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February 7th, 2011
03:15 PM ET
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Peter Francis

    I keep seeing the parallel between this wonderful exhortation and the situation in Cairo. I send it to you because, watching you this morning, I see you have decided to "nail your colours to the mast". Some liberties have been taken with names and places.
    excerpt from King Henry V "From this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remember'd. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition: And gentlemen in (Egypt) now a-bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon "Freedom square".
    I would suggest pamphlets of this speech be disseminated over all of Egypt, to stiffen the spine and remind people of "no pain, no gain". I can guarantee you that in the future, every second Egyptian will swear he was at Tahir "Freedom" Square.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:39 am |
  2. mike

    There are reports in arab newspapers and aljazera TV, that the egyption regim was involved in the burning of a coptic church in egypt, which incited big clashes between christian and musoilims in egypt, last month, while they blamed some islamic group for it . the story was brought about by british intelgnce. Please, please look into that story is very involved, since , I think, about 30 christians died in the fire, which was set by a prisoner who was pulled out of jail by secret police officer who also pulled the triger to burn the church, also aljazera, this story is really involved and is very disturbing, please invistgate it. do you have any info about that?

    February 8, 2011 at 2:45 am |
  3. Dr. Saleh Mneina

    I watched an interview with Senator Bill Nelson who wants to trust the newly appointed vice president (Omer Suleiman) to lead Egypt into the new political system. How bizarre, Mr. Suleiman has been the top intelligence man in the police state of the discredited regime of president Mubarak.
    Mr. Suleiman is dangerous to the future of Egypt, and just like Mubarak, he too should not be allowed to participate in forming the transitional government.
    Senator Bill Nelson is either ignorant or cynical. Either way, there is no value in what he had to say.

    Anderson Cooper has been talking to the people in Tahrir square, who are bravely and peacfully voicing their demand of liberation, democracy and justice. He saw enough of the deceit of Mubarak State against the peaceful demonstrators and is telling the world about it.
    The world should take firm and quick measures to guarantee the safety of the peaceful demonstrators in Tahrir square who are facing an entrenched regime, police forces, and an army!. A massacre in Tahrir square is not beyond Mubarak's regime. What’s the world waiting for?

    February 8, 2011 at 1:54 am |
  4. K. S. Ahmed

    If Mubarak can outlive the demonstrators, demonstrators and their familie’s life and property will be in jeopardy as they are only hundred thousand in a country of 80 millions and likely to be systematically purged.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  5. Samya

    To be frank with you, Mubarak's goverment can't be trusted. They had 30 whole years to redeem themselves, and they did not. So why now? Mubarak , and his goverment think they are respectable, and heros, but at the end of the day they are thugs. Sorry , my mistake, they are less than thugs.
    Egypt will prevail.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  6. Rob

    At $70 bn, Mubarak alleged fortune amounts to some $900 per capita (Egypt's population is approximately 80 million). Nearly half of all Egyptians live under or just above the poverty line, which the World Bank sets at $2 a day, according to an Associated Press report. That means that for some 40 million Egyptians "their share" of Mubarak's wealth would cover their cost of living in its entirely for two and a half years. Since so many historical parallels have been drawn between the current events in Egypt, Tunisia and the Middle East and the Iranian revolution, it's reasonable to draw the parallels between the looting and pillaging that had occurred under Mubarak with that which occurred under the Shah of Iran. In that instance, the revolutionaries in Iran seized and held American hostages until their demands (including releasing billions of dollars) were met. Is there a case to be made today for acting proactively and preemptively to repatriate assets to Egypt and redistribute these assets to the Egyptian population that was impacted the hardest by the economic and political abuses under Mubarak? Should Western governments initiate the creation of a "Freedom Dividend Fund" to right historical wrongs and establish a position on a higher moral ground? Is this an effective means to appeal directly to the disenfranchised masses in North Africa and the Middle East, where the level of Western popularity leaves a lot to be desired? Is this an economically and politically expedient means of de-clawing extremism disguised as Islam?

    February 8, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  7. Muhammad Kidwai

    Is this true that US is spending 300 million dollars on Mubarak's government since from the start of these protests. I just heard it on the CNN? Those poor protesters are not even asking for any help. They are using their own bank savings to fund these protests why US is helping Mubarak's government so openly? Do you know what impact is it going to make on these poor people who are putting their lives on risk. America is not playing any helpful role but encouraging these dictators so they will keep their strong grip. Please criticize these fundings that are given to the mubarak's government. I really like your show and I really appreciate your unbiased views for these protests. Thanks for supporting these demonstrations. Be Careful out there.

    Regards,
    Muhammad

    February 8, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  8. Catherine AZ

    Thank you Anderson and thank you CNN for such great reports. I am worried for you, take care, God bless you, your life will never be the same. You are taking big risks which worries alot of us.

    February 8, 2011 at 12:28 am |
  9. Farzad Karger

    Anderson Cooper is a hero of the free and democratic world. Just like the protesters in Egypt, who are fighting in a life and death struggle to win their freedom and human rights, Anderson Cooper risks his own safty to get the truth out. The world media must continue to report on the events in Egypt or else the lives of the brave protesters will be in grave danger. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

    February 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  10. morris

    I have just returned from Egypt. I was with a tour and was lucky to get out. My mother was Egyptian and my father Lebanese and although I was born here I speak fair Arabic. LET US GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. The government IS the Army and the Army IS the government. This country has been under marshal law for over 20 years. It is a military regime. To think the Army will "befriend" the demonstrators is like saying Mubarak will come down and join them. If push comes to shove (which it looks like it will), the Army will get nasty and stop it. There is only one thing that can be done to prevent the Muslim brotherhood (from which the ones that assassinated the previous president came) from taking hold. The regime, as bad as it is, is secular. And everything that must be done to keep it that way must be done. Any new regime must remain secular, or all is lost. Lost for the young demonstrators, lost for the USA and lost for the demoracies of the Middle East such as Israel. Currently, thanks to the Army and Mubarak, the Brotherhood is banned. Whatever happens to Mubarak, we must keep it that way.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  11. Mary Rofael

    Andersone, thank you for your continued coverage of Egypt. No to injustice, violence, detention, killing, and torture. And certainly, no to double talk.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  12. Annie Kate

    The government should show good faith by enacting some of their concessions now instead of saying they will "later". The past behavior of promising a reform and then delaying it until attention switched elsewhere and they never did the reform does not inspire anyone to believe the concessions being talked about. If the government only talks and does nothing then the protesters will continue to press for Mubarak to leave now.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  13. Amr

    Dear Anderson, Thank you for your efforts.
    I'm a US citizen who was born in Egypt. I think its too old line for "Mubarak" to use "The extrem islmist will be in charge once he leave!". Assuming this is correct, He knows that MB cant exceed more than %20 of population. How can we get US to belive that "Mubarak" is just playing a game to get his money out of Egypt! And that's why he keeps killing people adn the press voice! Thanks.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  14. Joe G. (Illinois)

    I really haven’t been fallowing the news lately. Only small bits and pieces here and there, like from the blog video right now. But what is the protest all about? Do they want the “Freedoms” like in the US? So far, from what I have seen and heard, nothing or no one really clearly answers that. Like if that were the case, when did they ever hear Obama make a speech to them?! Has Obama even ever been to Cairo before?

    February 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |