national Internet in advance of today's planned protests. Even here in its heartland, the ferociously reactionary Muslim Brotherhood seems to have been caught almost as flatfooted as the government, coming late and reluctantly to the party.
"Hey Muhammed, say to Bulis, Tomorrow Egypt will be like Tunis!"
- Popular Egyptian protester's chant yesterday. Bulis is a common Christian name in Egypt. Via Chris Bodenner at Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, The Atlantic.
From their mouths to Lady Luck's lugholes!
It's a million-to-one chance, but it might just work.
Update 11:44: US Vice-President Joe Biden warns common foreigners not to get uppity, and explains lucidly that Mubarak cannot be considered a dictator, since his dictates align with US national interests. Back into your boxes, underpeople! - Well, fuck you too, Joe!
Update 18:14 It... might... just... work! Egyptian government throwing curfews around and sounding actually shaky. Unconfirmed reports of army-police clashes. Hague (UK), Clinton (US), Merkel (Germany) now stressing need for Mubarak to allow peaceful protests and answer reform demands. But who the hell in Egypt is going to trust him? Muslim Brotherhood still seems to be playing catch-up, in crappy thin-soled trainers. BBC live newsfeed here.