A letter to Pakistan President Zardari inspired by Prime Minister Erdogan’s speech.
Dear President Zardari,
Please ponder about leaving a legacy behind you and consider the following;
All of us will die and will be questioned over what we left behind, you; I and every one will go into a 2 cubic meter hole for good.
Neither your money, nor your desire to be in power will help you in that hole, you will be all alone. Zein al Abedin had to run, Mubarak will run or go in to the hole sooner than expected, and you and your son may have to run and live with security guards for ever. Your wealth will go to waste.
You have a choice to change all that by creating a legacy for your people and changing their lives and working on creating an institution where people will manage their own affairs, it will be their government for them and by them. Do it before your lose the opportunity to do it.
You have a small window of opportunity to do it while you are still in Pakistan. May Allah Guide you to do the right thing for your people; peace, prosperity and well being, Amen!
a Muslim Activist
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Please note this letter is shaped by the speech from Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey to President for life Mr. Mubarak.
By Ibon Villelabeitia and Pinar Aydinli
ANKARA | Tue Feb 1, 2011
ANKARA (Reuters) – Egypt ian President Hosni Mubarak should heed his people’s desire for change, Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, piling pressure on Mubarak to end his 30-year rule in the face of mass protests.
As hundreds of thousands of Egyptians rallied in Cairo, Erdogan stopped short of explicitly calling for Mubarak’s resignation but urged the Egyptian leader to ponder his legacy.
“Mr. Hosni Mubarak: I want to make a very sincere recommendation, a very candid warning… All of us will die and will be questioned over what we left behind,” Erdogan said in a speech to members of his ruling AK Party in Ankara.
“As Muslims, where we all go is a two cubic meter hole,” he said. The speech was broadcast live by some Arabic-language channels.
“Listen to the shouting of the people, the extremely humane demands. Without hesitation, satisfy the people’s desire for change,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan, whose country is held up as a model in the West for democracy in Muslim nations and has seen its influence rise in recent years in the Middle East, went on to say the solution to political problems lay in elections.
“If there is a problem, the place for solution is the ballot box,” Erdogan said. The United States and other Western powers have also urged Mubarak to hold free elections.
Erdogan later said he was putting off a visit to Cairo planned for Feb 8-9, but would go once Egypt returns to normal.
TURKEY’S RISING INFLUENCE
Erdogan’s condemnation of Israel for its policies toward Palestinians has turned him into a hero in the Arab street and analysts say non-Arab Turkey has become a rival to Egypt’s once economic, political and cultural primacy in the Middle East.
Ankara, a close U.S. ally, has been watching the unrest rocking Egypt and Tunisia with concern about instability harming neighboring countries.
Underlying the importance the United States places on Turkey in the volatile region, Ankara has been in close contact with Washington over Egypt, which caught the United States off guard and left it facing a struggle to balance strategic interests.
“They (the Americans) are asking us: ‘How do you see all these things that are going on right now and how should these developments be evaluated?” a Turkish official said on condition of anonymity.
U.S. President Barack Obama called Erdogan over the weekend to discuss the turmoil in the region and stressed the importance of Erdogan as an elected leader of a country in the region with strong democratic traditions.
Saying his own Justice and Development Party, known as the AK Party, sympathized with the downtrodden, Erdogan expressed solidarity with the Tunisians and Egyptians as their country passed through political turmoil.
“Turkey is side by side with the peoples of Tunisia and Egypt at this critical time,” Erdogan said.
“The Middle East has become a region associated with wars, conflicts, blood, tears, poverty, corruption, ignorance and abuse of human rights. We as Turkey believe that the Middle East and Arab peoples do not deserve this.”
Deepening ties between NATO-member Turkey and the countries of the Middle East, most notably Iran, have however raised some concerns that Turkey risks weakening its Western orientation.
(Additional reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Ibon Villelabeitia and Daren Butler http://blogs.reuters.com/search/journalist.php?edition=us&n=darenbutler&> ; Editing by Maria Golovnina)
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POSITIVE CHANGES IN MUSLIM SOCIETIES
I am moved by watching the “non-violent” peaceful revolution coming out of Egypt, this is a major paradigm change for Muslims. Unlike other gatherings that were typically shown as violent, this one is just incredible and I feel good about the future of Egypt. Mubarak will have to bow out against peaceful people.
America should boldly side with the people, Obama must muster up the guts to speak out, we can alienate the Egyptians and lose a whole lot of nations in the future or be with them and shape the democratic movement across the world.
The Israeli public should act now and dump the age old war monger in the government and side with the people, the deal is between people and people and not Mubarak and Netanyahu, and both are no good for their respective people.
Mike Ghouse offering pluralistic solutions on issues of the day, details at http://www.mikeghouse.net/# #
- Egypt: A New Spirit of National Pride http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5GSfSRY2PQ&feature=player_embedded#
- Mike Ghouse on Fox with Hannity on Egypt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYHm2fafBu0
- America; making a lemonade out of lemon http://nabsites.net/demo/egypt-making-lemonade-out-of-lemon/