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Amanpour Scores Mubarak Interview

February 3, 2011

From Amanpour’s ‘This Week’ webpage:

He told me that he is troubled by the violence we have seen in Tahrir Square over the last few days but that his government is not responsible for it. Instead, he blamed the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned political party here in Egypt.

He said he’s fed up with being president and would like to leave office now, but cannot, he says, for fear that the country would sink into chaos.

I asked President Mubarak about the violence that his supporters launched against the anti-government protestors in Liberation Square.

He told me, “I was very unhappy about yesterday. I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other.”


For now, Mubarak remains in the presidential palace with his family, heavily guarded by armed troops, tanks and barbed wire. We were joined by his son Gamal, who was once widely considered to be his successor. Mubarak told me it was never his intention to have his son follow him into office.

And he pledged his loyalty to Egypt. I would never run away, he said, I will die on this soil. He also defended his legacy, recounting the many years he has spent leading his country.

While he described President Obama as a very good man, he wavered when I asked him if hour felt the U.S. had betrayed him. When I asked him how he responded to the United States’ veiled calls for him to step aside sooner rather than later, he said he told President Obama “you don’t understand the Egyptian culture and what would happen if I step down now.”

He told me, “I never intended to run again. I never intended Gamal to be President after me.”

Gamal, his son, was sitting in the room with us as he said this. [emphasis added]

I thought Gamal was in London?

I’m not sure if this was a video interview or not- I don’t think it was.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2011 5:55 pm

    British foreign secretary said the other day Gamal is still in Egypt, not London as rumored. Hague talked to him, warning him about state-sanctioned violence.

    Mubarak clinging to fear-mongering: the Muslim Brotherhood are bad people! No Mubarak, you are incredibly bad, and you really need to go…

  2. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    February 3, 2011 11:31 pm

    Lemme get this straight. The anti-Mubarek Muslim Brotherhood would attack the anti-Mubarek street protesters because…?

    • Thain permalink
      February 4, 2011 9:53 am

      It’s really hard to figure out what is going on because for 30 years Mubarak has used the fear of the Muslim Brotherhood as a foil and as a justification for his oppressive rule. Sounds like he’s still trying to do it but it’s unlikely that the protesters are going to believe it at this stage and it could make it more likely than not that Egyptians openly embrace the Brotherhood.

      That’s the irony- we support policies and people in such a way as to make it more likely than not that there will be an increase in anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment throughout the region.

      The MB is a branch of political Islam and we are just going to have to suck it up and realize that democracies in the Middle East may be less secular than we’d like. They are no more radical than the radical, nationalist religious settlers in Israel who want Jewish law as the basis for everything.

      Of course Fox News is loving the whole “oh my God the Islamists are taking over” theme. I can’t believe anyone actually takes that channel seriously. Of course, CNN and MSNBC are no prize either although Cenk and Rachel have had really good coverage of Egypt.

    • February 4, 2011 10:29 am

      Thoughtful article here on why the Muslim Brotherhood would not violently turn on Israel.

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