Memo from Egypt: We Shall Not Be Moved

With every passing day, the Egyptian uprising gathers strength as more citizens rally to the cause and demand the immediate resignation of Hosni Mubarak. The regime’s pillars are crumbling. Yesterday, the demonstrators surged out of Tahrir Square and marched towards the National Assembly and the building that houses the Ministry of Interior. But perhaps the most important development was the smaller demonstrations held in front of government owned media outlets and the resignations of a number of prominent journalists on the regime’s payroll.

The defection of journalists and TV personalities means that the regime has lost its ability to control the message. Until Monday, the coverage of the uprising by the government owned press has been scandalous. Now, the change in tone coming from the regime’s very own megaphone suggests that even state paid propagandists have read the writing on the wall and decided that the demonstrators have gained the upper hand.

One prominent headline in Wednesday’s issue of Al-Ahram, the official megaphone of the regime, demonstrated the dramatic tilt in coverage. “Fi Al Tahrir Hata al Raheel” translates into “We’ll Occupy Tahrir Square until Mubarak steps down” or in other words “We shall not be moved.” That would have been unthinkable a week ago.

What’s more astonishing about these developments is that a day earlier, Omar Suleiman, held a two hour meeting with the management of major government daily papers and privately owned opposition papers. I guess whatever message he was trying to deliver just didn’t sink in. It appears that even disreputable government employed journalists have bailed out on Mubarak because they understand the liability of being too closely identified with the dictatorial regime.

Every journalist in the country is suddenly howling about the mind boggling corruption of Mubarak’s government. The former minister of interior, Habib Adly, apparently amassed a fortune of $1.3 billion dollars. Not bad for a government employee. Other former ministers have amassed similar fortunes. According to Al-Ahram, the former Minister of Tourism, The former Minister of Housing and the former Minister of Health are all billionaires and the attorney general has already issued orders freezing their assets and barring them from leaving the country. In a country where the minimum wage was only recently raised to the equivalent of $70 a month, even a million dollars is considered surreal wealth. So you can only imagine how these revelations sit with the man on the street especially when they are confirmed by the government’s own media establishment.

Of course, the net worth of the Mubarak clan is still a taboo subject. There is speculation in the foreign press that the president is one of the richest men in the world with a fortune estimated at $40 billion. Al-Ahram won’t go there – not yet anyhow. But the disturbing news of the first family’s fabulous wealth has already reached Tahrir Square and it helps explain why the demonstrations are gaining strength.

With the sudden change in the sentiments of the scribes of the government press, all eyes are now focused on the army. So far, the army has maintained a neutral stance. The common wisdom in the western press is that the army will eventually tilt towards the regime because its senior officers are beneficiaries of many perks. That might be true, but they’re still Egyptians and they won’t easily give up their status as the single most respected institution in the country. While the generals are often handsomely rewarded by the regime for their loyalty, the vast majority of officers are middle class and their compensation has taken a downward dive even as Mubarak targeted his largess towards the police and the Republican Guards.  Anybody who knows anything about Egypt understands that the junior officers in the military will abandon their posts before accepting orders to abort a popular uprising. The military establishment has two choices – they can play a meaningful and constructive role in the Post-Mubarak era or they can prop up the faltering regime for a few months at the expense of losing the trust of their people.

As the uprising gains momentum, college professors, professional associations and trade unions are joining the fray. They know which way the tide is turning and so does the army’s rank and file.

The young people who led this uprising have a spirit and a love of country that no Egyptian can ignore. There is a surge of patriotism in the country that transcends anything seen since the 1973 war. Egypt has not experienced a popular uprising of this magnitude since 1919 when Egyptians became the first third world people to secure nominal independence from the British Empire. Those kids in Tahrir Square know their history and have seen three hundred of their finest shed their blood for freedom. They will honor their sacrifices by standing tall against any force that attempts to abort their uprising. A word to the wise – listen carefully to what these young men and women are saying – “we shall not be moved.”

Ahmed Amr is the author of How to Steal a Billion Dollars – the Confessions of James Li. The initial draft is available free of charge on TooBigToSanction.com. He can be reached at: Montraj@aol.com. Read other articles by Ahmed.

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  1. Deadbeat said on February 10th, 2011 at 12:41am #

    I think we need to abandon the idea that what’s going on in Egypt is the manipulation of the U.S. Also I think we need to include more voices from the region. The Laveretts has an article entitled IRAN’S KHAMENEI SPEAKS TO EGYPT’S “AWAKENING” [http://www.raceforiran.com/irans-khamenei-speaks-to-egypts-awakening] here is an except …

    In his remarks, Khamenei said that “developments in North Africa, Egypt, Tunisia and some other countries have a special meaning for the Iranian nation. This is what was always referred to as the Islamic awakening created by the victory of the great Islamic revolution of the Iranian nation and is showing itself today.” Focusing on Egypt and its long-time President, Hosni Mubarak, Khamenei said that “for 30 years this country has been in the hands of someone who is not seeking freedom and is the enemy of those seeking freedom. Not only is he not anti-Zionist, but he is the companion, colleague, confidant, and servant of Zionists. It is a fact that Hosni Mubarak’s servitude to America has been unable to take Egypt one step towards prosperity.” Khamenei also underscored the strategic significance of what was happening in Egypt: “If they are able to push this through then what will happen to U.S. policies in the region will be an irreparable defeat for America”.

    Perhaps it is language like this why the pseudo-Left is scared of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is not Islam they fear but anti-Zionism. This is why the spin about Capitalism and the Corporation but nothing about Zionist goals and aims and control of U.S. foreign policy.

    From an interview on Press TV with Mark Bruzonsky (How Zionism infiltrated the US [http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27425.htm]) states that 50% of the Democratic Party donor base are Zionists. He didn’t say “corporations” he said ZIONISTS!

    This is appears to me that the pseudo-Left’s stance against Capitalism is not to see its demise but to REDIRECT focus from Zionism and to establish “credibility” rather than analysis and solidarity. This is why you have the pseudo-Left trying to paint the Egyptian uprising as sole about bread and butter and without any mention of racism (Zionism). Yet if they were talking about African Americans they would be unafraid to consider racism in their analysis. The duplicity is load and clear.

    The interview on Press TV with Mark Bruzonsky is an eyeopener.

  2. AaronG said on February 10th, 2011 at 3:22am #

    Good article, but I was concerned about this comment: “So far, the army has maintained a NEUTRAL stance” (emphasis mine) and your point that, just because the army are Egyptian-born, they will magically align with the people. I look around the world and I see hired killers, goons who “just follow orders”. American goons kill Americans, Catholic goons kill Catholics, Israeli goons kill Israelis. These guys don’t bake bread for a living – they’re killers. They’re not being neutral – they’re being held back by political forces to do the thing that they are trained and paid to do………I’d hate to be in Tahrir Square when they go to work. Please don’t attribute human feelings to them, it’s insulting me.

    Then again, you’re closer to the region, maybe you’re right………….

  3. mary said on February 10th, 2011 at 8:49am #

    Mubarak resigning tonight.

    I bet the diplomatic phone lines between Tel Aviv, Washington and London are in meltdown!

  4. mary said on February 10th, 2011 at 9:57am #

    The rich have already left apparently taking with them property that rightfully belongs to the Egyptian people. The United Arab Emirates are welcome to these trashy hangers-on and traitors.

    {http://www.economicvoice.com/the-wealthy-leave-egypt-taking-money-with-them/50016302#axzz1DYAiv44d}

    It was so sad listening to one of the protesters just now. She was very emotional and said she did not know whether to be happy or not because of the uncertainty. The reports and speculation are flying around.

    The poor people see freedom but it is still not quite within their reach. I wish them well and hope they continue to stand together. The Arabic word for steadfastness is ‘sumud’.

    Sumud (Arabic: صمود‎) meaning “steadfastness” or “steadfast perseverance” is an ideological theme and political strategy that first emerged among the Palestinian people through the experience of the dialectic of oppression and resistance in the wake of the 1967 war.

  5. hayate said on February 10th, 2011 at 11:40am #

    Deadbeat

    “I think we need to abandon the idea that what’s going on in Egypt is the manipulation of the U.S.”

    There is a lot of evidence some elements of the protests are being manipulated by israeloamerica. Whether those elements win out has yet to be seen. This is about the leadership and not the masses of people, who may prevent israeloamerica co-opting what they are seeking.

  6. Deadbeat said on February 10th, 2011 at 2:19pm #

    hayate,

    I agree with need to be concerned whether the movement gets co-opted by Zionist elements and if they win out. I totally agree with that. But from what I’ve read and seen I really don’t think what’s going on in Egypt is a “CIA/Mossad” inspired “green” movement. I really believe that this was spontaenous and outside of U.S./Israel manipulations. You can’t keep a people oppressed forever. This is Egypt’s moment.

  7. Angie Tibbs said on February 10th, 2011 at 3:11pm #

    Sorry to disappoint you, Mary, but Mubarak is NOT stepping down tonight. He has declared that he is staying on until the September elections. What this will do to the revolution is anybody’s guess. I expect he took instructions from his “friends” in the “west”.

  8. Rehmat said on February 10th, 2011 at 6:04pm #

    Mubarak will step down of die by an assasin’s shot – only when Israel wishes. Both Mubarak and Ben-Obama knows who rules America.

  9. commoner3 said on February 10th, 2011 at 7:30pm #

    What is going on in Egypt has the color and smell of those “color revolutions” and it will fail and that will be the end of the Muslim Brotherhood power in Egypt for good., I hope. Is George Soro behind it?? I don’t know but I wouldn’t be surprised. A pseudo-left Zionist is financing a revolution for “freedom and Democracy” in Egypt!! That would be a good joke!!.
    Food and bottled water were delivered continuously to the rioters and blankets were distributed and that for THOUSANDS of rioters. Who is paying for all of that???!!

  10. Deadbeat said on February 10th, 2011 at 9:58pm #

    commoner3 writes …

    What is going on in Egypt has the color and smell of those “color revolutions” and it will fail and that will be the end of the Muslim Brotherhood power in Egypt for good.,

    I find it hard to believe that what’s going on in Egypt is a “color” revolution. Please if you can answer these question:

    [1] The previous color revolution has U.S. support. If not in dollars at least rhetorically the U.S. came out in full support. Not so with Egypt. The U.S. Administration is calling for an “orderly” transition. They certainly didn’t say that wrt Iran. So why the discrepancies?

    [2] Why would the U.S./Israel risk turmoil and chaos to remove a reliable ally? If the purpose of the U.S. is to remove Mubarak why risk inciting a national liberation movement that could bring anti-Zionists into power?

    [3] Food and bottled water were delivered continuously to the rioters and blankets were distributed and that for THOUSANDS of rioters. Who is paying for all of that???!!

    Could it be possible that the Arab people themselves are providing support?

    I’m still not convinced. This is not to say that pro-Zionist elements won’t co-opt the movement but I find it hard to believe that they are behind it. So please do make a rational argument and if you can back it up with some reasonable facts I’d appreciate it.

  11. hayate said on February 11th, 2011 at 12:06am #

    Deadbeat

    I hope you are right about this being Egypt’s moment.

  12. commoner3 said on February 11th, 2011 at 2:03am #

    Re: Deadbeat said on February 10th, 2011 at 9:58pm

    Deadbeat,

    Your points 1, 2 were answered priviously, in lengthy exchanges with you , in different threads 2 or 3 days ago , and consequently what is mentioned in point 3 wouldn’t be far fetched, but of course I don’t have any proof.

  13. mary said on February 11th, 2011 at 2:16am #

    More like livid and outraged Angie. The disgusting old man was just playing tricks yesterday and taunting the decent Egyptian people.

    He is a psychopath. He has known very well how many of his countrymen have been imprisoned by him for their belief in Allah and that many have screamed in their torture. An unknown number have died and the corpses left outside ‘pour encourager les autres’. All this has been supported by HMG and its minions in the fine embassies like Sir Dominic Asquith’s in Cairo. And like Baha Mousa and the hundreds that ‘our boys kicked and tortured’ in Iraq though they were of course just ‘doing their job’.

    Point fingers at the lying media including shills like the BBC’s Donnison and Doucet, Humphrys and Davies, but above all, at the ‘Liberator of Kabul’ John Simpson etc. And above them to the programme editors and above them to SIR Michael Lyons, the BBC chairman, and all the other Zionists running this black show.

    What do the Americans now think of the lines of tanks with weaponry that their tax dollars supplied for Mubarak? They are now confronting the people on the day when the largest ever protest will happen.

    Stand firm brave Egyptians!

    John Pilger has written this. The Egyptian Revolt Is Coming Home

    {http://www.johnpilger.com/articles/the-egyptian-revolt-is-coming-home}

  14. Deadbeat said on February 11th, 2011 at 4:06am #

    Basically commoner3, I went back to the discussions and found this remark of yours …

    What is ominous is the strong similarity of the attitude and behaviour of the US toward the Egyptian turmoil to its attitude and behaviour toward the Iranian revolution where the US used its influence with the army officer corps to prevent any attempt by the army to confront the rebellion.

    It looks in both cases the US was paving the way for new regimes that are easier to pick a fight with in the future!!!! Why???!!

    In both cases both the Mullahs of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt have a long history of secret dealings with the CIA before the “revolutions”.
    Whatever is happening in Egypt, if the US got its way insisting on immediate “transition”, the Muslim Brotherhood will take over installing a theocratic oppressive regime much much worse than anything before them and the result will be a far cry from any “National Liberation Movement”!!

    I’ll take this remark as being your answer to [1] & [2]. To paraphrase, you are saying that the U.S. gov’t is behind the rebellion in Egypt in a similar manner as they were behind the “green rebellions” in Iraq in order to replace the Egyptian President Mubarak with the Muslim Brotherhood who’ve you’ve say have ties with the CIA.

    This again seems rather far fetched. The primary promoter of the CIA connection with the Brotherhood comes from Ian Johnson who is on the payroll of the Wall Street Journal. The Journal is far from being an objective source on matters concerning the Middle East and Zionism.

    The political tendencies of the organizations that gives Ian Johnson a forum are all pro-Israel which means having to look deeper into the spin behind the Brotherhood coming from the media especially since Zionism is supported across the political spectrum in the West.

    My quick research indicates that the alleged ties between the CIA and the Brotherhood occurred during the 1950’s — during the height of the Cold War — when Eisenhower was President. The point I’m making here is that U.S. main foreign policy interest in the Middle East then was not Zionism but both neo-colonial and neutralizing the influence of the USSR — a country that Nasser had aligned Egypt to. Thus it was natural that the CIA would seek out opponents of Nasser and tie itself with the Brotherhood.

    However it is a rather far-fetched to believe that the Brotherhood are now in bed with a CIA that works for the interest of Zionism which is what you and Ian Johnson would have us believe.

    Just to be clear my rebuttal is not an endorsement of the Brotherhood. I have no say in Egypt’s liberation and governance. My place is to support the Egyptian struggles against Zionist tyranny and to speak out against Zionist dominance. Having said that, it seems to me that your argument against the Brotherhood fits within attempts by the Zionist-Left to diminish the Egyptian people’s struggle for liberation and self-determination.

    As far as [2], you have not made a cogent argument for the U.S. to support an organization that has a history of being anti-Zionist. This risky strategy not sit well with AIPAC and the other major Jewish donors paranoia, from where 50% of the Democratic Party donations originate, to bring down one of THE MOST RELIABLE Zionist ally of the past 30 years. Why would a subservient Obama risk an anti-Zionist backlash just to bring down Mubarak hasn’t been rationally explained by you that makes an iota of any strategic or political sense.

    You cannot compare Egypt’s upraising to that of the so-called “green” rebellion in Iran. The facts have show than the “greens” did not have mass support and that Ahmadinejad had won the elections.

    However I’m still open to some convincing arguments. So long as you make them convincing and provide some real objective sources to back your arguments.

  15. mary said on February 11th, 2011 at 6:08am #

    Teafoe2 lately on DV has moved over to pulsemedia! His comment is the only one on:

    {http://pulsemedia.org/2011/02/11/the-brief-reign-of-a-boy-king-the-obama-legacy-unearthed/}

  16. Don Hawkins said on February 11th, 2011 at 7:25am #

    Thank you Mary went to pulse mrdia and enjoyed the style of writing. That bit of thought top right on there web page caught on eye. Put that one under favorites.

  17. mary said on February 11th, 2011 at 7:32am #

    Did you mean this Don?

    “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”

    V. good.

  18. mary said on February 11th, 2011 at 7:35am #

    Groan. Where have we heard this before?

    Sky News – Breaking News

    ‘State TV reports President Mubarak to make important statement shortly’.

    He is said to have gone to Sharm El Sheikh, haunt of the Blairs, but who cares where he is holed up.

  19. commoner3 said on February 11th, 2011 at 10:41am #

    Re: Deadbeat said on February 11th, 2011 at 4:06am #

    Deadbeat wrote:
    “The primary promoter of the CIA connection with the Brotherhood comes from Ian Johnson who is on the payroll of the Wall Street Journal.”
    ———————————————————————
    I have never heard of Ian Johnsom and don’t read the Wall St. Journal.
    The stories of CIA & MI5 connections with the Muslim Brotherhood is well established stories and span decades. As I said, the Muslim Brotherhood was created in 1928 with the blessing and support of the British and the Egyptian Royal family as a balance to the nationalist movement and tas a barrier against the spread of communism in the Middle East. The Muslim Brotherhood hates fiercely the atheist nonbeliever in “God” communists.

    And Deadbeat wrote:
    “You cannot compare Egypt’s upraising to that of the so-called “green” rebellion in Iran.”
    —————————————————————————–
    I didn’t compare Egypt’s uprising to that of the so-called “green” rebellion but I compared it to that of the Iranian revolution of Ayatolah khomini and the toppling of the Shah 30 years ago!!!!. Are you speed reading or what???!!!
    It is obvious that the US has stabbed Mubarak in the back and pulled the rug from under his feet!.
    If they did that because Mubarak stayed for so long and it is time for a new face that will be O.K.
    But if they did that to bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power then that will be a disaster for Egypt.
    Democracy will not work in Egypt who has been governed by Pharoughs and rulers for 6000 years.
    The best thing for Egypt is to be governed by a competent progressive secular Dictator and his like wise government and of course all that is dressed up nicely with “democracy”!

  20. Deadbeat said on February 11th, 2011 at 1:25pm #

    commoner3 writes …

    I didn’t compare Egypt’s uprising to that of the so-called “green” rebellion but I compared it to that of the Iranian revolution of Ayatolah khomini and the toppling of the Shah 30 years ago!!!!. Are you speed reading or what???!!!

    Commoner your response is misleading. I didn’t miss anything and your retort is a distraction. My rebuttal is your assertion that the U.S. sought to replace Mubarak via a “color” revolution. That is where the comparison to the “greens” comes from.

    It is obvious that the US has stabbed Mubarak in the back and pulled the rug from under his feet!. If they did that because Mubarak stayed for so long and it is time for a new face that will be O.K.

    From the standpoint of Zionism, your remark is strategically insane. Your suggesting that Zionists are going to risk the possibility of an anti-Zionist government through a chaotic people’s liberation to remove a reliable 30 year ally.

    But if they did that to bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power then that will be a disaster for Egypt.

    That is up to the Egyptian people to decide.

    Democracy will not work in Egypt who has been governed by Pharaohs and rulers for 6000 years.

    Like Democracy has equally worked for the Zionist-controlled West! This is the kind of racist comment that I’ve heard about Arabs and the Middle East coming primarily by Zionists who rhetorically use this line to argue why the U.S. must align herself to Israel.

  21. commoner3 said on February 11th, 2011 at 6:56pm #

    Deadbeat wrote:
    “From the standpoint of Zionism, your remark is strategically insane. Your suggesting that Zionists are going to risk the possibility of an anti-Zionist government through a chaotic people’s liberation to remove a reliable 30 year ally”.
    ——————————————————————-
    I answered that question before but here it is again for the last time:
    May be that whartyou call

  22. commoner3 said on February 11th, 2011 at 7:08pm #

    Deadbeat wrote:
    “From the standpoint of Zionism, your remark is strategically insane. Your suggesting that Zionists are going to risk the possibility of an anti-Zionist government through a chaotic people’s liberation to remove a reliable 30 year ally”.
    ——————————————————————-
    I answered that question before but here it is again for the last time:
    May be that what you call reliable 30 year ally is not needed any more and now is an obstacle that has to be removed from the way . For example May be Israel has designs for annexing Saini Pennensula, and what it is better than having religious radical regime in Egypt, to frame him for ” sponsoring terrorism” to pick a fight with. The Egyptian army is equipped and trained by the US!!! Who do you think will win in any future war between Egypt and Israel???

  23. commoner3 said on February 11th, 2011 at 7:26pm #

    Deadbeat wrote:
    “That is up to the Egyptian people to decide.”
    ————————————————————————
    Yeah Right!! It is like giving the decision, whether to de-segregate or not , to the good ole south!!!
    Large portion of the Egyptian people are simple very religious people with little or no education which make them very influenced by religious rhetoric and sloganism and the Muslim Brotherhood are expert in using religious rhetoric and sloganism which will give it a marked advantage in any election.

  24. commoner3 said on February 11th, 2011 at 7:43pm #

    Deadbeat wrote:
    “Like Democracy has equally worked for the Zionist-controlled West! This is the kind of racist comment that I’ve heard about Arabs and the Middle East coming primarily by Zionists who rhetorically use this line to argue why the U.S. must align herself to Israel. ”
    ——————————————————————–
    Again, about democracy , I wrote in a previous thread, about couple of days ago, and said real democracy is very rare in this world, and the US is governed by the Moneyed/Corprorate elites and that there is no real difference between Republicans and Democrats.
    I also wrote in response to mary accusations, that I am not a Zionist and not even Jewish and that I was raised as a Christian and now I am an atheist and have been an atheist for many decades.
    I am tired of repeating myself to you again and again, and I am baffled why a leftist progressive guy like you is so enamoured by a theocratic reactionary bigoted group like the Muslim Brotherhood.
    If the Muslim Brotherhood would win power in Egypt, it will be the start of an ugly dark period in the history of Egypt.

  25. Deadbeat said on February 12th, 2011 at 1:02am #

    commoner3 writes …

    I am tired of repeating myself to you again and again, and I am baffled why a leftist progressive guy like you is so enamoured by a theocratic reactionary bigoted group like the Muslim Brotherhood.

    The Left and Islam by Gilad Atzmon / February 11th, 2011
    [https://dissidentvoice.org/2011/02/the-left-and-islam/]

    If you have a problem with the Brotherhood then tell that to the Egyptian people and let’s see what they have to say. My response to this is that it is up to the Egyptian people to decide and if you didn’t put yourself on the line in Egypt for their liberation it is arrogant of you to tell the Egyptian people who should lead them.

    I am not one of those Leftist that Atzmon described. I have no animus towards Islam or any religion. That’s up to the people to decide their religious practices. What I stand for is justice and equality and the liberation of Egypt from Zionist is justice.

  26. mary said on February 12th, 2011 at 4:00am #

    I referred to the BBC’s John Simpson on the 11th February above. You will see what I mean when you read these comments on his piece about the fall of Mubarak. Unbelievable.

    John Simpson’s “helpless” Americans
    Posted by The Editors on February 12, 2011, 9:50 am

    “The Americans – who had been embarrassed, helpless, onlookers – finally summoned up all their power and influence to force the Egyptian military to get rid of Mr Mubarak.”

    {http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12437827}

    Once again, a BBC journalist prefers to just look away from the obvious reality.

    Posted by Ed on February 12, 2011, 10:13 am, in reply to “John Simpson’s “helpless” Americans”

    “…a BBC journalist…”

    Not just “a BBC journalist”, this is the mighty propagandist John Simpson, “BBC world affairs editor” no less, one of the pillars of the corporation.

    I know many people for whom John Simpson is an absolute paragon of virtue, integrity, honesty, reliability and independence, a man who strives to bring us the truth no matter who’s toes he treads on…the very best that the BBC and Britain has to offer.

    I know, it’s very sad.

    {http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/thread/1297504253.html}

  27. mary said on February 12th, 2011 at 6:49am #

    Another one (Michael Tomasky of the Guardian) peddling the same lie.

    US can celebrate Egyptian people’s triumph

    “My God, what a moving day this is. To think that just 18 days of largely peaceful protests can accomplish this. Remarkable.

    President Obama’s remarks on Friday afternoon were appropriate and powerful: the people of Egypt have inspired the world. For all the understandable frustration on the part of Egyptian protesters over the fact the the US wouldn’t commit to them more fully earlier, I think Obama and his people ended up playing this rather well. They turned up the heat incrementally, and but for one or two missteps, the timing was actually pretty good.”

    {http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/michaeltomasky/2011/feb/11/egypt-barack-obama?intcmp=239}

  28. hayate said on February 12th, 2011 at 7:48am #

    Egypt military promises to abide by peace deal

    By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press Maggie Michael, Associated Press – 17 mins ago

    CAIRO – Egypt’s ruling military reassured its international allies Saturday that there would be no break in its peace deal with Israel following the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak…”

    [http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110212/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_egypt]

    That should read:

    The ziofascists had their quislings confirm the Egyptian guv’s continued debased loyalty. Whose interests the western corporate media represent couldn’t be more obvious.

  29. mary said on February 12th, 2011 at 8:00am #

    Spot on Hayate.

    ‘The top United States military officer heads to Jordan and Israel next week for high-level talks meant to reassure key allies at a moment of heightened uncertainty after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.’

    {http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-dispatches-military-chief-to-reassure-israel-jordan-after-mubarak-s-ouster-1.342861}