Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Turning out of Egypt and -- incredible images of protests that have now turned deadly hundreds of thousands of people are in the streets right now the US embassy in Cairo.
Be closed tomorrow there is talk of the Egyptian military taking over the president -- can't contain the situation.
Within the next 24 hours let's bring in right there CEO of -- innovations.
It does seem like we are reaching their breaking point here Mike.
The president has less than 24 hours before the military has vowed to -- and as we just sad.
From the look -- those pictures -- it doesn't seem like he's going to be able to settle everything down in that period of time what happens.
Well I think you right Melissa I mean certainly they the big issue here is always been the military the military has been.
-- -- senator balancing power within Egypt and I think frankly a lot of us were surprised that they.
We're so quick to ease Mubarak out of power and then did actually stand by when they had the democratic elections that brought in -- power more -- But of course which -- seeing now is that the people have spoken again and said wait a minute we didn't want one vote one time what we wanted was real freedom and we want some equality for everybody.
Not just one vote where we where we choose the Muslim Brotherhood and now we're stuck -- -- -- law.
Yet it say about the tone of these protests -- looking at the pictures right now and you know what's notable to anyone watching his -- fireworks.
There's a light show what the same time it looks like there are nearly a million people or something like that by asked events.
But it has turned deadly in spots as well what would you say about the tenor of this gathering.
Well I think you know what you're seeing is that the hopes and the aspirations of these you know the young people that -- there in Egypt on the streets were so -- and they were so down -- low for basically the last year and a half.
That now they're saying wait a minute we have a chance if we can do this we can do it right.
And frankly the fact that the military is on their side means is a really good chance they kinda get a do over in -- gonna get to hit the reset button.
And actually retry.
Democracy they I -- -- -- what.
The odds that it's going to get it right this time -- it seems like the more we do this the more nervous that you get.
Does the military say we're just gonna take covered you -- -- -- what are the odds of something goes even more wrong.
Well I think what's so what's a challenge restlessness you know I used to live in Turkey right and in Turkey is a great example the country that was a Mason democracy -- and after after the Second World War -- with Ataturk.
And what was -- thing was that the military actually had three coups over the period of about sixty years but they did it in order to protect the rights of the minorities.
We talk about America's a democratic nation which is true.
But the other two pieces of that in your viewers will appreciate this is that we protect minority rights and we also have a free market system and you -- have all three of those pieces together.
And that way people feel that they have a stake in the existing society that they can climb up the ranks.
That they can create wealth that they have opportunities.
And so I think one of the things it was -- eve coming out of the Arab Spring was oh as long as we get the process right if we have open elections in the process is fair.
Then the outcome will be great and what we're seeing here is actually as I said a do over which are getting is it an opportunity to add in these two other key elements.
The protection of minority rights so that you have some level above of protection for people that may be of a different religious strand or maybe and be secular.
And then also the economics piece which has to come along.
And it's completely fallen off in Egypt to the economy there's.
Shambles easy example of Turkey and obviously things have taken a turn their recently been to bring it back to Egypt the most recent development is that the president is tweeting.
Demanding that the army withdraw there ultimatum saying that he will not be dictated to the fact that he is.
Tweeting this does not make you think it's gonna work out well for him.
That's right I mean certainly if he felt that he had the power on his side he'd be out in public he'd be out -- -- -- podium he'd be there with his right exactly.
And you know again the military is very strong their historically and so I think which -- saying is that they're standing up and people are saying.
We would rather have the military -- than a guy -- essentially to try to take dictatorial powers from south.
Which is exactly what you've seen by more -- ever since the election all right thank you so much we appreciate your time your perspective obviously.
Filter by section