WHAT IS THE EGYPTIAN MILITARY THINKING?
A "leak" That Cannot be Verified But Sounds Righ t
By Danny Schechter
To: The President
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From: Your Military Council
Re: We Are With You
Please forgive us for any confusion that our Communique #1 on Thursday may have caused you. Many of our soldiers have no desire to fight the people and some have broken discipline and are very sympathetic to their cause---to a point!
By appearing to remain neutral, we sought to maintain our credibility and preserve our unity.
We have been under pressure from our "friends" in America, especially Vice President Biden, who is driving us all crazy with around the clock phone calls. The man never sleeps.
Some of us would tell him anything to make them stop.
At the same time, Mr President, we share your fears about chaos. If this mob is allowed to win, their demands will never stop. They will want to punish you and the Vice President and then us.
We can't allow that. It sets a bad example. If we allow a little of this kind of "democracy" today, when will it stop?
Besides, as you know, the military, like our other institutions have a vested interest in keeping the status quo. Our salaries and business arrangements are at stake.
That odious British journalist Robert Fisk was not completely wrong in writing, ""as yesterday afternoon's events proved all too clearly, it was the senior generals -- who enjoy the luxury of hotel chains, shopping malls, real estate and banking concessions from the same corrupt regime -- who permitted Mubarak to survive. At an ominous meeting of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Defense Minister Mohamed Tantawi -- one of Mubarak's closest friends -- agreed to meet the demands of the millions of democracy protesters, without stating that the regime would itself be dissolved."
We now realize clearly that if we dissolve the regime, we will be dissolving ourselves. How can we permit that?
In this respect, Mr. President, your strategy is brilliant: Tell the West anything they want to hear and do what we must do to preserve the Egypt that has been so good to us.
We should not be afraid of elections; we have manipulated them before.
Mr. President, another issue that is more troubling: How can we fix the economy?
We were just reading the business blog, Zero Hedge, that reports:
"Without persistent (and rising) food imports, Egypt cannot feed itself. It has managed to cover up the shortfall by having enough oil to export, but, like every country, their oil reserves are finite and eventually they'll face a day of reckoning.
The oil situation in Egypt has only very recently become an enormous and unavoidable issue.
The monthly peak occurred in December 1996 (the yearly peak was also 1996), and oil production is now down some 30 percent since then".
Any country that has to import both oil and food is living on borrowed time. It was only a matter of time before something gave way, and apparently that time is now."
You will recall the recent comments by THAT woman, Hillary Clinton, in Munich:
"The region is being battered by a perfect storm of powerful trends.
"This is what has driven demonstrators into the streets of Tunis, Cairo, and cities throughout the region. The status quo is simply not sustainable."
She also said that "with water shortages and oil running out, governments may be able to hold back the tide of change for a short while but not for long."
And so, Mr. President, we fear that there may be no military solution to these problems. There may not even be a political solution. We are in an economic crisis. The media hasn't noticed because they are too absorbed by the drama in the square, a great location for their "live shots."
Your military is here to preserve Egypt's national security and we are feeling very insecure.
Of course, we believe in your leadership but worry that unless we take major steps, we cannot preserve the status quo even if we want to. And we do.
So Mr. President and Vice President, do what you must but we must warn you, we are not confident that we can meet all the challenges that face us.
There are too many people are in the streets. They are everywhere.
Our old Egypt is falling apart.
Now, we have just heard that you, our father, has left Cairo:
"Egyptian state television has reported that President Hosni Mubarak and his wife, Suzanne, have left the capital of Cairo. Their destination was unknown."
Our destination, Mr.President, is also unknown.
News Dissector Danny Schechter, editor of Mediachannel.org, cannot vouch for the authenticity of this document. His latest film is Plunder The Crime of Our Time. (Plunderthecrimeofourtime.com) Comments to Email address removed