Cosmetic “Change” in Egypt

The first tidal wave of the Egyptian revolution has cleared. But while Mubarak has been dispossessed from his office, the country’s government remains firmly ensconced in the grip of foreign (Israeli and American) interests:

Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman was long seen by Israel as the preferred candidate to succeed President Hosni Mubarak, secret U.S. diplomatic cables published Monday suggested.

The cables, released by Wikileaks and published Monday by the Daily Telegrah Newspaper, quote a conversation between a senior adviser from the Israeli Ministry of Defense and U.S. diplomats in Tel Aviv. In the cable, the Israeli official, David Hacham tells his American colleague that Suleiman would likely serve as “at least an interim president if Mubarak dies or is incapacitated.” Hacham also said that the Israeli delegation led by Defense Minister Ehud Barak was “shocked by Mubarak’s aged appearance and slurred speech,” when it met him in Egypt.

Omar Suleiman was the head of the Egyptian spy agency in 1993 which brought him into close contact with the Central Intelligence Agency. Recently he took up a more public role as chief Egyptian interlocutor with Israel to discuss the peace process with Hamas and Fatah, the rival Palestinian factions. Suleiman’s name appeared in many American diplomatic cables, leaked by Wikeleaks,  and he is described there as “ the most successful element of the relationship (between the US and Egyptian intelligence Agencies)”.

Of course, standard stock US sheeple believe it’s entirely “coincidental” that Israel and America’s man in Egypt is succeeding Mubarak. But for those of us who don’t believe the mainstream government line, it seems like the change from Mubarak to Suleiman is merely semantic and symbolic.

Finally, (please pardon the pun!) as an Egyptian guy, I simply can’t resist delivering the following punchline:

Israel (and America):  “Let my people go!”

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