|All photos copyright LeAnne Graves|
Until now, there have been very few pro-Mubarak protesters. Until now, protesters were peaceful. Until now, foreign journalists were not attacked, just the occasional arrest by the government (or the interruption of Al Jazeera which has been the most accurate news source during this disturbing situation).
This morning I spoke with several friends who were gearing up to evacuate and I said, “I don’t know why people are evacuating now, things have calmed down.”
And while we’ve all made our speculations over what will happen, no one could predict what would happen next. All of a sudden, we each began receiving text messages from Vodafone and calls for protests to end before things got out of control.
Some questions to ask yourself although I am attempting to remain unbiased, given it is a very difficult task:
- Didn’t all reporters document how peaceful protesters were?
- Although Mubarak’s speech was not music to most demonstrators’ ears, did you not see the gathering substantially decrease?
- Is it not strange that the pro-Mubarak groups are only found in Cairo?
- Is it strange that pro-Mubarak groups are the only ones that are attacking journalists, including Anderson Cooper?
- Is it strange that anti-government groups tried to get pro-Mubarak supporters to join and say, “We’re one Egypt” and the pro-Mubarak groups continue to charge the opposition causing violent clashes?
- Isn’t it strange that military said they’d protect protesters and are now just standing on the sidelines watching Egyptians hurt, injure and even kill one another?
- Isn’t it strange that the opposition group (anti-government) have yet to use such weapons like those that are now being seen from the pro-government side?
The Finance Minister was interviewed on CNN, and when the anchor asked what was the plan to immediately stop this disaster, his response was, “We will meet with opposition groups and put into place [term limits, etc].” The anchor asked again and said that all of that aside, what is the government going to do to stop this massacre? The response was the same as before.
Compared to the tens of thousands that showed up at the demonstrations, it would appear that by only having 2,000 or so people left calling for Mubarak’s resignation that the majority of the protesters were ready to get back to normalcy. No one wanted to see the collapse of Egypt, or did a particular faction group together in order to create a tipping point into an abyss that is going to be very hard for Egypt to recover?
One final word: Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq with a brutal hand using fear and terror to stay in power. Hussein executed opponents and political rivals.