Reflections by Comrade Fidel
MUBARAK’S FATE IS SEALED
fate is sealed, not even the support of the
By the end of the Second World War, Egypt was under the brilliant governance of Abdel Nasser, who together with Jawaharlal Nehru, heir of Mahatma Gandhi; Kwame Nkrumah; and Ahmed Sékou Touré —African leaders who together with Sukarno, then president of the recently liberated Indonesia— created the Non-Aligned Movement of Countries and advanced the struggle for independence in the former colonies. At the time, the peoples of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa, such as Egypt, Algeria, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Western Sahara, the Congo, Angola, Mozambique and other countries immersed in the struggle against French, English, Belgian and Portuguese colonialism backed by the United States were fighting for independence with the support of the USSR and China.
After the triumph of our revolution,
The death of Abdel
Nasser on September 28, 1970 was an irreversible setback for
There is no need to profoundly debate this matter; it is enough to read recent news dispatches on what inevitably is transpiring.
Let’s take a look at the news:
“(DPA) - More than 100,000 Egyptians took to the streets today to protest against the government of President Hosni Mubarak, despite a prohibition of demonstrations issued by authorities…”
“Demonstrators set fire to the offices
of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) and police surveillance points, while in downtown
“UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also sent a strong message from Davos.”
President Mubarak ordered a curfew in
“Egyptian forces, supported by armoured
vehicles, deployed throughout
“Medical sources reported that so far 410 people have been injured in the protests, while state television announced a curfew for all cities.”
“The situation represents a dilemma for
“(DPA)”.- Thousands of Jordanians protested today across the country after Friday prayers, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai, and political and economic reforms.”
In the midst of the political disaster
assailing the Arab world, leaders, who were gathered in
“(EFE).- Several political leaders at the Davos Economic Forum called for a change of the growth model.”
“The current model of economic growth, based on consumerism and a disregard of environmental consequences, can no longer be sustained because the planet’s survival is at risk, several political leaders warned today in Davos.”
“‘The current model is global suicide. We need a revolution. Revolutionary thinking. Revolutionary action,’ warned Ban Ki-moon. ‘Natural resources are becoming more and more scarce,” he added, during a debate on how to redefine sustainable growth at the World Economic Forum.”
“‘Climate change is also showing us that the old model is more than obsolete,’ said the head of the UN.
“The UN secretary general added that in addition to basic survival resources such as food and water, ‘one resource is the scarcest of all: Time, We are running out of time. Time to tackle climate change.’”
“Washington (AP).- President Barack Obama tried the impossible: winning the hearts and minds of Egyptians furious with their autocratic ruler while assuring a vital ally that the United States has his back.
The four-minute speech Friday evening represented a careful balancing act for Obama. He had a lot to lose by choosing between protesters demanding that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down from a government violently clinging to its three-decade grip on the country.
“Obama...didn't endorse regime change. Nor did he say that Mubarak's announcement was insufficient.
“Obama’s address was the most forceful of the day, but it stuck largely to the script already set by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.”
“(NTX).- The Washington Post
called on the Obama administration to use its
political and economic influence to convince President Mubarak
to step down in
“‘The United States should use all its influence, including the more than 1 billion dollars in aid it provides each year to the Egyptian army to assure its ultimate outcome (the surrender of power by Mubarak),’ the paper states in its editorial.”
“…in his message delivered on Friday night Obama said that he would continue working with President Mubarak and regretted that he had not mentioned eventual elections.”
“The newspaper described Obama’s position as ‘unrealistic’ along with that of Vice President Joe Biden, who told a radio station that he would not call the Egyptian president a dictator, and that he did not think that he should resign.”
“(AFP).- US-Arab organizations demanded that the government of
President Barack Obama stop
supporting the Mubarak dictatorship in
“(ANSA).- The United States once again expressed its ‘concern’ over violence in Egypt and warned the government of Mubarak that it could not act as if nothing had happened.
Fox News reported that Obama only had two poor options with respect to
White House and the State Department are closely following the situation in
“If Mubarak falls, reports Fox, the United States and its other principal ally in the Middle East, Israel, could have to face a government of the Muslim Brothers in Cairo, and a turn towards anti-western sentiment in the North African country.”
“‘We were betting on the wrong horse for 50 years,’ former CIA agent Michael Scheuer told Fox. ‘To think that the Egyptian people are going to forget that for half a century we supported dictators is a dream,’ he concluded.”
“(AFP).- The international community increased its pressure on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to implement political reforms and to stop the repression of demonstrators who that have been carrying out protests against his government over the last five days.”
“Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and David Cameron asked the president ‘to initiate a process of change’ in response to the ‘legitimate demands’ of his people and ‘to avoid, at all costs, the use of violence against civilians,’ in a joint declaration published on Saturday.”
“King Abdullah of
“The king called Mubarak by telephone to express his solidarity, reported the official Saudi press agency SPA.”
fears that the chaos in
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that he fears that the situation in
minister refused to discuss news reports by local media outlets that state that
“In response to criticism against Western powers such as the United States and Germany that have maintained close ties with totalitarian Arab regimes, the German Foreign minister said, ‘We have not abandoned Egypt.’”
“The peace process between Israelis and
Palestinians has been at a standstill since last September, mainly because of
“The declarations made by the head of State are consistent with reports by local media outlets that state that Israel is pressuring its Western partners to tone down their criticisms of Mubarak’s regime, which the Egyptian people and the opposition are trying to overthrow.
“Anonymous official sources quoted by the Haaretz newspaper said that on Saturday the Israeli Foreign Ministry sent a communiqué to its embassies in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and several European countries to request that ambassadors emphasize to local authorities the importance of stability in Egypt for Israel.”
“Israeli analysts said that the fall of Mubarak could endanger the Camp David Agreements that Egypt signed with Israel in 1978 and the subsequent signing of the 1979 bilateral peace treaty, especially if it brings about the ascent to power of the Islamic Muslim Brothers, which have widespread popular support.”
“The recent appointment of General Omar
“However, the Egyptian protests show
that the continuity of the regime is not necessarily guaranteed nor that
As you can see, for the first time the world is simultaneously facing three problems:
Climate crises, food crises and political crises.
And we can add other serious dangers to them.
The risk of increasingly destructive war is very real.
Will the political leaders have sufficient serenity and equanimity to successfully face them?
Our species’ fate depends on it.
Fidel Castro Ruz
February 1, 2011