URGENT - Kristoff: "Pro-Mubarak" Attackers are Government Sponsored Thugs, Your Tax Dollars at Work
The New York Times' incredibly courageous Nicholas Kristoff is bearing witness to what the Egyptian protesters already know and are telling the world, that the "pro-Mubarak" crowds attacking peaceful protesters are government-sponsored thugs.
Kristoff just posted at his Facebook:
I was in Tahrir today, and I must say that "clashes" is the wrong word for what happened. This was a violent government-sponsored crackdown using thugs.
Turning to Nick's blog he reports:
Today President Mubarak seems to have decided to crack down on the democracy movement, using not police or army troops but rather mobs of hoodlums and thugs. I’ve been spending hours on Tahrir today, and it is absurd to think of this as simply "clashes" between two rival groups. The pro-democracy protesters are unarmed and have been peaceful at every step. But the pro-Mubarak thugs are arriving in buses and are armed — and they’re using their weapons. In my area of Tahrir, the thugs were armed with machetes, straight razors, clubs and stones. And they all had the same chants, the same slogans and the same hostility to journalists. They clearly had been organized and briefed. So the idea that this is some spontaneous outpouring of pro-Mubarak supporters, both in Cairo and in Alexandria, who happen to end up clashing with other side — that is preposterous.
The army from all reports is standing by doing nothing, and indeed letting the hoodlums through, a move which now implicitly sides them with Mubarak.
"Why don't you protect us?" some shouted at soldiers, who replied they did not have orders to do so and told people to go home. "The army is neglectful. They let them in," said Emad Nafa, a 52-year-old among the protesters, who for days had showered the military with love for its neutral stance.
In this police state the security forces outnumber the regular army 2 to 1, so there it's a safe bet that Mubarak has instructed his police to take off their uniforms.
"Members of security forces dressed in plain clothes and a number of thugs have stormed Tahrir Square," three opposition groups said in a statement.
Protesters saying they should have stormed the presidential palace yesterday and driven Mubarak out, gotten it over with. This is what comes of the US buying Mubarak more time, this is how he "leads" an "orderly transition."
The lifeline of the Mubarak regime, the $1.5 billion in US military assistance, has yet to be revoked by the Obama administration, and is now your tax dollars at work on the streets of Egypt.
Michael Scheuer, former head of the Bin Laden unit at the CIA and outspoken critic of US Middle Eastern policy, wrote of the contradiction between our purported values and our support of Middle Eastern regimes like Mubarak's, in "Imperial Hubris":
We have nothing in common with the regimes; the tie is based overwhelmingly on the West's obsession with cheap oil. Break the link and we are free of associations that earn us only hatred and violence in the Muslim world.
Please call your own congressmembers now if you desire to take any action in support of the Egyptian people. The military must receive an unambiguous message on where the US, and the American people, stand: NO MORE MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO MUBARAK GOVERNMENT, MUBARAK OUT. Aid to Mubarak is delivered in installments. The next one is coming up.
Capitol switchboard, US Congress (operator will connect to proper office upon giving zip code):
The White House
Members of Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, which must approve appropriations to Mubarak government:
- Senator Patrick Leahy (Chairman) (VT)
- Senator Daniel Inouye (HI)
- Senator Tom Harkin (IA)
- Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD)
- Senator Richard Durbin (IL)
- Senator Tim Johnson (SD)
- Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)
- Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
The proof is here that the "pro-Mubarak" demonstrators "clashing" with anti-Mubarak freedom fighters are all security forces out of uniform and criminals let of out jail and paid to attack peaceful people.
This was Tweeted from Tahrir Square today, a security forces ID captured from a plainclothes thug who the protesters caught. We can use it to remind the world with one image that the "chaos" is actually a brutal attack by Mubarak.
Buttresses Nicholas Kristoff's vital report.
Translation of ID reads: "- The Arab republic of Egypt The Interior Ministry Police Number 2003/1/3//2003/0007503 Department General Sub-division/22 Name Kareem Ahmed Al-Sayed Ahmed Card Number (blurred, maybe 1501120) civil file m/al-qanater al-khayria/ (unclear) expiry date 2012/03/01 Below picture: director of general directory of (unclear) (signature) Lewa (police rank) Mr Mohammed Saleh"
Subject is an officer.