30 January 2011

Fumbling towards democracy?

Unfortunately, like the rest of the Islamic Middle East... Egyptians seem to be a little unclear on the concept...

Hundreds of demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails at police near the heart of five days of protests, and policemen responded with live rounds of gunfire, witnesses said.
The death toll approaches 100... and no sign of things cooling off.


RELATED: Where is President McDreamy?
After much discussion, it was decided that President Obama would not try to speak directly to Mubarak. According to an informed source, the assessment was that president-to-president intervention should be held in reserve as a last recourse.

Besides, any exchange with Mubarak would require Obama to say whether he supported Mubarak’s continued rule. And the president was in a bind: He couldn’t bluntly say no.
So much for acting Presidential.


Anonymous said...

hmmm. Sorta sounds a little like the civil riots of the 60s in the US of A.

Were they a little "unclear on democracy" as well?

Neo Conservative said...

you mean the "molotov cocktails" and the responding "live rounds"?

actually sounds a little bit more like the destruction in detroit to me.

good luck to them... but tanks & planes against gasoline-filled bottles... no happy ending there.


Anonymous said...

yes, yes I do mean Molotov cocktails and live rounds.

jwkozak91 said...

Neo, have you seen the picures of 20 civilians on tanks and 3-star generals ripping up pictures of Mubarak?

Police not showing up to beat down the protestors is not a good sign for the government.

oxygentax said...

Kinda puts the G20 errrr ummmm "riots" into perspective, not to mention the law enforcement response to it.

Neo Conservative said...

the argument for taking out, or leaving mubarak in place... is the same one that caused bush senior to stop short of smoking saddam during gulf war I... stability.

if mubarak goes... there's a void there for the fundies, the islamic brotherhood, to exploit.

the real question is... are egyptians ready to exercise the rights & responsibilities of actual democracy... or will they explode into sectarian violence like iraq did. let's not forget... the middle east, much like africa, has an abysmal record of implementing democratic rule.

also, don't forget... the military, as in most arab dictatorships... is a major player in the equation.

whatever happens... this will be interesting.