The celebrations in the street and the self-congratulating by those in the media would make one believe that this was an event comparable to the Fall of Communism in 1989. Here’s the story from CBC News.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned and handed over power to the military, yielding to a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of Eqyptians who wanted him to step down.
The terse announcement was made live on state TV by a grim Vice-President Omar Suleiman at about 6 p.m. local time Friday.
“In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country,” Suleiman said in a five-minute address translated into English. “May God help everybody.”
Several hundred thousand protesters packed into Cairo’s central Tahrir Square screamed for joy, waving Egyptian flags, blowing car horns, jumping up and down and chanting slogans such as: “Egypt is free!,” “God is great,” “The people have brought down the regime”…
This is nothing but a puff piece which doesn’t provide any real details as to what is going to occur now that Mubarak has stepped down. For example, the article goes on to quote Mohammed ElBaradei, the disgraced Nobel Peace laureate whom Caroline Glick exposed as a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, and pretends that he is to be regarding as some sort of revolutionary hero. Like I said, you would think that something groundbreaking had occurred in Egypt, but you’d be wrong.
I’m not saying that the end of Mubarak’s regime isn’t something major. It is, but it is far from the revolutionary change we are now hearing from the media. This from Reuters.
Hosni Mubarak stepped down as Egypt’s president on Friday, handing over to the army and ending three decades of autocratic rule, bowing to escalating pressure from the military and protesters demanding that he go.
Vice President Omar Suleiman said a military council would run the affairs of the Arab world’s most populous nation. A free and fair presidential election has been promised for September…
I added emphasis to stress the point. This is exactly what Mubarak has been saying for a week, that he would hold power until September elections. Here’s the story from BBC, reporting on Mubarak reaffirming this statement in yesterday’s speech.
President Mubarak has addressed the nation in a television broadcast after more than two weeks of anti-government protests in Egypt.
He said he would continue to do his duty under the constitution until power was transferred to whoever won free and fair elections in September.
These are his words as spoken by an interpreter.
All that has been achieved now is that Mubarak has been replaced by the High Military Council. So why should the people celebrate the ousting of one military dictatorship for another? The question becomes more confusing as this new military dictatorship has not only suspended the offices of the President and Vice-President, but also both houses of parliament. This from NBC News World Blog (hat-tip Hot Air’s Allahpundit).
Middle East channel Al Arabiya reports that the Higher Military Council, which has taken control from Hosni Mubarak, will fire Mubarak’s Cabinet, suspend both houses of Parliament and rule with the head of the supreme constitutional court.
Reuters is quoting a military source as saying Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi will be the head of the ruling military council.
What happened to the democracy movement? Though it is possible that this is simply short-term, it is also possible that the High Military Council may just appoint their own president come September. As for the Acting President, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, with the exception of his military service, very little is known about the man. All I can say about it is that I am hearing that he is a hardliner like Omar Suleiman, and that this change in leadership maybe more of the same, if not worse.
I will continue to update this post as more information comes in, but it does appear that this is just a changing of figureheads, not a revolutionary shift for Egypt. The only real analysis you need can be found in The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin is weighing in the situation in Egypt, however, she is focusing more on the Democrats’ response to Hosni Mubarak stepping down. They are indeed delusional. Here’s the spin as reported by Ben Smith at Politico.
Great news for the administration/president. People will remember , despite some fumbles yesterday, that the President played an excellent hand, walked the right line and that his statement last night was potentially decisive in bringing this issue to a close. The situation remains complicated and delicate going forward, but this is a huge affirmation of the President’s leadership on the international stage.
People will remember how ineffective and weak Barack Obama looked on the international stage. As ABC’s Jake Tapper reported last week, the White House couldn’t figure out what it wanted to do (hat-tip Hot Air’s Allahpundit).
…One official described the administration’s public stance on the issue as having had to change “every twelve hours” as events in Cairo has developed so rapidly.
“First it was ‘negotiate with the opposition,’ then events overtook that, the it was ‘orderly transition,’ and events overtook that, then it was ‘You and your son can’t run,’ and events overtook that, and now it’s ‘the process has to begin now,’” the official said. “It’s been crawl-walk-run – we had to increase the pace as events required”…
At best, this administration appeared to be confused. At worst, Obama comes off looking weak and incompetent. This was a total intelligence breakdown that’s highlighted by James Clapper’s mind-boggling statement on how the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical Islamic terrorist group, was actually “a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence.” There is nothing to celebrate here.
UPDATE: More from Egypt and it doesn’t appear at all democratic. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey is reporting on the suspension of the Egyptian constitution, neutralizing another major political institution. I agree with Ed that this is good news for the West as it is another barrier to an Egypt ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood, but it is also another barrier to a democratic Egypt. At this point, however, there doesn’t seem to be any difference, especially with the recent polling data that has come out (hat-tip to Michael J. Totten at Pajamas Media).
Suffice to say, the situation in Egypt is far from what’s being reported. The mainstream media would rather obsess over the illusion of democracy than report the reality of the situation in the country. Pathetic…