Egyptian soldiers and police killed one more protester Wednesday morning as anarchy threatens the country.
The military regime also has arrested three American students for throwing Molotov cocktails. The students are registered at the American University in Cairo and are from Pennsylvania, Indiana and Missouri.
Mayhem continued in Tahrir Square Wednesday morning despite the promise of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to step down. Opposition leaders suspect that his resignation would not change the status quo of military rule.
The failure of the provisional military regime to satisfy the anti-Mubarak revolutionaries has left the Obama administration unprepared, if not confused. The White House angered protesters by calling on demonstrators and security forces to restrain themselves, a view that was interpreted by the protesters as not going far enough to condemn the military regime’s use of live ammunition as well as rubber bullets to disperse crowds and take control of Tahrir Square.
The regime has become a mirror image of Mubarak, torturing people, imprisoning opponents who use social networks and killing at least 35 protesters in the past four days.
The United States is caught between wanting stability -- meaning an orderly government -- and supporting freedoms, a combination that is hard to find in the Middle East outside of Israel.
The State Department tried to repair the diplomatic damage Tuesday, with spokeswoman Victoria Nuland telling reporters, “We condemn the excessive force used by the police and we strongly urge the Egyptian government to exercise maximum restraint, to discipline its forces and to protect the universal rights of all Egyptians to peacefully express themselves.”
Reporters covering the State Department questioned whether the United States should continue military aid to Egypt in light of "Made in USA" tear gas canisters being used on demonstrators.