By Enrique Tessieri
As I write these words the situation in Egypt may have led to the downfall of embattled President Hosni Mubarak from power after 30 years. As a Latin American watching events in Tunisia in January and now in Egypt, I can only rejoice with the Egyptian people who have finally risen and demanded their long-overdue rights to democracy and self-determination.
It should not come to any surprise that the biggest loser if Mubarak flees the country will be the United States, which has financed and supported corrupt and authoritarian regimes in the region. Politics does sometimes makes strange bedfellows.
US President Barack Obama has spoken with Mubarak asking him to open a dialogue with his people. ” My administration is closely monitoring the situation. Our first concern is preventing injury and loss of life,” he said. “I want to be clear in calling on Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters.”
The implication of Mubarak leaving are huge not only for Egypt but for the whole region because it will most likely spread to Syria, Jordan, Yemen and other countries in the region.
Outspoken as ever, the right-wing US radio talk show host Glenn Beck tweets: “Egypt may be a tipping point. Yemen and Jordan also have smaller uprisings. Iran is smiling, the Saudis and Israelis are not. Pray4peace.”
The man to watch is Mohamed ElBaradei, the man slated to replace Mubarak and placed under house arrest by the regime after his returned to Egypt. He said that the West should practice what it preaches. “Is (to) defend the rights of Egiptian’s universal rights: freedom, dignity, social justice.”
What do you think the implications of greater democracy and people’s power in the Middle East will have on Europe?