Mubarak GONE! Egypt Steps Into Great Unknown – UPDATE

UPDATE: A day later – he is really gone.. The crowd in Cairo, the crowd is wild with joy. And NOW…now it begins. NOW they step into the great unknown, and it will impact the whole world. In other nations where people feel oppressed, they are going to wonder if they, too, can empower themselves by sheer force of will and numbers.

Meanwhile, depending on how this great unknown develops (and right now that is a staggeringly unanswerable question) some nations, who have been feckless or reckless for decades about attending to their own energy needs, or about weening themselves off of dependence on foreign oil, may very well find a huge bill of reckoning come due.

And all on yet another Marian feastday!

***END UPDATE***

Looks like this may be real:

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is to step down tonight, two sources have told NBC News, losing his 30-year grip on power after 17 days of mass uprisings across the country.

NBC’s Richard Engel reported that a high-ranking source inside the president’s office said the newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman, would take over. This was confirmed by a second source.

State television reported that country’s supreme military council had expressed its “support of the legitimate demands” of the protesters after an all-day meeting. The latest developments came on the heels of repeated warnings by members of the regime of a military crackdown or coup.

Richard Engle has done some very good work on this story, so I am inclined to think it’s real, indeed.

From Threats Watch:

When the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian army tells ABC News it is over, it’s more than simple speculation about ttonight’s coming events. When asked if Mubarak will leave Egypt after tonight, General Sami Enan said, “I can’t say, but I can say this is over.”

Even after tonight, there will be infinitely more questions than answers – for Egypt and its people, for the people under regimes in the region, and for security and the future of the Egyptian-Israeli peace.

But Egypt also matters far beyond the Middle East region. More than most busy Americans realize. The events in Egypt will directly impact our lives here at home for generations to come.

For now, turn on the tv, keep up with Twitter, and (naturally) check out Hot Air. Allahpundit says “gird your loins”.

Yep.

Egyptian people want a democratic government. America will need to help them learn how to do that, and how to be that. Possibly this will be an opportunity for our own nation to remember what that is supposed to be all about. Sometimes one relearns things by teaching others.

More thoughts later, along with updates and links; check back!

UPDATE: As we wait, check out the “Mother Teresa of Cairo”. A Coptic Laywoman!

The Catholic Herald has a moving profile of one Coptic laywoman in Cairo who has made it her mission to minister to the people who live in the city’s garbage dumps. There are 60,000-70,000 Zabbaleen, or “garbage people,” in Cairo who survive on what they can scrounge in the dumps — children fighting with rats over scraps of bread, mothers barely able to feed themselves, let alone their children…

Maggie Gobran, born into Cairo’s middle class, was inspired to help by the example of her aunt, who also dedicated herself to the poor — but she wasn’t prepared for what she saw on her first visit


Read more here

UPDATE: NO! Mubarak does not step down; he says he will delegate some duties to his veep. Media narrative wrong. Kirsten Powers on Twitter tweets:

FWIW, my egyptian uncle in cairo told me Mubarak wouldn’t step down. But he’s not in Tarhir Square so he doesn’t count.

She is tweeting that mainstream media had the wrong narrative because they’re attempting to drive the story, and not talking to a broad enough range of people. Beyond, that, her exchanges with Allahpundit are very interesting.

Anderson Cooper is saying of Mubarak “lies…all lies…” He is creeping toward advocacy rather than reportage.

Media trying to suggest that Obama is the great voice for freedom and democracy, in the meantime. That was actually his predecessor. But I digress.

People are threatening to storm the presidential palace. Oh, boy!

Pray for Egypt.

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  • dry valleys

    You know what’s a fascinating comparison with Iran? Iran introduced a fairly comprehensive family planning policy in the early 1990s which has reduced population growth, the effects of which are already being felt as the rate of population growth slows. This will become all the more so in years to come.

    THE cause of unrest in Arab countries is something they have in common, often overlooked: the bulge of educated, unemployed young men who don’t have sex lives. I think the reason Iran introduced its system (with little opposition from the clergy- Islam is whatever we say it is!) is to avoid the sort of thing they saw in Romania, in particular, where young men with few prospects were abundant in 1989. They are wily old foxes. But maybe Arabs are not as bright as Persians, so they’ve blundered into a trap.

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  • jeff

    Guy’s name is “Suleiman.” Wonderful. Every muslim fanatic will take this as a sign that jihad is the right course.

  • Iris Celeste

    I have been fasting and praying for the protection of Christians in Egypt and the best result for all Egyptians and Egypt as a nation. I will continue to do so and God’s will be done.

  • Anonymous

    Goodbye frying pan, hello fire.

  • dry valleys

    What would you expect his name to be, Bob? Big Dave?

  • Anonymous

    “Egyptian people want a democratic government. America will need to help them learn how to do that, and how to be that. ”

    I’m… not sure that follows, actually. Certainly,we must make ourselves available, but we’re not the only model available, and we may be best served by NOT being in a hurry to help except where asked.

  • jtd7

    Psych!

  • jtd7

    In all seriousness, I have to respectfully disagree with the idea that the “mainstream media had the wrong narrative because they’re attempting to drive the story, and not talking to a broad enough range of people. ” I expected Mubarak to step down, but I was not following the day’s events throughout the mainstream media. I was following the Al Jazeera live blog:
    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east/2011/02/10/live-blog-feb-10-egypt-protests
    Events there seemed to indicate the Egyptian government is changing: the military council meeting without Mubarak; state TV broadcasting, for the first time, images of the protests in Tahrir.
    But I wholeheartedly agree with your conclusion. Pray For Egypt.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Well, not “Big Dave”, necessarily, or even “Bubba!”

    But, Suleiman. . . the same name as Ottoman emperor Suleiman the Magnificent, yes, I’m afraid the Jihadis might take that as some sort of sign.

    We are catching no breaks in Egypt, at all!

  • Anonymous

    I have been reading much on this and Egypt being Islamic or if you want a Muslim country democracy is not what they want. What they want is to ruled by a different Islamic/Muslim totalitarian. Their Quran that they ALL follow does NOT ALLOW democracy or any type of freedom be it religious or personal. Next year at this time nothing will be changed in Egypt or any other Islamic/Muslim country from what it was a month ago. Any serious uprising will be crushed, others like this one will be given its 5 minutes of fame but that is all it will amount to 5 minutes of fame.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SQWADITZPYHKSWSM5ONMDI52I Greta

    You can chalk this one up as another radical Islamist country along with the other targets who have ties to the US and have not shown support toward Jihad and terror.

    The start of this came with the Obama speech in Eygpt that led some to believe that the US would not stand in the way of takeover by Islam mobs shouting for rights and democracy. This has been in the works I would imagine since the Obama election and put on fast track with his speech. Now they are beginning to see that Obama might very well be a one term president with a much tougher president on Islamist terrorist coming in the near future. They have a lot to do in the last two years of Barry’s term. Like Iran, it will be hard if not impossible to put the genie back in the bottle. This has nothing to do with democracy and everything to do with a middle east major crisis as we had with Carter. But is their a Ronald Reagan to save us from Democrat socialist and will America ever learn its lesson and put that socialist party out of existence.

  • Jeff

    obama is such an amateur

  • Jeff

    You know who suleiman was?

  • Mark

    Since America is itself a corporate police dictatorship, which rigs its elections between only two corrupt parties and with a government conrolled press rivalling the Soviet Union, has killed millions in preemptive invasions using a huge bloated and brutal military, and with the largest prison system in the world that beats China, America has nothing to preach to any country about “democracy”. Unless there were 20 million on the streets here, an army of thugs including the US military would be on the streets beating down any popular uprising against US government oppression.

  • dry valleys

    Yes, he played a walk-on part in the Old Testament I think… Salman Taseer and Salman Rushdie, both world-renowned jihadists, were named after him.

  • c matt

    I love that show!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-A-Reece/1197827791 James A. Reece

    PEACE BE STILL, GOD’S WIL BE DONE

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