What a Martyr

In his first interview since the beginning of the protests, Mubarak told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour that he would like to resign today, but that if he did, there would be chaos, and that the Muslim Brotherhood would take over. He doesn’t want to be in power, it’s just the call of duty.

Unbelievable. In case you were unclear regarding the definition of chaos, here are some photos to help clear it up.

"Not-Chaos" By Hosni Mubarak (www.nytimes.com)

As for his line about the Muslim Brotherhood, let’s just say it’s the oldest trick in the Egyptian dictator’s book. While the brotherhood is a popular and strong movement, it is also largely moderate and not the bogeyman that the Egyptian authorities would have you believe. Especially in the post 9/11 era, dictators in the region have played off of American fears of Islamists, and using the potential “threat” of Islamists gaining power as a reason not to hold free and fair elections. Unfortunately, the American government has traditionally bought into this narrative hook, line, and sinker, especially after the 2006 victory of Hamas (although that is a whole other can of worms, Americans tend to mentally mash all of these groups together). It’s much like our previous policies in Latin America, where our “anyone but the communists” mentality resulted in support of brutal dictatorships in Guatemala, Chile, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Panama, to name a few.

While the narrative has worked in the past, I think it is losing it’s charm. It is pretty well established that the Brotherhood showed up pretty late to the protests, and the movement’s leadership has even endorsed ElBaradei as the leader of the opposition movement. Not exactly the firing breathing dragons that they are made out to be.

Mubarak’s shameless statement that he is “fed up” with power is an insult to those who have died during the past week. Leave, old man. The Egyptian people are tired of your lies. Leave, and end the chaos that is currently gripping your “beloved” country.

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6 Responses to What a Martyr

  1. Chris says:

    An insightful interview by a German Free Radio Station with an activist on Tahrir Square in Cairo talking about the situation there and the “stability” Mubarak ist talking about:
    Stream: http://www.freie-radios.net/portal/streaming.php?id=38820
    Download: http://www.freie-radios.net/mp3/20110203-lageingyp-38820.mp3

  2. Kelly says:

    I love reading your blog – it’s almost like I’m back in the office with you, you calling it like it is. In fact, I’ve been thinking a lot about you all lately. Keep up the good work.

  3. Bain says:

    Really enjoy your insights. Have shared your blog with other FUUN folks.

  4. Frances says:

    I had the same thought re: latin america. We love democracy, but only when it’s a democratically elected government we like. When the people want communism, or a non-secular government, we panic and instead of supporting other opposition groups that share our values we support regimes that are the exact opposite.

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