Anderson Cooper talks to John King from Cairo about President Mubarak's remarks, and why some say they were deceptive.
For 30 years the US has been supporting a dictator's regime in Egypt, while at the same
time calling for the democracy in the Middle East and all over the world. With over 40 billion US dollars in aid to Egypt over the past 30 years, the Egyptian government was able to buy all different kinds of police equipment made in the USA to control and abuse the Egyptian people, protect the regime and abuse human rights.
The Egyptian dictator's regime convinced the US that without his regime the whole region would be unstable; this support was shameful, biased and a double-standard of US forgieign policy.
The US watched the corruption, fake elections and human rights abuses in Egypt for decades and closed its eyes and turned its head despite several calls to pressure the regime in Egypt for true democracy.
With the Egyptian movement, men and women, old and young people, rich and poor, Muslims and Christians are looking for freedom. There is a golden opportunity for the US to gain its credibility among the Egyptian people, the Arab and Muslim world and all over the world, and bring a new beginning between the United States and Muslims and Arabs around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect as president Obama said in his speech in Cairo.
The US should not repeat the same mistake as happened before with Iran decades ago. Supporting the old dictator's regime because of his loyalty to the US and ignoring the people of Iran’s choice: having one friend and creating millions of enemies. The consequences of not supporting the people of Egypt’s move is unpredictable; Egyptian disappointment with the US is likely to increase. It is not in the best interest of the US to see another Afghanistan or Iraq in the region nor instability at this important place.
We ask the US the following:
1. Hosni Mubarak and his regime must go within the next few days; such request must be done in public and should be made very clear.
2. US should not impose a specific solution or certain people to lead Egypt; let a coalition of all Egyptians from all different opposition groups lead by Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei form a transition government representing all political powers.
3. The US should not be selective when it comes to democracy; it should be up to the Egyptian people to choose their leaders and the US should not be concerned about the outcome of a free election or which ideologist may have power due to free elections.
The above demands will bring a peaceful transition to democracy in Egypt
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