Egyptian Army Turns Brutal Again - by Mark E. Smith
The Egyptian Army never lifted the state of emergency and never stopped arresting people for violating curfew.
But the Egyptian revolutionaries forgot their martyrs and negotiated with the army's transition government, which is still under Mubarak's orders.
Today the army turned brutal again, attacking people in Tahrir Square in Cairo with tasers and whips, backed up by troops in balaclavas toting machine guns. Tents have been cleared from the Square and the army will not allow people to stay in the Square after curfew.
From the Tweets, the Egyptian people seem thrown into confusion. They finally realize that the army is not on their side, but they think that civilian rule would be the answer.
America has civilian rule. Of course the rotating "elected" civilian Commander-in-Chief takes orders from the Pentagon, but it is technically civilian rule.
Meanwhile, back in Wisconsin, the police have confiscated sleeping bags from the Capitol Building and say they won't allow demonstrators to stay overnight. Isn't that great? An Egyptian-style curfew in Madison, Wisconsin.
Cities throughout the United States will have rallies in support of Wisconsin tomorrow. Ours in San Diego has a police permit from noon to 1:30 p.m., an hour an a half, in front of the County Administration Building. I'll be there, I hope, but you can bet your ass I'll leave fifteen minutes before the permitted time for free speech ends at 1:30 p.m.
The Egyptian army strategy is to keep things under the control of the "transition government" until "free and fair elections" can be held. Then the people will be given a choice of which civilian dictator they'd prefer, and the army will remain in control, which means, of course, that the US and Israel will remain in control.
I hope the Egyptian people stop recognizing the transition government and stop negotiating with it, as it is now obvious to them that the army does not negotiate in good faith and only negotiates from a position of strength, and form an alternative government. But if they did, the army would probably call it illegitimate and destroy it.
It may be too late. The Egyptians seem to think that they can bring about change through peaceful protests that sacrifice martyrs. That doesn't work. Historically, the powerful have shown time and time again that they are willing to kill millions of people in order to hold onto power.
Very few countries have managed to break free of US (meaning Israeli) domination, most notably Cuba and Venezuela. That's why they're not happy about seeing Gaddafi fall, because while Gaddafi has killed thousands, NATO has killed millions.
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