But there is indeed a lingering question that I have had in my gut for the last two days... And that is: Will the Egyptian Army, which is now in control, actually bring in the freedoms that the Egyptian people themselves have been "promised"?.... Well, to help answer this serious question, I want to turn to the following great article from Damian Lataan, who writes the website: "Telling The History Of The Twenty-First Century As It Really Is", at www.lataan.blogspot.com. The article is entitled: "Mubarak May Be Gone, But... So What? The Army's Now Running Things, And All The Egyptians Have Are Promises", and I am proud to present it right here in its entirety:
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2011
MUBARAK’S GONE, BUT… SO WHAT? THE ARMY’S NOW RUNNING THINGS AND ALL THE EGYPTIANS HAVE ARE PROMISES.
Two weeks later, Mubarak is ousted from power and he leaves Cairo and heads off, not overseas into exile as one might expect of a ruthless dictator ousted by popular revolution, but to Sharm el-Sheik – where the 800 Egyptian troops are now based.
While Mubarak has handed over power to the chiefs of the army ostensibly to oversee the transition to a democratic civilian government, one cannot blame the Egyptian people being more that bit wary of what is actually going on and maintaining their vigil in Tahrir Square.
The simple reality is this; apart from getting Mubarak to step down, nothing at all has really changed for the Egyptian people. They are no better off today in terms of having power for themselves than they were the before Mubarak left. All the people have are promises. Nothing else.
Before the protests, Mubarak the military man ran things. Now military men that worked for Mubarak – and are now, it seems, protecting him at his retreat at Sharm el-Sheik – are running things.
Given that Egyptian troops went to the Sinai right at the beginning of the protests and long before Mubarak left Cairo himself to go to the Sinai, one has to wonder if there was some collusion going on between the Israelis and the Egyptian government whereby the aging Mubarak at the first signs of serious discontent among the people would be eased out into comfortable retirement to live out his days at Sharm el-Sheik.
If that was the case, one then needs to ask; what were the contingency plans for the transition of power from the militarist president to the military and, far more importantly, what are the military’s plans for the future?
NTS Notes: Thanks to Damian Lataan again for his fine work...
Readers, the facts are that this is the same army still that was under the control of Mubarak, and I seriously doubt that there will be any substantial change to Egypt, or the lives of the Egyptians, any time soon. As stated, all we have are promises, and the best we can hope for is that they are not empty ones!
The real danger would be for the Egyptians to allow, either by choice or by mistake, the Americans and their Israeli masters to step in and impose one of their puppet leaders on the Egyptian people. It is imperative that the proud people of Egypt be on the alert to this criminal possibility and make sure that it absolutely never happens.
The people of Egypt have taken the first step to true freedom. We can only hope that they have the wisdom and fortitude to continue down that road without interference from outside sources.....
More to come