Egypt: the voice of the victims is the voice of God

Vox victimarum, vox Dei is an ancient Catholic truism—the voice of the victims is indeed the voice of God. If you are looking for infallibility, start here. And who and where is God? Meister Eckhart the brilliant Dominican mystic of the 14th century phrased it beautifully, “God is a great underground river that no one can dam up and no one can stop.”

How beautifully ironic, how utterly biblical, another Pharaoh toppled from his throne in Egypt! The burning bush can never be extinguished!

And now we look at Egypt as Christians trying to decipher the world.

A CBC report from Israel has that able reporter Adrienne Arsenaualt saying that Israeli authorities admit that they did not see this coming, that it was a failure of intelligence…so was the Fall of the Wall in 1989. The CIA  and the Mossad were obviously not reading Facebook.

For those with eyes to see, for those who suffer with the voiceless, for those see the world as Bonhoeffer suggested “from the underside of history”, it was always there…but like Eckhart says, it was, for most people who are well fed and have their needs met (read middle class and up) it is underground. But for Christians who take their cues from Jesus, the hidden agitator behind every cry for human dignity, it is all there in Matthew 25:31-46…”Lord when did we see you hungry….”

The voice of the victims finally bursts forth in Egypt…but it was always there, driven underground by a corrupt dictator who will leave with $40 billion in his offshore acoounts. How does an army general accrue this much money as his people struggle with hunger and so much unemployment? With his great supporter that fake lover of democracy,the United States behind him, Mubarak departs—as did Marcos, the Shah, Duarte, Duvalier, Pinochet- before him–all propped up by the United States of Amnesia, the country who forgot its roots.

Mubarak was a thug who took the emperor’s shilling and did its bidding. Prop up Israel and its brutal oppression of fellow Muslims, arrest any Egyptian who rallies to this cause. For this he was amply rewarded. And the Statue of Liberty wept.

What an extraordinary day for Egyptians, one that has shattered the racist image of Arabs. What not to love in this outpouring of dignity and equality? Of course there was a price to pay, over 300 deaths by the rent-a-thugs unleashed by the security forces.We should be proud as fellow humans over what Egypt has achieved.

The real struggle of course lies ahead.

Will they allow Omar Suleiman  the torturer, the rendition enabler, the man with known links to the CIA, the man who studied all these methods of control at Fort Bragg in the States,to become Mubarak light.You can bet Uncle Sam is in there furiously cobbling a deal to keep the region “stable.”

Meanwhile Hilary Clinton who called Mubarak a “loyal friend” and “family”  flew into Cairo a few days ago, did 5 TV shows in one day and flew right to Haiti to tell the Haitians what they must do in the upcoming elections!

This is a wake up call for Americans who have too long lived with the naive notion that their country was a force for good in the world. “Why do they hate us,” they bleated after 9/11.Martin Luther King, a year before he was shot understood why: “We are the greatest purveyors of violence in the world.”  Will te country whose torch of liberty once inspired the world finally  stop enabling dictaorships around the world and begin the serious task of living up to its putative democratc ideals?Will she get beyond Israel, oil and stability and move to genuine human rights and real democracy?

This of c ourse is a question the Harper government should be asking itself.

Meanwhile the underground river once again erupts reminding us that our God by whatever name we call God, is always present. The masses in Egypt-Muslims, Coptic  Christians, Secularists- have reminded us that there is no such thing as cheap grace, that for justice and God’s reign to become visible, “we too must shoulder that cross which rthe world and flesh inflict upon those who search after peace and justice.” Gaudium et spes, 1965)


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    Phil Little Says:

    your posts are getting better – what a marvelous summation of the events in Cairo showing that these were even more significant – beyond the global community. The emperor must become more ruthless as his powers are diminished – seeking to crush the poor on all fronts. But that underground stream continues to errupt in artisian springs of hope and change.

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