Saturday, January 29, 2011

Riveted by the Live Stream on Al-Jazeera

Police have disappeared. Army doing little. Wealthy parts of Cairo feeling vulnerable. A lot of looting apparently by armed gangs.

Many questions.

What are the orders to the army? Will they enforce the curfew? This is what one tank commander said via bullhorn to people in the streets... "I'll take off my uniform and join you during the day, but please clear the streets at night so we can go after the "thugs"..."

or is the military paralyzed? Waiting to see which way the wind blows?

Without a decisive presence, pretty soon people will begin arming themselves to maintain order.

The key action is now behind the scenes --- will the armed forces remain united and uphold the state apparatus or split between factions? If the latter, then fasten your seatbelts cause it will be more Iran/Russia rather than Philippines.

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