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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/ 2/2011

No fairytale ending for Egypt

By Jonathan Capehart

Tweet from Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast at 9:30 a.m.: Turning ugly in Cairo with pro-Mubarak agitators. Egyptian protests had a certain storybook quality, until now.

For some reason when, Mika Brzezinski interrupted an interview on "Morning Joe" earlier today to point out that the peaceful protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square had given way to running, I was not surprised. As Kurtz noted, the five days of protests have had a certain storybook quality. And as we well know, storybooks rarely mesh with reality.

The violent clashes we are now watching should disabuse anyone of the fantasy that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would simply relinquish power after nearly 30 years in office. By saying he would not run for reelection in the upcoming September vote, Mubarak signaled he would not go quickly. By unleashing armed thugs on horseback and camels in Tahrir Square and across Egypt to thwart the throngs of pro-reform demonstrators, Mubarak is signaling he will not go quietly, either.

Mubarak was hoping to hang on for seven more months. But with today's violence, I don't see how he does it without blood literally flowing in the streets. After nine days of continued and growing protests, the Egyptian people are saying loudly that they have had enough. Because Cairo is the cultural and political capital of the Arab world, freedom's fire burns far beyond the borders of Egypt. The world cannot let it be snuffed out. Not like this.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 2, 2011; 10:56 AM ET
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Posted by: dseigler2 | February 2, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

America's long tradition of supporting repressive regimes in the Middle East has only gotten us hated by the repressed.

President Obama has shown little inclination to break with his predecessors' practices, and at this point, there's little reason to expect that he will ever take an ethical stand on any issue.

But hope springs eternal, and if ever a President was positioned to take such a stand, it would be Mr. Obama. Let him earn the Nobel Peace Prize he so richly did not deserve. Let him break America's tradition of supporting authoritarian governments for the sake of real-political convenience by forcefully condemning Mr. Mubarak.

Posted by: Itzajob | February 2, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Mubarak can arrest a lot of people in seven months. Probably won't be too many tweets about that.

Posted by: SoCal | February 2, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The Empire Strikes Back!

Posted by: adamnescot1 | February 2, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Every Arab revolution was led by the military. Hypocrisy, the silence concerning Iran and the hysteria calling fascists democrats. The Muslim are accepted to a greater degree then Sara Palin!!!!!!!! Does anyone remember Tienamen Sq.? Anti US and Israel hate are being promoted by the military, and demonstrators' Pro Mubarak demonstrations called for by Abbas and supported by some Palistinians in the WB and Gaza have been halted by Hamas. Egyptians who as part of the Peace Treaty with Israel had every inch of Egyptian terrytory returned for a cold peace in which Egypt ignored many treaty obligations is opposed by most Egyptians who irrationally consider Egypt "occupied" by Israel due to antisemitic indoctrination.. Anti Americanism goes back to to Arab Pro Facism. then Marxism, then unwillingness to abandon Islamic feudalism for a new democratic Islam. The bigotry of the anti Zionist British Miltary of the Cairo School that they promoted to generate hate in tolerent Arabs coopted by the facists that exist today in Hitler's popularity, academic, media, military and sociatel antisemitism.
How do less then 8,000,000 Jews on less then 8,000 sq. miles of land control 334,000,000 Arabs on over 1,500,000 sq, miles of land? As Orwell's 1984 saterized the left's appeasement policies that led to WWII, post war Europes creation under Socialistic Democratic welfare states enslaved to militarism by the Cold War, denouncing German antisemitism, warcrimes, the Holocaust ignoring domestic antisemitism while practicing anti Zioist or Neutral Zionist policies. This is Orwell's argument to Well's "Time Machine".What was the biggest threat to Big Brother? Oceana and INGERSOL revolution? The Jew,Emmanuel Goldstein, traitor and leader of a non existant underground. He included newsreels of Jewish immagents being machin gunned in the Middle East.

Posted by: djfeiger | February 2, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

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