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01:12 PM on 02/09/2011
Mr. Ginsberg,
Thank you for filling out the conditions and reasons for the brave Egyptian uprising, and for its intentions for the future. I spent last Sunday rooting, not for the Super Bowl combatants, but for the young people who have assessed their current condition as insupportable. Mr. Gholem proved to be a match lighting the inspiration of many heretofore sidelined watchers. Every American that considers themselves to be partiots should understand this driving need to stand up and be counted. The tangled weave of diplomacy being carried out by the professionals with established cachet is proving to be dross, not gold.
01:11 PM on 02/09/2011
Thank you for showing a clear and strong support of the Egyptian proterstors. Please continue to raise awareness of the real dangers they are exposed to at the hands of the likes of Suleyman. Public Opinion and the internet are their only weapon.
01:04 PM on 02/09/2011
["The so-called "peaceful transition" to democracy Suleiman promised to commence is beginning to resemble an ill-advised charade, rather than an expedited fulfillment of basic human rights on a promised road to permanent, peaceful change."]

Without question, necessary reform of government will occur in Egypt.

There is substantial danger that if this occurs by populist coup,
that the strongest and most organized faction,
in this case the Muslim Brotherhood, will take advantage
of the opportunity including control of the
advanced Egyptian Military toys that US has provided;
and carefully, cautiously-but with certainly-
subvert the the goal of a basically secular democracy
that the Egyptian people now demand.
It may well take a bit of time. but a more careful transition
within the framework of a democratic process is far wiser, safer.
and more likely to produce a lasting democracy of the people.

Militating against instant change is the fact the people of Egypt
do not have a chosen leader who they can all support
as their true representative,
and who is capable of governing a major Nation.

ElBaradei is of the entirely wrong generation, and to "westernized"
to avoid pressures that may not be entirely in the best interests of Egypt.

Egypt needs a leader from within, who lives and breathes Egypt.
A young, brilliant, patriotic, articulate person from the cybergeneration
who can guide a free and transparent democracy through the
massive pitfalls inherent in a free democracy in the current world.
old,sly, crafty,arty, leftie
03:47 PM on 02/09/2011
Hope they find him/her...
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01:00 PM on 02/09/2011
Democracy Now's Amy Goodman interviewed a young opposition leader several days ago who said that Suleiman's first meeting with the disparate group leaders ended with Suleiman completely fabricating a consensus that never occurred and got that artificial consensus published before the other people involved saw it coming. Since Suleiman was Egypt's torture tzar, it seems appropriate to be cynical about him and his intentions and watchful, very watchful, and for the US to be uber chummy with him or happy with him might be a pretty bad idea.
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03:50 PM on 02/09/2011
Supporting Suleiman would be the most bone-headed thing Washington could possibly do.

So, of course they will.
yes i said yes i will yes
12:42 PM on 02/09/2011
tx for an intelligent article!
12:16 PM on 02/09/2011
Despite repeated appeals by Wael Ghoneim, some folks are still insisting to make of him a hero. He told his TV interviewer and the people at Tahrir Square that the real heroes are those who have sacrificed their lives for a dignified change and also those who have stood fast over more than two weeks despite attempts at their lives, intimidation and a host of other brutal tactics.

As for the so-called timetable for reforms, whether political, social or even constitutional, people tend to forget that there is a revolution by millions of people. Revolutions want immediate results and these must start by the immediate departure of Mubarak.
Either everybody counts or nobody does.
11:55 AM on 02/09/2011
On point!
Will say it like it is..
11:54 AM on 02/09/2011
Always good to hear from amb. Ginsberg, we don't see him on TV anymore, wish we could.
Avoid printing any..
11:47 AM on 02/09/2011
Ambassador Ginsberg, thank you so much for putting this message online. Your status as someone knowledgeable about diplomacy in a country not that far removed from Egypt certainly gives importance to what you say. There are many of us who have noticed exactly what you have, that Suleiman is merely a sinister front man for Mubarak's regime...almost 30 years old. Even more horrible is our government's response NOW to even more demonstrators, taking up Sulieman's analysis that Egypt is not ready for democracy, that the "transition" must be very slow...stopped? The influence of the Israeli ultra conservative government HAS influenced Obama and the State Dept. Israeli fear of ANY Muslim participation in government borders on paranoia, and certainly intolerance, an intolerance Barack Obama went to Cairo to attempt to allay as far as the US is concerned. But Obama's speech no longer matches his most recent actual policy. We all have to be concerned that Wael Ghonim and countless other Egyptians have not been killed, or tortured in vain.
Both salubrious and lugubrious concurrently.
11:47 AM on 02/09/2011
The one fly in the ointment is the Obama administration's lack of sympathy for the cause of a democratic Egypt. Its apparent that he's entirely bought into the State Department bureaucracy's machiavellian vision of manipulating the region to its own ends. You can buy off a corrupt strongman (Mubarak is now worth 70 billion and counting) but things become difficult when you're faced with a literate informed electorate. Would the Egyptian populace go with the current scheme to starve te Gaza into submission?
11:28 AM on 02/09/2011
A good article.
11:16 AM on 02/09/2011
Nice that the U.S. media and political class are finally paying attention to the abduction of Wael Ghonim; they chose to ignore it until this week, despite public pleas from Ghonim's family and co-workers...Many Egyptian journalists, intellectuals and activists are currently detained and likely being beaten and tortured. Now that Wael has been freed, pay attention to others who are still missing:
KAREEM AMER, blogger and political commentator
SAMIR ESHRA, filmmaker
Both were abducted by military police when leaving Tahir square several days ago.
10:37 AM on 02/09/2011
The U.S. Governments support, protection and defense of all those vicious brutal tyrants all around the world for generations is an abomination and so is the U.S. Governments obeying Israel/AIPAC's demands instead of what is in the best interest of the American people and all the other peoples of the planet.
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01:01 PM on 02/09/2011
fan you
10:10 AM on 02/09/2011
Wow, Marc Ginsberg suddenly see the light, 180degre turn from last week editorial supporting Mubarak and the current status, well I appreciate that you see the light finally.
Amb. Marc Ginsberg
11:00 AM on 02/09/2011
Whoa...I am calling it like I see it. I do not support Mubarak's immediate departure as the protesters demand (I want to know who would take over first if it is not via a free and fair election)...but I do demand that Suleiman not use the pretext of a transition to undermine its inevitable trajectory to more freedom and democratic accountability, or to further denigrate the courageous, young Egyptians who are making it come about. Marc
12:43 PM on 02/09/2011
YOU demand.........?
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02:51 PM on 02/09/2011
I noticed the abrupt change in Marc Ginsburg's thoughts as well.
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09:59 AM on 02/09/2011
Mr. Ginsberg, how about if we just STAY OUT OF IT!
yes i said yes i will yes
12:40 PM on 02/09/2011
regretfully, we are already in it, whether you like it or notl
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04:44 PM on 02/09/2011
Even though it's 150 years late, it's never too late to change.
Atif Ahmed Choudhury
J.D. Candidate, William and Mary College of Law
12:42 PM on 02/09/2011
The tragedy is we simply aren't (and therefore can't pretend as if we were) neutral observers...those bullets and tear gas canisters (as well as the rifles that they were fired from) all say "made in the USA." Our interference needs to come in the form of stopping aid to the Mubarak regime and backing the Egyptian people's God-given right to self-determination.
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01:09 PM on 02/09/2011
and sovereignty and autonomy but none of those things come easy and already some people have given their lives for them. the regime is so much more sophisticated and clever in the management of power and marginalization . . .