Monday, January 31, 2011

Egypt - Army Calls Protesters Demands "Legitimate"

Egypt's army command has vowed its forces will not fire on peaceful protesters and declared the demonstrators' demands "legitimate."

"Your armed forces, who are aware of the legitimacy of your demands and are keen to assume their responsibility in protecting the nation and the citizens, affirms that freedom of expression through peaceful means is guaranteed to everybody."

With the police service having scattered and the army intent on remaining neutral, Mubarak seems to have no means left to crush the revolt.  "Freedom of expression through peaceful means" is newfound to Egyptian dissidents who were often imprisoned and brutalized for opposing Mubarak.

In Israel it seems the government and journalists are like are having a collective brown hemorrhage over events in Egypt.   They claim to only want stability in Egypt but their real interests seem to be in perpetuating Egyptian complacency.  One pundit criticized Obama, claiming Uncle Sam has put a bullet in the back of Mubarak and betrayed Israel in the process.  At the moment, Mubarak's only open backers seem to be Israel and the House of Saud.

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