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  •  If the army is mounting a coup they (3+ / 0-)

    will likely work with the opposition afterward.  The reality is the people are in the street and they have to appease them to an extent.

    "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

    by James Allen on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:00:53 PM PST

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    •  What worries me is that (5+ / 0-)

      there are explicit references to preserving the current regime. If they were talking about preserving stability or order, that would be one thing, but that's not the language that's being used.

      Sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice. -- Clark's Law

      by unspeakable on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:03:35 PM PST

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      •  Any sense of how they are defining (2+ / 0-)
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        "the current regime?"  Is it simply rearranging the deck chairs, which they must know will not go over with people, or do you think they are talking about some kind of "third way" between what's there now and actual democracy?

        •  Don't know for sure. (2+ / 0-)
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          The exact phrase used in the article was "Mubarak's regime." My sense after reading it is that they want a rearranging of the deck chairs.

          I have to say though, I haven't seen this referenced anywhere else, so I don't know how reliable this is.

          Sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice. -- Clark's Law

          by unspeakable on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:41:32 PM PST

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          •  I really really really (1+ / 0-)
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            hope that it is not.  

            Having said that, and putting this one article aside for the moment, what's your sense about the army's tolerance for actual democracy?  Does the army not care as long as it gets to keep its goodies, or do you think it has a stake in a particular outcome, beyond one that provides "stability," which I realize of course is a very loaded term?

    •  LOL Army doesn't need the opposition to do (0+ / 0-)

      a coup. Remember Nasser came to power with a coup and since then all the Egyptian Presidents are from the Military i.e Nasser, Saddat and Mubarak.

      Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

      by LaurenMonica on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:09:05 PM PST

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      •  Yes they do. (0+ / 0-)

        You think the army has avoided bloodshed this long but after they mount a coup and take over will just wipe the people out of the streets?

        They have to deal with the hundreds of thousands of people in Tahrir Square one way or another, and it doesn't look like they have the stomach to massacre them.

        "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

        by James Allen on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:10:59 PM PST

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