Starvation tends to motivate.
Right now there is common ground between the Egyptian Muslim communities and the Coptic Christians. They have the bilateral goal to oust their tyrannical regime and institute something more fair. This has little to do with religion and everything to do with intolerable living conditions. Mubarak as a de facto dictator, may not be ultimately responsible for food shortages... it is debatable, but international financiers like the IMF and World Bank are much more culpable in my opinion. As a dictator however, Mubarak has the vaunted task of maintaining a satisfactory standard of living for his people. Dictators are sufferable while an economy is somewhat pleasant, but are prime targets for an enraged populace to vent their anger out on when conditions deteriorate.
This is contrasted with the illusion of choice we in America are fooled by. Our dictators are a little more clever. They hide in the background and manipulate puppet officials that we have voted into power through various methods of coercion and bribery... and only show their hand by virtue of the fact that their think tanks author so many bills that end up being passed.
Here's hoping that the Egyptian people manage to shed as little blood as possible and can create a more fair system that isn't under the influence of the puppet masters!
From what I understand, Mubarak is more of a dictator than a president. He is deploying the military against protestors, and many of them have been killed or injured. He is anti-democratic and anti free speech. He has banned websites like Twitter and Facebook in Egypt, and even cut off access to the internet entirely.
Egyptian citizens are not protesting Mubarak and his government because they are Muslims or radicals. They are protesting because they want democracy and free speech. Mubarak and his government are very corrupt, and many Egyptians believe that he is doing nothing to battle the widespread poverty in Egypt or other social ills. The protesters want what people of any religion would want: a non-corrupt, transparent government, a president who gets things done, and the right to free speech and assembly.
the muslims in eygpt are not radicals. They are all teenagers who are trying to be free. All their live they have been pushed around by the worst president (hosny). They are in the process of a revolution. The president is a dictator he is screwing up the government. You have to understand Egypt is beautiful it's mainly teenagers who live there and they are being ruled by a dictator who messes up everything for them. I myself think that they are doing themselves a favor they are actually speaking out. The only bad thing is they are trying to get into Egypt's museum if that happens, Egypt will be lost forever.
Isnt it interesting how when the U.S. supports a regime it is a good thing that there is a revolution, but when they don't, then it's 'poor president' being forced out? Are you kidding me? The guy's been there for 30 years. He's not a president, he's a dictator. Whom the U.S. just happens to like. It is ridiculous how the news presents things. Or maybe it is ridiculous what people will buy.
Ok people...the USA government is FAR too invested in Egypt to let anything go that far. As the country with the highest military spend in the world (more than every other country combined...) the fact that 4 billion in aid, annually, goes to Egypt isn't like a "small donation" is a huge, freaking deal.
Don't exaggerate, check your facts and think about it :)
Sam, have you been watching the coverage on Al Jazeera-English or any other TV news? While it's true that most Egyptians are young (under 30), they're obviously not all teenagers - any more than they are "radical Muslims." Saudi Arabia next? Yay!
And then what? If these teenagers get ahold of the government, then what? They will lose control of Egypt in a heartbeat! And this just happened in Tunisia! Who is to say Saudi Arabia isn't next?
The USA spends 4 billion dollars on foreign aid to Egypt...the second most on any one country after Israel.
The expression, "you reap what you sow..." comes to mind.
While maintaining good relations with America. Good answer.