Mubarak ordered Tiananmen-style massacre of demonstrators, Army refused

This from Robert Fisk by way of Amricablog.

Last night [Feb 10], a military officer guarding the tens of thousands celebrating in Cairo threw down his rifle and joined the demonstrators, yet another sign of the ordinary Egyptian soldier’s growing sympathy for the democracy demonstrators. We had witnessed many similar sentiments from the army over the past two weeks. But the critical moment came on the evening of 30 January when, it is now clear, Mubarak ordered the Egyptian Third Army to crush the demonstrators in Tahrir Square with their tanks after flying F-16 fighter bombers at low level over the protesters.Many of the senior tank commanders could be seen tearing off their headsets – over which they had received the fatal orders – to use their mobile phones. They were, it now transpires, calling their own military families for advice. Fathers who had spent their lives serving the Egyptian army told their sons to disobey, that they must never kill their own people.Thus when General Hassan al-Rawani told the massive crowds yesterday evening that “everything you want will be realised – all your demands will be met”, the people cried back: “The army and the people stand together – the army and the people are united. The army and the people belong to one hand.”

Which is precisely why would would not have a successful uprising in this country. Our military would have absolutely no problem with mowing down and massacring American citizens.

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4 thoughts on “Mubarak ordered Tiananmen-style massacre of demonstrators, Army refused

  1. This is a tough call C.

    The upper echelon of our military is increasingly comprised of wing nut types though, so you could be correct.

    Our military is developing all manner of nonlethal force weapons. Though nonlethal they are weapons just the same.

    While I hope for some serious changes to be made in this country I sincerely hope we don’t have to test the accuracy of your statement.

    1. cmaukonen

      This not the same military we had when there was a draft Lis. These people get off on the military thing. They like killing and maiming and blowing things up. They are an official mercenary arm of the government.

      Do not forget Kent State. Those people did not have a problem opening fire on the protesters.

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