Egypt’s military backs democratic civilian rule

By Reuters
Saturday, February 12, 2011 13:36 EDT
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CAIRO – Egypt’s new military rulers told the nation on Saturday they were committed to civilian rule and democracy after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow and said they would respect all treaties, a move to reassure Israel and Washington.

Pro-democracy activists in Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square, the epicenter of an earthquake of popular protest that unseated Mubarak, have vowed to stay there until the Higher Military Council accepts their agenda for democratic reform.

Throughout the Middle East, autocratic rulers were calculating their chances of survival after Mubarak was forced from power in a dramatic 18-day uprising that changed the course of Egypt’s history, unsettling the United States and its allies.

“The Arab Republic of Egypt is committed to all regional and international obligations and treaties,” a senior army officer said in a statement on state television, outlining the armed forces’ broad strategies at home and abroad.

The message was clearly designed to try and soothe concerns in Israel which has a 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, the first Arab nation to make peace with the Jewish state. Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz welcomed the statement.

In another move to restore order, the army said it would “guarantee the peaceful transition of power in the framework of a free, democratic system which allows an elected, civilian power to govern the country to build a democratic, free state”.

Commenting after the army statement, Egypt’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, viewed with suspicion by the United States, said that it was not seeking power and praised the efforts of the new army rulers to transfer power to civilians.

Crowds celebrated in Tahrir Square while protest organizers urged the army to meet demands including the dissolution of parliament and the lifting of a 30-year-old state of emergency used by Mubarak to crush opposition and dissent.


“The army is with us but it must realize our demands. Half-revolutions kill nations,” pharmacist Ghada Elmasalmy, 43, told Reuters.

It remains to be seen what appetite the military has for a quick transition to genuine parliamentary democracy. The military council gave few details of a “transitional phase” and gave no timetable for presidential or parliamentary elections.

The tumultuous events in Egypt sent shock waves abroad.

In Sanaa, a demonstration by some 2,000 people inspired by the Egyptian revolt broke up after clashes with pro-government demonstrators armed with knives and batons. In Algiers thousands of police stopped government opponents from staging a march.

Mubarak, 82, was believed to be at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, his future unclear.

Al Arabiya has said the army will soon dismiss the cabinet and suspend parliament. The head of the Constitutional Court would join the leadership with the military council, which was given the job of running the country of 80 million people.

The best deterrent to any military attempt to stay in control could be the street power and energy of protesters who swept out Mubarak because he governed without their consent.

This video is from Reuters published Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.

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  • Anders Christensen

    So, why did the US spend billions of dollars and thousands of its soldiers lives on giving “democracy and freedom” to Iraq and Afghanistan, when the countries in this region seem to be perfectly able to acquire these two concepts themselves? Well, that is … first the people have to offset the military and economic support that the US gives as life support to the corrupt regimes.

    Oh right … perhaps the issue wasn’t about “democracy and freedom” in the first place.

  • http://twitter.com/ergblerg Thomas Paine

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh! We must not let the commoners figure this out, lest they question our unwavering commitment to laser guided freedom!

  • RottenJohnny

    What? No Caliphate? I’m shocked I tell you, shocked. What’s Beck going to do if there’s no Caliphate?

    Uh Uh, I know: here’s three words for him and he can make up a new political disaster for the masses using them: emprise, unabridged, condom.

  • http://gaia-health.com/ Heidi Stevenson

    No, that’s not true. The army SAYS it backs democratic rule. But everything it has done indicates otherwise. The army is calling the shots, not the people. And that army is led by a friendof Mubarak, a man who has personally profited from the corruption and was the real power.

    At this point, it looks like an army coup, not a victory for democracy or the people. In fact, it appears that the same bogus constitution – the one that has allowed 30 years of torture and murder and disappearancings – is still in place and intended to be kept there.

  • Anonymous


    Check this report out:

    The renowned author and middle east expert Tariq Ali believes the U.S. was playing a risky game during the days of the Egyptian unrest.

    “Change the Costitution first”

    “The Military in US Control”


  • Guest

    Good! I’m so happy for the Egyptian people. May you institute Democracy as soon as possible. And get rid of Suleiman too. This is a dangerous time for you, Egypt. You have won a great victory against oppression but you need to institute civilian rule ASAP.

  • Anonymous

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  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Mark (MarkusGarvey) Estrada

    Please just use a short summary or one or two paragraphs with links in the future. Sorry and thanks. Raw moderators

  • Anonymous

    (ty eds, no one wants to get in trouble… glad i checked back. please print what you can)

    Here is the original article…”Dear Glenn Beck…” This writer holds no copyrights on the story and encourages usage:

    HERE IS A LINK TO THE UTUBE VIDEO related to the article:

    Here is my summary of the article. I hope you print what you can, since a lot of people are following the Beck, who is very interesting, but perhaps not the complete picture:

    Glenn Beck may be correct to warn of a “New World Order,” but incorrect to blame Soros. The New World Order is much larger than this. The goal is to divide nations and conquor them, consolidating major regions under a larger world government.

    The globalists use divisive events from which they seek to leverage political power. Many, many of smaller governments have been over-turned by revolutions, assassinations, and staged coups under the guise of the Cold War, and other events, using black ops warfare (CIA/KGB).

    Constant bitter disputes ensure that none of these governments would reach any sort of higher level of existence, neutralizing the threat.

    Here are some of the most compelling bits of evidence that point towards a grand deception in the Arab World and long-term plan for constant conflict and possibility of WWIII:

    • The attempted 2009 Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound flight was blamed on one Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who was subsequently arrested and now faces trial. The official terrorist incident story fell apart, however, when fellow passengers and Detroit-based attorneys, Kurt and Lori Haskell, witnessed a “sharp-dressed man” escorting the accused terrorist onto the flight without a passport. Later testimony from Patrick F. Kennedy, Undersecretary of State for Management, revealed that an ‘unnamed agency’ objected to revoking Abdulmutallab’s visa, allegedly in order to pursue a wider case in the terror network. The incident helped bring in naked body scanners in airports and contributed to re-invigorating the phony War on Terror.

    • The London Telegraph’s original headline, “America’s secret backing for rebel leaders behind Egyptian uprising” tells a story indeed.

    • The Muslim Brotherhood has been Western sponsored since the beginning. The CIA and other intelligence agencies partnered with the Brotherhood in opposing Nasser, who died in 1970. Israeli, British and U.S. intelligence proved to be behind the formation and leadership of Hamas, considered an anti-Western terrorist organization.

    • Many of the alleged 911 hijackers would be issued Visas to travel to the U.S. despite appearing on watchlists; their entry was approved by higher-ups and later became a scandal. Evidence put forward by FBI whistleblower and translator Sibel Edmonds indicates that the real 9/11 operation involved a ring of international intelligence including the U.S., the U.K., Israel, Turkey and others

    • The United States Department of Education and State Department sponsored pro-jihadist textbooks sent to Afghanistan to radicalize children to grow up and fight the “Soviet menace”. How’s this for use of your tax dollars? Another reason to GUT the federal Department of Education.

    •In 1979, NSA’s Zbigniew Brzezinski and others, saw these Afghans as “freedom fighters.” Brzezinski admitted in a 1998 interview with Nouvel Observateur that he had sponsored the Afghan warriors at least six months before the Soviet invasion, and remained “proud” of his role, quipping “What is more important in world history? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some agitated Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?”

    • Samuel Huntington frames the geo-political debate of the 21st Century around in the likes of Western culture pitted against the Muslim world.

    • Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh was removed via a CIA destabilization coup in 1953 known as Operation Ajax [see Terrorstorm]. Mossadegh had defied the oil companies in attempt to nationalize energy profits.

    • Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden would be blamed for the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole and the 9/11 attacks. An examination of the real evidence behind America’s public enemy number one reveals that bin Laden was a U.S. asset known by the code name “Tim Osman.”

    • As mentioned before, Anwar al-Awlaki, the post-9/11 terrorist ringleader allegedly responsible for the Fort Hood shooter, the Underwear Bomber, the Time Square hoax-bomb and other smaller-scale attacks, was revealed as a Pentagon asset. Declassified documents show he dined at the Pentagon in the months following 9/11 as an invited guest at an event sponsored by the office of the Secretary of Defense.

  • Anonymous

    Let us not forget where the army would be without US aid. Let’s also remember where Sedat and Mubarak originally obtained their power. The army is not to be trusted. Unless their idea of “free and fair elections” is the same as in the USA.