Friday, February 4, 2011

Mubarak holding onto power

Reuter's reports that "Egypt's cabinet denied on Thursday that it had a role in mobilising supporters of President Hosni Mubarak against anti-government protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square and said it would investigate those behind violence." The regime in Cairo is clutching at straws and in the meantime some silly American "expert" tells BBC World that, being denied the right to gather in the "real" world, turned to the internet. No, that isn't silly but what about the assertion that access to western reality television gave them an inclination of the type of things they are missing.

Well, if we are to have a successful revolution what are the odds on Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei or the head of he Muslim Brotherhood, the conservative Mohammed Badi, turning up on our screens saying "help I am a celebrity, get me out of here"? Still, with Mubarak blaming the Brotherhood for the violence in Tahrir Square despite the pro government forces strolling around and beating up anything that moves and with Mubarak telling CNN's Christine Amanpour that if he were to simply leave office there would be chaos, it would appear that the television appearances for the would be celebrities will have to wait.

Nevertheless, if, we need something to make us sick while the "celebrity" appearances of Badi and ElBaradei are being delayed, what about this: "The United States on Thursday urged the Egyptian government to start talks "immediately" with the opposition on the handover of power, while strongly denouncing attacks on journalists and others." Hillary has spoken and she doesn't have to gobble down a few insects to make us puke, does she?

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