Watching the coverage on Egypt, noticing a common theme among stateside media: a search for a “leader”, and concerns about constitutional “legitimacy” of a transition. Considering the constitution being referred to is the same one that granted Mubarak dictatorial powers for the past 30 years, I think it’s safe to say any legitimacy has already been voided, and frankly it puzzles me that this is becoming an issue. When dealing with a regime that’s A-OK with simply shooting its opposition in the street, what is the moral weight that the active constitution holds?
As for a leader…has the media here ever considered that maybe, at least for now, the Egyptian people don’t want one? This is a sign of the built-in stance of U.S. media when it comes to foreign events, always thinking of it solely in terms of what it means to continued imperialism: they want to know a leader so they can speculate on how aligned with the U.S. and/or Israel any future government would be, even though the crowds of protestors have largely said outsiders are irrelevant.
BTW: Those “emergency” powers that Mubarak claims remind you of anything?