Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years with full backing from all western countries from the US to the EU, appears to be losing the confidence of his western mentors. The clashes which erupted on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning have brought US and European Union support of the agitating anti-government demonstrators. The western states have condemned the violence forced by the pro-government demonstrators, prompting the Egyptian prime minister to offer an apology on behalf of the government. Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has apologized for stone pelting and gun shots on peaceful demonstrators, pledging to investigate the “fatal error.”
The protests that have been peaceful for nine days in Cairo and Alexandria, have turned violent as thousands of pro-government protesters stepped in, throwing stones on anti-government protesters on Wednesday evening. Anti-government protesters have also begun stone pelting and chasing their opposition from Tahrir square in a bid to retain control of the square, which has been the main rallying point of the protesters. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood and ElBaradei faction refused to sit down for talks, saying Mubarak’s resignation is the only solution.
The US expressed shock over the clashes and the leaders of France, Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain released a joint statement condemning the violence and declaring that the peaceful political transition should be started immediately. Hosni Mubarak was able to remain in power for 30 years only with the political, economic and military support of the western countries, lead by the US.
The US wants the heads of the third world countries to exercise strict control over every development that occurs in their countries. It doesn’t want frequent disturbances such as workers strikes, industrial disputes, political challenges and national struggles, either from the people or the opposition parties. It does not matter whether they achieve such control through dictatorship, autocracy, religious restrictions or multi-party democracy. Even military coups and revolutions are allowed for regime changes, but only if they have the prior approval of the US authorities.