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Friday, February 11, 2011

Mubarak is gone: now what

Delirious crowds celebrate in Tahir Square in Cairo, Egypt
Mubarak finally gave in to the pressure of protesters gathered at Tahir Square for the 18th day demanding that the president resign. He has. Hosni Mubarak has transferred power to the Armed Forces Supreme Council. The new boss is Mohamed Tantawi, 75, a close ally of Mubarak and Minister of Defense. Tantawi has been in direct contact with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the past weeks. 

Mubarak is just the second victim of waves of popular upheaval that are shaking the sensitive area of the Middle East. The first was Tunesian Zein al-Abidine Ben Ali who also surrendered to popular protests 4 weeks ago. He was also an ally of Washington.

Al Arabiya reports that the ex-president has left Cairo with all his family and is on his way to Sharm el Sheik in the Sinai Peninsula.

Mubarak, who the influential western media are calling today a 'dictator' and his government 'a tyranny', has been Washington’s man in the Arab world for the last 30 years. They praise the crowds as 'pro-democracy protesters' and Mubarak's departure as the end of 'an authoritarian regime', as if they had just realized. As the recipient of billions of dollars in aid from the United States, he represented with loyalty the interests of that country in the the area. Even in the gravity of the present situation the US has been rather ambivalent about the Egyptian crisis and his resignation. They fear groups opposed to Washington's hegemony might gain power in Egypt, altering the delicate and already strained balance in the Middle East.

What last-minute Machiavellian manipulations must already be taking place by powerful world forces to frustrate the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptians?

For how long will the euphoria last?

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