Via AFP, Mohammad ElBaradei just expressed some strong disappointment with the American response to the crisis in Egypt.

“The American government cannot ask the Egyptian people to believe that a dictator who has been in power for 30 years will be the one to implement democracy,” ElBaradei told US network CBS from Cairo.

“You are losing credibility by the day. On one hand you’re talking about democracy, rule of law and human rights, and on the other hand you’re lending still your support to a dictator that continues to oppress his people,” added ElBaradei, the former head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency.

ElBaradei is addressing thousands at Tahrir square in Cairo, which is the epicenter of the protest movement.  It’s clear from the outside that ElBaradei — a liberal, internationally respected Nobel Laureate — is emerging as the international face of the protest movement.   The world is better off for it.

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