Not surprisingly, the second round of the French presidential election will put outgoing President Emmanuel Macron against Marine Le Pen.
How does the French election worry us? In nothing. But we see it anyway, as we would watch an exciting series (or not) on Netflix or a movie in the cinema.
For decades, we dreamed of having that kind of choice at home. We also dreamed of having conflicting debates, analyzes of the polls (which were very wrong), scandals taken from the drawer in the middle of the campaign to be published in Le Canard enchaîné or Mediapart, journalists and judges who are not intimidated by ministers and presidents mv. Yes, for years we watched the presidential election and we started dreaming of having it here at home.
After the revolution in 2011, it is now done. It’s up to us to play the game and put on a good face with this democracy that fell from the sky.
But how do you do politics when you have been deprived of it for decades?
The Tunisians are not alone, far from having partners who are there to teach them about politics. Americans on the one hand and Europeans on the other.
The former supported the Islamists. Thanks to them, they replaced their wrinkled clothes from 2011 with fashionable suits and ties. They taught them how to raise masses, how to organize a press conference, how to raise money, how to pay “militant” with biftons to participate in demonstrations (a very common practice in the United States) how to banana an entire population. The Americans have not spared the cost of making former Islamist terrorists respectable and justified people. They will continue to support them until the 2019 election.
The other, the Europeans, have played several cards, some with the Islamists, others with fachos and some with lay people.
Millions of dinars have been injected by all these countries, directly and through NGOs, to support Tunisia’s nascent democracy.
Without this money, without this support, there would have been no Isie and IVD, Bawsala and I Watch, Nawaat and Inkyfada.
The money was there (and they are still there), they floated and had a specific purpose. Not to support democracy, as they say, but to support very specific agendas.
Strongly supported by the Americans, the Islamists were able to win the elections of 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2019. They only know the Quran and its derivatives, the Americans taught them everything else.
The result is clean. With these two cards in hand, God and the Americans, the Islamists have always been able to dominate the scene to the detriment of other political actors.
The day after the 2019 election, he felt almighty and demanded and obtained the President of Parliament, Rached Ghannouchi. His “children” was split in two thanks to a strategy adopted by the Americans. The moderate Islamists are maintained in Ennahdha (as if there were moderate Islamists!) And the radicals have a new store called Al Karama.
At the assembly, they played the policy of the good officer and the bad officer. They cheated, cheated and cheated. The opposition stumbled and there were only PDL and Attayar to counter the daily frauds and offenses. They were treated for daily verbal attacks and regular physical attacks. Abir Moussi and Samia Abbou had to go on hunger strike to stop the Islamist circus. Without success.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Rached Ghannouchi terrorized the country with weapons and firearms; in the 2010s, he terrorized it through the state apparatus. The Islamists may well be prosecuted, but all the files lay and slept in the drawers of the courts. Sahbi Smara, Seïf Eddine Makhlouf and Néji Jmal may have physically attacked deputies in front of the cameras, but they have never been worried by the courts, and they still are not.
This circus had to be stopped and it was President Kaïs Saïed who had this towards July 25th.
But what has he done since? Nothing ! Absolutely nothing ! The state is in decline, the coffers are empty, inflation is breaking records, the police are on their heels and justice is on their command. Its men and women are either powerless and unable to find concrete solutions, or real clowns. It is enough to see the governor of Ben Arous to be convinced of this.
The Tunisians applaud the president for now, but they will soon open their eyes and realize that he is not really better than the Islamists.
Kaïs Saïed may be honest and sincere, but he is not a statesman. He understands nothing of politics and communication. A person giving a speech at midnight may not be a good communicator. A person who is unable to maintain a team around him (the majority of his advisers have resigned) may not be a good politician and unite a country.
Who’s fault is it? To all of us! We are a lazy, pretentious, illiterate and ungrateful people.
But if we were to name one sinner for all our iniquities, it would undeniably be Rached Ghannouchi.
The Islamist has done a lot of damage to the countryside. It was not Kaïs Saïed who put an end to the Tunisian democratic experiment, it was Rached Ghannouchi through his quarrels and his cheating.
There would never have been a coup on July 25 if Rached Ghannouchi had not cheated, spent dirty money and sent his mercenaries MPs to strike against opponents within the assembly.
People are starting to open their eyes and let it be known. On July 25, he set fire to Ennahdha’s premises. Yesterday and the day before yesterday he shouted “clear” in front of Rached Ghannouchi, who came to pray in mosques miles from his home.
Without falling into conspiracy, it is not excluded that these thugs were sent by teams from the regime, determined to once again counter the opposition with unhealthy means.
Supporters of karma will easily remember that this same technique has been used for the last ten years by Islamists to terrorize the opposition and the media.
We can criticize Kaïs Saïed ad infinitum (and Business News does not hesitate to do so), the fact is that he is right in seeking to remove the Islamists from the scene.
Rached Ghannouchi must out of the Tunisian political scene, he caused him much harm. He is certainly not responsible for all of our evils, but he is guilty of being the origin of many of these evils.
If by some miracle we manage to regain our democracy and a normal political life, it is imperative that the Islamists be excluded, and Ghannouchi first.
Western democracies have in fact excluded neo-Nazis, it is our duty to exclude cheaters, deceivers, aggressors, self-proclaimed ambassadors of Allah and those who belong to the same movement as terrorists.