February 10th, 2011
04:59 PM ET

What signal would Mubarak resignation send to Mideast?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Two weeks ago – nobody estimated the size of the story that was unfolding in Cairo. And I'm not sure anybody still does.
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It's entirely possible that what we've been seeing on our TV screens for the last two weeks could reach far beyond the borders of Egypt.

There are already rumblings across the Middle East that something much larger is happening.

If and when Mubarak steps down - he'll be following Tunisia's president, who was pushed out of power last month after similar popular uprisings.

Yemen's president has said he won't seek re-election when his term is up - and that he won't hand power over to his son.

And, after calls for reform - Jordan's King Abdullah sacked his whole government and appointed a new prime minister.

Meanwhile - protests, facilitated by technology like Facebook and Twitter, have sprung up everywhere from Algeria to Sudan and Syria.

It seems that after decades of repression in some of these countries... the people are finally being heard.

Earlier this week, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was asked about a possible domino effect in the region. He described what's happened in Tunisia and Egypt as a "spontaneous manifestation of discontent" coming from people who have both political and economic complaints about their governments.

Gates says he hopes that other leaders in the region take note of what's going on in Egypt and Tunisia and start addressing their citizens' concerns.

My guess is they may not have much of a choice.

Here’s my question to you: What signal would Mubarak's resignation send to other Middle Eastern countries?‬

Filed under: Egypt • Middle East
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Dennis north Carolina

    This would show the people that they can obtain their freedom if they come together as one.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  2. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    "The times they are a changin' ... Don't stand in the doorway. Don't block up the halls." (Dylan)

    Democracy and human rights are inevitable as humanity continues to evolve to whence we came, Yaweh, the beginning and the end.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  3. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It would send a message that anything is possible even for a country that turned into a dictatorship 30 years ago. It would leave other Middle East Countries realizing that with all the modern technology it next to impossible to stop protesters from organizing and staying in contact with each other. Iran has already locked up one of the leaders from their last protest. People in the Middle East are able to see and learn how other nations are living. They're tired of being suppressed and they want more freedom. Something like that is hard to stop because the idea for freedom starts in their heads and ends up in their hearts.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  4. Angela Savage Austin Owings Mills, Maryland

    The heart of Egypt is its people and that heart is broken. The signal Mubarak's resignation would send would be that Egypt's heart will be mended.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That public unrest can be extremely difficult to deal with, for all, including the government, and the citizens.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  6. Conor in Chicago

    It send the message that if you want democratic changes the best thing you can do is take to the streets peacefully, not burn American or Israeli flags, and make no hostile moves against the military. This is how you demostrate to the world that you are ready for democracy. I think Egypt is ready. Egypt has historically lead the way in the Middle East and if this is no different the Middle East might actually have a bright future.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  7. david seattle

    that there is hope in the middleeast for people to be free of 3rd world oppressive repressions

    February 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  8. Steve, Clifton, VA

    The signal that it would send would be loud and clear that democracy is on the march and that it has a life of it's own. The middle east will no longer be able to blame the west for all of it's problems.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  9. Jef

    It should send a chill not only to the politicians in the Mideast, but around the world. In every country, people are growing tired of all the games that are being played at their expense. If it can happen in Egypt, it can happen anywhere – including the United States.

    Bossier City, LA

    February 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  10. Tom Huntington, NY

    I think it will tell King Abdullah to double his guard and start looking over his shoulder more.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  11. John from Alabama

    Jack: It would mean that people do matter when they say, "enough is enough." The ideas of democracy which began in Greece some 2500 years ago are well an alive. The military could have opened fire an killed many thousands of people, but decided not to fire. Brave people asking to be heard and represented by people they choose in an election. Freedom is the best cure for apathy.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  12. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    Leaders of other Mideast countries are most likely thinking, "I wonder if it is to late to make nice." The people of those same countries are thinking, "It's time to make history boys and girls. Time for a flash gathering. We have the hope, now it is time for the change."

    February 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  13. Ed from MD

    It would signal Mubarak resigning.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  14. Phyllis G Williams

    What signal would Mubarak's resignation send to other Middle Eastern countries
    That the Presidential power usually respected by Man has now weakened .It has been said that all powers on earth will be shaken before the Lord of the Earth returns

    February 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  15. Gary H. Boyd

    That there's a limit to everything and then it becomes "enough is enough". It's called REVOLUTION Jack.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    February 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  16. John ...... Marlton, NJ

    It would send the message that buddying up with the USA was a mistake.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  17. Bradley, Portland OR

    Better make sure the unemployment rate stays low. That's what started this whole thing.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  18. Pete in Georgia

    The message it SHOULD send is this :
    Get in line and do the same because good ole USA will eventually end up paying for all that this "party" will cost, down the road.
    All aboard !!!

    February 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  19. Joe CE

    That his government was unpopular and he saw little chance of holding power. A message most governmnts in te region fear.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  20. Angela Savage Austin Owings Mills, Maryland

    The signal immediately sent will be that Mubarak acknowledges that the "REBIRTH" of Egypt is at hand, and he for the first time will put the people first. Mubarak let your people go!

    February 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  21. Juana Maria

    Who cares what the signal is. The people of Egypt have spoken and that is the only worth watching signal. They said no more and started walking. Good for Egypt. Peace and Prosperity to them and all of us.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  22. riley oday

    Get out before your people throw you out.

    Actually thats the way it has to be. Not american infantry pulling

    down the leaders statue.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  23. Saul Oberman

    It would be twofold Jack. The people's voices are greater than tyranny & oppression & American government's voice abroad pacts enough punch once again to throw in the knock out punch. Pow!


    February 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  24. Rick, Medina, OH


    It is starting to happen already. We're seeing regimes in Jordan and Yemen looking over their shoulders. The autocratic and selfish policies throughout the region are coming to light to the 'common' man, who now wants his share. They will need to clean up their corrupt systems, and share both the power and the wealth. Why does an 82 year old man like Mubarak need $70 billion ... that's nearly one-third of the GDP of the entire country?

    Medina, OH

    February 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  25. Norm

    If Mubarak were to resign it sends three major messages:

    1. People 84 years of age probably need to retire.
    2. Young tweeters have a lot of power and love to express their freedom.
    3. Other countries need to take young people more seriously and let them tweet before the established leaders have to re-tweet.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  26. Olga

    The power of the voice of the oppressed people all over this area of the world will be heard. Love of freedom and love of democratic change will not be held back by empty promises of these self-proclaimed leaders and father figures that have lost sight of the needs of their country.

    The torch of Freedom has been lit by people in Egypt and they will continue the crescendo of their voices until removal of tyrants in this country and in surrounding areas is accomplished.

    Those that are in power must heed the frantic, impassioned cries for freedom and fear the reprecussions that will ensue.

    Austin, Tx

    February 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  27. Joanne B

    Don't believe he wll resign.
    Joanne B

    February 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  28. Lori - PA


    Given that in breaking news it was announced that Mubarak isn't resigning, I suspect things are about to get a lot worse. Mubarak's just another politician who doesn't listen to what the people want.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  29. Ed Reed

    It would mean autocratic rule could be ended by only demonstrating in the streets. Which is why he won't resign.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    February 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  30. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    That the people are running the country and the other countries better walk softly.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  31. Peg from N.Y.

    That the people are the ones with the real power, not autocrats, dictators and the like.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  32. Patricia / Chilliwack, British Columbia

    Today's disappointment notwithstanding, the Net is still mightier than the dictator. Laptops, Blackberries and I-Pads are the cannons of the new age—Google, Facebook and Twitter the grenades, bombs and rockets. Don't lose faith young freedom-fighters, the prize is within your peaceful grasp.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  33. Jill from Mi

    I've been listening & watching, I'm not at all surprised that he's not stepping down, he continues to keep his deaf ear to the people he's hurting, he has shown he doesn't care for any of his people, it's all about "poor him", it hurts his heart-my heart goes out to those poor people, the anger is going to increase, just like the building volcanoe,all at once there will be a deafing explosion...he hadn't gotten thro half his speach, I knew he wasn't going to step down & right now there isn't anything our President can do, except for what he's already doing..the only way that he would leave is if something happened to him..if he had & the other countries saw this, that would give a lot of ideas to others about what they might try to do in their own areas, we would see a lot of action pop up all over, the people are furious & rightfully so.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  34. Tamer

    It's a moot point now, isn't it? He's going nowhere.

    He's clearly delusional, and living in his own world. He's clinging to the bogus thread of "constitutional" transition...where was his constitutional conscience when he was systematically stealing the estimated $30-75 BILLION over 3 decades while his country wallowed in poverty???

    February 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  35. Angela Savage Austin Owings Mills, Maryland

    Mubarak by any other name is still Suleiman. Mubarak Let Your People Go!!! Egypt and its people belong to God...not you! God Bless Egypt!!!! God Bless The World.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  36. Rob Bloom

    With no one in charge, whoes to run the government? As we have seen in past revolutions, this would only lead to corrupt groups taking power. Iran, Russia, Napoleonic France?, the list goes on and on.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  37. Sam Dallas

    Mubarak's resignation will reinforce in strongest terms that turly power resides with people. To the leaders of these Middle Eastern countries the message becomes very clear, serve your people and do the right thing for your country.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  38. Ashera

    New World Revolution! The division between the people, Corporation, Dictators, and guilty politicians around the world: did not read the writing on the wall. But, unfortunately, it is too late! Time has arrived for the underground revolution!

    February 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  39. Cooolbabu

    Nothing will change. Audacity of Hope is only for Americans.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  40. kitty

    Better get out while you can. These guys really mean business.I guess sooner or latersmart people wise up to the "con jobs we`ve been giving them.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  41. Loren, Chicago

    Time to go. More to the point would be the signal sent to the peoples of those countries, and governments in Syria, Jordan and Pakistan would surely be at risk. Others, not so much, either due to recent changes or repressive regimes with no qualms of using violence to suppress dissent (Iran).

    February 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  42. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    It would tell the other leaders that "their time is up". Knowledge is power and their oppressed minions can no longer be lied too.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  43. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    It will depend on what comes AFTER him. If Mubarak really resigned, and then a true democracy became the government in Egypt, that would tell other Middle East countries that people are sick and tired of being forced to live in a repressive society.

    If what comes after Mubarak is a religious based repressive society similar to Iran (and Saudi Arabia) then it will tell the people that they have no options. And it will send us a message too, one that we had better pay attention to. It will say that the extremists have won, and want to continue winning.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  44. Joe A.

    It's over!

    February 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  45. linell, former republican, now NPA, Winter Park, FL

    Not to worry...it clearly is not going to happen; that was the most incredible display of disconnected arrogance! God help Egypt

    February 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  46. Scott Stodden

    I Just Don't Understand Truthfully Why They Want President Mubarak To Leave Office! He's Never Threatned The U.S., He's Always Been A Good Friend To The U.S. With All Presidents, He's Taken Care Of The Egyptians And The Country Of Egypt As A Whole! It Is Good That The Egyptian People And People In Other Countries Are Speaking Out And Letting Their Voices Be Heard Weather Or Not They Have To Die For There Freedom They Just Want To Be Heard! I Feel If President Mubarak Does Leave And The Army Takes Over You'll See More Chaos And Bloodshed Than Ever Before In Egypt! Keep President Mubarak In Power And Get Egypt Under Control Its Simple

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    February 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  47. AB

    Jack, the signal a Mubarak resignation would send is this: Deliver social-economic justice, equality and democratic reforms to the people or be prepared to relinquish power to the people when they rise up and take it!! All countries in this world, including western countries would do well to heed this message and respect their people.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  48. Angela Savage Austin Owings Mills, Maryland

    Patrick Henry quote" Fear Is The Government Of Slaves". The people in Egypt is fighting for their freedom, and just like in America...They Shall Overcome. God Keep Your People Under Your Covenant...Mubarak...Let God's People Go!

    February 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  49. Den from Gwinn

    He is going nowhere. I served in Cairo as a member of the USAF. It seems like on every corner there is a policeman or a soldier. There might not be food for 20% of the people, nor running water in many parts of the city, but It might be the safest city for a tourist in the world. But with that security there comes a price. These guys don't yield power- they wield power.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  50. Chris Brown FL

    people rule politicians drool

    February 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  51. Cee..... La.

    Mubarak stepping down would mean the Egyptian people would have the power to change their destiny....but because he is not stepping down it means that they will have more of the same.... ands I am afraid that this one egotistical old man could be responsible for a great deal of ugliness.......

    February 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  52. Peter Bonafonte, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    This was my original answer to your question that I wrote before Mubarak spoke.

    It's the 21st Century. Time to put your camels out to pasture and enter it or you're next.

    Given the specifics of what has just occurred I'm changing it to...
    "Hang on at all costs. Your powers and privilege trumps the wants and needs of your people. Let them eat cake."

    February 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  53. Angela Savage Austin Owings Mills, Maryland

    Correction to previous quote by Patrick Henry..."Fear Is The Passion Of Slaves" is the correct quote.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  54. Kevin in CA

    It'd signal the completion of his funds transfers.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  55. Bill, South Texas


    What signal would Mubarak's resignation send ...?

    There are 21 Middle East countries: Algeria to Yemen. Their governments range from the tightly controlled Saudis, Iranians, to democratic Israel. The economies range from the great personal wealth of Kuwait where most work is done by immigrants to Sudan, one of the poorest nations in the world.

    The majority of citizens of the Mid East will not notice nor take any particular signal when Mubarak leaves; tomorrow or September.

    The Egyptian Army is highly armed, well trained and has the latest U.S provided weapons and equipment. They will decide on the course Egypt will be taken. The citizens in the streets only have sticks. The Middle East citizens know this.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  56. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida


    The Murbarak situation in Egypt sends the message to leader's around the world if you don't wish to share house arrest with Lindsey Lohan you better start spreading a lot of freedom and Democracy to the people.
    A start in America is repeal of the Patriot Act and gain control of Banking and Mandatory Insurance piracy.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  57. Ed from California

    He's not leaving it looks like, until after he gets his check from his "Uncle". Except, his other "Uncle" (Saudi Arabia) will bank roll him. The Egyptian people and all the world leaders will have to keep the pressure on him, until he goes. There is no way we should get involved in this matter. It's totally up to the Egyptian people. Murbarak really has a country on strike, against him.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  58. Alvin

    Simply put, it would let the world know that if the people want change from there government, rise up and get it, collectively the people have a loud voice, and a stong arm.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  59. Dodie

    It is tragic that after all the protesting Mubarak and Suleiman still remain in power. I am delighted that the Egyptian people will not tolerate this and are united for change! The "Eyes of the World" will be the protesters best protection.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  60. Roy Birdzell

    Jack, it never ceases to amaze me that we here in the USA, and also the West value liberty and democracy above all else, and that is because we have the institutions and wealth to have the other neccessities that make life democratic. The Egyptians do not. Right now, a few hundred thousands are protesting for liberty, but what is lost in this so called "uprising" is that in the end, reality will set in, and the Egyptian people, including those now protesting, will look towards whomever that will provide them with some assistance for food, housing, and work. That Jack, means that the Muslim Brotherhood, probably with some support from "young turks" in the Army will manage to assume power with the concensus of the Egyptian people. That also, will mean an "Islamic State". It will also mean the spread of fundlementalist Islamic influence across the middle east, including Saudi Arabia.

    RB in Jax FL

    February 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  61. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    This should show other Mideast countries that the youth of today will stand up and throw off the yokes of dictatorship and oppression, even those extreme religious binds.

    We should all hold our collective breaths as we witness a rising of hope through the voices of the world's youth.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  62. Kim Smith

    Dictators don't stoop to "getting signals". They all feel they are invincible and all powerfull.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  63. lynnej in north carolina

    It would mean that the Egyptian people created their own path, not the US whom need not meddle.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm |