Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Massive Protests Hit Egypt

Al-Jazeera is reporting on massive protests in Egypt's major cities, calling for reforms and demanding the ouster of octogenarian President Hosni Mubarak and the ruling National Democratic Party.

Downtown Cairo was brought to a standstill with protesters chanting slogans against the police, the interior minister and the government, and further demonstrations were reported in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the Nile Delta cities of Mansura and Tanta and in the southern cities of Aswan and Assiutin.

Egyptian riot police responded with water cannons, riot batons and tear gas and numerous arrests were reported. Official sources say that there were 30 arrests in Cairo alone, but my sources indicate that there were a lot more. Habib el-Adli, the interior minister, has issued orders to "arrest any persons expressing their views illegally".

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Here's the back story.

Hosni Mubarak has been ruling Egypt since the Muslim Brotherhood assassinated Anwar Sadat for making peace with Israel.Egypt is a US client state with very little oil wealth, a large and increasingly poverty stricken population - it's the most populous country in the Middle East, has an official unemployment rate of 10% and rising and a per capita household income of $5400.

The chief political opposition comes from the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent organization of Hamas.

Mubarak has been attempting to ensure the succession of his son Gawan to leadership,but its an open question whether he'll succeed. Egypt's last parliamentary elections were held at the insistence of George W. Bush at the height of his Arab Democracy fetish,but unlike the 'Palestinians' Mubarak was savvy enough not to go along with the program and game the results before things got out of hand.

If Egypt falls to a popular revolt,(and as in most Arab countries, it all depends on which way the army jumps) expect the following:

1)the Muslim Brotherhood will co-opt it and turn Egypt into an Islamic Republic along the lines of Iran or Gaza.

2)The new regime will be hostile to the US and it's armistice with Israel will be a thing of the past.

3)Jordan's King Abdullah may very well be the next to go, as Jordan becomes what it was supposed to be back when the Brits first created it in 1923 - the Arab Palestinian state, but under Muslim Brotherhood elements rather than the old Fatah mafiosos.

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1 comment:

B.Poster said...

A "client state" implies a state that is friendly to US interests. At least, that is how I interpret "client" to be. At the very least, you and your "client" ars supposed to be on friendly terms and are supposed to be working together to achieve the same thing.

By this definition, Egypt is no "client" of the US. As a general rule, Egypt is hostile to the United States and would be much closer to being an enemy than a friend or a "client."

Essentially with Egypt its "give us your money or we are going to attack you or find ways to undermine your interests and by givning us your money we might thing about making nice with you." Basically Egypt pretends, at least in English, to be friends with America, but works clandestinely and in some cases openly as an enemy of America.

At least if the Muslim Brotherhood comes to power, perhaps we can put an end to the treacherous duplicity that is currently Egypt. Also, perhaps this will mean an end to foreign aid for Egypt. After all, why support a state who is basically your enemy, as is the case currently. Now with an Iranian friend in power in Egypt maybe we can drop the charade once and for all. Oh well, at least we will save some money on foreign aid that we can't afford any way.