Sec. Clinton “We have been very clear that we want to see a transition to democracy. And we want to see the kind of steps taken that will bring that about. We also want to see an orderly transition,” she told “Fox News Sunday.” NYP
CROWLEY: It seems to me that when this started out and we saw the signs and the protesters in the street, they were anti-Mubarak. Now, if you are watching, we are seeing signs that say “U.S., stop backing Mubarak.” What side is the U.S. on, Mubarak or the people in the streets?
CLINTON: Well, there’s another choice. It’s the Egyptian people. We are on the side — as we have been for more than 30 years — of a democratic Egypt that provides both political and economic rights to its people, that respects the universal human rights of all Egyptians. And that is the message that every ambassador, whether Republican or Democratic president, everyone has conveyed for over 30 years. CNN via Wonkette
Attention: Secretary Clinton does not consider the people on the streets Egyptians. OMG, they must be foreign plants by…some other people than Egyptians. Unions! etc.
The US has not been on the side of a democratic Egypt, for whatever explanation makes the most sense to you. Besides Israel, the Egyptian dictatorship has received more US foreign aid than any other country over the last 5 decades. Ostensibly, this is to bribe Egypt’s dictator to keep the peace with Israel and allow global trade to flow through the Suez.
It’s time to stop treating the Egyptian people as pawns in our power games, and start treating them as people. Would Americans stand for a dictator? No. Should we expect Egyptians too?
It’s also time to stop thinking that the dictator who rigged elections for 30 years has now seen the light and could be trusted to phase in a free and fair election. The entire point of a police state is to suppress the populace to get the results the regime wants while smoothing over the selection process as best as it can. ElBaradei knows that a free and fair election can only be had with the collapse of the Mubarak regime.
“The American government cannot ask the Egyptian people to believe that a dictator who has been in power for 30 years will be the one to implement democracy,” ElBaradei, former head of the UN nuclear watchdog, told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”This is really a farce. I mean, people here could be poor, but they’re intelligent. NYP
There’s also talk that the collapse of the Mubarak regime will undermine the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In fact, it could restart talks and actually push a real solution. Israel has been playing the game of attrition, trusting on the Mubarak regime to provide stability to its south while it expands into the West Bank and defends against Hezbollah. With the removal of Mubarak, the Israelis may have to reassess the feasibility of the destabilizing role it plays in the region.