Egypt: The danger to the revolution comes from Washington

Posted: February 9, 2011 in Uncategorized


By Ali Abunimah

February 6, 2011 — The Electronic Intifada — The greatest danger to the Egyptian revolution and the prospects for a free and independent Egypt emanates not from the baltagiyya — the mercenaries and thugs the regime sent to beat, stone, stab, shoot and kill protesters in Cairo, Alexandria and other cities in early February — but from Washington.

Ever since the Egyptian uprising began on January 25, 2011, the United States government and the Washington establishment that rationalises its policies have been scared to death of “losing Egypt”. What they fear losing is a regime that has consistently ignored the rights and wellbeing of its people in order to plunder the country and enrich the few who control it, and that has done the Washington’s bidding, especially supporting Israel in its oppression and wars against the Palestinians and other Arabs. LINK HERE

The Obama administration quickly dissociated itself from its envoy to Egypt, Frank Wisner, after the latter candidly told the BBC on February 5 that he thought President Hosni Mubarak “must stay in office in order to steer” any transition to a post-Mubarak order (“US special envoy: ‘Mubarak must stay for now'”, February 5, 2011). LINK HERE

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