Well, once again the pundits have shown that they can get it wrong. Very wrong. Today’s supposed love fest, to be commenced when Mubarak would go somberly on TV and announce in tones reminiscent of Richard Nixon that he was stepping down or ceding power, is canceled. Until further notice. Mubarak insists he will remain Apparently until he is forced to leave.
And he’s served notice that the force requiring him to leave isn’t going to come from the millions of demonstrators. Or from the US and EU, which have propped up this tyrant, our Man in Cairo, democracy be damned, for thirty years. No. He’s going to stay the course.
Said the tyrant petulantly in today’s television speech:
“We will not accept or listen to any foreign interventions or dictations,” Mr. Mubarak said, implying that pressure to resign came from abroad as opposed to masses of people demanding his ouster through his country.
Well, ok, then. That will put the US and the EU and pro-democracy forces across the world on notice and in their place.
Let the demonstrations continue. This guy clearly has to go.