Thursday, February 10, 2011
A Mubarak Moment
A 'Mubarak Moment' could become a new pop phrase for when everyone from the media to the president appear to anticipate and report something that doesn't quite end up as their talk suggested.
Today was almost one of those "Dewey Wins" days.
Maybe it's the move that those in the background actually wanted. Give some power to the CIA helpmate Omar Suleiman and hopefully buy time to get their plans straight. It gives the appearance of appeasing Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Or maybe it's an attempt to really stir up the protests? How are those in the streets and the military going to react? Peaceful, repression, chaos? Will Egyptians kill more Egyptians? Send a message not only to the other restless Middle East countries but to Americans that taking protests too far will have consequences? Mubarak hinted at it.
The idea that this is one more step to 'balkenize' the Middle East is still in play. Plans that go back decades don't go away easily but plans can go astray.
Break this cycle of control of the people and never ending war?
It will take millions of people in the street ... with resolve ... and love.
First in Egypt ... then in the rest of the world.