|By Marc Chagall|
In the Book of Exodus, the Jewish people, people of G-d, after many years of slavery, after G-d sending to Egypt 10 plagues, after all their troubles, were finally freed from bondage. Today we are witnessing a modern exodus from Egypt. Not an exodus of one religious group (Although Egypt destroyed its Jewish community in the 1950s.), but of Israelis, Americans, Europeans, and rich Egyptians.
The top shareholder in the East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG) has fled Egypt, according to a report by the Associated Press.Funny how the rich flee like rats from a sinking ship. They will be able to spend their lives in Dubai living in luxury while their nation suffers.
Hussein Salem, a close confidant of President Hosni Mubarak and the controlling shareholder in EMG, which holds long-term sales contracts to supply natural gas to Israel, fled the capital over the weekend.
Salem was joined by dozens of other wealthy Egyptian and Arab business leaders who crowded aboard 19 private jets Saturday at Cairo Airport, an unnamed official told AP.
Most of the planes were headed for Dubai
It took Obama a few days, but he is rescuing stranded Americans.
CAIRO -- The U.S. Embassy in Egypt on Sunday recommended that Americans leave the country as soon as possible, while other nations urged their nationals to avoid traveling to Cairo as days of protests descended into chaos, with looters roaming the streets and travelers stranded in the airport.Egypt has shut down Al Jazeera.
The Sunday morning travel warning came as uncertainty mounted over how the demonstrations that have roiled the Arab world's most populous nation will play out. Those questions, coupled with the growing lawlessness, have panicked Egyptians and foreigners alike, with thousands flocking to the airport frantically trying to secure a dwindling number of available seats. Others hopped on private jets and made their escape.
The travel warning said the Embassy will update Americans about departure assistance as soon as possible. Other nations, including China, France, Germany, Belgium and Russia have warned or advised their citizens against travel to Egypt.
The U.S. has yet to send in any special flights, and the only American carrier with direct service to Cairo, Delta Airlines, has suspended that service. Other nations, however, have flown in additional flights to evacuate their citizens as a growing number of commercial flights are either canceled, suspended or delayed because of a curfew that only leaves a few hours in which people can freely move around the city.
Egypt has shut down the offices of Al Jazeera after the pan-Arab satellite network interviewed Muslim radicals preaching incitement against the Mubarak regime. The United States has not yet commented.Hosni Mubarak still has the support of the Egyptian military as they have tanks on the street and jets in the air.
One Al Jazeera correspondent wrote on his Twitter account, "Don’t worry we’ll still report what’s happening in Egypt no matter what new restrictions they put on us." Al Jazeera's 24-hour news network has been reporting almost exclusively on the uprising in Egypt.
Egypt sent its tanks into Cairo over the weekend and its fighter planes soared through the skies overhead in an effort to persuade protesters to return home.
Military helicopters hovered over the crowds and trucks of soldiers appeared in the central square of the capital where protesters continued to call for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
State media reported that Mubarak held talks with top military commanders earlier in the day, as troops attempted to enforce a 4:00 p.m. curfew in a city of some 18 million people.As long as the Egyptian military backs Mubarak, he is safe. But for how long.
Hundreds of Muslim terrorists and thousands of other inmates were freed by armed gangs from jails across the capital just before dawn on Sunday. The former prisoners rushed into the city with guns, sticks and clubs, indiscriminately smashing cars and robbing people.
What started in Tunisia, has spread to Lebanon, Jordan,Egypt, Yemen, but not to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Though Al Jazeera has tried to formant unrest, their efforts failed miserably. Where ever Al Jazeera has been successful, the new governments have become Islamic regimes fashioned after Iran's. Which leads me to wonder if Iran has been planning this all along?
Egypt is falling, Jordan could be next. Funny how Syria is calm with no rioting, no protests. But Syria is an ally to Iran.