|Man in a Desert||
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak just delivered what was expected to be his farewell speech. Instead he delegated some of his duties to Vice-President Omar Suleiman, said he was going to investigate the shedding of blood of the protesters, declared he was a war hero, defied death several times. Basically he pissed in the protesters' faces, as a friend just described it.
Ten days ago he may have gotten away with the delegation of power trick, maybe.
This was an "I" speech, I'm the man and you're all ungrateful, retarded and blind. It was all about him, not Egypt. The shameless insolence, effrontery, selfishness and audacity of the guy.
I wonder what happened between the military's Communique Number One and the (delayed) delivery of Mubarak's speech.
So what do the protesters in Liberation Square do? They go nuts. They are seething with rage now.
Mubarak has set the stage for chaos. He is doing it. He is driving Egypt headlong towards a very dangerous showdown. And he is doing it deliberately, purposefully. Disaster.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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