No fairytale ending for Egypt
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.
| February 2, 2011; 10:56 AM ET
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