Oh, absolutely. I mean the effing arrogance of the man! From the very beginning of the speech, where he smarmily spoke of giving people the right to demonstrate, and on through to his claiming to be aware of the concerns of the people, he demonstrated his autocratic cluelessness and indifference to anything except his own position.
On Al Jazeera, I just heard that 1) there has been looting at the Egyptian Museum, which had been protected yesterday. I saw video of broken cases and damaged articles 2) People are calling to report that some of the "thugs" on motorcycles that are going into upscale neighbourhoods and looting shops and houses are in plain clothes, but carrying government issue weapons and have ID from the security services. They were the police, now there is no police and nobody to turn to for security.
These demonstrations and the media reports definetly helps me to understand how removed Moubarak is from understanding his own countrymen. It seems he believes that the public want the government changed but that does not mean him. His interpretation was to remove the current members and bring in different representation, however, he fails to see that the public is intelligent enough to see that replacing with the same just with different names and faces does not mean change.
His arrogance seems that he believes he is a 21st Century Pharoh not a political head of state, but actually royalty, a King. Even to the point that he plans to leave his "reign" to his son.
I don't understand why he won't resign. How can he carry on knowing he is such an unpopular and unwanted president? I reckon after 30 years of ruling the country he's had his shot, now he needs to hand matters over to someone else. Who though? That's the question, and will the next one be any better than this one?
Power. All these guys are holding on to their thrones because of the power, money, power that comes with it.
In today's paper there was a summary of all the heads of state of the Arab countries -- the two most recent "changes" in power have been the sons of monarchs taking over from their fathers. Qaddafi has been in power since 1968! Most of the others for well over 20 years.
Not only that but it looks like not many flights are flying in or out of Cairo Airport, due to curfews.
More than 1,500 travelers descended on Cairo International Airport, about half of them tourists, after the United States, France, Germany and other countries warned their citizens to cancel nonessential travel..
Saudi King Abdullah called Mubarak and "was reassured" about the situation in Egypt, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.
"During the call, the king said, 'Egypt is a country of Arabism and Islam. No Arab and Muslim human being can bear that some infiltrators, in the name of freedom of expression, have infiltrated into the brotherly people of Egypt, to destabilize its security and stability and they have been exploited to spew out their hatred in destruction, intimidation, burning, looting and inciting a malicious sedition,'" the news agency said.
Saudi Arabia "strongly condemns" the protest, it said.
Mubarak added that Egypt will "deter anyone who tries to exploit the freedom of (the) Egyptian people and will not allow anyone to lure those groups or use them to achieve suspicious and strange agendas," the news agency said.
Don't underestimate neighborhood watch efforts under these circumstances. Whereas it's hard to condone vigilante justice, it's also hard to dispute that beating up young thugs and tying them to lamp posts for a few hours strongly discouraged them from trying to rob any more old ladies.
We went without police for months here, and there was little crime. Every neighborhood had banners out announcing that the residents would not tolerate illegality in their area, and that they were organized. That, plus a couple of the chastening displays such as I described, did the trick.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Jan 30, 2011 16:32:30 GMT
Whatever happens in Egypt I just hope that the Egyptian people are allowed to find their own way without well-meaning intereference from the west. Many of the interviews I've read in the press here make the point that the Egyptian people just want Mubarak out, then they will elect a true representative. In most countries in the west a leader will rarely be in office for more than a few years, I don't understand how a President/Prime Minister can be in power for 30+ years when they aren't providing the population with it's basic needs.
CAIRO — The Egyptian uprising, which emerged as a disparate and spontaneous grass-roots movement, began to coalesce Sunday, as the largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, threw its support behind a leading secular opposition figure, Mohamed El Baradei, to negotiate on behalf of the forces seeking the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.
Point taken, but perhaps he is a good choice as a negotiator if he has the support of disparate segments of the population. Also, a "brand name" negotiator attentive to the voice of the demonstrators could be most effective.
We may be on the verge of witnessing a viable new, benevolent government in Egypt.