Tag: Egypt

May 20

Wherein He Demands the Return of Profligate Sons

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Cau Napoli via flickr
Cau Napoli via flickr

The Middle-East governments long empowered by the U.S. government in order to maintain a carefully orchestrated status-quo are being clawed at and in several wonderful instances, have been torn down. Obama, now wants to give Tunisia and Egypt a shit-ton of money because they are the “best positioned countries to serve as role models for democratic reform in the area.” Since when has the U.S. government felt this way and why were they so cozy with the previous regimes? Why then, did Obama alone refuse to call for Mubarak to step down? Why then, did the U.S. government tacitly allow thugs to attack and kill nonviolent protests in Egypt, not to mention using weapons made by the U.S. government (or its industrious contractors)? No, this money is being handed out in order to water-down and dilute revolutionary forces by funding reactionaries that will return the region to a U.S. colony. To think otherwise is intellectually dishonest.

At a time when the president is being criticized for not being sufficiently aligned with the needs of Israel (which is honestly fucking looney-tunes), if his donations to Egypt and Co. are not intended to secure the region’s peace with Israel, I think AIPAC would have a meltdown. The revolutionary events in the Middle-East are anything but within the interests of the U.S. government and Israel (except where we can co-opt the movement and hide another invasion of a Muslim country as “defending democratic activists” like Libya) and it is plainly obvious by the actions of government officials and the strategies our government employs in each instance.

If Arab revolutions were really in the interest of the U.S. government and its praise for such events were not hollow why does it repress revolution in countries like Bahrain, UAE, and Oman directly and through its colonial governments in Saudia Arabia? Why is it so happy with the possibility of revolution in Libya and Syria but not the previously mentioned countries? Surely the expression of democracy should be encouraged in all lands equally, no? And his speech on the subject only speaks of so-called “reform”… why is that? What we are seeing is in places like Egypt and Tunisia are definitely not “reform” but rather “revolution.” Why is it that Obama would rather the power structures in place be maintained and for reform take place “over a period of at least two centuries” as As’ad says?

No, the actions and words of the U.S. government have too many holes in them to be believable. If in a position to do so, I would heartily advise countries to refuse funds from the U.S. government as it will only dilute what the people of these countries have so far been able to succeed in doing independently of imperial powers. You don’t want to be part of the strings that will surely be attached to the stacks of bills given you by a U.S. president. Give it enough time and you will find yourself to have become an exact mirror image of the regime you worked so hard to overthrow, because it was with those monumental amounts of U.S. “aid” that allowed tyrants like Mubarak to retain power.

While Obama takes important steps in speeches like enforcing the 1967 Palestinian borders (with loopholes so big you could throw a Tomahawk missile through them), you will never see actions from him to pursue it just as any other Obama reform strategy. In September there is a vote in the United Nations to recognize Palestine, but we can already see that the United States will play its familiar role as Israel’s automatic veto when he says:

For the Palestinians, efforts to delegitimize Israel will end in failure. Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won’t create an independent state. Palestinian leaders will not achieve peace or prosperity if Hamas insists on a path of terror and rejection. And Palestinians will never realize their independence by denying the right of Israel to exist. As for Israel, our friendship is rooted deeply in a shared history and shared values. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable.

What an asshole, could his actions be anymore transparent? Anyone fooled by this wants to be fooled. Basically, the only thing you need to know to understand what the U.S. government’s policy for the Middle-East entails is this:

While critical of autocracy throughout the Mideast, he failed to mention at the region’s largest, richest and arguably most repressive nation, U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. Nor did he discuss Jordan, a staunch U.S. ally that has a peace deal with Israel. Also left out was the United Arab Emirates, the wealthy, pro-American collection of mini-states on the Persian Gulf. And he gave little attention to Iran, where U.S. attempts at outreach have gone nowhere.

This speech was nothing more than a warning to nations who do not already bow at the U.S. government’s feet.

DVIDSHUB via flickr
DVIDSHUB via flickr

Rather than see the revolution stagnate into a protracted civil war, the United States and its proxies in the United Nations have decided to usurp the struggles of the Libyan people to ensure a result favorable for the capitalist world order. After watching their puppet dictators failing time and again around the Middle-East, Uncle Sam seems to have decided that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. If the people want a revolution, let Sam give them one! Enter Operation Odyssey Dawn (who comes up with the names for this shit?), the latest campaign of death the U.S. government has instigated against humanity.
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Feb 23

Those That Would Bring Freedom

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~dgies via flickr
~dgies via flickr

A (usually comedic) blog I like to follow in my spare time recently published a post talking about the latest events in Libya to ask why conservatives are so against the pro-democracy uprisings of the so-called Jasmine Revolution, when a conservative Republican government undertook multi-billion dollar invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in order to “bring democracy” to those lands. An interesting question, no doubt, for someone stuck in the false dichotomy of conservatives and liberals. Wouldn’t this be a fiscal boon, with democracy flourishing in the Middle-East at no expense to U.S. coffers? For those of us living outside of the dichotomy, the answer becomes more obvious why these explosive events are so reviled by the power-brokers of the status quo.
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Feb 11

My Heartfelt Congratulations to All of You

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gwenflickr via flickr
gwenflickr via flickr

Congratulations, people of Egypt! You have done it; your courage and defiance alone toppled a dictator of 30 years. Egypt is yours. Never let anyone take that away from you again. You are a model to the world.

Feb 8

It Would Look the Same Here

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Takver via flickr
Takver via flickr

Celebrity award shows and Superbowl parties are helping to force the mass uprisings in Egypt from the American consciousness, where even today thousands gather to protest the Mubarak dictatorship. As the popular revolt fades from the news, our government officials are free to drop the facade they wore last week to pretend solidarity with those fighting for a democratic Egypt. Now withdrawing calls for “immediate change” in Egypt, “administration officials warned Monday that a precipitous exit by Mubarak could set back the country’s democratic transition.” The thought process being broadcast now is that removing the dictator, as demanded by the people, might harm the prospects for democracy.
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It’s funny seeing the awkward “uhhhs” and “umms” being muttered after every word as U.S. officials try to formulate their praise for the revolt in Egypt. They absolutely hate what is happening, but as ‘defenders of freedom and democracy’ they are forced to applaud the fall of a dictator, even if they financed his very rule and in secret would rejoice the continuation of it. They are in a forced denial of their own prerogatives as they are asked to acknowledge ideals they don’t actually give a shit about. If concepts like “freedom” and “democracy” were at all considered in our country’s foreign policy, sweeping policy changes would take affect in virtually ever facet of our society. The fact is, our government would be perfectly happy if the rebellion were crushed, Mubarak’s place of power restored, and the Egyptian people were once again forced under the boot of an authoritarian police-state friendly to American interests.
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