Brain Bush’s Blog

Mubarak Trail

  • By : Brian Bush
  • August 5, 2011
  • 1:32 pm

Hi All!

Despite some of the things happening in various parts of the Middle East, the big story of this week is the trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak.

Lets look at, in an abbreviated way, what the press here in the Arab region has said about this unprecedented occurrence.

In many ways people see this bluntly as revenge of the commoner.

Hosni Mubarak, who over the decades sent thousands of people to prison – most of whom did nothing wrong, is now closed up in the same iron cage as a defendant in Egyptian court.

Some have said this is evidence Egypt has turned a corner in it's development.
Others ask what has changed today if defendants still sit inside closed cages, humiliated and devoid of basic human dignity?

One report stated Mubarak was like a dog… and went on to say that this is what is done to a man that Egypt wants to humiliate.

Some went on to say that just as in the days of Mubarak's regime, these trials have nothing to do with justice.

Other pundits say the results of this trial are foreseeable. There have been many charges made against Mubarak, his yes-men, and his sons.

Obviously there are those who have convicted Mubarak already and the people want more.

Their theory is that since the new regime does not have many achievements to taught, they just may give them Mubarak's head. But I believe the international community will not allow this to be done to their statesman ally of 30 years.

Others advocate that the military clique that now rules the ancient land does not know what do with it Mubarak.

Obviously this situation would have been easier for them if the leader had fled, or had ill health taken his life.

This would have spared the military government (who were picked by Mr. Mubarak) the judicial process and its whole mess.

There are a few who argue that the situation in Egypt is steadily worsening. Egypt needs to set the pace in the Middle East for reform – because the Arab world hinges upon Egypt.

Egypt's leader effectively is General Tantawi, who reportedly has signaled that he tired of heading the ruling council and is waiting to retire.

Will this add to further anarchy? Or can Egypt's next generation shine through and redeem the promises of Tahrir Square?

Lastly, many in Egypt and abroad – even here in Israel, are holding their breath at the possibility that their names will come up in the under the table deals, off the record arrangements, and hypocrisy of turning away from Egypt's human rights.

There's a lot of people who don't want things to come to light – and at the top of that list is America, which turned its back on its most significant ally in the Arab World.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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