Following on from Tunisia public awakening or rather up rise against their government has had a knock on affect in surrounding countries. The news mediums are busy as ever reporting on demonstrations against Egypt’s government – what little trickles out is a blessing as the 30 year dictatorial regime of Mubarak comes to an end – and communications mediums are taken down by the government in an attempt to control the situation ahead of the world opinion.
It’s becoming more and more difficult in imagining how Hosni Mubarak will be able to suppress this latest mass up-rise of its people. Three decades of dictatorship is now being challenged by the common man. I will be amazed if Hosni Mubarak stays in power for much longer. Friday demonstrations were feared the most, as the Mosques in Egypt are full with both men and women during the afternoon prayers.
This will have a profound affect on other neighbouring countries, countries who have a similar or poor government – not keen on listening to the public. I guess they are making their own preparations to counter any similar anti-government demonstrations. It is largely believed that, in that part of the world such public awakening catches on quick with neighbouring countries.
I am particularly interested in how Egypt’s or rather Hosni Mubarak allies in the region will react to these turn of events – Israel in particular have used Egypt in the past to broken deals with other Muslim countries in the region – bear in mind the general population of Egypt is anti-Israel, some who fail to recognise Israel as a legitimate state. It will be interesting to see how Israel views the revolution folding in Egypt as Mr Mubarak was critical in Israel and Palestinian peace process.
The west mainly United States will no doubt be rethinking their strategy in dealing and supporting Egypt. My bet would be that Mr Obama would like to play it safe – supporting both Hosni Mubarak and the general public. While the unrest continues in Egypt – government led brutality against its people is becoming more evident, Mr Obama needs to be seen denouncing such brutality as public opinion was already against America for decades. The administration also reacted sharply to the Egyptian government’s extraordinary move to shut down the Internet, social networking Web sites, texting and other wireless communications. Mr. Obama called on the government to reverse the steps, which Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described as “unprecedented.”
Could this be a start of a regional revolution? A revolution which rejects western imposed dictators after World War One and Two – and supports a change in favour of Islamic religion and local culture. This part of the world is strategically very important and the west will be dragging their feet in supporting Hosni Mubarak especially if the signs are there of his dictatorship coming to an end.