February 9th, 2011
11:53 PM ET
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Leslie

    Dear Mr. Copper,

    I am an avid reader and news follower. I have always liked the way you do your work. But, lately I feel like 360 is not 360 after all. For instance, this interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, she has lied under the oath, in her speeches, in her writings so many times, and later accepted those lies (I am sure you did some research about her before inviting her to the show, if she was once part of the brotherhood party it does not make her legitimate speaker for the party). How can you interview her and get her opinion on such an issue as formation of the nation, though I understand that you are getting her opinion about a particular group. How do we know that she is not going to change her mind or what she said tomorrow? She has done it all her life, done something, said something and then took it back. Everything what she said was one sided as anticipated. You cannot just simply invite people who have written a lengthy book. Please, try to choose more legitimate, honest, and objective people to your shows so the people who are watching it can feel the same about you and your shows.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  2. Mike

    I think CNN should allow Anderson Cooper to remain close by to the events going on in Egypt.. They should not pull him out of Egypt. He was in more serious and more dangerous situations than this...Go back so you will not only be part of history..you will be making history...Anderson, please go back...


    February 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  3. IKHAN

    Anderson Cooper,
    You put yourself into harm's way alongwith your team in Egypt,to bring us these historic days & moments. Thanks & allthe best to you.

    On Muslim Brotherhood I read that our own terrorism experts classify this oldest of opposition parties in Egypt as non-violent & anti-Alqaeda. They have also announced that they want no part in the govt.
    Even if they weild some sort of influence in the next set up, we have to and should learn to live with the change.
    About time we rethink our failed policies in the Middle East.

    February 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  4. JAKE

    She is right on the money.It looks that you are
    very supportive of the reform including the brotherhood I wish that you will live under their laws .
    Do not be very supportive.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  5. angie hajaj

    by the way way is mr fouad the only person who would come on your show... i dont see any other middle east expert

    February 10, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  6. angie hjaja

    i would love to have a debate with u so would my huband who is from egypt from alexanderia

    February 10, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  7. angie hjaja

    when u learn the history and the facts of a country then u would be more knowledgeable in your broadcast ...i bet i know more about the egypt then u do

    February 10, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  8. Ned in Paris

    Dear Anderson,
    This comment is not linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
    It's about an interesting line of inquiry that I think has been neglected, namely how financially corrupt Mubarak and his family are. How did they become so wealthy? Was their wealth illegally obtained? If so, has the US done anything about it, or shouldn't it freeze Mubarak's assets (and those of his family) if indeed there is clear evidence of corruption?
    Beyond being a dictator, Mubarak appears to be someone who has "stolen" money from the Egyptian people (apparently billions), and I would imagine that this story would only further disgust the Egyptian people if that information were out there.
    Best wishes,
    Ned in Paris

    February 10, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  9. Burr Gavin


    i think Ms. Ali is not incorrect, but misleading. I'm and American that lived in the mid east for most of the last 20 years and believe she is looking at the MB threat out of context. For me, the MB is exactly like the Christian Right in the US; they believe they are right, want their religious beliefs to lead to lawsand wish they could convert the world to be 'believers' like them. both are waging religious / cultural wars via the ballot box.

    Second, she is mistaken about the MB being the only group with an established network to mobilise people and take advantage of elections in Egypt. Absolutely not correct. The revolution currently taking place across Egypt was mobilised through the youthful digicrats of egypt, not the MB, and other opposition groups. The youthful digicrats will seriously challenge the older ranks of the MB at the ballot box.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  10. FrankLW

    Anderson Cooper, unquestionably true democracy, based upon civil and intellectual freedom that guarantees equality for ALL has to be the goal in Egypt, but is that at all possible?

    Yes, Mubarak exploits the fact that if he vacates, the fundamentalists will move in – but it that IS the reality in Egypt, very unfortunately.

    A recent PEW research Center surveys showed that the overwhelming majority of Egypt’s 90% Muslim population feel that Islamic law should play a major role in government, and support EXECUTION for those just renouncing Islam, that “adulterers” be stoned, and that thieves have their hands cut off. A smaller majority also felt that suicide bombings can be justified. That is VERY conducive for a Muslim Brotherhood takeover...

    And just to clarify, the Muslim Brotherhood terror organization (that assassinated a president and prime minister in Egypt, instigated suicide attacks beyond Egypt, started the Hamas terror group, associated with Nazis, neo-Nazis and al Qaeda, though, yes, al Qaeda says they are not militant enough) have VERY deliberately been laying low and claiming they do not want to take over because they absolutely do not want to disillusion Christians and those advocating true democracy who are working to topple Mubarak. They also in no way want to affirm Mubarak’s cautions that when he leaves the MB will move in (since they are the only significant organized opposition and did win 88 seats in 2005). This is VERY transparent – and quite reminiscent of statements made by the fundamentalist Muslim leaders at the outset of the revolution in Iran in 1979 that were swallowed by many, even “experts”, in the West (see for example Richard Falk then writing in the New York Times -“Trusting Khomeini”); Khomeini too said he had “no interest in politics”...

    The Egyptians will, sadly, get to choose only between an almost secular dictatorship (with very limited Shariah influence), and the absolute rule of even MORE brutal and arbitrary fundamentalist Muslim law.

    True democracy is just not an option since those nobly advocating it, in the limelight today, are actually only a small minority in Egypt today. Those are the ONLY options too all over the region, with the exceptions of the democracies in Turkey and Israel.

    So, however counterintuitive it may seem, your lobbying for the ousting of the dictator may actually be the bad thing to do.

    February 10, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  11. Bill

    Muslim Brotherhood is a fact! If you have been watching the news for the past few years, you must understand that! Islamic teachings (muslim) tell the world population that the Islamic (muslim) Brotherhood will take control of the world. The world will become a believer in the Islamic (muslim) teachings or they must die! So it has been written, so it shall be done is their is their slogan! The United States must prepare to fight and win against the Muslim (Islamic) way or, we will surely die or submit to their law and ways.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  12. Audrey Jensen

    I agree with what Author Ali on the importance of not limiting the options to just the two. I wonder how possible–or if there is any communication amongst the Egyptian people on who they want to represent them or what they want for their future. How largely divided are the people when it comes to what is best?
    –The cover of this story is being carried out well by CNN and AC 360– informative and inquisitive journalism that I truly appreciate.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:46 am |
  13. will

    This situation is rediculous! obviously the counrty doesnt want mubarak in power he needs to step down if he really loved his country and the people in it he would listen to the people and accept it.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:26 am |
  14. magdy

    this is Egyptian Revolution all Egyptian Muslim
    non Muslim liberal , Muslim Brotherhood or not
    they are all Egyptian looking to have their
    freedom . Muslim brother they are not a bogey man
    they are part of the Egyptian society they have
    their own view and if they come to power by free
    election we have to Respect that if we are really
    Democratic Country .

    February 10, 2011 at 2:18 am |
  15. abdi

    i have been watching your show for years and i really like how you get into specific details about the news.it is great idea to get solution on solving crisis in Egypt. two times i have seen ayan hirsi at your show but at the same time it seems like she is giving wrong information to your audiences about muslims. she always talks about muslims don't respect women and womens rights. muslims do respect women and every human being black or white, it doesn't matter who u are. it is maybe she is trying to get attention from the media.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:08 am |
  16. Yousuf Khan

    Ayan Hirsi Ali fabricated all sorts of lies about her life and she had her citizenship taken away from her when she lived in Holland and to bring her on CNN as an analyst is an insult to honest people all over the world. Ayan Hirsi Ali is nothing but an opportunist and a liar and I am embarassed for CNN for bringing her as an expert analyst. She has no credibility and she is merely an uninformed tool furthering her own personal feminist agenda.

    February 10, 2011 at 1:55 am |
  17. chuck dorie

    Why hasn't anyone asked the people in Tahir Square if they, the entire Egyptian state, would like to become the 51st state? I could really dig something like that happening, that would have a whole bunch of "Rulers" squirming in their seats/thrones. Just sayin!

    ps "Rulers" – 12 inch sticks used to keep kids in line and behaving the way the holder of the stick wants them to behave

    February 10, 2011 at 1:01 am |
  18. Dina

    Although Mubarak has left the world believing that the Muslim Brotherhood will take over Egypt I strongly believe that this will not happen. We are in the year 2011 and Egypt also has Christain people. And the people of Egypt want freedom and democracy and the Muslim brotherhood are not about Freedom or democracy

    February 10, 2011 at 12:01 am |