The regime is shooting people in the streets now.
The regime of President Hosni Mubarak cut off Internet and SMS service throughout the country today.
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And, as usual… Barack Obama was late to the dance.
Barack Obama’s response to the situation today was pathetically weak.
The CS Monitor reported:
President Obama spoke up for the first time publicly Thursday on the anti-government protests in Egypt, warning that freedom of expression is essential and that violence is not the answer, either for the Egyptian government or the protesters.
Obama prefaced his remarks by noting Egypt’s role as a US ally, and its peace with Israel, but then used the YouTube forum to offer some encouragement to the youth-driven uprising that began this week against Mubarak’s nearly 30 years of rule. He stressed the importance of free speech, including access to social networking tools.
“That, I think, is no less true in the Arab world than it is here in the United States,” Obama said. By speaking up, the president added weight to the comments of other administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose statements have grown increasingly sympathetic to the protesters with each day.
This far left liberal is definitely no Reagan.