*****The US is about to become very hated in Egypt*****

ZeroHedge reports that Egyptian Anger Swells.

(emphasis mine)

As Egyptian Anger Swells, Will America (And Its Regional Interests) Be Targeted Next: "They Are Attacking Us With American Weapons"
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/30/2011 11:58 -0500

So far
all attempts by the flailing Mubarak regime to stem the revolution and return life to normal in Egypt have failed, and at this point the fate of the president appears to be sealed, with its final resolution just a matter of time. The one key trade off to delaying the inevitable, however, is that the US, and specifically its Egypt-centered policies, which had far has been largely absent from the rioters' rhetoric, is starting to appear more and more often as a subject of discussion.... and not in a flattering way. Opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei, who has just joined protesters in Cairo's main Tahrir Square, is expected to have a major speech in which he may or may not focus public anger on duplicitous US policies, which at that point will crystallize the Obama administration's hypocrisy in the eyes of Egypt. This will certainly not make progressing US national interests in the region any easier. And if ElBaradei's earlier remarks are any indication, THE US IS ABOUT TO BECOME VERY HATED IN EGYPT. Per Agence France Presse: ""The American government cannot ask the Egyptian people to believe that a dictator who has been in power for 30 years will be the one to implement democracy," ElBaradei told US network CBS from Cairo. "You are losing credibility by the day. On one hand you're talking about democracy, rule of law and human rights, and on the other hand you're lending still your support to a dictator that continues to oppress his people," added ElBaradei, the former head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. His recommendations to President Barack Obama's administration were blunt: "You have to stop the life support to the dictator and root with the people." On the other hand, with the US favorability rating in Egypt at an all time low of 17% in 2010, there just may not be much room to fall for the way the US is perceived by the broader Egyptian population.


… for how America is perceived in Egypt, the WaPo has compiled a good summary:

In a dusty alleyway in downtown Cairo, Gamal Mohammed Manshawi held out a dirty plastic bag Saturday afternoon. Inside were smashed
gas canisters and the casings of rubber bullets that he said Egyptian police had fired at anti-government demonstrators.

"You see," the 50-year-old lawyer said, displaying the items. On the bottom of each were the words "Made in the USA."

"THEY ARE ATTACKING US WITH AMERICAN WEAPONS," he yelled as men gathered around him.

In the streets of Cairo,
many protesters are now openly denouncing the United States for supporting President Hosni Mubarak, saying the price has been their freedom. They say the Obama administration has offered only tepid criticism of a regime that has received billions of dollars in U.S. aid.

Tell America that we get to choose our president," Manshawi said. "We choose him, not them."

U.S. officials "speak about their own interest, not ours," said Ahmed Abu Dunia, who said he planned to demonstrate every day until Mubarak is gone. "The Egyptians love Egypt."

...
"WE BELIEVE AMERICA IS AGAINST US," said Emad Abdel Halim, 31. "Until now, Obama didn't talk to the Egyptian people. He didn't support the Egyptian people."

As the violence moves ever more steadily North and East, the increasingly discredited US foreign policy will be put ever more to the test. With the US increasingly reliant on the good will of the BRIC axis, it just may be that for once it is what Russia and China demand as the final geopolitical outcome of the region that is what transpires, instead of what Hillary Clinton's view of what is best for the middle east. And with that THE ERA OF US INTERNATIONAL "GLOBOCOP" HEGEMONY MAY WELL BE OVER.

PressTV reports about 'US complicity in murder, torture by Egyptian government'.

'US complicity in murder, torture by Egyptian government'
Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:34PM

On Friday,
WikiLeaks released dozens of diplomatic cables that together reveal THE U.S. HAS LONG BEEN AWARE OF THE CRIMINALITY OF THE MUBARAK REGIME IN EGYPT AND ITS SAVAGE ABUSES, including torture, random arrest, and extra-judicial killings.

The documents also reveal that
PLANS FOR THE MILITARY-SUPERVISED TRANSFER OF POWER FROM HOSNI MUBARAK TO HIS SON, GAMAL, WERE PRESENTED TO WASHINGTON.

HIGHLIGHTS

The document release, which coincided with mass demonstrations and clashes with police in Cairo, Suez, and other cities, will only serve to further discredit Mubarak, and is a major embarrassment to the Obama administration, whose leading representatives, including President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have continued to insist that the Mubarak regime is not a dictatorship, while hypocritically calling for "restraint."

The documents, diplomatic cables from the U.S. embassy in Cairo from 2009 and 2010, make clear that the Obama administration was well aware that the Mubarak regime held onto power by terrorizing the population. But Washington tacitly supported the dictatorship and its crimes because Egypt is considered the most important component to U.S. strategy for a wide region encompassing the Middle East, the Maghreb, and the Horn of Africa.

Perhaps the most damning cable is from Ambassador Margaret Scobey, dated January 15, 2009. The letter calls police brutality "routine and pervasive" and states that "police using force to extract confessions from criminals [is] a daily event." Embassy informants "estimate THERE ARE LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF TORTURE INCIDENTS EVERY DAY IN CAIRO POLICE STATIONS ALONE."

The rampant abuse of alleged criminals extends to political opponents, the cable notes. One activist, part of what the embassy referred to as "the April 6 Facebook strike," was arrested on November 20, 2008. "[T]he GOE [government of Egypt] is probably torturing him to scare other 'April 6' members into abandoning their political activities," it adds. The cable also refers to the "sexual molestation of a female 'April 6 activist." Scobey reported that another blogger said security forces stopped torturing him only "when he began cooperating."

The same cable refers to "standing orders from the Interior Ministry between 2000 and 2006 for the police TO SHOOT, BEAT AND HUMILIATE JUDGES IN ORDER TO UNDERMINE JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE."

The Mubarak regime arrests journalists, even poets. A July 28, 2009 letter from the Cairo embassy notes that "a recent series of selective [government] actions against journalists, bloggers and even an amateur poet illustrates the variety of methods available to the GOE to suppress critical opinion, including an array of investigative authorities and public and private legal actions."
...

Canonical.org reports that why Egypt's popular rebellion is the greatest historical event in a decade.

Why Egypt's popular rebellion is the greatest historical event in a decade, and how Barack Obama missed the boat.

ليس هناك جيش أقوي ...ن فكرة حان وقتها
(Above:
No army is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.)

I'm writing this on January 28th, 2011, at 11:53 AM Cairo time, although I'm an ocean away from Cairo. But, as someone wrote the other day on Twitter, yesterday, we were all Tunisian; today, we are all Egyptian, and tomorrow, we will all be free. So today I am writing this on Cairo time.

Three days ago, I read Barack Obama's State of the Union address. He delivered it on the same day that the #Jan25 protests began in Egypt. I was dismayed that
HE DIDN'T MENTION THE PROTESTS AT ALL, because they're more important than almost everything he did mention. This essay is an attempt to explain WHY THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT, WHY OBAMA IGNORED THEM, AND WHAT THE POSSIBLE RESULTS OF THAT CHOICE COULD BE.

What Egypt is like

For readers who don't know much about Egypt, like most Americans, here's my attempt to sum up a country of 80 million people in three minutes.

Egypt is not a republic, any more than the People's Republic of China is.
EGYPT IS A BRUTAL DICTATORSHIP, governed by the same dictator since 1981, 29 of those years under state-of-emergency regulations. …

Egypt has gradually declined in influence and quality of life throughout Mubarak's reign.

Some opposition parties are now formally allowed. They currently hold 3% of the Egyptian parliament.
All influential opposition parties are banned, and the press is heavily censored. Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work fighting nuclear proliferation, moved to Vienna so that he can find reporters willing to talk to him.

Egypt is desperately poor. The majority of the country depends on the bread dole for survival.

Egypt is one of the countries where
the US would ship prisoners to have them beaten, electrocuted, and raped by the Egyptian police for years, as a means of interrogation. (Abu Omar and Ahmed Osman Saleh are two of the best-known cases.) Indeed, its reputation for torture was so well established that it was the first US ally selected for this "extraordinary rendition" program.


It's also one of the
top recipients of US aid in the world, much of which is earmarked for the security forcesTHE SAME SECURITY FORCES WHO ARE CURRENTLY BEATING JOURNALISTS BLOODY AND SHOOTING PROTESTORS WITH US-MADE TEAR GAS, BIRDSHOT, AND NOW BULLETS.

Much of Egypt's military, the
tenth largest in the world and the largest in Africa, is actually paid for by the US. Egypt produces US-designed armaments such as the M1 Abrams tank under license. Without the political and financial support of the US, it is generally believed in Egypt that the current dictatorship would have fallen decades ago.


US elites believe that
CRUSHING THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE'S DREAMS of opportunity and justice, year after year, is a worthwhile price to pay for having Egypt as an ally in the region. Understandably, US elites are not very popular among Egyptians.


The uprising in Egypt



Whatever it was that happened in Tunisia,
Egypt has been following suit.

(Liz Henry's running summary of sources is good.)

On
January 25th, Police Day, almost a hundred thousand people protested in the streets — mostly peacefully. This was the biggest protest since 1977, when Sadat cut off the bread dole. There were mass arrests, but only of a few hundred people. A policeman was killed by a thrown rock, and several protesters were killed. The government illegally and erratically blocked the web sites of Twitter, Facebook, Bambuser, the opposition newspaper Dostor, and other services. The Muslim Brotherhood, the strongest opposition party (one of the illegal ones), didn't participate in the protests.

One freelance Al Jazeera news cameraman survived being shot by the police with 11 rubber-coated steel bullets, which were surgically removed over the following days.

Hillary Clinton said that
Mubarak's government as "stable and looking for ways to respond" to the protestors' demands.

On
January 26th, protests continued, and activists made plans to have big protests on January 28th after prayers. Police began shooting protestors with birdshot instead of rubber-coated bullets. Hundreds of detainees were being held incommunicado with no access to lawyers. (The interior ministry said it had detained 860 people.) Hillary Clinton said that Mubarak should allow protestors to demonstrate, and "should implement reforms." Crowds burned down government buildings in Suez and reported being "massacred". Minister Rachid canceled his planned trip to the World Economic Forum.

By
January 27th, at least three more people had died. Mohamed ElBaradei returned to Egypt. Crowds stormed morgues in Suez to recover the bodies of the dead. The stock exchange halted trading for 45 minutes due to rapidly dropping stock prices. 140 protestors were charged with sedition. Ahmed Ezz, the country's wealthiest businessman, was rumored to have fled the country. The Muslim Brotherhood pledged to participate in Friday's protests. Crowds burned a fire station in Suez. Egypt canceled football games. ElBaradei published an op-ed entitled "A Manifesto for Change in Egypt".

A major protest is planned for the 28th, right after early afternoon prayers.

On the morning of January 28th, they turned off
nationwide internet access, BlackBerry messaging, and SMS, and there are rumors that satellite phones are jammed. The news media is supposedly forbidden from reporting. Ham radio and telephone systems are still in operation, including internationally.

Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian expatriate journalist, has warned that this dark curtain being drawn around Egypt IS INTENDED TO CONCEAL A MASSACRE.

The police began mass arrests of Muslim Brotherhood activists, and
police started setting fire to cars for no apparent reason. JOE BIDEN SAYS HE WOULDN'T CALL MUBARAK A DICTATOR.

One ISP remains connected internationally, permitting banks, the stock market, and activists to reach the rest of the world.

What is at stake in Egypt

First, Mubarak could fall. The new government could be democratic, military, or Islamist. 80 million people could be liberated from tyranny.


If Egypt democratizes, it is very likely that other Arab autocrats will be overthrown by popular uprisings, too. Hundreds of millions of people could wrest back their futures from the hands of the greedy autocrats who rule them today.

Because the people of the region have been living under US-supported dictatorships for so long, it is likely that any new governments will be less favorable toward the US (and Israel) than the current ones — although Egypt is probably the most severe case of this.

It's likely that such a transition would result in more violence in the short term, but less in the long term.

And
the influence of the US would be dramatically reduced.


Obama's choice to snub the Egyptian activists

Barack Obama, in his speech, naturally spoke most about the United States; but he also spoke about Korea, Russia, Chile, China, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Panama, Pakistan, Brazil, El Salvador, Sudan, and Colombia. He even said he supports the revolution in Tunisia:

And we saw that same desire to be free in Tunisia, where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator. And tonight, let us be clear: The United States of America stands with the people of Tunisia, and supports the democratic aspirations of all people.

But HE DIDN'T SAY A WORD ABOUT EGYPT.

Of course,
actually "supporting the democratic aspirations of all people" would mean that he supports the Egyptian protestors in their efforts to liberate their nation from its ruthless dictator. But Obama's vice-president, Joe Biden, says he doesn't even think Mubarak is a dictator, and that some of the protestors' demands are not "legitimate".

Obama is a first-class politician, maybe the best in the world.
He wouldn't leave out Egypt by accident.

It seems that he's simply continuing the policy described earlier,
SUPPORTING THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT NO MATTER HOW OPPRESSIVE IT IS, because it might survive and he believes its support is essential.

The Star reports that riots affecting rich in Egypt, which may be decisive blow for Mubarek.


Riots affecting rich in Egypt, may be decisive blow for Mubarek
January 31, 2011
Sandro Contenta

CAIRO—
When people like Mohammed Ibrahim join the revolution, it really starts looking like Hosni Mubarak's days as Egypt's president are numbered.

Ibrahim is rich. At 40 years old, he is the owner of a construction firm that builds, among other things, roads, schools, and apartment buildings.

When massive protests to oust Mubarak began 7 days ago, forcing businesses to shut down, Ibrahim saw $30 million (US) worth of contracts grind to a halt. And he's got 4 containers full of new construction equipment stuck in the Mediterranean port of Alexandria.

"I'm losing a lot of money," said Ibrahim, shaking his head and adjusting his designer glasses.

"I was always afraid of something like this," he said, referring to the popular uprising. "I knew I would lose a lot of money, and now I am."

So why has he joined the tens of thousands who, on Monday, again filled downtown Tahrir Square to defy curfews and shout their venom for Mubarak?

"Egypt is the only place in the world where even the rich are not happy," Ibrahim told the Star, particularly noting a lack of freedom and corruption.

Indeed, he said
he spent much of the afternoon bumping into wealthy acquaintances in the square.

"It's like all the members of my private club are here," Ibrahim said.

Of all the pressures bearing down on the 82-year-old president,
the economic impact of the protests may prove to be decisive.

Banks and the stock market have been closed for days, as have virtually all businesses and shops in Cairo and the port cities of Alexandria and Suez. Thugs roam the streets at night looting and burning.

The Internet is shut down. Tourists who provide Egypt with a significant portion of its foreign currency reserves, are stampeding to get out. And the government has cancelled all train travel in the country.

Hardest hit are the poor and middle class, who have been without pay for several days.

Milk, bread and eggs are in short supply, and lineups can be seen in some Cairo neighborhoods.

More problematic for Mubarak however, is that the rich — many for the first time — are also taking a hit. If Ibrahim is an example, they are calling friends and relatives in high places and demanding a quick and peaceful end to the chaos hurting family fortunes.

Ibrahim, whose father is a judge, said he recently appealed to his cousin — a cabinet minister he did not name. What did he tell the minister?

"They must make a deal — a deal that gives security and stability," said Ibrahim, whose company is called International Supplier Contracting. "THERE HAS TO BE A PROMISE THAT EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE, AND THEIR WILL BE NO MORE MUBARAK."

Ibrahim believes
the protests won't stop unless its also clear new parliamentary elections will be held and that Mubarak's son, Gamal, won't succeed him.

Standing next to Ibrahim, as if to emphasize the close ties of Cairo's elite, was a recently retired police general looking distinguished in a brown suit. Asked why he joined the protest, the general said, "I am Egyptian."

When asked his name he smiled and lifted an open hand, like a man used to having orders followed with the slightest gesture.

The pressure on Mubarak will mount significantly Tuesday. A fledging coalition of opposition groups has called for 1 million Egyptians to take to the streets of Cairo. There is also talk of a march to Mubarak's Cairo residence, although protesters would have to pass many military checkpoints and barricades to get there.

In a major development Monday,
the military described the street protests as legitimate, and flatly stated it will not open fire on the people. The statement will likely make protesters all the more confident and increase their numbers.

It's unclear whether Mubarak, who is also commander in chief, initiated the statement
or had it imposed on him by generals. What is clear is that soldiers and protesters have acted like friends since the army was ordered on the streets Friday, after bloody clashes between protesters and riot police. SOLDIERS ON THE GROUND HAVE REPEATEDLY TOLD DEMONSTRATORS THEY WOULD NOT RESPECT ORDERS TO SHOOT.

Huliq.com reports that Egyptian Army Appears Taking Side of Citizens.

Egyptian Army Appears Taking Side of Citizens: Reports
Submitted by Michael Santo on 2011-01-29

Reports from Egypt seem to be pointing to an uncomfortable fact for Hosni Mubarak and his new VP: it appears, based on reports, that the Egyptian army is taking sides, and not the side of the government, either.


Among the reports coming in are:

Huff Po: The word is that the army is on their own right now i.e.
they were given orders to shoot to disperse the crowd and they refused. When they saw that the men in the neighborhood were out protecting the area they told them it was good that they were standing there and gave them an emergency number to call.

YouTube: Footage that appears to show the Army helping protesters: In the video,
riot police fire into the air. At that point, protestors gather behind three armored military trucks. Soldiers emerge from the trucks and seem to be directing the protestors to take refuge behind them.

HuffPo:
One army captain joined the demonstrators, who hoisted him on their shoulders while chanting slogans against Mubarak. The officer ripped a picture of the president.

WashPo:
Asked whether they would enforce the curfew, soldiers said they would not. "We are with the people," said Ahmed, a 20-year-old conscript.

WashPo: Shortly afterward, a convoy of tanks rolled into the square, with as many as 20 protesters riding on each one.
As the soldiers smiled and flashed peace signs, the protesters shouted "We are one!" and "Down with Mubarak!" Others held aloft a banner reading, "Game over, Mr. Mubarak."

LA Times: In stark contrast to the ugly clashes between Egyptian police officers and protesters,
the nation's soldiers were greeted like rock stars when they moved into Cairo's restive streets. Demonstrators parted to allow tanks to roll in. They swarmed around military vehicles to shake soldiers' hands and exchange hugs. They offered food and water. "The people and the military are one hand!" was a popular chant.

PressTV reports that 'Mubarak setting thugs loose on people'.

'Mubarak setting thugs loose on people'
Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:20PM
Interview with Jihan Hafez, journalist

Dirty tactics are beginning to be used to strike fear into the hearts of Egyptian protesters.

POLICE OUT OF UNIFORM ARE EMPLOYING MILITIA TACTICS, THUGS ARE HIRED TO LOOT, and state media are portraying a calm society by distorting reports and images as an attempt to tarnish the reputation of peaceful protesters as looters and thugs.

The following is the transcript of Press TV's interview with Jihan Hafez, a journalist currently in Egypt, who tells us what is really happening on the streets in Cairo despite
efforts by the government media to distort the image of protesters.

Press TV: Can you tell us the latest in exactly what's taking place in Cairo?

Hafez: Well the latest update, as far as the media is concerned, is
the Egyptian government has officially banned Al-Jazeera Arabic and Al-Jazeera English. We're actually in the building that shares offices with the network and we've just watched them flee. In fact, the requests came in for us to do this interview in front of Tahrir [Square], but the security forces came in and said they cannot show the outside world of what's happening. So it seems as though, despite cutting the internet, which is the largest internet cut in internet history, it's also now being accompanied by a media blackout - which we're experiencing. We don't often go down with our cameras at this point.


The US government has a stake to lose in this uprising. Egypt is geostrategic to the United States; it has been for the past 30 years. The tear gas bombs, the canisters that were being blown/blasted through the crowds in to the Egyptian civilians, all said "Made in the United States" - JAMESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, TO BE SPECIFIC. And when people came up to us with these weapons, they were infuriated. And coming from the United States, [the people] said, "WHY, WHY IS AMERICA DOING THIS TO US? WHAT DID WE DO TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?"

Now the Egyptian people know that the Egyptian government receives USD 1.3 billion, and they know exactly where that money is going. It is not going to what the US government says is economic health and development, although there is some money to that. The people here, now, know that THERE IS A STRICT CONTRADICTION TO WHAT'S COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON, AND WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE ON THE STREETS OF CAIRO AND ALL THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

What Hillary Clinton says, "We support protests, we support reform in Egypt", the weapons being used [were] against the people, and used against the journalists - we were tear gassed badly, we couldn't film for a while.
These are all weapons manufactured in the United States.


Press TV: Jihan, there have been reports of looting, and some of our political experts were saying that perhaps
a lot of the looting has been done by security forces themselves. What's your perspective on this and the situation overall?

Hafez:
That's the only thing that people are seeing here. We have not been experiencing any violence here from protestors. This, for example, is actually very important…we're staying in an apartment, and as we're walking through with our cameras down we saw, with our own eyes, that we weren't able to shoot, police officers taking off their black uniforms and putting on civilian clothing. And they came and they guarded our apartment building. And they wouldn't let anyone leave. And they had clubs. We've seen, with our own eyes, them transforming out of police uniform into civilian gear. They've been using, as we've witnessed, ambulances to push into these residential neighborhoods. AND THEN AS SOON AS THEY GET OUT, THEY CREATE THIS HAVOC.

Nearly every neighborhood in Cairo has a militia to protect. In fact, in New Cairo, Muskebedya, and all the upper scale neighborhoods, they're making weapons. They're creating weapons out of sticks and knives, and out of anything they can find to defend themselves from these prisoners. Everyone here in this country is aware that prisoners are being let out.

In fact, I covered the Egyptian election here. And the same thing happened when the people were voting for the Muslim Brotherhood, which has lots of support in this country with Christians and Muslims.
They released these prisoners and they were beating people profusely, preventing them from getting to the ballots. That's happening right now. They're trying to detour people from coming into the circle, and to confuse them with protecting their homes as opposed to hitting the streets. But despite that, there are still tens of thousands on the streets only in Cairo.

In Suez, in Alexandria, they've initiated a curfew. That curfew:
no one's respected it whatsoever. In fact, they've been calling consecutive curfews since [January] 28th, the day of violence. No one has respected them. And the police now have been out of sight but not out of mind because on top of this we've been getting reports, unconfirmed at this point, that the Valley of Kings, one of the "Pharaohnic" sites of this country, has been looted. Along with the Egyptian museum, things were smashed, things were stolen….the pyramids themselves. THESE ARE "NATIONAL PRIDES" OF THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE.

None of them say, at least the protestors we spoke to, they would ever do this.
They were all pointing this to the thugs. On top of this, we've filmed yesterday morning as the military was moving in, people running all over the museum taking things out. And these weren't protestors. Protestors were very outraged at the fact that this was happening. So I've seen, I've witnessed with my eyes, along with the other journalists I've been working with, that these are thugs, that these are police/government-hired people to coop what's been happening, and to create a diversion away from what these people have been trying to do.



Press TV: Jihan,
we have reports coming in that protesters have been shot in the head by snipers - Do you have any more information on that?

Hafez: Yes in fact we had that this morning. Some 10,000 people spent last night in Tahrir Square and from
on top of the old building of the American University overlooking Tahrir Square there were snipers. People have shown us bullets, we have no photos to confirm this, but there were plenty of people that came up to us screaming at our cameras and saying that THERE HAD BEEN SNIPERS SHOOTING AT THEM ALL NIGHT.

This is the only way the people can communicate - through a camera - so as soon as they see a camera they swarm it and say listen there were snipers shooting, there are dead people. There was a man shot dead at the mosque. People here were outraged that they shot this man - his friend was right next to him as he was dying and they brought us to the mosque to film that.

The only way to know what is happening here in Cairo is to be on the streets…


Press TV: And what about from the protesters perspective, we have reports of
150 people killed in these last few days. There are two different paths usually that uprisings can take as more people are killed - either it is taken as a warning to those people and they feel they should back off, or it can motivate more and more Egyptians to join the movement to change this regime. What is the feeling you have? Are the people more motivated? Do you see this desire expanding or growing to remove Mubarak?

Hafez:
The more people who are killed on the streets the more angry the crowd becomes and the more dedicated they become. People have been sleeping on the roads and in burnt out police cars for the past couple of days; they're not going anywhere.

There is also an incredible amount of unity among the Egyptian people - there are no taxis and no way to get around anywhere so they're actually helping each other, bringing each other food etc.

For example,
when I covered the Gaza freedom march in January and the police were beating us, we fled to a neighborhood and no one would open doors for us out of fear of the police. But now, when we flee from the police shooting at us, people grab us into their apartments and the take care of us and try to sneak us out later. So THERE IS NO STOPPING THIS NOW, PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING BACK. There are even mothers who've taken their children out of school to be in Tahrir Square. And Tahrir Square is a historically important position for the Egyptians because it was the way they liberated. The military liberated the country from foreign forces; from British occupation.

And
now Egyptians feel as though they are still being occupied by their own people who are being controlled by the very foreign forces they ousted half a century ago. And so it seems as though they are only becoming more passionate about what they want. In fact, they were asking me, because I have come here from the US, things about people power and democracy and government and having rights and human rights. Egyptians haven't had this for generations.

Now they have the free ability to think for themselves and to dream of a future. From my understanding they feel very excited and very blessed. In fact as they were shooting tear gas at people, and this a predominantly Islamic country, people were praying as the call to prayer was going on and so this only gave them more passion and power to take on the police.

Collectively, Christians, Muslims, everyone in this country are joining forces regardless of their differences. There is a saying, which translated means "Egypt is the mother of the world", and this is a sentiment that people feel here tremendously.

My reaction: Mubarak is finished. Egypt is just another example of how the US government is losing control of events. Considering the US's role in sponsoring torture and dictatorial regimes on a global basis, this is a good thing.

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One Response to *****The US is about to become very hated in Egypt*****

  1. Robert says:

    I think it's worth considering some alternative narritives.

    If the US is organizing a new spate of 'color revolutions' it would make alot of sense for them to make it appear that they had nothing to do with them.. they want everything to appear as grassroots as possible.

    Especially in somewhere like Egypt where the US is *already* hated. The last thing you'd want in your astroturf fake popular revolution is obvious ties back to the US.

    Much better for the US to pretend to be aligned with the old regime.

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