Sky News: Muslim Brothers Negotiating with Egyptian Army


No surprise here. From Sky News (and not, incidentally, the absurdly overpraised Al Jazeera English website, which is, in fairness, featuring new opinions pieces from Michael Lerner and the always clueless Danny Schechter, who writes that the awfulness of capitalism precipitated the Egyptian uprising):

The Muslim Brotherhood has told Sky News it is in talks with other opposition groups and the army about the removal of President Hosni Mubarak.

The Islamist organisation is still officialy banned, but has joined with secular opposition groups to bring about the end of the Mubarak regime.

One of the leaders of the Brotherhood, Dr Abd al Monem Abo al Fotouh, told Sky News that Mr Mubarak was deluded if he thought the army could save him now.

"He wants to say 'The army is with me, and not with the people,' but this is wrong because the Egyptian army is apart from Egypt."

The military has tried to appear above the struggle between the people and the regime.

Tanks and soldiers are on the streets of Cairo but commanders are using a softly-softly approach and avoiding confrontation.

Mr Mubarak may be defying calls to stand down but he is looking increasingly impotent in the face of the extraordinary "people power" uprising.

The Muslim Brotherhood are not the only ones claiming the military is plotting Mr Mubarak's overthrow.

Omar al Barazi was one of the leaders of the online campaign against Mr Mubarak.

He told Sky News the military was signalling its support for the revolution.

"We are getting messages from the army that say 'If you guys are big enough we are going to turn against Mubarak', they don't come out and say it straight: 'We hear it. We are with you.'"

However, with Mr Mubarak's continuing defiance, the challenge for protesters is keeping up the momentum.