ElBaradei Joins Protests, Says Mubarak Regime on “Last Legs”

posted at 9:05 am on January 28, 2011 by John Sexton

Mohamed ElBaradei has given an exclusive interview to the Guardian:

“I’m sending a message to the Guardian and to the world that Egypt is being isolated by a regime on its last legs,” he said.

His words marked an escalation with the language he used on arrival in Cairo last night, when he merely urged the Mubarak government to “listen to the people” and not to use violence.

He has been criticised by some Egyptians for his late return to his homeland, two days after the protests began – hundreds of people have already been arrested and exposed to the brutal tactics of the security services. But ElBaradei was keen to stress his solidarity with the protesters.

“There is of course a risk to my safety today, but it’s a risk worth taking when you see your country in such a state you have to take risks,” he said. “I will be with the people today.”

As Allah noted last night, the internet has been shut down throughout Egypt so we’re not getting the cell phone and flipcam uploads to You Tube that usually accompany such protests. We’ll likely have to wait for news agency reports as they come in.

However, there is one bit of video that appeared before the net was shut down which I believe is destined to become a part of the story in much the same way that the death of 16 year old Neda Agha-Soltan galvanized Iranian protesters two years ago. Yesterday, a 17 year old protester was shot and killed, apparently by riot police. In the video, a shot rings out and he immediately collapses to the street where his body is collected by friends. Consider yourself warned. Not bloody but very disturbing nonetheless.


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“I’m sending a message to the Guardian and to the world that Egypt is being isolated by a regime on its last legs,” he said.

“Regime”? Watch your tone dude, it could get violent!

forest on January 28, 2011 at 9:08 AM

I don’t have much faith in Mr. Potato Head. He’s the guy who’s given Iran a free pass for years as they ramped up their nuclear program.

JammieWearingFool on January 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I really like the cut of that ElBaradei’s jib.

/sarcasm

HondaV65 on January 28, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Iran 2.0.

halfastro on January 28, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Anyone watching Fox News?

It seems to be playing some live footage, and it looks as if things are falling apart at the seams.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2011 at 9:15 AM

I guess the moral of the video is that one should not pick up rocks when the police are shooting.

OldEnglish on January 28, 2011 at 9:18 AM

RADICAL MUSLIM TAKEOVER OF EGYPT IN 5…..4…..

Insert Movie Trailer voiceover here…

IRAN II

The Egyptian Sequel (now playing on television screens throughout the world).

Watch as an incompetent Democratic president wrestles with how to collapse a government yet embrace the Radical elements of Islam.

Watch as a proudly pro-Western government is dragged back to the 7th Century. Watch in horror as Western politicians feign surprise at the turn of events.

PappyD61 on January 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Sam, yeah, back and forth between CNN and Fox, water cannons, batons, tear gas, etc …

The question is, what do they want? Democracy or sharia?

Tony737 on January 28, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Suez canal toll for oil tankers just got bigger.

Oil Can on January 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Whether things fall apart or not depends on Mubarak and whether he is willing to be firm enough. He needs to take the Muslim Brotherhood troublemakers off the street and put them on ice for a few weeks.

The Shah backed down, and look where that led. The rabble in the streets want change, but the jackal that is islam is waiting in the wings and they would be far worse off under some imam. Democracy cannot develop overnight.

Of course, a weak and pusillanimous US president doesn’t help at all.

slickwillie2001 on January 28, 2011 at 9:23 AM

What they’ll get his another Hezzbullocks. If so, who keeps the canal open?

Limerick on January 28, 2011 at 9:23 AM

destined to become a part of the story in much the same way that the death of 16 year old Neda Agha-Soltan galvanized Iranian protesters two years ago

A tragic and meaningless footnote to a failed attempt to instill Democracy?

How did that Green Revolution go in Lebanon?

Kasper Hauser on January 28, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Hold on folks. No one knows what is going to happen in the end. Mubrark needs to go, but what will replace him. I hope that ElBaradei will direct the protesters away from Muslim fundamentalists.

SC.Charlie on January 28, 2011 at 9:24 AM

… who keeps the canal open? – Limerick

The U.S. Navy

Tony737 on January 28, 2011 at 9:27 AM

I hope that ElBaradei will direct the protesters away from Muslim fundamentalists.

SC.Charlie on January 28, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Like he kept nuclear fuel out of the hands of Iran? Wonderful!

Limerick on January 28, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Seriously

Pray today for the Egyptian people and the Christian community there. They will be under continued attack like they were under Hezbollah Lebanon two weeks ago.

Very sad what is happening for a once great nation being pulled under today.

Imagine a Radical Muslim govt in charge of the Oil that flows through the Suez Canal.

Not good.

PappyD61 on January 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Suez canal toll for oil tankers just got bigger. – Oil Can on January 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Europe is being threatened and can’t do a darn thing.

SC.Charlie on January 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Geez, it really does seem like a replay of the 1970s.

rbj on January 28, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Who elected Mr Potato Head?

It figures he’d get a megaphone at al-Guardian.

mudskipper on January 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM

I don’t trust ElBaradei at all. First, he undermined all actions to rein in Iran. I found it interesting that his wife is Iranian. I suspect he is an Iranian/Hezbollah sympathizer/enabler. In fact, he came into the country as some sort of lost leader. Is he looking to lead the country?

UPDATE: As I type this, it has come over the wires that ElBaradei was in fact coming back to lead the country and he is now in house arrest. There ya go.

KickandSwimMom on January 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Report: Mohamed ElBaradei under house arrest.

Nelsa on January 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM

It’s highly likely the Muslim Brotherhood=Al Queda is behind this with Iran helping to stir the pot in any way they can. Egypt is totally Sunni though and Iran is Shite and the two don’t play well together. If the radicals take over Egypt and it looks like they may, this will be a big game changer. First it will put Isreal in great peril, second it will mean the Suez Canal gets shut down. And no, the US Navy won’t be able to open it up. Especially with this community organizer in chief. Look for oil to not only skyrocket but also become unavailable. Any commercial trade that depends on the canal is toast. Major crisis here we come.

shmendrick on January 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM

I don’t trust ElBaradei at all. First, he undermined all actions to rein in Iran. I found it interesting that his wife is Iranian. I suspect he is an Iranian/Hezbollah sympathizer/enabler. In fact, he came into the country as some sort of lost leader. Is he looking to lead the country?

UPDATE: As I type this, it has come over the wires that ElBaradei was in fact coming back to lead the country and he is now in house arrest. There ya go.

KickandSwimMom on January 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

El Baradei is a partner with the Muslim Brotherhood from what I read the other day, in the article where the useful idiot was trying to claim that the MB wasn’t as bad as they used to be.

In other words, he’s just going to be a puppet with the MB’s hand going straight up his rear.

teke184 on January 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Egypt depends on foreign aid, Suez Canal tolls, and tourism to survive, and they are about to lose all three.

slickwillie2001 on January 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Yep, ElBaradei, the 2006 Nobel Peace prize winner, is under house arrest. It seems like Peace prize winners these days get arrested in their own countries…………except for Obama, shucks.

SC.Charlie on January 28, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Drudge is reporting that Jordan is now coming under pressure from the Muslim Brotherhood. King Abdullah is promising reforms, but they may not be enough. This is horrible for Israel. As far as the Sunni and Shiite rift, they have joined together for mutual benefit in the past – example, Israel’s destruction. So I would not be so fast to assume there isn’t something sinister going on.

KickandSwimMom on January 28, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Connie shared a link talking about a 7 million dollar payoff from Iran to El-Baradei. Definitely working for Iran.

Sekhmet on January 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Oil will still be available, it just means it will spend a couple more weeks in transit rounding the Cape of Good Hope.

If Egypt does turn in an Islamic ‘Paradise’ with the Suez Canal as a hostage for Jizya, it will benefit Turkey and Syria, as pipelines will grow in demand. Sucks to be the little oil states and Europe.

dIb on January 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Oh, and it will suck for free people everywhere.

dIb on January 28, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Connie shared a link talking about a 7 million dollar payoff from Iran to El-Baradei. Definitely working for Iran.

Sekhmet on January 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Just as I suspected. I became wary when I saw how fast he ran to The Guardian paper with his statement. I hope all the arabs start fighting one-another and give the jews and christians a break!

KickandSwimMom on January 28, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Egypt depends on foreign aid, Suez Canal tolls, and tourism to survive, and they are about to lose all three. – slickwillie2001 on January 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

If it adopts Muslim fundamentalism. Where are all the westernized gulf states in all this mess? They want to be able to sell their oil to Europe. The only reliable ally would be Israel. Build an oil line through Iraq Jordan and Israel. Ironic, isn’t it.

SC.Charlie on January 28, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Drudge is reporting that Jordan is now coming under pressure from the Muslim Brotherhood.

KickandSwimMom on January 28, 2011 at 9:49 AM

I was expecting this. They may end up having another Black September there if the MB insists on taking a shot at King Abdullah and his family like the PLO did in the 70s.

teke184 on January 28, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Well, Rand Paul could not have had worse timing in his call to defund aid to Israel as part of his spending cuts plan! Also, we will really see what the priorites of this administration are if and when the islamists turn their ire on Israel. What do you suppose the administration will do?

KickandSwimMom on January 28, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Oil will still be available, it just means it will spend a couple more weeks in transit rounding the Cape of Good Hope.

If Egypt does turn in an Islamic ‘Paradise’ with the Suez Canal as a hostage for Jizya, it will benefit Turkey and Syria, as pipelines will grow in demand. Sucks to be the little oil states and Europe.

dIb on January 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Hello $5 / gallon!

rbj on January 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Iran is making its move.
Civil war between the Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

albill on January 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM

You’ll be lucky to get any at $5. Europe is screwed. Hello world crisis. Time to hunker down. Hope you’re prepared.

shmendrick on January 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Oh crap:

A number of police members removed their suits and joined protests against the regime, according to Al Arabiya.

Other cops are going to be much more reluctant to fire on fellow officers.

rbj on January 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM

‘Egypt live streams of demonstration:
Weapon Gas launcher taken from Security truck.’

http://warintel.blogspot.com/2011/01/egypt-live-streams-of-demonstration.html

lobosan5 on January 28, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I love how governments think shutting down communication will stop protests. It’s not like they’re protesting as a form of entertainment. People protest because they’re angry. Until that anger cools, or its cause is addressed, you’ll continue to have problems.

hawksruleva on January 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

As Allah noted last night, the internet has been shut down throughout Egypt so we’re not getting the cell phone and flipcam uploads to You Tube that usually accompany such protests.

Anyone who believes that the President should have an internet kill switch is an idiot.

Mike Honcho on January 28, 2011 at 10:22 AM

OK dopey protesters,.. you get your way and Egypt turns into another fundie moozie sh!thole.

Now all your cheesy discos are closed, your hot chicks have to dress like a sack of taters, no more faux designer watches and glasses. Happy now?

Alden Pyle on January 28, 2011 at 10:23 AM

ElBaradei has never been a trustworthy source of information re nuclear ambitions in the ME.

The Islamists and the international Left have set into motion the crumbling of the ME to Islamist hegemony in the name of “social justice.”

onlineanalyst on January 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

I love how governments think shutting down communication will stop protests. It’s not like they’re protesting as a form of entertainment.

hawksruleva on January 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

It’s shutdown to interrupt communications, make organizing difficult, and prevent the world from witnessing the fun.

Alden Pyle on January 28, 2011 at 10:26 AM

You’ll be lucky to get any at $5. Europe is screwed. Hello world crisis. Time to hunker down. Hope you’re prepared.

shmendrick on January 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM

http://www.shtfplan.com/

BierManVA on January 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Mohamed ElBaradei

This guy doesn’t have the kind of support that the msm is trying to insinuate. Lets hope it stays that way because the last thing we need is a u.n. apparatchik who has helped proliferate nuclear weaponry through his shielding of iran as the next head of egypt.

peacenprosperity on January 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM

ElBaradei belongs in prison for truth evasion
Gonna be interesting how Obowma handles this one.

royzer on January 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Just like the Iranian protesters that called for the fall of the Shah (often from the safety of US campuses), these people will not be pleased when their new islamo-fascist state starts the killing of its adversaries. This is going to be a mess and Obama will support the theocrats.

clnurnberg on January 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Mubarek may be much better than the alternative. This seems like an “Apres moi, le deluge” moment

clnurnberg on January 28, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Mohamed ElBaradei?

Egypt wants Barney Fife…wait … Gomer Pyle …wait… Goober Pyle as their leader?

percysunshine on January 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

I guess it’s not a good time to visit the pyrimids?

shmendrick on January 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

See this blog post at Global Economic Analysis :

Blood on Bernanke’s Hands; Riots in Egypt over Food Prices and Unemployment; Protests Spread to Algeria, Morocco and Yemen; Twitter in the Spotlight

From Bloomberg news:

Record food prices may fan social unrest and fuel inflation beyond North Africa as thousands of people take to the streets of Cairo to denounce President Hosni Mubarak, delegates at the World Economic Forum said.

“This protest won’t end in North Africa; it will spread in many countries because of high unemployment and increasing food prices,” Hamza Alkholi, chairman and chief executive of Saudi Alkholi Group, a holding company investing in industrials and real estate, said in an interview in Davos, Switzerland.

More from Global Economic Analysis:

Most of the increases in food prices are due to droughts in South America, floods in Australia, and poor growing conditions in many places.

However, Bernanke’s “Quantitative Easing” policies combined with rampant credit growth in China and India have led to increased speculation in commodities. That speculation has forced up food prices.
If you are tweeting, please tweet this:

“Bernanke has blood on his hands”.

Emperor Norton on January 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Market is down 78 points at this time.

KickandSwimMom on January 28, 2011 at 11:04 AM

As noted in the Headlines, Mubarak is about to address the nation.

I’m nervous that this is an abdication speech, which means that the craziness is about to get turned up to 11.

teke184 on January 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM

I’m nervous that this is an abdication speech, which means that the craziness is about to get turned up to 11.

teke184 on January 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Well, if you read comments on the BBC, that is exactly what the far left and islamists want.

KickandSwimMom on January 28, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I guess it’s not a good time to visit the pyrimids?

shmendrick on January 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Might as well visit them now before they get blown up for offending islam.

John Deaux on January 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Doesn’t BHO want the internet kill switch as well?

d1carter on January 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

As Allah noted last night, the internet has been shut down throughout Egypt so we’re not getting the cell phone and flipcam uploads to You Tube that usually accompany such protests.

Interesting how O Duce wants the same power, and CONgress wants to give it to him.

We’ll likely have to wait for news agency reports as they come in.

The revolution is being televised.

“Bernanke has blood on his hands”.

Emperor Norton on January 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Indeed he does. And the Obama Administration as well, since the Fed’s new mandate is to bail out Obama. And CONgress has blood on its hands also, with its mandating we use food for fuel.

Rae on January 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Drudge has a headline the police have taken off their uniforms and joined in the masses.

wi farmgirl on January 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Seriously

Pray today for the Egyptian people and the Christian community there. They will be under continued attack like they were under Hezbollah Lebanon two weeks ago.

Very sad what is happening for a once great nation being pulled under today.

Imagine a Radical Muslim govt in charge of the Oil that flows through the Suez Canal.

Not good.

PappyD61 on January 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM

They will be in grave danger, they already were.

wi farmgirl on January 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Seriously

Pray today for the Egyptian people and the Christian community there. They will be under continued attack like they were under Hezbollah Lebanon two weeks ago.

Very sad what is happening for a once great nation being pulled under today.

Imagine a Radical Muslim govt in charge of the Oil that flows through the Suez Canal.

Not good.

PappyD61 on January 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM

They will be in grave danger, they already were.

wi farmgirl on January 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM

You don’t think the 8 million Copts hate Mubarak as much if not more than the rest of the country?

Mubarak himself blamed the initial demonstration on the Copts because their he thought their protests earlier in the year showed others how it could be done.

This is a police state with a corrupt NDP at its head. Egypt can do better than this and deserves better.

lexhamfox on January 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM

It’s highly likely the Muslim Brotherhood=Al Queda is behind this with Iran helping to stir the pot in any way they can. Egypt is totally Sunni though and Iran is Shite and the two don’t play well together. If the radicals take over Egypt and it looks like they may, this will be a big game changer. First it will put Isreal in great peril, second it will mean the Suez Canal gets shut down. And no, the US Navy won’t be able to open it up. Especially with this community organizer in chief. Look for oil to not only skyrocket but also become unavailable. Any commercial trade that depends on the canal is toast. Major crisis here we come.

shmendrick on January 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM


Indeed. However, many parts of Europe depend on the Suez for their export/import (from and to Asia), and some of these nations are already in economic crisis. If radicals take control and the canal is closed (or some insane “tribute” is demanded thereafter), nations will call for the re-taking of it, with many loud voices in the EU demanding for such action.

China also depends on it, unless they plan to sail their trade/merchant ships around Africa without protest.

Once the consensus is that these new despotic rulers are Islamists, one nation or a coalition of them will take action. You can blowup and murder Europeans all day and they will find reasons for restraint, but you don’t interfere with their trade.

Then there’s the fact that we have Navy ships operating in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, with naval bases near the Suez on both sides. The US Navy will not allow their maritime force to be cutoff and forced to travel ridiculous distances to conduct their normal operations.

But then again, all the ringleaders coordinating with Tehran could very well be dead, rotting in a pit as we all discuss.

Demosthenes on January 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

You don’t think the 8 million Copts hate Mubarak as much if not more than the rest of the country?

Mubarak himself blamed the initial demonstration on the Copts because their he thought their protests earlier in the year showed others how it could be done.

This is a police state with a corrupt NDP at its head. Egypt can do better than this and deserves better.

lexhamfox on January 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Yes they do deserve better, I hope your right that they will be treated better.

wi farmgirl on January 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

The age and health factors for Mubarak has of late been opening the question of succession. Egypt under Mubarak has for 30 years been a partner for peace with Israel and has let the Coptics live. Now who will become the next Dictator there? That is the only question. Because of Mubarak’s let Israel live policy , the US has had to shown massive cooperation militarily and financial support to Egypt. Can another ruler walk that tight rope? I doubt it.

jimw on January 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Obama really IS Carter 2.0.

This time the entire Arab world is going to collapse.

Where are the adults?

gary4205 on January 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM

As you bring up Neda, that makes me wonder, why hasn’t these pro-democracy protests spread to Iran? Now would be a perfect time for the Iranians to overthrow the Mullahs.

OxyCon on January 28, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Elbaradei? Yeah, there’s a real winner for you, Egypt. But why not just go all-in and back Dr. Z?

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Christien on January 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

ElBaradei is the MB’s canidate of choice… his stalling helped Iran’s work on nuclear bomb making.

Friendly21 on January 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Truth is this is a case of the devil or the dark blue sea. Egypt has managed to keep in lid, at least domestically, on the radicals. If they seize power you’ll see a domino effect. Remember where the nation is positioned. Radicals seize power on that side, Lebanon on the other and you’ll see Israel under increased pressure. That is a nuclear Israel which could cook the living s**t out of its neighbors in about an hour. Not that I would care, outside the phenomenally increase in oil that would result.

What most don’t know is that after the 73 war the US and I think France armed the Israelis. Why do you think the major conflicts stopped? Because the Israelis warned their neighbors “We go- you go.”

I’ve said for a long time we are in the throes of the newest Crusade, this time the Muslims are pushing against
us. Sooner or later, we’ll have to return the favor.

archer52 on January 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM