Obama was quick to throw Mubarak under the bus 2 years ago as people flooded Tahrir Square. But now that Egypt finds itself in a similar circumstance, I don’t see Obama running to the microphones and cameras to call for democracy and the ousting of Morsi, even as 200,000 people flood Tahrir Square calling for an end to this new regime:
YAHOO NEWS – The same chants used against Hosni Mubarak were turned against his successor Tuesday as more than 200,000 people packed Egypt’s Tahrir Square in the biggest challenge yet to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
The massive, flag-waving throng protesting Morsi’s assertion of near-absolute powers rivaled some of the largest crowds that helped drive Mubarak from office last year.
“The people want to bring down the regime!” and “erhal, erhal” — Arabic for “leave, leave” — rang out across the plaza, this time directed at Egypt’s first freely elected president.
The protests were sparked by edicts Morsi issued last week that effectively neutralize the judiciary, the last branch of government he does not control. But they turned into a broader outpouring of anger against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, which opponents say have used election victories to monopolize power, squeeze out rivals and dictate a new, Islamist constitution, while doing little to solve Egypt’s mounting economic and security woes.
Note that it’s also being reported today that Egyptian Judges have joined the protesters.
I was listening to Ted Shoebat discuss the protests in Egypt on a radio show yesterday and he believes that people shouldn’t be fooled by these protesters. It’s true that they don’t want to be ruled by a dictator and that is what they are protesting, however Shoebat points out that they still want to be ruled by Sharia and cites several reasons for that. He also suggests that with the current level of outrage against Morsi that Egypt will find itself embroiled in a civil war before too long.