|Man in a Desert||
After being called a donkey, pig, traitor and whatnot by protesters for days the wily Egyptian president has rallied his forces and unleashed so-called pro-Mubarak demonstrators against his opposition in Tahrir Square.
The army's call earlier in the day for the anti-Mubarak protesters to vacate the Square and resume normal life now makes sense. It must have known what was coming, and standing back and allowing these clashes to happen may be the military's way of seeing how to hedge its bets..
And Mubarak can now deviously tell the west: My security forces are no longer attacking the opposition. This is a settling of scores between pro- and anti-government groups.
Fact for the uninitiated: In the Arab world there are no pro-government demonstrations. The government orchestrates events and buses in people to show the world how loved the dear leader is.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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