MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The whole world’s attention is on Egypt where reformers have been calling for an end to almost three decades of rule by President Hosni Mubarak.

Ragui Assaad, a Cairo native and professor in the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, says we’ve reached the end game in Egypt. He believes the protestors are not going to be satisfied with anything less than the immediate departure of President Mubarak.

“His offer to not run again in September will not satisfy anyone. They want his departure, and I think we are going to get that,” said Assaad. “Right now people are not going to leave the streets until he leaves.”

According to Assaad there is hope for Egypt through their military because they are respected and it’s always been the backbone of the regime, but for some reason never blamed for the failure of the regime.

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“People are said to have loathing for the police forces who have tortured people, imprisoned people, and violently suppressed protests,” explained Assaad. “But the military has been innocent of these issues and has vowed not to shoot protestors, and has even said they support legitimate demands of protestors.”

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  1. mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

    As I have watched what has happened in Egypt in the last week I have come to know EVIL and his name is President Hosni Mubarak.

    What this man has done to the people of Egypt in the last 30 years is something that disgusts me and my beliefs of what freedom is. He has not listened to the people of Egypt, and only has had his own interests in mind. I have seen the Freedom Fighters being beaten down by people who Mubarak let lose on them. He did this for his own interests and not the interests on the Egyptians who want freedom to choose their leaders.

    I am disgusted at my own government, and other nations for helping to keep this man in power. How can we as the Country that people look to for freedom support a man like this. How can we as a country where our citizens can go out into the streets and protest what we believe in support a man who beats down people for just speaking their minds. How can we support a man who drags his citizens out of their homes beats them, and murders them in cold blood. How can we support this man who stuffs his ballet boxes so his party always wins, when we hold our freedom to vote as one of our strongest freedoms. How can we as a country of plenty support a man who starves his citizens. If I could go over and help the freedom fighters I would in a heartbeat.

    If Egypt goes radical Muslim who are we to stop them, we have no right to impose our views on another nation. Do I agree with how Muslims live their lives, no, but who am I to tell others how to live their lives. As long as a person does not force their views on me I am OK, if they cross that line we will have a problem. As long as we all stand together and support each others views we have freedom and all the rights that go along with it, but no where in our Constitution does it says we need to go around the world and push our views on other nations.

    Don’t get me wrong I love my country, and would put my life on the table for my other Americans, but as a nation that wants to run other countries, we don’t have that right.

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