Besieged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly pulled the plug on all train service in his country to thwart a mass rally planned for Tuesday.
Activists are said to be working on bringing a million-man march to Cairo. If accomplished, it looks as if that will be the final knockout of Mubarak’s 30 year reign.
Over the past 24 hours, Mubarak has appointed a new cabinet, put more military on the streets, and had some journalists thrown in jail. There is already an entrenched belief that Mubarak’s future is firmly in the hands of the military.
Protesters have greeted the military with open arms, and both sides have acted with unusual, cordial restraint given the atmosphere and tension.
“The military is very much center stage,” Maha Azzam told the Christian Science Monitor. Azzam is a Middle East Specialist based out of London. “What we are witnessing on the level of rank-and-file in the military, they are being welcomed by people…[yet] in the upper echelons of the military, we are seeing continued support for the regime,” said Azzam.
One person holding a sign has best summed up the future, according to the Associated Press one protester stood with a sign that said, “The Army must choose between Egypt and Mubarak.
On Saturday, Mubarak took the highly unusual step of appointing a military intelligence chief…its the first time under Mubarak’s rule that he filled that position.
It well appears that the military holds the key to Egypt’s future along with Mubarak’s.
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