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February 1st, 2011
12:23 PM ET
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Omar

    As the protest continue, I recall the words that are written in our declaration of independence, "When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." Those enlightened words by our founding fathers, are what the egyptian people are asking for greater civil rights & liberty. Washington should support that in an effort to maintain good relations with the Egyptian people

    February 2, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  2. Sue from Syracuse

    ANDERSON, Please come back soon. Their level of angst there ha increased. We can clearly see higher level of agitation today... (as your CNN team itself experienced today)... The stone throwing I see now is going to get worse because innocent people will get hurt... and then it becomes multi-dimension. You need to get out of there. Please come back safe! and soon!!!

    February 2, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  3. Steven

    I wonder what comprises this opposition, for example, did anyone notice the protester on AC360 who had a swatiska drawn on his cheek? Is this Egypt's future?

    February 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  4. michel

    Lets hope the next Egyptian gvt be democratic.
    It is going to be rough, there is some divisions among the people. We dont want another Iran.

    February 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Jerry O

    The US must be ready, that is, very very ready
    to assist with ample amounts of wheat and corn
    for the people should a shortage of food occur.
    It should be put in secure accessable places
    now.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  6. Sara

    Clearly, Mubarak doesn't want to run again, especially in these conditions. He's not going to run a country that doesn't want him there. Regardless, I think that the Egyptians should wait until elections so they can have an organized and civil way of bring on democracy. The best way to welcome democracy is with a systematic method in which everything will stay organized and fair.
    Mubarak has agreed to step down and not run for the next elections in September, which is a good amount of time to find a new, strong, fair political leader. If things are rushed, it will become chaotic. Its come down a few months. I think that if the Egyptian people can wait 30 year for improvement, they can wait a few more months.

    February 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  7. Amy

    Obama has clearly said the transition must begin NOW. He said this AFTER Mubarak spoke. Why is the media saying he wants Mubarak to continue in power?

    February 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  8. Karina

    May the next government be a true democracy. One that does practice EQUAL rights for ALL Egyptians. Freedom of speech, Freedom of RELIGION... and puts a stop to the persecution of Chrsitians in Egypt.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  9. Ibrahim Abaza

    Mr. Cooper, first of, thank you for your thorough coverage of the situation in Egypt, and showing this amazing side of the Egyptians, loyalty, solidarity, kindness and generosity. These traits that seemed to have disappeared over the last little while re emerged, when there was a hope for a change. Thank you also for identifying the difference between this popular movement, and that of fanatics. This movement stems from the hearts and souls of true Egyptians, and represents all classes of the society, from rich to poor. I was amazed at the way all these people spoke from their heart and expressed themselves well and very clearly.

    There will be no power vacuum. Egypt has plenty of men ready to take over, honest men with good abilities. Now is the change, let's hope the momentum will go on until Egypt is restored back to its original magnificence.

    El Baradei would be an excellent choice, if he is able to attract the right people around him. I will have to admit that some of his comments about the Muslim Brotherhood leave me a bit worried. Even the layman in the street knows better than to say that they are harmless, their group feeds on fear and lies. they do not have any qualms in deceiving, while swearing by the Almighty that they are truthful.

    We need men and women of good will, and right now they are all coming out.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    This decision depends on the characteristics of the newly elected leader. The leader must have break-though ideas and contributions for the people to feel comfortable. As the other commentors have said, the country of Egypt needs a respectful leader to raise the standard of living, from 40 percent and above. United Nations or other organizations need to fufill the countries wants, so the citizen can live in harmony.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  11. Mona

    Not now. He can prepare himself for the next election. His stand now adays is not clear, he is rude, aggresive and not professional.
    Mubark had served Egypt in war and in peace and he does not deserve to be removed from his chair in an any insulting way.
    It is not good for Egypt to have another leader that nobody knows how good or bad his experiences are. Leave Mubark to arrange for the next goverment to come in an organized way.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  12. M EL Banna

    Where is Mubarak's dignity as a statesman?? Is he so old he can not hear 2 million people screaming at him to go??

    February 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  13. Mohammed

    Anderson,
    Why the USA tell the Egyptian what to do?
    Mubarak is a traitor, people wants them out and usa wants him to stay till november, he must leave with his regime immediately.
    USA stop enterferring in the new era of egyptians, bottom line it is about Israel>

    February 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  14. sullysamber

    anderson-first–thank you for this oppertunity to say how i feel-im a fiesty red-head with a peaceful heart and a lot to say-not so pro-governments-go president obame--ohh and your so cute–sorry(i mean handsome)
    ..ok as for me-please i beg you...let the egyptions know we the american "people"..are not our government!!!!!
    ..we are inspired by their bravery-their compassion-and their "wont shut up and put up attitude anymore!!!they'v had enough -torture–loss of life and out right corruption!!
    ...please-i beg you–lets pull the people together..all people-we are mothers –daughters–brothers –sisters-fathers –and sons too--we care about them-as fed up people–very worried-for them-but they are enlightening–people all over-by their will to pull together-so many-as one-fighting for a fundamental need...freedom!!!!
    ..as for the government (ours)..they need to start to listen..and really hear "the people when they speak-and look at whats good for us-(near and far)–not just whats good for them..who knows when this tyrant leaves..(he will i know it)–it could work out really good!!!
    ..soo please shot out to "egyptions" from "americans"-we are–struggeling-poore–unhappy-takin advantage of...stressed..and have had enough too!!!...go egyt...i hope they get this..ok-- not a book.–..right .,
    ....thanx anderson.....

    February 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  15. Anne

    ElBaradei is not well known enough nor is he a charismatic leader with his almost shy, academic way of approaching the people. He is very well respected among the elite in Egypt, but they are only such a small part of the population. In a country with a rate of 40% illiteracy there is a need of a leader who knows how to talk to this crowd. I doubt ElBaradei is the right man for this task. I agree with John that he will be important in the transition government with his contact all over the world and his peaceful approach.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  16. Mickey

    How CAN'T the United States choose sides with the Egyptian people? We fought in Korea and Vietnam (though maybe somewhat unsuccessfully) because we believed, as we continue to believe, in fighting for democracy. Yes, we all hope this situation doesn't turn violent, but look at the dedication the Egyptian people are putting into getting Mubarak out. They want democracy, and being the representative of world democracy as we so called ourselves during the Cold War, we as Americans need to stick to that.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  17. John

    I think a temporary leader till free elections.
    No doubt he's high profile but I don't see him being the leader that the masses will vote for. I believe your gonna see someone that has yet to be profiled to step as the front runner once the current regime steps down. These potential front runners are still in somewhat hiding fearful of coming out till the all clear happens.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm |