Over the last two years a great deal of change has taken place in Egypt and for very many it is hard to believe that so little change took place in the Arab country for such a long period. When Hosni Mubarak was in power for 30 years, many considered the weight of his control was impossible to overcome.
The aging rulers of the region had been in power for decades and a reminder of that took place last week. In Cairo, at a conference, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, when making a reference to Mohamed Morsi the current president of Egypt, made a mistake by saying Hosni before quickly correcting himself.
The 18 days of Arab Spring in Egypt two years ago was even more surprising because of the long term stagnancy in the region. When Mubarak resigned on February 11 of 2011, protesters across Egypt and in Tahrir Square felt the weight of the world taken off their shoulders and nothing but happiness ahead of them.
However, today that happiness and feeling of promise is gone. People on the streets in Cairo said nothing has changed. Mubarak is out, Morsi is in and nothing was done for the Egyptian people, is what most feel.
Tahrir is still a focal point for protests. However, now the signs are denouncing the reign of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. They say the economy is shattered, that the leadership is only self-serving and there has been an overall failure to carry on the revolution’s ideals.
Many observers see the situation of Egypt becoming worse before it gets any better. However, they feel that is the natural course as most governments following a revolution are weak along with the security, economy and president.