What is going on in Egypt now reminds me of the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, the expulsion of and collapse of Marco in the Philippines, the overthrow of Romania’s Ceausescu, and of course the Green Movement in Iran.
The first three dictators fell; the last regime remains in place, and it’s not certain yet what will happen in Egypt.
America is finally tuning in — where most of the Middle East has been tied to Al Jazeera on TV sets and internet portals since the dramatic collapse of Tunisia’s totalitarian regime.
The choice slice of Egypt President Hosni Mubarak’s address tonight was that the protests we are seeing not only in Cairo, but Alexandria and all over the country were a product of the freedoms that Mubarak had given people.
I’ll be chatting about the protests in Egypt and the tough choices for US policymakers with Rachel Maddow tonight — about 9:30 pm EST.
And then following, I will be the “anchor buddy” for the whole show (if things stay on track) with Ed Schulz of The Ed Show.
– Steve Clemons