Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Mubarak's First Bloody Day of Transition

Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian people he would begin the transition of power and not run for reelection in September.

Pro-Mubarak supporters suddenly appeared soon after his speech and clashed with opposition protesters in Tahrir Square with predictable bloodshed.

If Mubarak honestly intended to give up power, this would never have happened. A lot can happen when a dictator claims he will give up power 6 months into the future. People have a habit of changing their minds.

Today proved Mubarak and his supporters have no intention of giving up power, and Mubarak is willing to risk civil war to keep his job.

This is the result of the US never pushing Mubarak hard enough on establishing an honest democratic opposition. President Obama and world leaders must unite in demanding that Mubarak leave immediately.

Things will only get uglier until Mubarak leaves.

Anything can happen in such circumstances, and Mubarak's wish to die on Egyptian soil could end in a way he didn't quite imagine.

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