President Obama: "The Voices of the Egyptian People Must Be Heard"

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 10, 2011
Protestors Wave Flags in Tahrir Square in Downtown Cairo

Tonight, the White House released a statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt. In his statement, the President said:

"The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient. Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world. The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity.

"As we have said from the beginning of this unrest, the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people. But the United States has also been clear that we stand for a set of core principles. We believe that the universal rights of the Egyptian people must be respected, and their aspirations must be met. We believe that this transition must immediately demonstrate irreversible political change, and a negotiated path to democracy. To that end, we believe that the emergency law should be lifted. We believe that meaningful negotiations with the broad opposition and Egyptian civil society should address the key questions confronting Egypt's future: protecting the fundamental rights of all citizens; revising the Constitution and other laws to demonstrate irreversible change; and jointly developing a clear roadmap to elections that are free and fair.

"We therefore urge the Egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step by step process that will lead to democracy and the representative government that the Egyptian people seek. Going forward, it will be essential that the universal rights of the Egyptian people be respected. There must be restraint by all parties. Violence must be forsaken. It is imperative that the government not respond to the aspirations of their people with repression or brutality. The voices of the Egyptian people must be heard.

"The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people. Those who have exercised their right to peaceful assembly represent the greatness of the Egyptian people, and are broadly representative of Egyptian society. We have seen young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian join together, and earn the respect of the world through their non-violent calls for change. In that effort, young people have been at the forefront, and a new generation has emerged. They have made it clear that Egypt must reflect their hopes, fulfill their highest aspirations, and tap their boundless potential. In these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America."

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Ron
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New York, USA
February 11, 2011

Ron in New York writes:

Crisis=Opportunity....

So, what's the take-home message?

1- long-term support for despotic regimes based on regional interests, tend to backfire.

2- There are limits to sovereignty when universal rights are violated.

3- Mega-money empowers corruption and creates intractable foreign relations

4- Wealth-Gaps increase proportionately with geo-political alchemy.

5- The cost of repression far exceeds the price of good governance

6- Mubarak has thrown gasoline on the fire of freedom.

Ron
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New York, USA
February 11, 2011

Ron in New York writes:

Mubarak's Pound of Flesh.....

Here it comes....payback for asking for freedom.....Mubarak hands gov't over Military Dictatorship and Secret Police State. Post-resignation Mubarak is attempting to wipe his prints from the gun. International Court for Egpyt should be established immediately.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
February 13, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Why does everything have to be in crisis in order for freedom to develop as a desirable trait among governments?

"5- The cost of repression far exceeds the price of good governance"

Well Ron hit that nail on the head with that.

But it's not about the money, or a pound of flesh, it's about personal ego and pride.

And I've just answered my own question...

Thing is it's not America's crisis. Yet we both as a people and as a government are not disinterested parties being witnesss to it.

This isn't about who leads or who doesn't, it's about the people's ability to determine who does.

We're spoiled here in America, we get to do this every two years or so and we today find ourselves in a state of perpetual revolution as the status quo gets barely dry behind the ears before someone decides it's time to try and change it.

Or ink barely dry on on legistlation before the motion is put on the floor of the House to repeal it.

"We take these truths to be self evident." in that our society has become more representive of the will of its direction when the path becomes unclear and a new one must be cut.

Why then are we suprised or call it a crisis when the people of other nations find their will to enact changes they need to see for themselves?

Crisis= opportunity over danger, squared to the people's will.

Political probability is an art form, not an exact science.

Very rarely do ego's and pride cater to what's "expected" in the international arena.

While some in the press seem to think they can tip the scales by setting up expectations of a fall from great hights, for ratings purposes..."stay tuned"...there's more where that came from.

So while we're at it, I think folks @ State should take note of Iran's warning to its people not to get any ideas, arresting several premtively to interfere with planned demonstrations.

Ayatollah don't like it.

Stability then, if there's any thing to be taken from this as a "given", is that stablilty becomes all too illusory under totalitarianism and at best stability is temporarily arranged as a construct of well being by governments to placate the people enough to support policies that evoke a more stable, prosperous, and just existance among their populations.

I suppose it's just human nature for a fellow to get his back up and say, hell no I won't go, claiming he's being "pushed".

But if folks want to do comparisons...Mubarak is ameniable to change as "inevitable", wheras Aminutijob wants to deny its existance.

One is looking to leave on good terms with his people, and the other is remaining in power despite the will of the people through repressive force.

"2- There are limits to sovereignty when universal rights are violated."-Ron

"Protection of populations." - UNGA 2005

"diplomacy without teeth is a toothless beggar."-EJ

Need I say more?

Oystercracker
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United States
February 13, 2011

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Yeah! Imagine if we had been building schools, factories and universities all over Egypt where we'd be right now. Egyptians would be prosperous and we wouldn't be having to claw back money from grandma's social security check with all the money we've spent on influencing dictators.

Doinme2011
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United States
February 15, 2011

D. in the U.S.A. writes:

It's all so obvious that there underestimation of the passion within a family of of individuels, that for everyreason should obey their leader. When a family of people all realize that they have given their very best and that they can't be treated and abused any worse. Their value can't be any lower, that is when the measure of a family is going to shock and awe. That us when you see the spirit of a family takeover to give life to a movement of higher standard. If the leader can not adapt he will be thrown out!!!!!!!!!!!!

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