Tuesday, February 1, 2011

They Said It Couldn't Happen In Egypt

All efforts to quell the Egyptian uprising have failed. The revolution continues.

President Hosni Mubarak went on Egyptian national TV this evening and announced he will not run for re-election, but it was not enough to satisfy the millions of protesters came who out on the eighth day of the uprising in greater numbers than ever. As Mubarak gave his speech, protesters shouted "Leave, leave."

Mubarek, who has been described for at least the past year as being in failing health, and had been grooming his son Gamayel to take his place, gave a defiant speech. It is being suggested that a high level US delegation that had arrived in Egypt earlier handed Mubarak his script and survival game plan. US officials have been publicly voicing support for the pro democracy protesters while scrambling to find a way to save one of their most valued assets. Mubarak and US President Barak Obama spoke on the phone for a half hour before Mubarak's speech, Al Jazeerah Washington bureau is reporting.

Article after article in the US mainstream media laments the coming loss of Israel's only friend (besides the corrupt Palestinian Authority) in the Middle East.

The Washington Post, and observers on the streets of Egypt, have provided more proof that any looting and violence going on is that of plainclothes Egypt police and security forces trying to promote panic.

It is not far fetched to speculate that agents of the US and Israel are busy there, too. It would be a remarkable departure from past practice if they were not.

No one being mentioned as successor to Mubarak, and none of the opposition groups who might form a new government, can be counted on to continue Mubarek's slavish enabling of Zionism, or provide cover for the fraudulent Israeli-Palestinian "peace process" that is increasingly being exposed as merely a ruse on the part of Israel and the US while Israel steals more Palestinian land. -- sure to be eliminated would be Egyptian complicity with the blockade of Gaza, and the Camp David peace accords between Egypt and Israel would likely come under review. Indeed, outside of Mubarak and his inner circle, it would be difficult to find a friend of Zionism in Egypt.

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