The United States had anticipated a revolution
in Egypt for some time, even if they predicted it would occur at the death
of their puppet, Hosni Mubarak. Consequently, they were standing
ready to step in.
A manual, already used in other countries,
was translated into Arabic and disseminated to shepherd demonstrators
towards the Twitter and
Facebook services set up the the State
Department and the CIA.
A poster reads:
The message being put across was clearly one of popular unity and fraternity with the police, but the conjunction in Cairo was made with the army.
Unwittingly, the revamping of the illustration
reveals the haste and heedlessness with which the manual was adapted to
Moreover, the manual lays down the objectives that the United States
intended to impose on the movement: the toppling of Mubarak and civilian
governance. In particular, it aimed to bar any slogans against imperialism
or Zionism or those calling for the liberation of Palestine.