A lot of brave men and women who yearn for freedom are starting another day of hoping and fighting for a better Egypt. I wish more of the world would stand shoulder to shoulder with them.
The climate in Egypt is filled with more tension as this new day dawns than any that we have seen in the past few weeks. That President Mubarak failed to meet his moment with history and step off the world stage on Thursday means the crisis has ratcheted up.
Had Mubarak really cared about his people he would have stepped aside and let the process start that will eventually lead to elections and a new government. That power and corruption have a stranglehold on Egypt is all too clear to see. All can now understand much better why there is such seething hatred for Mubarak.
My view is that a certain segment of the Egyptian Army has weighed in and made a decision to stand with Mubarak as he is the one that greases their wallets. How that translates into actions to curtail the protestors is what the coming hours may give more clarity to as the sun rises higher.
Friday prayers will give way to more protestors and tension than we have seen since this crisis started. That blood may flow as a result of the Mubarak announcement Thursday seems more than likely.
Which would be very sad.
All along the protestors have been patient and have not resorted to violence. Might it not then be Mubarak’s plan to incite the crowds to violence as a pretext to a violent crackdown by the army? Might that have been the very reason for his speech Thursday?
Again, the sun is rising.
CNN is on…..the BBC is on…..the world is watching.
This is a sad world we live in when nations will not rise up and defend in the strongest terms possible those who wish to breathe freedom.
Couching behind diplomatic speak and timidity out of fear over the unknown is a horrible way to conduct foreign policy. In this case, the wobbly knee crowd are fretting over the Muslim Brotherhood.
Might it not have occurred to these ‘thinkers’ that by not speaking truth about Mubarak we are only strengthening the argument that the Brotherhood is making about the situation, and those in the world who are not standing with the protestors?