1. The Egyptian army said today:
“The presence of the army in the streets is for your sake and to ensure your safety and well being. The armed forces will not resort to use of force against our great people,” the army statement said.
“Your armed forces, who are aware of the legitimacy of your demands and are keen to assume their responsibility in protecting the nation and the citizens, affirms that freedom of expression through peaceful means is guaranteed to everybody.”
We’ll see how this plays out. Let’s hope the army keeps its promise and does not renege. There is a bit of a loop-hole here as al-Jazeera reported:
[The military] urged people not to resort to acts of sabotage that violate security and destroy public and private property. It warned that it would not allow outlaws to loot, attack and “terrorise citizens”.
2. What, no Juan Cole? I am shocked.
“Headed to the White House for a 9:30 AM meeting Monday to talk Egypt with the National Security Council’s Dan Shapiro and Samantha Power were:
“George Washington University Middle East expert and Foreign Policy.com Middle East channel editor Marc Lynch; the National Security Network’s Joel Rubin, a former State Department Egypt desk officer; the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Michele Dunne, a former NSC and State Department Policy Planning and Egypt embassy official who co-chair a bipartisan working group on Egypt); Council on Foreign Relations’s Egypt expert Steve Cook; the New America Foundation’s Steve Clemons; Center for American Progress Middle East expert Brian Katulis, and former U.S. Amb. to Israel Martin Indyk, now with the Brookings Institution and an advisor to George Mitchell.”
It turns out that pardoned criminal Elliott Abrams was invited but was already committed to speaking to CAIR about how to bring Muslims and Jews together. Just kidding, he was going to an American Jewish Committee event and so he told Obama he just couldn’t make it.
Another nut case neo-con, Robert Kagan, was also invited but could not attend, even though, and I am not fucking making this up, he is a co-founder at Brookings, along with Michele Dunne of Carnegie, of the “Egyptian Working Group”. The Working Group issued a statement on Saturday that, I’m sure this will stun you, is being highly praised by William Kristol of The Weekly Piece of Zionist BullShit. He claims that the Working Group is “consistently ahead-of-the-curve” and quotes its Saturday statement quite favorably.
The working group is:
” a consortium of policy experts from Carnegie, the Council on Foreign Relations, Human Rights Watch, the Center for American Progress, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Foreign Policy Initiative and Freedom House”
So you can see even more clearly that it is neo-con and Zionist-riddled through and through. I am including the statement in full below because it sounds so damn nice. It came out Saturday.
Amidst the turmoil in Egypt, it is important for the U.S. to remain focused on the interests of the Egyptian people as well as the legitimacy and stability of the Egyptian government. Only free and fair elections provide the prospect for a peaceful transfer of power to a government recognized as legitimate by the Egyptian people. We urge the Obama administration to pursue these fundamental objectives in the coming days and press the Egyptian government to:
— call for free and fair elections for president and for parliament to be held as soon as possible .
— amend the Egyptian Constitution to allow opposition candidates to register to run for the presidency.
— immediately lift the state of emergency, release political prisoners, and allow for freedom of media and assembly
— allow domestic election monitors to operate throughout the country, without fear of arrest or violence.
— immediately invite international monitors to enter the country and monitor the process leading to elections, reporting on the government’s compliance with these measures to the international community
— publicly declare that Mr. Mubarak will agree not to run for re-election. We further recommend that the Obama administration suspend all economic and military assistance to Egypt until the government accepts and implements these measures.
I await for an Israel working group made of As’ad Abu Khalil, Juan Cole, Amjad Atallah, Rashid al-Khalidi, Norman Finklestein (token Jew), Joseph Massad, Nidal Awad, Ibrahim Cooper and public intellectual Michael Collins Piper to be formed and invited to the White House to have direct input into US policy vis-a-vis Israel and to issue policy statements. I bet cutting off aid to Israel would have been recommended a long time ago. 🙂
More importantly though, this shows that key elements of the Israeli lobby have long been aware that Mubarak was basically finished and they are now trying to make sure US policy is steered in a direction that places Israeli interests first and foremost, all the while telling the world how much they just love the Egyptians by putting out statements that look like they were drafted by National Council of Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes (NCLOLTS). But you heard it here first, if the Egyptian people end up in danger of actually taking control of their own country, highly unlikely but I’m rooting for it, things could get really really interesting.
3. And it is in the context that I have just outlined above that I highly recommend that anyone watching the Israeli/US reactions to events in Egypt read Justin Ramondo’s excellent piece today on how the Zionist lobby and some of its sex-slaves in the US Knesset are fear mongering about how the Egyptian Intifada is going to be taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood and turn Egypt into another Iran and blah and blah and fucking blah. This is code for “If those goddamn mother-fucking Egyptians try to establish real self rule we will tell the Egyptian armed forces to blow the bastards to kingdom come and we’ll help them do it.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, brings us back to item one above.
4. I bet poor old senile Husni feels like this dog today.