Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Egyptian Workers Take The Lead

Written by Alan Woods
Wednesday, 09 February 2011

Tahrir Square

There are situations in which mass demonstrations are sufficient to bring about the fall of a regime. But Egypt is not one of them. All the efforts of the masses to bring about the overthrow of Mubarak through demonstrations and street protests have so far failed to achieve their principal objective.

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troutsky said...

Mubarak is just figuring out where to put all the money.

ravin said...

well mr. renegade eye long time i no been around...i posted some thoughts i my blog...take care

Bob said...

But the moment the regime beckoned with its little finger the leaders of the “opposition” fell over themselves to accept Suleiman’s offer, forgetting all their brave words about “not negotiating until Mubarak goes.”

The funny thing is those talks were probably more of a show to discredit any opposition in the eyes of the crowd. After all, how could anyone wanting change in Egypt seriously discuss anything with Suleiman, who is, as Lisa Hajjar put it, The CIA's man in Cairo

Frank Partisan said...

Troutsky: Mubarak said he wants to die on Egyptian soil. He might get his wish. There is talk of expropriating his interests. That's in the article.

Raven: Thank you for visiting. I'll visit your blog.

Bob: Everyone agrees Mubarak must go.

SecondComingOfBast said...

"Expropriating his interests"? Ren, that's crazy talk. That is not going to happen, if for no other reason than there's no lawful mechanism in place to allow for that. How many people do you think will die before people decide that's not really a good idea?

Gert said...


There is talk of expropriating his interests.

That would be the logical thing to do. That and serving justice of course. An estimated 40 – 70 billion [of his fortune] should not be allowed to leave the country now.

I see your resident friend of Mubarak is still looking after the dictator’s interests (possibly in more than one way!)

white rabbit said...

Mubarak was in his previous incarnation an Egyptian Air Force pilot. His family were of no particular means. If it is the case he has $70 billion or thereabouts in assets, how did he come by all that money?

Okay, if he doesn't and is not a man who has devoted his life to - among other things - feathering his nest with unearned undeclared wealth, then the question is academic.

But if he is? Where did it come from. Slot machines? Playing the lottery?

Or might it just be that this wealth was stolen from the Egyptian people for his and his family's enrichment. Might it not?

And in such a case, what is wrong with taking it off him and applying it to socially usew3ful pureposes?


SecondComingOfBast said...

What would be wrong with it would be dependent on how you go about it an who really benefits. I know what this shit is about, take the money and dole it out to the Muslim Brotherhood and other special interests, who will in turn dole it out to their supporters and other such political methods as a means of buying and building support. In other words, its bullshit.

If Mubarak stole money, and this can be demonstrable proven, then he should be tried in a court of law. There is only one way to prove he is guilty of these charges, and that would involve documented evidence as to where the money came from.

In that case, then Mubarak should be imprisoned, and the money returned to exactly where it was taken from, and no place else, and nobody else.

If that turns out to be the Egyptian government, then that's where the money should go, and whoever is in charge of the government should put the money to use in building infrastructure, but in that event, its up to them to decide how to spend it. They are a sovereign nation, and its not up to me or anybody else to dictate to them as to how to spend their own national treasury.

Gert said...

Back to the Muslim Brotherhood, I see. Old habits die hard, a bit like Washington's.

Other tham that I agree.

white rabbit said...

He's gone!

Bob said...

Yes, but will the Junta keep its word and hold free and fair elections?

The View From Steeltown said...

At last Mubarak is gone. Long live the Revolution!

Frank Partisan said...

I'll reply later in the day.

Titan Uranus 2 said...

Renegade Eye & friends need to start a fund to help resettle the 8 million Christians that are about to be driven permanently out of Egypt by Islamism and Shari'a....but then why care about Christians? It's not like they're Pseudostinians or anything.

Frank Partisan said...

Titan: Muslims and Christians are close in Egypt. Thousands of Muslims protected a Christian church, after attacks on Christians.

I don't believe in a national solution to Palestine.

Pagan: I'm sure Mubarak's assets, will be examined by the new government.

White Rabbit: I agree.

Gert: Workers have demanded expropriations. I expect the government to look into that. That is why he wouldn't give up.

SecondComingOfBast said...

Come to think about it, most of Mubarak's assets come from the US, probably, so I guess if anyone should "expropriate" them, I guess it should be the US taxpayers.

Titan Uranus 2 said...

Thousands of Muslims protected a Christian church, after attacks on Christians.

Yeah, but those Muslims lost when Mubarek was expelled. The attackers of that church will now most certainly succeed in burning the remaining churches.

Larry Gambone said...

Is Titan Beak under a new pseudonym? His language and attitude are the same...

Joe Conservative said...

No, Bonehead, it's your old pal FJ. As you can see, I'm doing my best to validate the Left's critique of the right. You can thank me later. ;)