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Mubarak: Talks Like An Egyptian

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It is nightfall in Egypt. Perhaps a million Egyptians are gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, AKA Liberation Square. President Mubarak is yet the president of Egypt. But he knew it was time to speak up or leave.

Mubarak has made a statement before the crowds, his main message: that he is not going to run for re-election in September. That is just not good enough for those gathered in the square. They want him to leave now.

Senator John Kerry has also asked that Mubarak step down.

Mubarak mentioned a need to limit terms (he has served 32 years). But he said he is going to stay and die in Egypt. So he seems bent on not going anywhere and on overseeing the next stage.

But the demonstrators are saying, “We don’t want this man!” It is not enough that Mubarak has stated that he won’t run again.

The greatest fear is that there won’t be any political shift or change if Mubarak is anywhere on the political scene. CNN ran a recorded, translated message from Mubarak that to my ears was so much mumbo-jumbo. He blasted the protesters and accused the revolt of anarchy and not resolving any problems, rather creating them by looting and attacking diplomatic missions.

He kept saying that we are living some “difficult days.” The people believe that it was their leader who precipitated these difficult days. In his recorded statement he said that he has initiated a new government that will respond to the demands of the young people. He said that all the demands have been discussed and the “legitimate demands” will be addressed. Mubarak then issued an “invitation to dialogue that is still on.”

He pledges to transfer power to the legitimate government to fulfill the people’s demands. In his statement he asked the Parliament to speed up elections and suggested that there were some constitutional changes that needed to be made as well, like term limits. While loud “cheering” seems to rise from the crowds, the journalists think there is something lost in translation and the people are shouting, “We are not leaving tomorrow, or Thursday, or anyday.” And not encouraging the President.

The people don’t want to dialogue with President Mubarak or his new cabinet. They want him gone. Will they take him up on his extended olive branch and his promise of jobs for young men and relief from poverty? Only time will tell. The Egyptian has spoken and has told his people he plans to live and die in Egypt.

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  • Heloise


    Hundreds of thousands of protesters had gathered for a huge rally on what they called “Farewell Friday,” and after 18 days they finally achieved their main goal.

    “The people have brought down the regime,” chanted the crowds in Tahrir Square.

  • Heloise

    Yemen demonstrators today. But journalists targets in Cairo Lester Holt said he is hearing gunfire the tanks are gone for now. Journalists lives endangered. Anderson not the only one who got hit or hurt.

  • Heloise

    U noticed that too? We kill, we trade, we buy. But it makes life easier and more affordable 4 those w/ funds. Cannot believe how cheap TVs and laptops have become. If we had not turned over our manufac sector to china they would cost 5K range instead of 500$ range.

    I say Cuba next, i.e., if Castro allows.

  • Clavos

    It would be interesting, in this connection, to re-examine the Vietnamese situation, how they’re faring. The media has been rather silent on the subject.

    Judging from the growing quantity of goods I buy which are marked “Made in Vietnam,” I’d guess they are doing well, and are on the ascendancy.

  • Except we don’t have deep pockets any longer; the multinationals do.

    As to Cuba, I suppose the ideology of socialism serves as a safety valve. It would be interesting, in this connection, to re-examine the Vietnamese situation, how they’re faring. The media has been rather silent on the subject.

  • Heloise

    yeah but can he pull a democracy out of his butt? The RW is praising Bush for wanting to open the democracy door for the Arab world but it is a complex beast. It is NOT just about voting. But first things first…kick the bad-guys out. Mubarak was not the worse dictator in the barrel just one of the longest after Castro that is.

    Why aren’t the Cubans overthrowing Castro regime? They would have much more to gain from the US deep pockets at this point if they did. Maybe Cuba is next….


  • The unsung ideological hero behind the Egyptian revolution, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, the Egyptian Nelson Mandela.

    A portrait.

  • Heloise

    Looks like mubarak has turned his henchmen army on the demonstrators. He wants chaos to give legitimacy to his reign.

  • He imagines himself another Pharaoh.

    There’s just no limit to human hubris.

  • santiago

    good morning, i´m writing from ARGENTINA, i´d love to say to egyptian people not to leave this fight, changes are posible, we have here something exactly the same, it was in 2001. dont worry winds of change are coming, DONT DISMISSED!!EGYPTIANS BROTHERS HAVE TO BE CLOSED, ´CAUSE THAT´S THE FIRST LAW !!!!!