Historic electricity crisis? No problem. Growing insurgency in Sinai and spreading to major cities? Bring it on. Multiple problems with Suez Canal project? Ok, who doesnt have problems. Buying your daily bread with a ration card? We all must tighten our belts they say. Human rights violation you claim? What country is perfect, they retort. Marginalization of all opposition, both secular and Islamists? Show me a perfect democracy they answer.
Welcome to the twighlight zone. You have now entered the Sisi camp.
The logic employed by Sisifites, in corners near and far, centers on two basic tenets: a deep belief in the notion of the savior and a belief that critique, at such a ‘crucial’ stage, is unpatriotic. Bush’s infamous phrase of ‘mission accomplished’ truly belongs on Sisi ‘s rhetorical mantle. His mission was the veneer of stability rather than stability itself. Offer no structrul solutions but depend on a natural ability to bat eyelashes and utter the phrase ‘Egypt wil be as big as the world’. It matters not that Egypt’s problems are as big as the world. All that matters is that a large percentage of your domestic audience believes you when you utter that ‘magical phrase. The Sisi cult, by its very creation, is the epicenter of Sisi’s domestic policy.
Counterbalance that with the rise of a xenophobic ultra-nationalist fervor that renders critics of Sisi traitors and levels them with daily punches from all strands of society and you have an impenetratble veneer around a leader who detests the word NO.
So long as Egyptians continue to eat Sisi cereal the very notion of change will be a mirage.
As you watch the soap opera unfold just remember this: cereal is a nutritional mirage.