Egypt makes corrections to their unarmed revolt and succeeds

by Tom Devanney

The Middle-East has recently seen an eruption of protest and revolt.  Though peaceful at first, they have turned insistent and violent.  Tunisia was the first with a suicidal street vendor who could not take the repression of his government any more.  This one act started an outbreak of violent protest that forced the ‘President’ of Tunisia into immediate exile on January 14th, and the formation of a new democratic Tunisian government.

This eruption of instant and enormous protest was long overdue.  Prior to January 15th, there was only one democratic state in the Islamic Middle-East, Iraq. Every other Islamic country was a repressive military dictatorship.

The Egyptian Eruption is now 26 days old with a loss of over $4 billion.   Now, everyone is getting on board the democratic bandwagon, including Jordan.

On January 28th, 100,000 people began a revolt against President Hosni Mubarak in Tahir Square in Cairo. By February 3rd, it grew to over 2 million people and quickly spread throughout the country.    For over twelve days now, the people have stopped the Egyptian economy and government dead in its tracks.  Nothing is moving in Egypt, nothing.  The demonstrators have brought the country to a halt until their demands are met.  The protesters have focused on Tahir Square in downtown Cairo; a battleground and a focus for the protest.

The following are a few suggested objectives for the Egyptians for an unarmed revolt:

  1. A list of arguments with ethical and popular right on your side.
  2. Clearly defined physical goals and objectives – presidential residence, parliament, political party headquarters, removal of political authority.
  3. A comprehensive plan with a timeline based on the above with subordinates to carry it out.
  4. Reliable chain of command and communications.
  5. A committed band of supporters.

The Egyptians are already doing some of this right, but there are corrections to be made to their effort.   The Presidential Palace should be the focus of their anger, not a public square with no political value.  The Presidential Palace is four miles away.  They should move the revolt to the palace.

They need to plan the revolt.  Expended manpower with no cohesive effort is wasted energy.  The police will spot this immediately, and divide and conquer.  Planning also implies a clear chain of command and responsible leadership.  Egyptians should make the necessary adjustments to their unarmed revolt.  They have little time to correct their mistakes.

UPDATE

The revolt in Egypt has been successful.  On the night of Feb. 10th, after Mubarak refused to resign, the revolt moved their focus to the Presidential Palace, and within 4 hours, the Egyptian Army forced President Hosni Mubarak to abdicate and flee.  The people of the US congratulate a freedom loving people who would not be denied.

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  • Bob Clark

    Hope the ultimate outcome is better than that of modern day Iran after the Shah’s fall from power in 1979. Not so sure even though Bama is calling it victory.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Lets hope this works out well not only for the Egyptian people, but also for the region as a whole. Frankly IO would take a wait and see attitude before celebrating.

    Our performance in this entire thing has been haphazard at best and the administration would do well to assess not only its actions during this event, but also the signals sent to the international stage.

    1 – DNI Clapper has got to go. A few months back during a Diane Sawyer interview he was oblivious to the arrests in London of a group of terrorists. This was the largest to date so far in that country as I recall, and was front page news the day of the interview. Clapper knew nothing of these events. Ok, that was a pretty bad mistake, maybe we could forgive that. However during the Egyptian demonstrations, Clapper characterized the Muslim Brotherhood as a secular organization. At this point its clear Clapper is not the man for the job. When major events are center stage our DNI cannot be out to lunch on the circumstances involved.

    2 – The Obama administration made a horrendous error in its handling of the Egypt riots in comparison to the Iran riots at the beginning of the administration. The Iranians were protesting to a regime every bit as oppressive as the Mubarak one, with the added aspect that they are a primary sponsor of terrorism. They are also not an ally of ours, and in that situation Obama was quick to characterize events as none of our affair and an internal situation in Iran. When the Egyptian protests broke out, Obama sent mixed messages, but was not so nearly hands off and clearly was seen as to be for the Mubarak ouster in the end. What sort of signal does this send to the rest of the world when contrasted to his behavior with regard to Iran? Obama is hands off when protesters are seeking to overthrow a repressive regime that is a sworn enemy of the US but is more hands on and in the end supportive when protesters seek to overthrow a repressive regime that is an ally of ours? The administration needs to get its act together on this one.

    • valley person

      Yes, Obama handled it terribly, and Mubarak has left with a minimum of bloodshed, and no crazy Ayatollah in charge. Whats with that Obama anyway?

  • ProudofO

    This action by the people of Egypt was only successful because of what our president did to help them.

  • kingston

    The President did the right thing by supporting the people and not making things worse. The US cannot interfere and work magic everywhere in the world. Give due to Obama

  • Reper

    I like Tom’s suggestion of listing the wish list. Through out this whole ordeal I have heard very little about what next after Mubarak is gone and n not that he is, what are the people asking for? This will help greatly in moving Egypt forward.

    My heart is with the Egyptians.

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