Monday, 31 January 2011

Enough already

Photo © Issandr El Amrani, blogging at The Arabist, via Twitpic/The Lede.

Mubarak sticks, but money walks. Also here and here.

Friday at the White House there were “groans, shaking of heads,” as Mubarak failed to pack his bags, and today the White House prepares for life after Mubarak.

Live blogging today: EA WorldView, BBC News, The New York Times, The Guardian.

LabourStart Egypt page, via ModernityBlog.

Background from Abu Muqawama guest blogger Londonstani: Mubarak and me.

Marko Attila Hoare writes:
Rather than being paralysed by fear, we should anticipate what the democratic transformation in Egypt could mean. It could mean that a regime that has been generating Islamist terrorism will be replaced by one that will act as a catalyst for democratic transformation throughout the Arab world and the Middle East. It could mean a decisive shift in the balance between democracy and dictatorship within the Muslim world globally. Of course, this is not pre-ordained, and things could go very badly wrong in Egypt. But let us in the West keep our eyes on the prize, and do everything we can to assist our Egyptian sisters and brothers in their struggle against tyranny. Obama and Cameron should begin by telling Mubarak that it’s time to go.

Talk from some quarters of “orderly change” begins to sound like Thatcher in 1989:
Margaret Thatcher had arrived in the Kremlin on a mission: to halt reunification. She trusted Mr Gorbachev. She trusted him to keep her secrets. She asked him to stop the tape recorders and the notetakers. Then she began. “The reunification of Germany is not in the interests of Britain and Western Europe,” she said. Forget what you have heard or read in Nato communiqués. “We don’t want a united Germany.” It would lead to a change in Europe’s postwar borders. “We cannot allow that, because such development would undermine the stability of the whole international situation and could endanger our security.”
As that time showed, if polical leaders want to steer the course of this change, they need to get ahead of it, not drag behind.

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