Horses, Camels, Whips, ‘Chariots’ . . . Cairo Chaos
February 2, 2011 by PaulM Posted in Current Events, History, Lowell 1 Comment
Mubarak’s supporters gather near a fallen horse and rider (foreground on the right) as others take on anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Wednesday. (AP)
One Response to Horses, Camels, Whips, ‘Chariots’ . . . Cairo Chaos
Obama’s played wait-and-see long enough, and now it’s time to call on Mubarak to step down. I think the introduction of what appear to be government-backed plain clothes security goons inent on disrupting the protests warrants it. Mubarak can either step down and maybe help facilitate a peaceful transition, or he can stand pat as things get messier and he’s overthrown, at which point there wil be an uncertain post-coup power grab a la Iran 1979.
By the way, I wouldn’t put it past the military to do the deed themselves if Mubabarak persists in his obstinacy. (Sadat was done in by the military in ’81, although under different circumstances.) Given that it’s a conscription force, I’m not sure the army will have the stomach for crushing this insurrection.