Mubarak's bid to hold power 7 months longer can only provoke

America needs a new plan

David Frum

Hosni Mubarak's bid to hold on to power seven more months can only provoke the opposition. And the deployment of violence against protesters on Wednesday adds explosives to provocation. After the beatings in Cairo, the protesters against Mubarak's rule face two daunting questions:

1) How can they trust him and his preferred successor Gamal Mubarak to leave when time's up?

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