6. Interesting opinion, Responding to the Worst Speech Ever
ZouEG Zayne Amer Interesting opinion at the least: http://bit.ly/hFNbfG #Egypt #mubarak #jan25 #revolution 3 minutes ago
Responding to the Worst Speech Ever Posted By Marc Lynch Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 10:12 PM
It's hard to exaggerate how bad Hosni Mubarak's speech today was for Egypt. In the extended runup to his remarks, every sign indicated that he planned to announce his resignation: the military's announcement that it had taken control, the shift in state television coverage, a steady stream of leaks about the speech. With the whole world watching, Mubarak instead offered a meandering, confused speech promising vague Constitutional changes and defiance of foreign pressure. He offered a vaguely worded delegation of power to Vice President Omar Suleiman, long after everyone in Egypt had stopped listening. It is virtually impossible to conceive of a more poorly conceived or executed speech.
Omar Suleiman's televised address which followed made things even worse, if that's possible, telling the people to go home and blaming al-Jazeera for the problems. It solidified the already deep distrust of his role among most of the opposition and of the protestors, and tied his fate to that of Mubarak. Even potentially positive ideas in their speeches, such as Constitutional amendments, were completely drowned out by their contemptuous treatment of popular demands. Things could get ugly tonight --- and if things don't explode now, then the crowds tomorrow will be absolutely massive. Whatever happens, for better or for worse, the prospects of an orderly, negotiated transition led by Omar Suleiman have just plummeted sharply.
I don't think anyone really knows how things will break in the next 12-36 hours. It seems pretty clear that most people, from the Obama administration to Egyptian government and opposition leaders, expected Mubarak to announce his departure tonight -- and that they had good reasons to believe that. That turned out to be wrong. As I just mentioned on the BBC, I don't think anybody knows what's going on inside Mubarak's head right now, though he certainly seems out of touch with what is really going on. I suspect that his decision may have changed from earlier in the day, and that people inside the Egyptian military and regime are themselves scrambling to figure out their next move. If the military has any plans to step in this would be a good time -- especially after the military's communique #1 seemed to suggest that it was breaking in the other direction.
9. O Lord, you know our intentions and that we want our country free and independent
Elshaheeed Khaled Saeeed يا رب إنت أعلم بنوايانا وبإننا عايزين بلادنا حرة ومستقلة وعايزين حقوقنا وحرياتنا .. يا رب ألهمنا للصواب وشد من أزر كل واحد مننا 47 seconds ago
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Elshaheeed Khaled Saeeed O Lord, you know our intentions and that we want our country free and independent and we want our rights and freedoms .. O Lord inspired us to be correct and tight from the hand of every one of us 47 seconds ago
Three weeks after protests erupted in Egypt, anti-government demonstrators continue to press for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office and leave the country. The streets of Cairo, Alexandria, and smaller cities across the country have filled with Egyptian citizens from all walks of life, demonstrating against his 30-year rule. While the military has not substantially cracked down on the protests, at one stage, groups of Mubarak supporters launched attacks against the anti-government crowds, hurling stones and Molotov cocktails, and in some cases firing weapons. Deaths due to the conflict are estimated at nearly 300 now, as Mubarak remains in power and thousands of angry citizens remain in the streets of Egypt. <48 photos>
22. There are many types of leaders, but do not let them say they don't know our demands.
Dima_Khatib Dima Khatib أنا ديمة هناك أنواع كثير من القادة، كما تفضل بعضكم. لكن ولا نوع منهم يقول: لا أعرف ما هو قراري لأول مرة في حياتي #jan25 #egypt 2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
I Dima_Khatib Dima Khatib Dima There are many types of leaders, as some of you prefer. But do not type them say: "I do not know what is the resolutions for the first time in my life # jan25 # egypt 2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
You have been knocking yourself out to keep us informed of the fast changing world of Egypt.. a live feed of the latest action that is ahead of even Al Jazeera. You deserve a good night's sleep. Please remember that as clumsy as the US administration seems to the people on the street over there, I do believe that the American people are overwhelmingly on the side of the protesters and their desire for self government.
24. Why can't Hosni say "Thanks to my leadership, my people are ready for democracy,
so my team can step aside and leave our beloved country in your hands."
Why can't he and Suleiman take the high road? Make the grand exit.
Everyone knows the people won't want the torture chief left in charge for eight long months until the next official election. Midnight bats of hell indeed.
I hope he and Suleiman will step aside together. If they haven't managed stability in 30 years, an extra several months will not be positive. Why don't they pretend they succeeded and enact a dramatic peaceful immediate exit?
29. alaa: we are peaceful revolutionaries but we are not pacifists, we hit back when attacked and we win
alaa Alaa Abd El Fattah by monaeltahawy @ @pakinamamer @LtCheeseWhiz we are peaceful revolutionaries but we are not pacifists, we hit back when attacked and we win 29 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
42. IvanCNN: Blankets: new symbol of Egyptian protesters. 1000's huddled under blankets, sleeping in Tah
IvanCNN Ivan Watson by Penny_G Blankets: new symbol of Egyptian protesters. 1000's huddled under blankets, sleeping in Tahrir after Mubarak's speech. Passive resistance. 49 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
45. Protesters don't have any specific united political orientation towards left or right. Many have no
Dima_Khatib Dima Khatib أنا ديمة Protesters don't have any specific united political orientation towards left or right. Many have no orientation, just want to be free #jan25 57 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
46. Some of u shared daily events with Egyptians past couple of weeks. You saw regime tactics, heard its
Dima_Khatib Dima Khatib أنا ديمة Some of u shared daily events with Egyptians past couple of weeks. You saw regime tactics, heard its language. THIRTY YEARS of this #jan25 52 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
47. 5:15 am, and I can still hear the drumming and chants from Tahrir from my balcony."Not afraid, Not a
ashrafkhalil ashraf khalil by Penny_G 5:15 am, and I can still hear the drumming and chants from Tahrir from my balcony."Not afraid, Not afraid!" You gotta love these guys #egypt 52 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
48. Sunrise call 2 prayers echoing across a quiet #egypt Today the people will deliver their response to
AymanM Ayman Mohyeldin Sunrise call 2 prayers echoing across a quiet #egypt Today the people will deliver their response to #Mubarak's speech #tahrir #jan25 #Jan2! 44 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
55. "My fiance was martyred on Jan. 28 by the hands of police thugs. I moved the ring from right to left
Ssirgany Sarah El Sirgany "My fiance was martyred on Jan. 28 by the hands of police thugs. I moved the ring from right to left hand so she can be my wife forever" 1/2 7 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
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