No longer worried about his re-election or the need to appease the americans, Mubarak decided to stick it back to the US by announcing his support to Syria and opposing any efforts to alienate it. Egypt praised Syria's cooperation with the investigation into the assassination of Lebanese ex-prime minister Rafiq Hariri and warned that Damascus was a key player for regional stability. [...] "There should be no finger pointing to Syria or any other country before the independent report is submitted to the UN," Awad said. "It would be a serious mistake to make hasty speculation." "Egypt categorically refuses the isolation of Syria, calls for the stability of this country and warns that no new source of tension should be created in the region," he added. "The stability of Syria is the stability of the region". "Not to mention", he added " If you guys keep this up and remove him, the region will be running out of dictatorships that make ours look good and that is not good for this regime's stability. People may start demanding actual change and shit and we can't have that now, can we? This is what Pan-arabism is all about people!" Sigh..