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Le Quotidien dOran, Algeria

Mubarak and Friends Scheme to Short-Circuit Egyptian Revolt

 

"Mubarak, the army and probably the United States have agreed on a scenario, the implementation of which would safeguard their respective interests. ... The obvious goal is to break the solidarity between the middle and lower classes, thus reducing the range and significance of the movement now shaking the country."

 

By Kharroubi Habib

 

Translated By Mary Kenney

 

January 31, 2010

 

Algeria - Le Quotidien dOran - Original Article (French)

Egyptian President Mubarak makes his case for remaining in office until September, Feb. 1.

 

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The Egyptian street is rejecting Mubarak's responses to its revolt. Egyptians rightly see them as an operation designed to save a system that they no longer want and to arrange an honorable exit for Mubarak, whose departure they demand.

 

After having the existing government "resign," the besieged president has charged General Ahmed Shafik with forming a new one, and has named the head of the Egyptian secret service as vice president. Appointing figures like this to the key positions of prime minister and vice president is simply a sign that Mubarak, the army and probably the United States have agreed on a scenario, the implementation of which would safeguard their respective interests. In fact, if imposed, this scenario will allow Mubarak to step down from power in the short-term, without being forced to hastily flee in the style of his fellow dictator, Tunisian Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

 

For the army, this transfer of power conducted by Mubarak in favor of the two generals will avoid creating an institutional vacuum that would have consequences dreaded by a regime whose backbone is the military. Finally, for the United States, this guarantees that power in Egypt will be exercised by a team established by the strategic alliance sealed between the two countries at the time of Anwar Sadat and upheld by Hosni Mubarak.

 

But in order for this to happen as it has been framed, the street revolt must end. Now, despite the introduction of a curfew, the deployment of the army and its threat to suppress the popular unrest, the Egyptian people continue their demonstrations, rejecting both Mubarak and the "changes" he has made.

 

Things have now reached the point that a confrontation between the army and protesters may be inevitable. So as to avoid appearing to exercise repression against the people, officials are determined to put a stop to the uprising and are striving to create a security environment that would legitimize, in the eyes of a portion of the population and internationally, a "muscular" military intervention against demonstrators. The arrival of "bands of looters," the sacking of public buildings and private property, and above all the escape of a 1,000 prisoners, among them Islamist detainees suspected of taking part in terrorist operations, are hardly "spontaneous." All of this occurred under the eyes and noses of police and military forces omnipresent on the ground.

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The Telegraph, U.K.: America's Secret Backing for Egypt's Rebel Leaders

Debka File, Israel: Sources: Egypt Uprising Planned in Washington Under Bush

 

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The obvious goal is to break the solidarity between the middle and lower classes, thus reducing the range and significance of the movement now shaking the country. If, out of fear of this deliberately programmed chaos, the first group abandons the fight to bring down the regime, the architects of its survival will have won the game.

 

Egypt then, for the price of a superficial reform of the regime, will once again fall into the throes of a "soft" dictatorship that ensures the wealth and privileges of a minority that ignores the frightful misery in which the vast majority of the Egyptian people languish.

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US February 3, 7:37pm]

 







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