In the wake of the attacks on anti-Mubarak protesters, one thing is clear: Egypt must be considered a rogue nation unworthy of any international aid or support until the dictator steps down.
Egypt is one of the top recipients of American foreign aid – especially military aid. And it is inconceivable that the United States would continue to supply arms for a dictator to use against his own people.
Here’s an excerpt from a news report that makes it obvious to me that the situation can no longer be tolerated:
The protesters accuse the regime of organizing the assault, using paid thugs and policemen in civilian clothes, in an attempt to crush their movement. Government supporters charged central Tahrir Square Wednesday afternoon, sparking 15 hours of uncontrolled chaos, with the two sides battled with rocks, sticks, bottles and firebombs as soldiers largely stood by without intervening.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had this response to the violence that by mid-morning today had left at least eight dead and hundreds wounded:
If any of the violence is instigated by the government, it should stop immediately.
Does Gibbs not believe the unanimous media chorus? Did he not see the videos of pro-Mubarak gangs attacking reporters?
Does he not agree with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq that the attack Wednesday on the anti-government protesters was a “blatant mistake”?
The wishy-washy White House response is unacceptable.
Mubarek must go.