Recent Developments in Egypt

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 25, 2011
Egyptian Flag As Seen in Tahrir Square on 24 November 2011

On November 25, 2011, the White House Press Secretary released a statement on the recent developments in Egypt. The Press Secretary said:

"Since the start of the Arab Spring, the United States has spoken out for a set of core principles that have guided our response to events, including opposition to the use of violence and repression, defense of universal rights including the freedom of peaceful assembly, and support for political and economic reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of ordinary people throughout the region.

"In Egypt over the past several days, we have seen protesters demand the realization of these principles. We have condemned the excessive use of force against them and called for restraint on all sides. We deeply regret the loss of life, and urge the Egyptian authorities to implement an independent investigation into the circumstances of those deaths. But the situation Egypt faces requires a more fundamental solution, devised by Egyptians, which is consistent with universal principles.

"The United States strongly believes that the new Egyptian government must be empowered with real authority immediately. We believe that Egypt's transition to democracy must continue, with elections proceeding expeditiously, and all necessary measures taken to ensure security and prevent intimidation. Most importantly, we believe that the full transfer of power to a civilian government must take place in a just and inclusive manner that responds to the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people, as soon as possible.

"Egypt has overcome challenges before and will do so again. The United States will continue to stand with the Egyptian people as they build a democracy worthy of Egypt's great history."

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shown76
November 25, 2011

W.W. writes:

On the top of the pyramid

Zharkov
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United States
November 26, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

On the top of the pyramid you will find bird droppings - nature's reply to symbolism.

John P.
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Greece
November 27, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

On the top of any pyramid you can only admire the EAGLE!

That's why snakes can't make it to the top.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
November 29, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

With all the rioting and violence of late, I wonder if the Egyptian people suprised even themselves in how well they did in pulling off their first election;

"http://video.state.gov/en/policy-work/video/1299491089001/ambassador-pat..."

If I have any advice on democratic government it's that no one elected can please all the people, anytime. Let alone all of the time. And if they manage to please most of the people most of the time, then they are doing better than most would expect.

And most would still find something to complain about, while the rest couldn't care less, or have taken up protest most every chance they get without a clue why most don't feel the need to waste their breath yelling about change while creating it for themselves quietly at the polls.

Well now they have an idea what we go through every 2 years in America, and I hope they had fun in the process, as elections and the elected are always cannon fodder for comedians in traditional open electorial format, and it's hard to tell 'em apart sometimes with all the noise they make.

But you do it enough times and a nation ends up rubbing of the rough edges and burrs off the process, and loosens up to the idea of the vote being tradition over a generation or more. Egyptians will be old pro's at this in no time without a doubt.

In less time than it took to build a pyramid for sure.

And if one stands around long enough at the top, I'm sure some bird will grace head with goo from on high,...as nature always humbles those who wish to be king of the hill for life.

(chuckle)

Just ask the last guy who did.

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