Friday, February 11, 2011

Mubarak Can't Take A Hint

It’s difficult to imagine exactly what Hosni Mubarak hoped to accomplish with Thursday’s speech in which he stated that he will remain as president of Egypt. After thousands of protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square were told by two generals that all their demands would be met, they reacted with fury and disbelief when they learned that their chief demand was refused. One recalls that Mubarak has stated that he can’t step down for fear of sowing chaos; he also said on Thursday, “It’s not about me.” Both statements show how deluded he has become. With Thursday's provocative, defiant speech, this supposed bulwark of stability has probably unleashed more chaos than ever. David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times assesses the effects of Mubarak’s refusal upon the many clamoring for him to step down:

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