2011/02/12 – US Foreign Policy. An Incredibly Ironic Piece of Work

 

So the Revolution was televised after all. Hell has frozen over and Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as the strongman… er, “President” of Egypt, after repeatedly telling the world to go screw, he was staying put and nothing would ever dislodge his grip on power. Until yesterday. Something happened and now Mr. Mubarak has stepped down. The entire blogosphere is bursting with exultant giddiness, trumpeting their posts with titles such as, “The Triumph of Leaderless Revolution,” “Listen to Egypt Roar,” “Toppling the Autocrat,” and ” Ain’t that Good News!” It appears the Egyptian people have “won.” Let’s see what they won.

1. Military Rule. This does not bode well. Anything named the “Supreme Council of the Armed Forces” can’t be a good thing, or even an improvement. While it seems that eroding military support for Mubarak may have contributed to his sudden departure., these guys will be instituting law and order soon enough.

2. A Spy Chief as President. Derisively called, “Mubarak’s Twin,” Omar Suleiman was instrumental in getting America into the Gulf War where Suleiman’s agents so viciously tortured a man into “confessing” that Iran had trained terrorists in the use of biological weapons, which the tortured subject later recanted as a forced confession.

3. A Poor Man’s Democracy. Corruption, poverty and scarcity will still be around for a long time.  It remains to be seen if the Muslim Brotherhood gets a shot at power in Egypt under military rule. You know which side the US and Israeli governments are hoping will come through. Oh, did I say corruption, poverty and scarcity will still be around?

3a. American politicians talking shit and invalidating the liberal democratic principles that they are sworn to uphold.

Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a statement urging “the unequivocal rejection of any involvement by the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremists” in the transition of power.

Egyptians should reject those who “seek to exploit and hijack these events to gain power, oppress the Egyptian people, and do great harm to Egypt’s relationship with the United States, Israel, and other free nations,”[1]

That’s right, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen. Democracy is only for those who know how to support anti-democratic dictators in a twisted game of geopolitics. You weren’t worried about the oppression of the Egyptian people while our country was supporting their dictator, you incredibly ironic piece of work.

4. Unintended Consequences. America looks like an hypocritical fool as a country constantly preaching democratic values to the world while supporting strongmen and autocrats around the world when it’s in our national interest. The world, not even mentioning your average Egyptian, ain’t gonna forget which side the United States was on.

5. Who the hell know what else will happen to these unfortunate people? They aren’t ready for the Equal Money system because the haven’t heard of it. What will likely happen until they do, is a replay of the other “revolutions” that made things worse for the people who wanted something better. That’s why revolutions never work, and why the Egyptian people will feel that they’ve been duped.

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[1] “Obama praises Egyptian revolution

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/02/11/egypt.us.reaction/index.html

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4 thoughts on “2011/02/12 – US Foreign Policy. An Incredibly Ironic Piece of Work

  1. excellent deconstruction of the …. deconstruction of democracy busy occurring – as the illusion of a democratic process becomes ever more blatant in it’s deception and utter corruption.

  2. This comment comes from Emily Zuckerberg who sent this as a personal email which I reprint in part with her permission here:

    Okay, the last blog entry i read was about egypt, and what the ‘victory’ had actually accomplished. Your comments on the US and its likely role, and the quotes you used were on the money, but the overall message or tone i have to question. The first thing I thought of was Paulo Freire’s amazing Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Freire makes a great case for the need for hope in any social revolution or change movement.The line I recall goes something like “Hope is a natural, possible, and necessary impetus in the context of our unfinishedness” which doesn’t tell you shit taken out of context. But I think that if your goal is to inspire action and change whether on a very tiny local scale or a greater world stage, you need to examine the impact of an unrelenting cynical ‘reality’. I was watching Jon whatshisname on with the comedy news show on the comedy show, and he was sort of doing the same thing you were a little more exaggerated and it was good for a couple of genuine brief laughs, but in the long run, what is the message? How can we expect for change movements to happen if we fail to recognize the extraordinary success of a spontaneous populous rebellion such as the one that just took place. or even the one that took place at the polls in this country’s last presidential election. If you have read Pedagogy of the Oppressed, I highly recommend you glance at it one day. It’s a seminal work in the education field and an important defense of liberal, radical philosophy in education and change movements.

    The next thing I have been wanting to address is the subject of equal money. Hell yeah of course i’m in favor of equal money, but what REALLY are you advocating? You say about Egypt they are not ready for equal money because they don’t even know about it, but what exactly is the it, and what is the plan of action to implementing change that will move us from here to there? Or is there any plan of action or is it just a slogan? What brought me to these questions was an earlier blog entry where you referred to Malcolm and Farrakan (sp?) and sort of wrote off the entire population of African Americans with a comment about how black people had always just bought into the whole christian thing as a result of slavery and its debilitating cultural impact. You didn’t actually say all of that but that’s what I took away from what I read, and correct me if I am wrong. So….what this brought to mind was James Forman’s Black Manifesto. On May 4 of 1969, James Forman, who preceded Stokely Carmichael as Chairman of SNCC, disrupted the Sunday worship service of the Riverside Church of New York City to read the Black Manifesto. Forman’s Manifesto had been adopted on Ap;ril 26, 1969 by the National Black Economic Development Conference which met in Detroit. The Conference was called by the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, a coalition of representatives of ten Protestant denominations and some Jewish and Catholic groups that was recently formed to channel funds from the various denominations into poverty projects. The tone was reflective of the Black Power Movement and the text was dead on the money in terms of both demands and vision. And while there was some favorable talk about reparations at that time, the reaction of the churches was unanimously outraged and negative. You can probably google the text, but i’ve reprinted a couple of short paragraphs here:

    TO THE WHITE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AND THE JEWISH SYNAGOGUES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ALL THE OTHER RACIST INSTITUTIONS
    Black Manifesto
    We the black people assembled in Detroit Michigan for the National Black Economjic Development Conference are fully aware that we have been forced to come together because racist white America has exploited our resources, our minds, our bodies, our labor. For centuries we have been forced to live as colonized people inside the United States, victimized by the most vicious, racist system in the world. We have helped to build the most industrial country in the world.
    We are therefore demandiong of the white Christian Churches and Jewish Synagogues which are part and parcel of the system of capitalism, that they begin to pay reparations to black people in this country. We are demanding $500,000,000 from the Christian white churches and the Jwewish synagogues. This total comes to 15 dollars per nigger. This is a low estimate for we maintain there are probaly more than 30,000,000 black peolple in this country. $15 a nigger is not a large sum of money and we know that the churches and synagogues have a tremendous wealth and its membership, white America, has profited from and still exploits black peolple. We are aalso not unaware that the explointation of colored poeples around the world is aided and abetted by the white Christian churches and synagogues. The demand for $500,000,000 is not an idle resolution or empty words. Fifteen dollars for every black brother and sister in the United States is only a beginning of the reparations due us as people who have been exploited and degraded, brutalized, killed and persecuted. Underneath all of this exploitation, the racism of the country has produced a psychological effect upon us that we are beginning to shake off. We are no longer afraid to demand our full rights as a people in this decadent society.
    He goes on to detail how the 500,000,000 will be spent, a list of 12 paragraphs, with the final one reading:
    To implement these demands we must have a fearless leadership. We must have a leadership which is willing to batthe the church establishment to implement these demands. To win our demands we will ahve to declare war on the white Christian churches and synagogues and this means that we may have to fight the total government structure of this counttry. Let no one think that these demands will be met by our mere stating them. For the sake of the churches and synagogues, we hope that they have the wisdom to understand that these demands are modest and reasonable. But if the white Christians and Jews are not willing to meet our demands through peace and good will, then we declare war and we are prepared to fight by whatever means necessary….

    So…what is the connection to your blog? Well, one, I want to make sure that your sweeping generalizations are actually informed by history and acknowledges the extent of some of the creative tactics and fearlessness of the leaders of the Black Power Movement, despite its complete undoing by the likes of J Edgar and Cointelpro. And I am curious as to whether related efforts for social and economic change, such as this one, have been studied for the purpose of informing strategy and implementation of whatever demands are being made in conjunction with the Equal Money campaign. What are the leaders of the Equal Money Campaign or Movement willing to do to promote their sytem ( if it is actually a system). How much sacrifice will be considered okay in the interest of achieving your primary goals and outcomes?

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