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2009 cable tells of Mubarak resisting U.S. calls for reform | The Washington Post

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak “seeks to avoid conflict and spare his people from the violence he predicts would emerge from unleashed personal and civil liberties. In Mubarak’s mind, it is far better to let a few individuals suffer than risk chaos for society as a whole.”

That insight into Mubarak’s thinking may describe his mind-set today, as he watches the protests that eventually will lead to the end of his 30-year presidency. But those words were written almost two years ago in a May 19, 2009, cable – classified “secret” – from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

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