So I have been so busy with uni work (which is why I haven’t been posting lately) that I only just found out what is actually going on in Tunisia. I read an article on my BBC app on the tube and I was shocked. Assassinations? Political clashes? They must’ve mixed up Tunisia with another turmoiled country in Africa. But unfortunately not. It was in my beautiful, sweet, homeland. My second reaction was disgust, disgust at how far people would go through to undermine the progression that Tunisia is trying to go through post-revolution. No matter who is in power, assassinations will not get you what you want, whether that is to topple a regime or just generally create instability. Now of course, unlike other tunisian’s raising their uneducated voices now, I knew Ennahdha couldn’t be behind it, for many reasons, one of which is ‘motive’, they have no reason to do this, think about it, what exactly would they achieve? It’s sad, and very ignorant of the media, especially the British media to start dropping hints, like writing that Chokri Beleed was ‘anti-islamist’, making it seem like the motive.
I believe that the only way to get past this is wait for the results of the ‘thorough’ investigation into his death. That would then shine a light on who the guilty party actually is, who I think would most probably end up being his own people, as this smells of an inside job to me. Then Ennahdha must take a tough stance on all the political parties that are using dirty tricks to undermine Tunisia’s progress.
Nevertheless, all the events that are taking place are natural post revolution happenings, even though i would think even tougher for ennahdha as they are not just facing opposition from inside secularists, but also the big western countries like France pulling the invisible strings from afar.
We have seen in history many cases like this, just today I was (re-)studying the Russian Revolution, and after the Bolsheviks brought down the Tsarist regime, they did not say ‘let’s go into coalition with the old elites’. No, they took what they thought were necessary measures to protect their revolution, namely nationalising the press, to avoid what we see now in Tunisia with the remains of the old regime using foul play to build opposing propaganda using the media. Now, I’m not saying that Ennahdha should have exerted control on the press and banned freedom of speech, but they should not have let the corpses of the old regime feed and fatten up and regain life in order to disrupt the natural transitional process.
A lot of people have called for Ennahdha to toughen up, and stand up for the reasons they revolted in the first place. They will only get one chance, and I pray to God that their over leniency has not cost them this opportunity. Having said that, the tunisian people need to understand that transition can not happen over night, the revolution was unexpected, even the revolutions in history that were meticulously planned and organised took long to carry out the transition, let alone a small country like Tunisia with people of all ideologies and schools of thought. Patience is a virtue.