For those following events in Egypt, this al-Jazeera interview with the US State Department’s PJ Crowley is essential viewing. I’ve taken the liberty of transcribing some of the highlights:
AJ: ‘But we’re not talking in general terms here. Egypt is not letting its people protest peacefully. It’s deploying the full ranks of its US-backed $1.3 billion backed security forces to beat up those protesters.’
US State Dept: ‘Absolutely. We want to see restraint on both sides.’
AJ: ‘So what specifically are you asking? A transition to democracy, a dismantling of the secret police, an end to torture, a national unity government? Because these are the things the protestors are asking for.’
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