Resentment toward US seen building in Egypt
By Edmund Sanders
AIRO (MCT) An undercurrent of anger against
Anti-American sentiment in
While the current level of public antipathy remains relatively low, anti-U.S. placards have been popping up amid the anti-Mubarak posters in the streets. And some seeking an end to Mubarak's three decades of rule are quick to cite what they see as American hypocrisy.
"They are just waiting to see which side wins and then they will claim to have backed them all along," said
Two years ago, President
"If America really cares about democracy, why aren't they behind us?" asked Samir, who spent Sunday night in
Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the former U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency chief who in recent days appears to be gaining support, has likewise warned Obama to not be the last one calling for Mubarak's resignation.
"You are losing credibility by the day," he told CBS News on Sunday. "On one hand, you're talking about democracy, rule of law and human rights, and on the other hand, you're lending still your support to a dictator that continues to oppress his people."
After Friday's violent clashes with police, many protesters angrily held up tear-gas canisters that had been fired at them, pointing to the "Made in the
Scattered among the protest signs in the downtown square, some in broken English, are slogans such as, "
The Obama administration is well aware of the risks to the Mideast's stability that it faces in the unfolding crisis. American diplomats say that as a result, they are struggling to strike the right balance in tone and action.
"They're just trying to be neutral to prevent things from getting out of hand," said Azza Abdulfadl, a science professor at Benha University. "There needs to be a plan. If Mubarak just quit today, it would take us into chaos."
Yet many think the careful modulation in statements by U.S. officials — at times having called Mubarak's rule "stable" while also calling for an "orderly transition" — have made American policy appear "fickle and insincere," said political analyst and journalist
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