Friday, February 11, 2011

Live feed of the ongoing sights and sounds of a successful peaceful revolution

Live feed of celebrations after Mubarak stepped down

Wow this has been moving fast:  From the rapidly spreading uprising to a military guaranteeing to secure the country while Mubarak refuses to step down?
First: Egypt crisis: Hosni Mubarak refuses to quit

The day started simple enough and got more confusing as it went. Egypt's uprising is spreading as VP Suleiman warns protests must end soon: The military will intervene

Muslims and Christians joined in protest

Striking doctors join protesters in central Cairo, with reports of walkouts by lawyers, textile workers and bus drivers around Egypt.

Egypt unrest: Protests map

Egypt crisis must end says Suleiman, Egypt can't tolerate the Tahrir Square protests much longer according to Vice President Omar Suleiman. "We must end this crisis and soon

a senior official in President Hosni Mubarak’s embattled government was quoted as saying the army would “intervene to control the country” if it fell into chaos. Mubarak is doing his damnedest to create it!

China warns and Saudi Arabia told President Barack Obama that it would prop up Hosni Mubarak if the US withheld aid as China, Saudi Arabia break ranks on Egypt

Egypt's military announced on national television it had stepped in to secure the country and promised protesters calling for President Hosni Mubarak's ouster that all their demands would soon be met. The CIA director said Mubarak appeared poised to hand over his powers to his vice president, Omar Suleiman.

Egypt's powerful military backed President Hosni Mubarak's plan to stay in office until September elections, enraging hundreds of thousands of protesters who deluged the squares of Cairo and Alexandria and marched on presidential palaces and state television — key symbols of the authoritarian regime. You confused yet?

Mubarak has made the major decision to step down ( but he isn't) and has promised to hand power over to his newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman Vice President of Egypt, From 1993 until that appointment, General Suleiman was Minister without Portfolio and Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate (EGID), the national intelligence agency. Prior to heading the intelligence service Suleiman was a military intelligence officer.

Many protesters oppose Suleiman taking over power from Mubarak without elections taking place, and are calling for an immediate transition of power instead. Human rights groups tie Suleiman’s career to a regime marked by widespread abuses and I hate to be naive but until now I wasn't aware, many Egyptians see Suleiman as as an extension of Mubarak and I have to agree.

Reporters, victims of torture, and human rights groups charge that, as head of Egypt's main intelligence agency, Suleiman had overseen the systematic use of torture of detainees, sometimes at the behest of the United States, and that in at least one instance he personally tortured a detainee. Egypt is one of the countries we shipped terrorists too in order for Suleiman to torture.

He often was responsible for the abuse of fellow Egyptians, can we really believe this is any kind of change they can believe in? Has anything really changed? Mubarak is a General dressed in civilian clothing as are many of his appointees including General Suleiman, the military has announced it has taken over, has anything really changed? What will the people do next?

This is all very confusing! I heard the Egyptian Ambassador to the US say that under Article 82 of the Constitution Suleiman is the defacto President and he can go it alone but he must go through Mubarak who has no power as he gave it to his right hand man Yhep Suleiman. Confused? Power they can believe in? I am afraid they are being provoked into creating the chaos that Mubarak can use to have the military squash this revolt as he in his words is going nowhere.

Mubarak just stepped down, wow now what?

James Joiner

Gardner, Ma


One Fly said...

I'm hoping for a good ending here Jim but it doesn't look that good right now.

an average patriot said...

Tom I am too but I am listening to it as I work and it gets more confusing by the minute. Now the army just turned its tanks away from the people and hung en Egyptian flag on the barrel and their feeding the people. Mubarak also left Cairo, what's next?

Dave Dubya said...

Fascinating times. Egypt may prove to be a lesson in positive transformation yet. But it is possible for things to go very wrong, too.

an average patriot said...

Yeah I know Dave! That is what Ahmadinejad is working for but I hope the people and our friends the Egyptian military prevail. Time will tell!