Well, I am probably just out of the loop and this has probably been all over but here goes anyway: I just stumbled upon something interesting written by Robert Fisk, through the Facebook group “We are all Khaled Said“.
I wrote last week that I firmly believed a massacre was set to happen on Tahrir square in Cairo on that very night on the 3rd of February when journalists all over Cairo, including Swedish reporter Bert Sundström, were attacked and al-Jazeera’s livestream went off the air. And that I’ve kept wondering what really went down since then. Maybe this account of what happened a few days earlier is a clue. (Unless of course it’s already been told and I’ve just missed it, links humbly accepted!). On the 11th of February, Robert Fisk published this in The Independent:
But the critical moment came on the evening of 30 January when, it is now clear, Mubarak ordered the Egyptian Third Army to crush the demonstrators in Tahrir Square with their tanks after flying F-16 fighter bombers at low level over the protesters.
Many of the senior tank commanders could be seen tearing off their headsets – over which they had received the fatal orders – to use their mobile phones. They were, it now transpires, calling their own military families for advice. Fathers who had spent their lives serving the Egyptian army told their sons to disobey, that they must never kill their own people.
The passage is somewhere in the middle of a piece called “As Mubarak clings on… What now for Egypt”, published on the very day that Omar Suleiman announced Mubarak’s resignation…