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Watch the Live Streaming from Tahrir Square Right Here

February 11, 2011

Yay, I didn’t think this would work! But it does.

Live from Cairo:

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LiveStreaming from Tahrir Square, posted with vodpod

Right now violent extremists like Osama Bin Laden (and also some regional dictators/autocrats) are shaking in their boots as they watch a totally peaceful, nonviolent transfer to democracy in Egypt!

The best anecdote to terrorism is democracy.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Thain permalink
    February 11, 2011 3:24 pm

    Awesome, thanks. I keep going to Al Jazeera and getting timed out- I think too many people are the website.

  2. Tovah permalink
    February 11, 2011 3:33 pm

    You said it right! There is no better way to fight extremism than with peaceful protests for universal rights.

    Thank you so much for staying so on top of this for the last two weeks- I don’t know how you do it- I’ve found more great info. on this site during this whole Egypt thing- links I never would have found had you not highlighted them. It is much appreciated!

    • February 11, 2011 4:00 pm

      This (and Tunisia) absolutely show the world that cultures of fear can be broken, peaceful transfers of power can occur, and that ruthless despots (even ones funded by the US government) can be forced to resign peacefully. And, yes, I hope the Saudi Royal Family gets their just rewards soon!

  3. Steve permalink
    February 11, 2011 3:43 pm

    Man, what an incredible sight!

    To all those who backed the regime and said it couldn’t be done- WRONG!

    Palestinians, are you watching this? This is what you need to do. It’s sad that the U.S. will do everything in their power to stop them. I don’t like thinking that my government- particularly with Democrats at the helm, prefer a sense of faux “stability” over real democracy- that’s been abundantly clear. What people in DC, and particularly in our foreign policy community don’t “get” is that these dictatorships are NOT stable!

    Iran has blocked internet and social networking dealing with Egypt, so has China. I have a feeling Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas will be cracking down on their people to prevent anything like this happening.

    Expect a lot of spin from Hezbollah, Iran, Hamas trying to co-opt what went on. I already heard the Ayatollah saying it was an Islamic revolution, which of course it’s not. Those guys really know how to stir up trouble.

  4. Thain permalink
    February 11, 2011 6:37 pm

    I just saw a congressman on Dylan Ratigan show say outright that we tolerated Mubarak’s repressive dictatorship because of the peace treaty with Israel.

    Perhaps now the Beltway insiders that create our foreign policy will wake up? And that includes the WH and yes, the State Dept. This false notion of security is a ruse. We’ve been sold a bill of goods and the US taxpayers have been funding despots because we’ve been told it keeps the region “stable” against all the evil Islamists. BULLSHIT.

  5. Thain permalink
    February 11, 2011 7:14 pm

    This is what the State Dept. is worried about right now- is this why Hillary and her advisers sided with Sulieman and stability rather than democracy?

    From the Guardian:

    5.36pm: The Egyptian finance minister, Samir Radwan, has just told Sky News that Suleiman has been running Egypt for the last week.

    In the US, James Steinberg, the deputy secretary of state, said Washington was committed to ensuring that political changes in the Middle East did not threaten Israel and that any Egyptian government honours the treaty with Tel Aviv.

    I’m sorry guys, but I’m losing my faith. Everything I have read these last few days says she and Steinberg, Feltman, Shapiro and Gates were advising that Sulieman should be in charge with the military in order to maintain the status quo for the sake of stability, US military interests and of course, Israel.

    Stacy- has Secy Clinton issued a statement congratulating the people of Egypt yet?

    • stacyx permalink*
      February 11, 2011 7:54 pm

      Don’t lose faith Thain. Secretary Clinton has a difficult balancing act and it’s easy to oversimplify it- I know sometimes I am guilty of doing that. I’ve read all those articles saying she was on the side of Sulieman and the stability/status quo but we simply don’t know that for sure. I believe she absolutely supports democracy and human rights and that she supported the protesters throughout. But the reality is that our foreign policy is schizophrenic at times and filled with contradictions and that makes her job all the harder .

      She had to balance our commitment to democracy with our need to reassure our allies in the region- we can all disagree with why this is the case- ie. we support various dictatorships in the region and we of course are uber-concerned about Israel, but the fact is, Hillary can’t wave a magic wand and make those concerns go away overnight. My hope is that Secy Clinton realizes that our long-term security depends on a more pragmatic foreign policy and that maintaining the status quo vis. Israel-Palestine is no longer an option- Israel and the Palestinians must resolve the conflict- Israel needs rapprochement with her Arab neighbors and that can only happen if a peace deal is reached- an EQUITABLE one.

      It may be that Egypt becomes a more independent country foreign policy-wise going forward- less reliant on the U.S. and more willing to use it’s status in the region to encourage change. They could end up being similar to Turkey- a strong U.S. ally, believers in political Islam but with a secular military and which maintains ties to Israel (with lots of ups and downs). Turkey doesn’t always march to our tune, as we’ve seen in the past two years but they are a sovereign, democratic nation. That may be the new democratic reality for Egypt.

      I think it’s VERY unlikely that any future Egyptian govt would tear up a peace treaty with Israel and I have heard lots of credible Middle East watchers say the same thing, including Mohamed ElBaradei. It wouldn’t be in their best interest- they don’t want war, they want jobs!

      • Thain permalink
        February 12, 2011 12:09 pm

        Good points. It just seems like with Hillary’s gravitas, popularity and history advocating for human rights, she’d be the perfect person to deliver the US message and change course in the middle east. Instead she seems to cling to the conventional wisdom and the false religion of stability. There’s nothing stable about dictatorships.

  6. February 11, 2011 8:30 pm

    PBS Newshour reported that only Santorum of the GOP presidential candidates at CPAC today even mentioned Egypt in his speech. They were speculating that the others lacked confidence to take a stand either pro-democracy or anti-Egypt. I understand Santorum was pro-Netanyahu.

    • Thain permalink
      February 12, 2011 12:08 pm

      The righties and Tea Partiers suck at Foreign Policy so they don’t know what to say. Sarah Palin tweeted some condescending crap after the fall of Mubarak. Of course she couldn’t just congratulate the Egyptian people but took it as an opportunity to criticize Obama and ask if he would do apply the same pressure to Iran. The woman is really stupid, I’m sorry. Does she realize that Iran and Egypt are totally different in terms of the US relationship? We had leverage with Mubarak because we are allies and we have no diplomatic relationship with Iran so we have no leverage. Sheesh.

  7. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    February 12, 2011 9:24 am

    Who is Tantawi?
    Read ’em and weep:

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