Saturday, February 12, 2011

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People have spoken in Egypt: Obama
AAP February 12, 2011
Egyptians celebrate at the fall of hated Dictator Mubarak - Watch out Fiji's Bainimarama, You're Next!!!!
US President Barack Obama said on Friday the people of Egypt have spoken after history moved at a "blinding pace", and called on the now-ruling military to ensure a transition towards "genuine democracy". 

"The people of Egypt have spoken -- their voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same," Obama said in his first public response to the earlier resignation of President Hosni Mubarak after days of raging protests. 

"By stepping down, President Mubarak responded to the Egyptian peoples' hunger for change," Obama said, in his only reference to a deposed Arab strongman who had been a staunch US ally for three decades. 

"Egyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day," Obama said, praising the military for serving responsibly to preserve the state. 

The armed forces would now have to ensure a political transition that was "credible in the eyes of the Egyptian people", Obama said, warning there could be "difficult days ahead". 

"Over the last few weeks, the wheel of history turned at a blinding pace, as the Egyptian people demanded their universal rights," he said. 

As well as praising Egyptians, Obama also sought to make a wider point, apparently seeking to connect with Muslims elsewhere who felt marginalised and may be easy prey for extremists. 

"Egyptians have inspired us and they've done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained through violence," Obama said. 

"For Egypt, it was the moral force of non-violence, not terrorism, not mindless killing, but non-violence, moral force, that bent the arc of history towards justice once more." 

The president also drew parallels to the "echoes of history", mentioning Germans tearing down the Berlin Wall, Indonesians revolting against former president Suharto, and Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi.

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