Obama and Egypt   Leave a comment

UPDATED: Feb. 12. 2011

I just got this forwarded email from a colleague of mine (see below), which is obviously from a listserv and thought I’d share it. On that note, I was talking with a classmate of mine just now about the same thing; what if Obama called Mubarak and told him to step-down peacefully. If Mubarak declines, Obama could make a televised speech stating to the world that Mubarak should in fact resign but would be allowed stay within the Egyptian borders (as he has said before he wants to do) if he did so. It may come down to global pressure, but backed by who? The U.S. (even if the tear gas was ‘Made in the U.S.A’), U.N., the U.K.? Or does Egypt need backing during a (inevitable) transitional government?

Dear friend,

In the past few days, we have all watched the nonviolent protests in Egypt with prayer and anticipation. We have seen the hope of a young generation trying to bring democratic change to their country. We have watched with excitement to see what their efforts could mean to all those suffering from oppressive governments in the Middle East.

But now, protesters are dead. Soon, many more could die.

The streets have turned violent, with armed thugs attacking peaceful protesters. The thugs — who credible news stories report were sent and funded by the Egyptian government — are trying to send a message to the democratic and nonviolent protesters: You have no power, you will never win, no one cares.

We know these lies of injustice will not win in the end, but right now the situation is urgent: Something has to change. As people of faith, we must speak up on behalf of peace and democracy.

I just sent an email to President Obama telling him: Now is the time for you to call for the immediate resignation of President Mubarak, and to support all efforts to keep the protesters safe.

Will you join me?

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Posted February 3, 2011 by Travis Warrington in Conflict

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