Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak bitterly blamed the United States for sowing democracy in the Mideast -- and warned it would reap Muslim extremism -- before he resigned yesterday in a sudden reversal that touched off euphoria throughout his country and won worldwide support.
Among yesterday's fast-moving developments:
* A bitter Mubarak blasted America in a 20-minute phone call with former Israeli Cabinet Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer during his last day in office.
"We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas in Gaza, and that's the fate of the Middle East," Mubarak said.
"They may be talking about democracy, but they don't know what they're talking about, and the result will be extremism and radical Islam," he said, according to Ben-Eliezer, who had often spoken with the Egyptian leader. (Full story here)