The CBC website this morning had posted a news article with the title :
Egypt's Military Pledges Civilian Handover
The opening sentence was as follows-
" Egypt's military leaders say they are committed to eventually handing over power to an elected civilian administration that will abide by its international agreements."
And then the news article changed!
In case you doubt what I am typing here..
Click this and this, to see for yourself, how many other blogs, sites, news feeds etc., had picked this story up with this opening sentence:
1st version " Egypt's military leaders say they are committed to eventually handing over power to an elected civilian administration that will abide by its international agreements."
Why am I even bringing this up, you ask? Good question!
First let me show you what the sentence changed to.
2nd version: "Egypt's military leaders said they are committed to abiding by international agreements and eventually handing over power to an elected civilian administration."
This change of one sentence delivers a different message from the first article. It also presents an interesting problem.
So, we have to ask..???
Which sentence correctly reports on what action the Egyptian military will be undertaking?
The first sentence presents to the readers an Egyptian military in charge of a nation and dictating the policy of the nation!
The Egyptian army is stating clearly they will only cede power to an elected Egyptian civilian government 'that will abide by international agreements.'
Therefore if a government is elected, democratically by the Egyptian people, that does not want to abide by all international agreements, the military will NOT hand over power to the elected government.
The second, revised version merely states that the Egyptian army will abide by international agreements, "EVENTUALLY" handing power over to an elected civilian administration.
The use of the word 'eventually' is still a frightful indicator of future problems. As one would think that once their is an elected civilian administration the military will hand over power IMMEDIATELY. That said the second sentence is no where near as brutally honest as the first.
I am going to suggest, in light of the fact that the military is run by outside powers that the first sentence is the correct pronouncement made by the Egyptian military.
And, that the CBC, upon realizing it had leaked the true nature of the military takeover of Egypt moved quickly to censor truth from the public domain!