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Mubarak Surrenders on the Anniversary of the Iran Revolution and Release of Nelson Mandela

Mubarak Surrenders on the Anniversary of the Iran Revolution and Release of Nelson Mandela

Something truly wonderful has happened in Egypt for the Egyptian people.” – Jamie Rubin, Clinton Assistant Secretary of State

Hosni Mubarak no longer holds power over Egypt.  All the power transferred today to the military, the most stable of entities in that country.  Early reports are that last night military leaders threatened to remove their uniforms and join the protesters if he didn’t resign, making it so that Mubarak had no alternative.

A historic day – in many ways

This is not the only revolution that happened on this date, February 11th.  In addition to the fact that anyone Egyptian under the age of 30 has never known another president, today is also the 32nd anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and the 21st  anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 hard years in Robbin Island prison in Capetown. 

A region of the young

The Middle East is a region of youth.  More than 70% are under 30.  Many of them are unemployed.  The majority are poor. They have not had much to look forward to.  In Egypt, it appears that the elite among these who are well educated joined forces with other younger Egyptians to sustain the rebellion of Tahrir Square.  It will be interesting to see how or even if they are integrated into plans for government to help create the future they demanded.

US Military

Interestingly, many Egyptian military leaders have been trained here in the US and they have back-channel relationships with their counterparts here.  Reports are that Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen talked just this morning with his peer in the Egyptian Army.

As we wonder what this will mean to the relationship with the US, it’s useful to recall the speech the President made in Cairo shortly after he was inaugurated. Analysts say that what the people in Cairo want is for him to keep his word – what he said in that speech.  Here’s some of it:

We’ll update our reports all day so stay tuned.
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3:51PM PST on Feb 15, 2011

@ garima a.

"The koran is really ancient and some things it says do not hold true for current times."

It IS ancient and NONE of it holds true for current times, but this is a nonsense view anyway. muslims believe that the koran is the actual word of god and can never be changed by anyone, therefore, as far as they are concerned, all of it stands true for all time.

"There are Christian and Hindu religious cults that are destructive as well."

I'm sure there are, but who is it that is causing trouble all over the globe? Which group is responsible for 99.99+% of all terrorist acts? muslims, that's who. No one else. And they do this because their vile work of fiction tells them to.

This small percentage you and others talk about leaves a very large percentage of apparently decent muslims. Why are they so quiet when this 'small percentage' are busy destroying the image of their 'religion of peace'? Because they want to be silent, because they have no opinion against atrocities committed against non muslims because their religion demands it. That's why.

2:37AM PST on Feb 15, 2011

@ Mabolsa Ritchie

The koran is really ancient and some things it says do not hold true for current times.
There is this old Hindu scripture that says animals and women are worth beating. That doesn't mean people are just going to go ahead with it because some ancient book says so.
The standards and levels of religious tolerance have changed.

They shouldn't be stereotyped as a community just because th Taliban is a muslim group. That's a really small percentage of the muslim population. There are Christian and Hindu religious cults that are destructive as well.
The Bible says animals are for human use. There are a lot of people who don't agree with that (vegans, vegetarians) and many of them are still religious.

9:34AM PST on Feb 14, 2011

@ Ammar A cont...

Combine that with another skill lacking in muslims and religiots in general, I can think for myself and make my own decisions about things therefore you cannot pull the wool over my eyes as easly as you’d like to with your taqiyya.

"It is because of people like you that these African and Asian Muslims have come to view many westerners as intolerant and racists.”

No it’s not. People like me are accused of being intolerant and racist because it suits muslims to brand us as such. That way, they deflect the argument from one of how evil islam is to one of “look how we are persecuted” in order to keep up the smoke screen to hide your real intentions. The Koran also tells muslims what to think of people like me and even those, like Yvonne B, who are foolish enough to believe that muslims are nice enough and islam is peaceful.

Remember, the koran states that non muslims are “the vilest of creatures”. I think you’ll find that this is where muslims get their hatred of others from, not from anything we say. They hate already. Your evil death cult demands it of them.

9:34AM PST on Feb 14, 2011

@ Ammar A.

"This is indeed a great event, just as were the preceding two events on this date."

The preceding two events were not great. The release of Nelson Mandela was, the iranian revolution was most definitely not! It led to more oppression of the people of iran than they'd ever known under the Shah and it also led to torture and executions on a grand scale. Of course if did. islam had come to rule so what else could we expect?

"Ratchie, don't you start this crap against Islam and the Quran."

First off, live in a country where we still have to right to free speech - for now anyway. muslims are of course, doing their best to stop that but for now, you'll just have to put up with the fact that I can say what I like about your evil death cult.

"Learn to respect others' beliefs,"

I will not! You seem to be misunderstanding something here. I respect the right to have a different point of view or set of beliefs to mine, but I am under no obligation to respect the actual beliefs themselves. And where religion is concerned, I respect none of them, especially islam.

"especially when you are ignorant of them"

I am not ignorant of them. Unlike the majority of muslims, I can actually read therefore I can read your vile work of fiction and I can read historical facts about your evil, murdering, raping, paedophile 'prophet'

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3:16PM PST on Feb 13, 2011

Thank you Ammar, for setting Ritchie straight! I am continually amazed at the ignorance spewed from Americans who want to promote fear simply because they don't know any better. After having lived in the Middle East for a quarter of a century, I find the right wing wing-nuts here in my own country frightening - not the gentle hosts I had come to know well overseas. Mabrouk to all Egyptians!

8:40AM PST on Feb 13, 2011

This is indeed a great event, just as were the preceding two events on this date.

Ratchie, don't you start this crap against Islam and the Quran. Learn to respect others' beliefs, especially when you are ignorant of them. It is because of people like you that these African and Asian Muslims have come to view many westerners as intolerant and racists.

5:42PM PST on Feb 12, 2011

@ Jo-Anne Harris

Maybe you need to read the koran and find out a bit about islam. It's a hateful, evil ideology. The fundamentalists follow it more closely than the so called moderates, but the so called moderates tolerate the abuses and the violence of the fundamentalists because it's all part of islam and they know it.

Don't be fooled by the spin.

11:13AM PST on Feb 12, 2011

Having the military in charge is one scary prospect. I am amused at Obamas speech about how Egypt can now enjoy a change to democracy. Sounds like South Africa's and every other African country's "new democracy". One corrupt buffoon following closely on the heels of another. Egypt appears so poor that only a miracle will pull it through and, like every other African country, some birth control measures wouldn't be a bad idea in slowing the rise in poverty.

9:00AM PST on Feb 12, 2011

Great article.....As Obama said, it's the fundamentalist radicals that destroy trust, communication, and democracy amongst us. It's these religious fanatics that spin the Koran into something it is not and cause fear and give a wrong perception of each other. It is not the common Islamic person who are terrorists but the radical elements in every society. Keep the Faith and Peace.

8:00AM PST on Feb 12, 2011

I hope the author isn't suggesting that the iranian revolution was a great event. It certainly comes across that way, but lets face it, the revolution may have been a good idea to start with, but once hijacked by islamists, the country was plunged back into the dark ages which is certainly nothing to celebrate

This is what worries me about Egypt too. The only reason Egypt is in such a state is because it too is being strangled in the grip of islam. If the people of Egypt waken up to that fact and want to change that, only then can the country move forward. If, on the other hand, some of those who have helped push Mubarak out are looking to establish a stricter code of islam on the country, this has all been a very bad move indeed.

It will be interesting to see what happens next. Let's hope the muslim brotherhood are kept out of the rebuilding process. I have a feeling we'll see more violence now as islamist groups like them, push for power and control. I worry that this is just the start of a long dark road for Egypt and it's people.

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