Letter: Egyptian Student responds to Mubarak ousting

“There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times. The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same.” These were the words of President Obama right after Mubarak’s departure Friday. For more than 6,000 years, we have been ruled by all kinds of rulers and invaders: Pharaohs, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, French and British rulers. For the first time in more than six millennia, we stood against our ruler and forced him to abide to our will. It is a historic day, indeed.

After an amazing leaderless revolution witnessed by the whole world, we now have a long path of reform. The ousting of Mubarak was just the very first step of this path. As of now, not a single Egyptian knows what will happen in the future. Well, isn’t this the case with all revolutions since the dawn of civilization? Did the French people have a concrete plan of their future after executing Louis XVI? Did the Americans guarantee the success of their dream when the American Revolution was over?

We are not worried, though. As we showed the world an exemplary revolution praised for its organization and peacefulness even against the government’s hired thugs, we will prove to the world that we can take good control of our country. We may be new to democracy, but our long history has provided us with experience that will allow us to establish a free and strong nation.

Congratulations, my great country, for a well-deserved freedom!