Saturday 24 June 2017

Robert Fisk: 'If Mubarak wants to save his skin, he must go now'

Egyptian film star Omar Sharif points to Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, in Cairo, Egypt, where hundreds of thousands of protesters have gathered to oppose President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian film star Omar Sharif points to Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, in Cairo, Egypt, where hundreds of thousands of protesters have gathered to oppose President Hosni Mubarak

Robert Fisk

Man of the moment? Of course Mohamed ElBaradei is. But man of the people, I have my doubts. Sitting in his garden easy chair he sometimes appears like a very friendly, shrewd and bespectacled mouse. He will not like that description, but this is a mouse, I suspect, with very sharp teeth.

It's almost a delight to dissect the bigger mice who work in the White House. "Do you remember how on the second day, all we heard was that they were 'monitoring the situation'.

"Then Secretary Clinton talks about 'the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people' and now they are talking about 'the smooth transition of power'... I think they know that Mubarak's days are numbered."

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