What the people of Egypt are demanding bears about as much resemblance to what we're being told as Elizabeth Taylor resembled the real Cleopatra. There is a lot to sift through.
I'm not even going to get into the Muslim Brotherhood again. Egypt is a secular country. It is likely they do not plan on taking a step backwards to a potentially violent theocracy. They have enough violence to contend with right now.
The above sentiment means I cannot consider anything coming from the FOX news channel. Every time I go there the first words I hear seem to be the Muslim Brotherhood. It's almost as if they want to see that scenario play out.
Our government, on any given day, seems to have mixed feelings as to whether or not Mubarak should actually go and when. The old school, Biden, Cheney, still consider Mubarak a good friend to the U.S. Therefore easing him out seems to be the humane thing to do. He doesn't deserve it. Nor do those who serve under him.
What the Egyptian people realize and we don't want to recognize, is the new Vice President, Omar Suleiman, is cut from the same cloth and as head of Intelligence is responsible for the brutality still being shown by the secret police. They hold any compromise or placation offered nothing more than a ploy to buy time. It isn't working. They don't trust him any more than they trust Mubarak. And rightfully so. Consider the mid eastern despots who are encouraging Mubarak to hang on! There but for the grace of Allah go they.
Anderson Cooper was correct in suspecting that when the coverage stops, Mubarak wins. He's bargaining on time and fickle news cycles. That's why the people are still there. Because, too, if they leave Mubarak wins and they will be hunted down like animals to face fates we don't even want to think about.
What goes on behind the scenes is any one's guess. I would guess that our government doesn't know everything themselves, having been caught flat footed. Their path is a tightrope and they're not known for having good balance. Perhaps it's best to just stay grounded and quiet.
Strength to the people and those who would lead them. Not an El Baradei who is no more than a carpet bagger. But men and women of the opposition who are the true patriots. I have to believe they are there and the people know who they are.
If we are to continue to insinuate ourselves and our interests into the drama, I hope for once we side with the people. It may not be exactly as we would have it, but it is also not our decision to make.