'This Week' Transcript: Crisis in Egypt

DONALDSON: May I say just a word -- talks about propaganda for Al Jazeera -- thank you for what you're doing. People say Al Jazeera fanned the flames here by bringing the fact that democracy is in existence and that people are being suppressed. That's what we need; we need more communication in the world. It's not Al Jazeera's fault...

RADDATZ: They watched Tunisia...

DONALDSON: ... that Mubarak is under a siege now.

WILL: On the other hand, we in the media tend to think the media drives the world. And I have a feeling this would be going on across this region regardless of the media.

DONALDSON: But the world drives the world to the extent the world knows about what's happening everywhere else. That's what media does.

TAPPER: We only have 30 seconds. Abed, quick question for you, OK? This new guy, this new vice president, Suleiman, is he going -- is his appointment going to satisfy the Egyptian street?

FOUKARA: Well, two things. The fact that Mubarak has appointed a vice president for the first time in his 30 years is a significant event. I mean, remember, Mubarak has said several times, I will continue to rule Egypt literally until the last breath in my body. So the fact is he has appointed this guy -- that he's military from the old guard is a different story.

TAPPER: All right. The roundtable will continue in the green room at abcnews.com/thisweek, where you can also find our fact checks, in conjunction with PolitiFact.

Christiane will be back with a final word live from Cairo after this.

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AMANPOUR: Back live in Cairo now.

And curfew has fallen, and yet thousands of people are still in the streets, still in Liberation Square, and so is the army. During my many years of covering this part of the world, like so many people, I've wondered how change, if ever, would come here? Would it be by evolution or revolution? And what, as we asked before, what would it look like?

Well, at the very least, now it seems a tipping point has been reached with this uprising. At the very least, fear, generations of fear have been shaken off, and the people have raised their voices for freedom. You know, when this uprising started on Tuesday, President Obama was delivering his State of the Union address, extolling America as having been founded on the strength of an idea. Well, now the people here say that they, too, are grabbing that idea of democracy, of self- representation in government, and of economic opportunity.

It was here in Cairo during his first year as president that Obama came to speak to the Muslim world. It was his first interview that he gave to an Arab television station where he said that the United States could no longer afford to have yet another generation of Muslim youth who see the United States as the enemy.

Well, now here people are rising. They want, they say, democracy. They say that they have extended their hand, they've put their hand out, and they hope the United States is ready to grab it.

That's all for "This Week." I'm Christiane Amanpour live in Cairo. Stay with ABC News for continuing coverage of this breaking story.

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