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Egyptian protesters again defied the government-imposed curfew, as police effectively disappeared and military units made no obvious attempt to enforce it.


All of which leaves the reader or the viewer with many unanswered questions, beginning with: How did this all start?


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There were many factors at work. One contribution came from the ubiquitous WikiLeaks organization, which released a number of diplomatic cables published in The Guardian/UK .


One US embassy cable predicted Mubarak, if still alive in 2011, would run

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again for presidency 'and, inevitably, win'


Other Secret US embassy cables sent from Cairo in the past two years reveal that the Obama administration wanted to maintain a close political and military relationship with Mubarak.


One cable said, "The Egyptians want the visit to demonstrate that Egypt remains America's 'indispensable Arab ally', and that bilateral tensions have abated. President Mubarak is the proud leader of a proud nation ... Mubarak is 81 years old and in reasonably good health; his most notable problem is a hearing deficit in his left ear. He responds well to respect for Egypt and for his position, but is not swayed by personal flattery," the cable said.


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It predicted that if Mubarak were still alive for Egypt's next presidential

election in 2011, "it is likely he will run again and, inevitably, win". The

most likely contender to succeed him was his son Gamal, the cable suggested.

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William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East and elsewhere for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration and now (more...)

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