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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 07:31 PM
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Clinton shows where US stands on Egypt (psst, it's not with the people of Egypt)
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Clinton shows where US stands on Egypt
Jan 26th, 2011 | By Joseph Mayton

For almost all observers, activists and on-the-ground demonstrators on Egypts streets on Tuesday, American Secretary of State Hillary Clintons comments showed where Washington stands. With the government, not those demanding an end to decades of oppression and justice.

She said in a statement issued by the State Department early Tuesday afternoon Washington time as police in Egypt were beginning a final push of tear bombs, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of protesters that our assessment is that the Egyptian Government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.

She began the statement by saying, with respect to Egypt, which, as your question implied, like many countries in the region, has been experiencing demonstrations. We know that theyve occurred not only in Cairo but around the country, and were monitoring that very closely. We support the fundamental right of expression and assembly for all people, and we urge that all parties exercise restraint and refrain from violence.

This is more of the same, many democracy advocates and protesters argue. Others say it is a fine line the United States government must take in order to not show overt support for the demonstrators, while maintaining channels with the Egyptian government. Either way, activists condemned the statement, saying Washington is again giving lip service to freedom, democracy and justice. ...............(more)

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