The Candle Light Vigil update
We are proceeding as planned. We have initial National Security people's approval, we have the site's approval, and we have notified the media. All is going well, the only kink is getting the signiture of the Head of the National Security Agency on that permit, which is the one thing we are missing and the one thing we are working on. Now, some people may wonder, what exactly is their problem? Why is this taking so long? Well, apparently they are afraid for the following reasons: 1) The fact that President Mubarak will announce his running for President Today, which they suspect will unleash more terrorist attacks the moment the announcment is made. 2) The fact that the opposition is planning a march against the president at Al Azhar after Friday's prayer that Friday, which the police fear may be infiltrated by islamists and may cause some ruckus or problems or clashes with our protest. 3) The fact that they are scared incompetent morons and they fear that something may happen to us during our protest in front of international media, and they can't handle another international security failure. Okay, the scared incompetent morons part is all me in the third reason, but the rest is true. So, What to do? What to do? Get in over their heads. As I am writing this, some of us are making phonecalls to highly connected people to reach one highly connected individual, whose approval would just greenlight everything. It is the irony of all ironies that we might end up doing this because of him and his pull, but desperate times call for desperate measures. On a seperate note, it is entirely too frustrating that doing something like what we are planning to do is so hard and taking so much time and effort on our part. After this is over, I am done with any kind of planning of any kind of event. Just through with it all. Just trying to make this event happen is consuming my time, raising my blood pressure and will probably get me fired from my job. And I am just trying to do something good for the country's image,something that that is not political at all. I can't even imagine the kind of shit Alaa goes through, but damn it, I have newfound respect for him. Anyway, tommorow from 6 to 9. Wear white. We have the candles, we just need you to be there!