Egyptian Army To Mubarak: “We Don’t Want You To End Like Nicolae Ceausescu. Go In Peace!”
The revolt in Egypt takes a very strange turn as thousands of supporters of the embattled president Hosni Mubarak took it to the streets in defense of their president, after he promised on national television to relinquish power at the end of this mandate.
The supporters of Mubarak appeared from nowhere, no one has seen them for the last few days, no one in the world has even believed they existed; they were organized, as proved by CNN, who showed on camera a leaflet by which people were summoned to defend the leader; they had Molotov cocktails, as seen in the feed the television broadcasted to the entire world; they had horses and camels, as they came to the center of the city from the zone of Pyramids, as a Romanian reporter said she had eyewitnessed them moving toward Cairo.
The appearance of these supporters of the president was deemed by many as a form of the regime to fight back; some went as far as to say they were police members disguised as regular people.
Be that as it may, the violent clashes that occur now in the streets in Cairo contrast the expectation of the people who had been protesting for days, the hope of the international community to see the “orderly transition” taking place, and the warning of the army who had advised Mubarak to stand down.
The Guardian reports that the Egyptian army has strongly advised the president to stand down and leave office.
According to the British daily, the army said: “We loved you 30 years ago. We don’t want to humiliate you. We don’t want you to end like [Romanian president] Nicolae Ceausescu. Go in peace.”
The spectrum of the bloodiest revolution in 1989, which took place in Romania, Eastern Europe, when Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu asked the army to shoot the people who were demonstrating against him, comes for a second time into question since the wind of change began to blow in the Middle East.
Few days ago, James Rosapepe, former ambassador of the United States to Romania, said that the way the revolution was going in Tunisia reminded him of the 1990s in Romania, when the revolution occurred.
The comparison to Ceausescu seems to favor Egypt, since Ben Ali fled the country long before the army was brought in the streets, whereas Mubarak seems determined to leave the power in his own terms.
In 1989, Ceausescu brought the army to disperse the protesters, and the army went to the side of the revolution.
The Romanian president and his wife were executed by the army in a military base in Targoviste on Christmas day.
Analysts say he had received messages to leave power, including first hand from the Soviet President Mikhail Gorbacev, who had explained him that his time was up.
Ceausescu refused to leave and tried to put up a defense, and was executed for it at the end of a shameful trial where he was accused of many things he had not done (such as, for instance, undermining state’s authority, which is ridiculous, given that Ceausescu was the state at the time, and, if anything, he was trying to maintain the status quo).
Question is whether the Egyptian army was just using a metaphor or was conveying the message to the president, since many Romanian people believe the execution of Ceausescu was a punishment for not heeding the word of warning of the international community.
In any event, at this moment it would seem that the Egyptian revolution was thwarted somehow as the supporters of Mubarak managed to occupy the Tahrir Square, and the 9-day upheavel seems defeated.
What will happen to Mubarak next, now that he has ignored the warning of the Western powers to stand down? What will happen to the other riots in the Northern Africa? Is this the end of the revolution in the Arab world? What is the role Israel played in the development of the situation in Egypt?