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I feel intense fear and anxiety regarding the fate of my beloved homeland, Egypt.

The greatest reason for fear is that it seems that the Egyptian people have reached a state of anxiety and polarization that could lead to confrontations in the street, and this is something that is extremely alarming.

I am aghast at the state of “permanent rejection” by each party towards all others, as well as the unwavering anger towards each project or initiative, not to mention everybody’s constant mistrust and suspicion towards everybody else.

This is the state of mind that has struck Egyptian politics since the revolution until today. This is something that may push Egypt past a point of no return in terms of political disorder, and may lead to even worse chaos and unrest, God forbid!

I believe that nobody is trying to rise above this state of “dispute” and “polarization” to build bridges between the disparate forces that are exhibiting nothing but mutual hatred and enmity towards one another.

Nobody is thinking about national principles and the greater good in Egypt, rather they are pursuing ideas and conflicts that will not lead towards agreement or stability.

Since Thursday evening, Egypt has entered a new stage, and is witnessing new episodes in this ongoing phenomenon of the dismantling of the state, the destruction of the regime and inciting the street.

The crisis in Egypt, in reality, is a crisis of the failure of the political and intellectual elites in understanding the size of their responsibility to build a modern and civilized Egypt.

This elite has had numerous failures since 23 July, 1952, whilst today we are paying the deferred bill for this! The greatest of these failures is the lack of ability to conduct dialogue with others inside this country, whose civilization emerged more than 5,000 years ago.

Egypt has witnessed a state of division since the January revolution between civil society, religion and the military; between supporters and opponents; between optimists and pessimists; between those who support and those who oppose the new constitution; between those who support a state of law and those who support a state of revolution.

These divisions, between the far-left and the far-right, and between those who hold the most radical liberal views and those who hold the most conservative religious views, have ensured the failure of the creation of a strong foundation for a democratic society. Indeed, this has all but guaranteed a state of disorder leading to political chaos.

Egypt today must figure out how to manage the ongoing sharp divisions between its various parties and segments, or it will enter a vicious circle of revenge and counter-revenge until the country and the people truly reach a point of no return.

May God protect Egypt from all evils!