U.S. Propping Up Mubarak Gov’t To Ensure Their Own Succeeds Him

Posted: February 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

All,

The most significant part of these articles is not in what Mubarak has said, but in what Obama has said and Israel has done.

Mubarak says he’s not stepping down until his term is up – and of course that’s so the U.S. can get its chosen successor adequately ensconced in the presidential palace before he has to buy his one-way plane ticket – a successor who will ensure that the peace treaty with Israel will remain in force, unlikely if the demonstrators get their way.  And just to make sure Mubarak can stay in power that long, Israel has sent a plane-load of American-supplied crowd control weapons to Cairo.

Scott

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Mubarak Fails to Quell Protests With Departure Pledge
February 01, 2011, 7:26 PM EST

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-02-01/mubarak-fails-to-quell-protests-with-departure-pledge.html

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will step down after elections for a new leader, a concession rejected by opposition leaders and protesters who refuse to wait months for an end to his regime.

Mubarak said he’ll stay on to ensure “stability” and push through political and economic changes before his departure. The Cairo crowd began chanting anti-Mubarak slogans even before the president’s state television broadcast was finished.

“Your last day will be Friday,” some shouted, referring to the Muslim prayer day when further demonstrations are planned.

Egypt “faces a choice between chaos and stability,” Mubarak said in the address late yesterday, wearing a dark blue suit and black tie and standing next to the national flag. “My first responsibility now is to restore the security and stability of the nation to achieve a peaceful transition.”

U.S. President Barack Obama said he telephoned Mubarak after his speech. “He recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable” Obama said in remarks on television from the White House.

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Rights NGO claims that Israeli planes carrying crowd dispersal weapons have arrived in Egypt

http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2001-rights-ngo-claims-that-israeli-planes-carrying-crowd-dispersal-weapons-have-arrived-in-egypt

The International Network for Rights and Development has claimed that Israeli logistical support has been sent to Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak to help his regime confront demonstrations demanding that he steps down as head of state. According to reports by the non-governmental organisation, three Israeli planes landed at Cairo’s Mina International Airport on Saturday carrying hazardous equipment for use in dispersing and suppressing large crowds.

In the statement circulated by the International Network, it was disclosed that Egyptian security forces received the complete cargoes on three Israeli planes which were, it is claimed, carrying an abundant supply of internationally proscribed gas to disperse unwanted crowds. If the reports are accurate, this suggests that the Egyptian regime is preparing for the worse in defence of its position, despite the country sinking into chaos.

On Sunday 30 January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Israeli government ministers in a public statement saying: “Our efforts aim at the continued maintenance of stability and security in the region… and I remind you that peace between the Israeli establishment and Egypt has endured for over three decades… we currently strive to guarantee the continuity of these relations.” Netanyahu added, “We are following the events unfolding in Egypt and the region with vigilance… and it is incumbent at this time that we show responsibility, self-restraint and maximum consideration for the situation… in the hope that the peaceful relations between the Israeli establishment and Egypt continue…”

The Israeli prime minister urged Israeli government ministers to refrain from making any additional statements to the media.

“An orderly transition must be meaningful, must be peaceful, and it must begin now,” Obama said, pledging the U.S. would support the Egyptian people during the transition. Directing his comments at young Egyptian, Obama said: “We hear your voice.”

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