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Egypt Protests: 'We Believe America is Against Us'

Monday, 31 Jan 2011 12:54 PM

The Washington Post's Marc A. Thiessen says America is sending the Arab world the wrong message by failing to call for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

He writes: "Speaking at a June 2007 conference of dissidents and freedom activists in Prague, President George W. Bush called for the "immediate and unconditional release" of jailed Egyptian dissident and presidential candidate Ayman Nour, declaring, "In the eyes of America, the democratic dissidents of today are the democratic leaders of tomorrow."

The Egyptian regime was not happy. But following the speech, Nour's wife conveyed her husband's jail cell reaction: "A man I do not know, and have never met, has restored my humanity."

Bush's call for Nour's release was intended to send a message to the Egyptian people that America supported their aspirations for democratic change. Over the past week, the Obama administration has been sending the opposite message. While Egyptians marched by the tens of thousands demanding President Hosni Mubarak's ouster, Vice President Biden publicly defended Mubarak against the charge that he is a dictator, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed confidence in the stability of his regime. As these words reached the teeming streets of Cairo, the perception took hold among demonstrators that the United States is siding with Mubarak against the people. The Post reported Sunday that "many protesters are now openly denouncing the United States for supporting President Hosni Mubarak." One protester complained that U.S. officials "speak about their own interest, not ours." Another declared: "Tell America that we get to choose our president . . . not them." Yet another said flatly: "We believe America is against us."

Read the entire story at washingtonpost.com

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