John Kerry’s Opinion

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Senator John Kerry, a former candidate for the Presidency opposite George Bush in 2004, has written an article openly calling for change and for Mubarak to step down. While the official stance of the US government is still for an ‘orderly transition’ without expressly saying that Mubarak must go, several high ranking officials in Washington have begun to publicly side with the Egyptian protesters. John Kerry’s article from the New York Times highlights his vision for change. This excerpt sums it up quite nicely:

President Hosni Mubarak must accept that the stability of his country hinges on his willingness to step aside gracefully to make way for a new political structure. One of the toughest jobs that a leader under siege can perform is to engineer a peaceful transition. But Egyptians have made clear they will settle for nothing less than greater democracy and more economic opportunities.

Ushering in such a transformation offers President Mubarak — a great nationalist ever since his generation of young officers helped their country escape the last vestiges of British colonialism — the chance to end the violence and lawlessness, to begin improving the dire economic and social conditions in his country and to change his place in history.
It is not enough for President Mubarak to pledge “fair” elections, as he did on Saturday. The most important step that he can take is to address his nation and declare that neither he nor the son he has been positioning as his successor will run in the presidential election this year. Egyptians have moved beyond his regime, and the best way to avoid unrest turning into upheaval is for President Mubarak to take himself and his family out of the equation.

Further, he must guarantee that the election will be honest and open to all legitimate candidates and conducted without interference from the military or security apparatus and under the oversight of international monitors. The Egyptian people are demanding wholesale transformation, not window dressing.

You will notice the language – ‘step aside gracefully’; we are still not seeing any whole-hearted support being thrown behind the uprising from the US, which is disappointing, to say the least.


Written by BraveNewEgypt

February 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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