Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/16/2011

Wael Ghonim blasts Egypt’s military


Wael Ghonim. (NICHOLAS KAMM - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
A former Google executive and the man who became the public face of protests in Egypt Wael Ghonim isn’t pleased with the state of the country post-revolution.

Ghonim took his displeasure to Facebook Thursday, writing an open letter to the commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces Field Marshal Mohammed Tantawi. In the letter, Ghonim blasted the military leadership, the slow pace of reform and the absence of a transition to a new, democratic government.

“After weeks and months, the mode of governance in our nation has not fundamentally changed and the excuse has been ‘stability,’ and it did not matter if the result was stability at the bottom of the pit,” Ghonim wrote. He’s not the only one calling for a clearer road map for the country.

This week, seven presidential candidates met to discuss the possibility of demanding elections in as early as February or March.

Last week, the Muslim Brotherhood, which once allied with the military, fumed over the the military's decision to expand an emergency law it had promised to dismantle.

Activists have continued to hold a series of protests about the slow timeline for reform, including a large protest in Tahrir Square last Friday dubbed “Correcting the Path,” which was held to demand an end to military trials of civilians.

The Wall Street Journal points out that the military has not only delayed elections but also implemented “Mubarak-era tactics to repress dissent.” According to Ghonim, these tactics includes the arrests, detentions and accusations of treachery leveled at young Egyptians who “were prominent members of the frontlines of a revolution that the SCAF (Supreme Council of Armed Forces) has described as one of the greatest historical moments in the life of our nation.”

“More groups of youth become frustrated with every day that passes,” he wrote.

Andrew Keen, author of “The Cult of the Amateur,” said Thursday that Ghonim — who became a figure­head of the protests after being arrested and then released in January and who uses Facebook to galvanize protests — would be just a “footnote in history.”

“Ah,” human rights activist Leah McElrath wrote on Twitter Thursday, “but what an interesting ‘footnote’ it will be.”

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