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US has the power to free Egyptians

Hillary Clinton has called on the Egyptian government to allow for "an orderly transition" to democracy (News, January 31).

She gives the impression that the US is an impartial observer of the struggle of the Egyptian people.

However, the Egyptian government is the second-highest recipient of US military aid after Israel.

The US continues to support repressive forces in the Middle East - all in pursuit of its geopolitical interests especially to consolidate future oil requirements.

If Obama has the will, he can remove Mubarak and give the people the opportunity to have new beginnings - which is their right.

BRENDAN BUTLER

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