Egypt’s “Day of Departure”?

Posted in 1 by Editor on February 4, 2011

Over the past days Mubarak’s government fought a losing battle to regain control of a country angry about poverty, utter disregard for social justice and democracy.  

That the battle is almost – but not quite yet – lost, is clear from 82 year old Mubarak’s comments to ABC yesterday. From inside his heavily guarded palace in Cairo, he said: 

“I am fed up. After 62 years in public service, I have had enough. I want to go”.

So, it’s endgame for Mubarak. But if the time has finally come for his departure, what happens to Egypt next? If the people of Egypt have chosen to call today February 4, 2011, the Day of Departure, to indicate their determination to see a dictator go, then if he really does, today will also be Egypt’s own Day of Departure. But where to?






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  1. Malcolm Borg said, on February 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    We salute the Egyptian people!

  2. Naomi Busuttil said, on February 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I am so disappointed with the European Union’s reluctance to tell Mubarak it really thinks! It should tell him clearly to get out and let Egypt get on along the road to democracy!

  3. Lucienne Micallef said, on February 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I was so furious when I saw the pro-Mubarak thugs (I am sure that it is true that many of them were policemen and security people in civilian clothes) were shooting and hurling petrol bombs and stones at the heroes in Tahriri Square. I know that square; I walked across it three years ago after a visit to the Egyptian Museum nearby.

  4. Mary Poppins said, on February 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    @ Naomi
    Be realistic Naomi! What makes you think that what the EU “really thinks” is that Mubarak should go. Do you really think the EU wants Mubarak to go? What the EU wants is for Mubarak to stay on. Mubarak is the West’s policeman in the Arab world. What the West wants is for the Suez canal to stay open at any cost to satisfy the West’s greedy thirst for oil. The EU is afraid that after Mubarak a radical Moslem leadership will come to power. What does the EU care if the cost of the West’s security is the suffering of the Egyptian people under a corrupt and dictatorial regime.
    Get real Naomi.

  5. Antonella Galea said, on February 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    @ Naomi and Mary Poppins
    I agree with Mary Poppins that Naomi is a starry eyed idealist. But it’s not only the EU that is afraid that an Islamic fundamentalist government will follow from Mubarak’s departure. The US too. That is why Obama has been so careful not to openly call for Mubarak to leave. The US has a problem. Mubarak and the likes of him are useful for the Pax Americana everywhere, especially in the Arab world. But when the people rise against these dictators, the US does not want to be seen as supporting dictatorship against people who after all want to enjoy the same democratic rights at the people of the US themselves enjoy. So it’s caught in a dilemma. Security vs Democracy.

  6. Malcolm Borg said, on February 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    @Naomi, Antonella & Mary Poppins
    What kills me is that we are accepting for inevitable truth that if Mubarak goes his place will be taken by an Iran-type or Taliban-type government. To start with Iranians are Shiite Moslems but Egyptian Moslems are Sunnis, a totally different thing. Secondly, not all Egyptians are Moslems. There are 18 million Coptic Christians in Egytpt. And then 250,000 Greek Orthodox, about 300,000 between Coptic Catholics, Roman Catholics, Melchite Greek Catholic, Syriac and Chaldean Catholics, about 200,000 Protestants, 7000 Armenian Apostolic, 5000 Maronites as well as other smaller Christian Churches. Anyone following events in Egypt knows that Egyptians of all religious denominations, Moslems and Christians of all convictions are united for democracy and against dictatorship. Also, the protesters have made it clear that this is a secular revolution and it is not inspired neither by religion nor by any political ideology.

  7. Jerry Falzon said, on February 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm


    What kills me is the idea that if Mubarak goes, his place will be taken by an Islamic fundamentalist regime a la Iran. Rubbish. One, because Iran is Shiite and Egypt’s Moslems are Sunni’s. Totally different thing. Two, because this revolution is a movement that unites Egyptian Moslems and Egytian Christians. Do you know that in Egypt there are about 17 and a half Coptic and Greek Orthodox Christians, 300,000 Catholics (between Coptic Catholic, Roman Catholic, Melchite Greek Catholics, Armenian Catholics and Chaldean Catholics), 200,000 Protestants of various denominations, 5000 Maronite Chrisrians as well as other Christian denominations)? If you are following the news from Egypt, you should know that this democratic revolution has united citizens of all religions. It has been said time and time again that this revolution is not inspired by any religion but it is completely secular. Nor is it inspired by any political ideology.

  8. Lara Metelli Xuereb said, on February 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I live and vote in Italy. If the Italian centre-left were as united as those heroes and heroines in Piazza Tahrir, Italy’s Mubarak would have been sent long ago to his sunny Antigua.

  9. Thomas Abela said, on February 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Don’t you guys wish you were in that square and be able to tell your children and your children’s children: I was there.

  10. Helen Calleja said, on February 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Western feminists sometimes speak about Arab women condescendigly and see themselves as emancipated and superior in comparison with their veiled Arab sisters. What shit! Would they have the guts to face bullets and molotov cocktails and rocks as our sisters in Tahrir Square?

  11. Norbert Busuttil said, on February 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I will stay up all night watching Al Jazeera. I know it is not reasonable but going to sleep tonight is a bit like betraying the Egyptian democrats.

  12. Gianfranco Vella said, on February 5, 2011 at 1:30 am

    @ Jerry Falzon
    I am Catholic and I am praying for this revolution to succeed.

  13. Arthur Taliana said, on February 5, 2011 at 8:10 am

    An interesting analysis of the situation by Noam Chomsky was placed in The Guardian 4/1/11. Go to:


  14. Mohamad Bayoumi said, on February 5, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Thank you Malta.

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