February 2, 2011

ROBERT SPRINGBORG IN FOREIGN POLICY: Game Over: Mubarak will hold on.

While much of American media has termed the events unfolding in Egypt today as “clashes between pro-government and opposition groups,” this is not in fact what’s happening on the street. The so-called “pro-government” forces are actually Mubarak’s cleverly orchestrated goon squads dressed up as pro-Mubarak demonstrators to attack the protesters in Midan Tahrir, with the Army appearing to be a neutral force. The opposition, largely cognizant of the dirty game being played against it, nevertheless has had little choice but to call for protection against the regime’s thugs by the regime itself, i.e., the military. And so Mubarak begins to show us just how clever and experienced he truly is. The game is, thus, more or less over.

Well, maybe. Meanwhile, are the pro-Mubarak goon squads the equivalent of SEIU goons? As far as I know, the SEIU doesn’t own any camels.

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