Mohammed El Baradai

A Note of Warning and Encouragement for Egyptians
January 30, 2011

After days of unrest, after declaring martial law in some of the country’s main cities, the authoritarian leader gave a much anticipated television speech. His tone was repentant. He promised change and reform. The people wanted democracy and he promised to bend to their wishes.   For a long time, the United States had been advising him to open his political system—but had been seen publicly as his chief supporter. The U.S.