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  •  this is considered a provocation to the military (2+ / 0-)
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    by..dammit, I  think it was the Moroccan Ambassador, Mark Ginsberg on Ian KPFK show (no transcript unfortunately who said the attempted march to the palace , he called it a 'takeover' and that it would provoke the military to chose a side or split into factions.
     He described the attempt to negotiate with the business side of the Muslim Brotherhood as a transparent attempt to divide and conquer, and that it was roundly seen and rejected by the Good Guys (dam they are smart!)

    I think that may be what Sauroman is calling a 'coup'...which seems to be a threat to take over and crackdown somehow...'warns of a coup' as reported just now on local news.

    Here's Amb Mark Ginsberg's article today at (ugh) Huffpo:
    Wael Ghonim and the Saga of Democracy in Egypt

    Since Vice President Suleiman (no democrat by any sense) announced he was negotiating with Egypt's opposition movement the young Tahrir demonstrators became justifiably alarmed that backroom deals were being cut by self-anointed Mubarak loyalists. A veritable army of cronies purporting to represent the protesters have descended on Suleiman's doorstep, thereafter being rewarded with appointments to a "transitional committee" to rewrite the constitution. It's like having Tories in charge of writing America's Declaration of Independence.
    Indeed, as the names became public of those streaming into Suleiman's lair, they represented a who's who of Egypt's stratified status quo. The so-called "peaceful transition" to democracy Suleiman promised to commence is beginning to resemble an ill-advised charade, rather than an expedited fulfillment of basic human rights on a promised road to permanent, peaceful change.

    As Suleiman packs the constitution reform committee with regime loyalists, he also is falling back on shopworn alibis to dole out reform at a snail's pace. Suleiman asserted today, for example, that: "Egypt would descend into chaos and the situation does not justify the emergency law's repeal..." Nothing could be further from the truth. As long as the dreaded emergency law is in place it is hard to impute any good will toward Suleiman's assurances.
    Whatever little credibility remains between Washington and pro-democracy demonstrators, Suleiman's mischief accords the White House ample justification to ratchet up its demands that the Mubarak regime cease smearing the democracy movement, establish a timetable for lifting emergency rule, and insist on absolute verifiable assurances that the regime will not arrest or harass anyone peacefully protesting whether or not emergency rule is lifted right away.

    read it, the whole thing is good, and I hope his interview with Ian Masters gets posted, dammit.

    Responsible people leave neither loaded guns nor paranoid, eliminationist ideologies laying around for the mentally ill to play with.

    by KenBee on Wed Feb 09, 2011 at 10:24:14 PM PST

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