Mubarak And His Thugs: Trying To Starve The Revolution

The army is in the streets doing nothing, allowing chaos.  They are not being employed for or against the people.  It’s a passive-aggressive stand-down.  The people are jubilant, but the siege against them has only begun.  Looting is beginning and hunger will be soon to follow.  Mubarak is going to starve the revolution unless an alternative government can be set up.

The country’s infrastructure is still in the hands of the Mubarak regime.  His greatest weapon at this point is patience.  He will neither instigate a slaughter or provide any leadership.  He will be able to claim his hands are clean.  He will allow desperation to do what the eyes of the world will not permit him.

The ominous and mysterious disappearance of the police will be solved when the identity of the marauding gangs of thieves and looters are discovered.  By then it may be too late.  Hunger and fear will govern the decisions of the people.  Mubarak will wait to be invited back.  He will reinstate services, take his time prosecuting the revolutionaries, make a show of meaningless reforms, and the people of Egypt will be worse off than they were before.

A new, American friendly, Vice President has been appointed by Mubarak.  Omar Soliman, former head of intelligence under Mubarak, a man that has worked closely with the U.S. in the failing peace process with Israel, is the first VP Mubarak has named in thirty years.  Ahmad Shafiq, a military commander, the former chief of air staff, was appointed prime minister.  Loyal to Mubarak, and ‘strong-men’ in their own right, the only option being offered the Egyptian people is chaos, starvation, or an even more dictatorial regime.

Mubarak gave a warning of this strategy in his speech.  He warned the people that freedom may become chaos, and he is doing everything he can to make it so.  Starvation of the people, and terrorism from the now invisible police force, are designed to break the spirit of the revolution.

Mubarak is already blaming the revolution on an “Islamic wave.”  This lie is designed to gain public from western people and will likely be parroted by the media.  Mubarak has used the Muslim Brotherhood for years as a scare-crow to gain support for his regime, and has been successful thanks to Christian or Jewish bigotry, Islamophobia, and the fact that his lies serve their agendas.

Unless the revolution can organize it’s own maintenance, and it’s own ‘government’ if you will, through twitter, Facebook, social media, telephone, fax, Ham radio, leaflets, whatever… as it managed the uprising, Mubarak will will starve the revolution.  Unless the people take back the infrastructure, the revolution will die.

When the people realize this and try to regain their infrastructure and achieve self government they will come in direct conflict with the army, and the army will have to choose.  The people of Egypt must decide whether they will make that move before desperation escalates and the secret police establish chaos.  Once that happens Mubarak will be hard to remove.  He will claim justification for ‘restoring order’ and will use any means possible to do so.

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10 Responses to Mubarak And His Thugs: Trying To Starve The Revolution

  1. Mo Maghari January 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    In Tunisia, Ben Ali used the same strategy. The regime actually hired many thugs to start looting and creating a chaos to justify the need for order and government.
    Mubarak is using the same strategy. The difference, Mubarak is smarter and more patient. He does not get scared like Ben Ali easily.
    having said that, I do understand the oppression the Egyptians felt for 30 years. The Egyptian people will not fall for the trick.
    They say that the most dangerous man is the one who have nothing to lose. Most of Egyptians do have nothing to lose. That makes them unstoppable. That is why the fight in Egypt will be longer and more bloody, but the people WILL win.

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier January 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      I completely agree with your point. The question here is what the Egyptian army will do in the coming days? What Egyptians need is someone like Tunisian general Rachid Ammar who would have the balls to disobey orders from Mubarak to use live ammo against the demonstrators, and to become like Ammar a “guarantor” for the revolution.

      • Mo Maghari January 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        Hi Mr Mercier
        First let me thank you for this news web site which is a breath of fresh air compared to the typical twisted media outlets in the country that is engaged in nothing more than controlled and calculated propaganda instead of the news and the truth.
        Dear Gilbert
        I am willing to bet that the army in Egypt will do what the army in Tunisia did. After all, those in the streets are the brothers, sisters and cousins of the people in the army. Most important, the army men in Egypt are as poor, deprived and oppressed as the rest of the Egyptians. Most Egyptians has an annual income of less than $2000 a year ( average income in Egypt is $5400 a year). The military men are no different than your average poor Egyptian who lives in sub human conditions. Many of these military men feels disgrace for having a man like Mubarak as their commander in Chief.

        • Gilbert Mercier
          Gilbert Mercier January 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

          Thank you very much Mo, and I am glad you are refreshing our readers’ memory here in terms of the wide spread poverty and gross social injustice in Egypt.

          As we mentioned in a couple of our articles on Egypt, 40 percent of Egyptians live below the poverty level defined at two dollars a day.

          As far as most US media outlets, they are trying to convince Americans that the Muslim Brotherhood is behind the popular uprising in Egypt, which couldn’t be any further from the truth. Mubarak successfully played the US by making them believe he was their best “insurance policy” against a takeover by Islamic fundamentalists.

          The Muslim Brotherhood was a convenient scarecrow for Mubarak to use, and it still is a way for the US media to scare Americans by peddling false information. Tonight on NPR, a fairly serious news outlets, the host of All Things Considered mentioned “the risk of a Muslim Brotherhood potential takeover if Mubarak is ousted”.

          • Mo Maghari January 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm

            You are absolutely correct. The Muslim Brotherhood is the scarecrow that is used in most of western media. Sadly most of people have a short memory and do not study history.

            The scarecrow ( Muslim Brotherhood) was supported by the western world and funded by the CIA in the 1960’s as a movement to prevent the Communism influence from spreading to the middle east. our supported friends become our enemies when they no longer have value to us. That story should sound familiar. Saddam Hussein, Bin Laden and the Muslim brotherhood were all the friends of the Us, supported and funded by the US till they served their purpose and all of them became more of a liability than an asset.

  2. P. Neisman January 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    This seems to be a repeat performance of what happened in Pakistan in 08′ when Musharraf refused to step down as President. He left with approximately 10 billion dollars, Mubarak has a net worth of approximately 40 billion.

    Someone must emerge to lead this protest into a solid democratic government and fast.
    The Egyptian people are seething angry at this guy, there is no worse enemy than a very angry one. I believe Mubarak will have to leave and some of his cronies have left in their private jets’ heading for Dubai. But he’s too old to make a re-appearance in 25 years like Baby Doc attempted to do recently. Duvalier after all wants another kick at the cat by extracting 7 million stuck in a frozen Swiss bank account. These dictators are all the same and the US is wasting their money on being their pimp.

  3. Marcus January 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    “Mubarak has more to loose” good point. Obama says he doesn’t want to ask Mubarak to step down because it could backfire. Does Obama really think Mubarak would retaliate against US interest or his people? Isn’t there a point that will be reached where this inaction by the US could backfire? I think the Egyptians are hoping the western world will support their call for Mubarak to step down. Where is the leadership? Too many politicians with their fingers crossed incapable to accept any responsibility in the name of freedom, but plenty capable to accept the responsibility in the name of security!

    • Mo Maghari January 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Marcus, thank you for the GREAT statement that actually describes our policy. ( Too many politicians with their fingers crossed incapable to accept any responsibility in the name of freedom, but plenty capable to accept the responsibility in the name of security!).

  4. FA1SGL January 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    The Muslim Brotherhood is Egypt’s WMD and history will prove them to be just as empherial. The damage is done. The fearmongers will work at maintaining the status quo…again! We never seem to learn from history!

  5. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi February 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Hosni Mubarak, who engineered 9/11 to sell hatred of Islam for 10 years?

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