The Reconciliation Government may be a solution and may be a problem, but being the only solution means that it is a government to save the country and people in a critical and exceptional phase like this one. No one hopes that it would be a door for problems, because it would only be a combination compatible in shape and contradictory in essence.
The Government's task, time and effort would depend on this strange combination, between its being a representative to an overwhelming popular revolution led by the people for overthrowing the regime and its head on one hand, and its embodiment of a violent political crisis which was on the brink of blowing the whole political system, in power and opposition.
Theoretically, now we have a transitional president and a transitional government and both of them are at the practical stake. Only practice would reveal the truth if the GCC Initiative and its operational mechanisms are going to be a solution or a problem? I'm neither pessimistic to the verge of despair nor optimistic enough to wait for illusions.
However it is this or that no way out. Optimism is a must, whatever the government is and whatever our attitude is with or against it. At the end, any of us should think positively and not to rush to judge things from his own perspective. According to Victor Hugo, pessimism is the decay of cleverness or as somebody said; the optimist sees a light that does not exist and the pessimist sees a light and does not believe that it is light.
What I'm afraid of is that, this combination symbolizes the saying of the late Lebanese Prince Shakeep Arslan: the difference between the politician and the patriot is that the first thinks of the upcoming elections and the later thinks of the upcoming generations.
I don't not agree with depriving the politician of his feelings and sense of national responsibility towards present and upcoming generations. What matters are actions not words. Patriotism in as expressed by late Qasem Ameen works but not speaks. We have a great deal of clowns, hypocrites, opportunists, abusers, climbers and searchers for glory and fame even if on the skulls, blood, food or the future of the millions.? In return, how many are those who are busily working silently and sincerely. How many are, those who are honestly advocating the values of right, justice and equality without noise or favor ….?
I tell you the truth; this government reminds me of the government of Ahmed Shafeeq. The transitional powers of Abdu-Rabu takes me back to that fruitless debate into which the political elite were engaged regarding the transitional presidency of Omar Sulaiman. In spite of fact that the formation of the and government of Shafeeq and the appointment of Vice-president Sulaima came as a last moment a decision of Mubarak, both two were finally terminated as victims of this double schism. Functionally, they both represent a rescue mission that would have never come to them had it not been to the January 25 Revolution, which demanded the overthrow of Mubarak regime and practically they are with their dying president.
As both Shafeeq and Sulaiman, got power suddenly the revolution forced them to step down. Sulaiman tried hard to assemble outdated parties on dialogue table that never establishes a modern and democratic state. Accordingly, the refusal and stepping down were inevitable. The man departed but his face and sound still exist.
The lieutenant general Shafeeq continued in his position but he could not be the president of the revolutionary government. The problem is not that he was appointed by Mubarak but the the problem is that he could not get rid of the legacy of the former regime by being truly aligned with the revolution that brought him to be Prime Minister.
Vice-president Abdu-rabu and the Head of Reconciliation Government Basandwah are today like Sulaiman and Shafeeq. The only difference is that Basundoah is, to some extent, similar to Essam Sharaf, who came from Tahrir Square. However, let's be optimistic with the two men as rescuers of a country that is at the verge of Somalization. Let's look at the full half of the glass that is of full of water instead of looking at the empty half.
Let's abandon pessimism and let's think positively of the temporary President and Basandwah' Government. Leave the provocative question; with who would the government be aligned?, with the public revolution that demanded the total overthrow of the regime or to that who tries to impose himself even by different ways and means? The most important thing at this instant is that the change squares should remain alive until the end of their mission. Those who were patients and have suffered for three decades, why don't you keep on and bear three months.