Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Is Egypt heading for a Central American denouement and not the Salafi end?

General Adel Emara, a member of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, lambasted both the protesters and the media “for seeking to destroy the country”. His soldiers, he said, were “heroes” who used “a high a degree of self-restraint” in dealing with paid vandals armed with Molotov cocktails and intent on burning public buildings to bring down the Egyptian state.
“There is a systematic plan to destroy Egypt,”
This is reminiscent of someone like General Emilio M. Vargas or somebody who sounds like he is warning the protesters in San Marcos that time is up.
Throughout the 50’s and early 60’s I EASILY remember the parade of morons who kept claiming that the people in la revolucion were actually the paid flunkies of Moscow or communist terrorists themselves. And sometimes they were right, but I struggle to come up with the name of one who took the interval between army suppression and the next round of the people’s angst to do something which might avoid not only another round, but a successful revolution which would inevitably be communist in nature.
I do not believe there will be any way to stop the rolling avalanche of Shariah bound voting and the people’s will to that end, Genl Emara.
Unless your people are willing to be the birth mothers of another kind of society in which time you are willing to work yourselves out of jobs to make Egypt Japan in the 60’s. I don’t see that either.
If we see the Egyptian army go all Syrian in Tahrir, I see a bunch of Al Saud checks having been written to keep a dependable soldier in line to be sure they have an army to counter Iran. Making this more likely is not only the Syrian actions, but THEIR SUPPORT FROM MOSCOW (anti ship cruise missiles to ensure NATO cannot do a Qaddafi on Assad).
The protests have been fed by growing anger at what activists have complained has been a heavy-handed crackdown. One video released on the internet at the weekend showed soldiers dragging a woman, stripping her half-naked and stamping on her as she lay on the ground.
A picture of the woman, wearing a blue brassiere and being dragged and beaten by troops, has quickly become one of the emblematic images of the Egyptian revolution. Footage of the attack has been widely circulated on the internet and it has been displayed prominently in Egyptian newspapers.
In a conservative country where women’s bodies must remain hidden, the pictures may have prompted Gen Emara to convene the press conference.
“All of Egypt watched the soldiers hitting, attacking, urinating on, and shooting protesters,” wrote Ibrahim Eissa, the editor of Tahrir newspaper. “When the council clings to this lying nonsense, it means that either it considers us idiots or it considers itself a council of scarecrows who know nothing about what is happening in the country.”
Gen Emara, who took only a few questions before wrapping up the press conference, admitted that soldiers had indeed beaten up the young woman. But he provided no explanation of how any of the victims had been killed.
Instead he screened footage of injured soldiers and of unidentified young men attacking public buildings. Another video showed detained youths who said they had been paid to attack the army.
What can the USA do?
Stand behind Israel

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