boundaries of top officials are granted special 'respect' and immune from questioning properly. Think about it this way, if this was a debate between 2 politicians or any 2 intellectual..would you think Alaa was rude? probably not, in fact you will probably think Shafiq was the rude one for not trying to understand and listening to a dissident voice and losing his temper and showing arrogance.

    Stop thinking of prime ministers or presidents as Kings, they are not..they are not. This is a republic not a monarchy, if you don't like how democracy works then you will appreciate the 'respect' and hand kissing in Saudi Arabi..go live there and enjoy it

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  3. Alaswani is a bad representation for a valid view point. There is no excuse for lack of civility and rudeness. Others could have made his argument but in a mature and logical demeanor.

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  4. Thank you Anonymous
    Most civilized nations the people voice their opinion with out retribution. But, because we have been oppressed for so long, and were taught no to questions our so called leaders, and we think of them as Gods; we seem to think that just the act of opposing them is disrespectful, and we should treat with white gloves.
    People have to learn that questioning our leaders and watching every move and decision they make is part of there right as free people. Shafik and his Cabinet had to go, they represented the old guards, and wee needed to start fresh with new ideas and out look.

    What the Egyptian revolution have accomplished in the last 3 weeks, it took other nations years to accomplish, so be proud with what we done as nation and specially the youth of the country. I love every one of them. And I know with time and tenacity Egypt will be a model for real freedom throughout the world including the West.

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  5. Please pardon my off-topicness, but there has been no Libya post lately. Over on Feb17.info, a commenter asks a good question: There's been a lot of talk about Western powers enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya. Why doesn't Egypt do it? They have an excellent modern air force, and since Egypt hasn't been at war for a long time, the training aspect would be invaluable.

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  6. @Anonymous the one who posted directly after me
    Go watch European or even American interviews or debates before you speak.

    If you were commenting on my words, I didn't say that Alaa was wrong and he was rude all the way I'm not against him nor I will be, but I said alittle rude at least when you compare him with Hamdi Kandil. Democracy is no excuse for rudeness, and politeness doesn't mean kissing the hands of the officials.
    You're understanding to democracy seems to me totally messed up.

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