The misery and torment that befell Newton can be multiplied a thousand fold across the Arab world. American policy and actions have resulted in the deaths (i.e. murder) of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent children. The deaths of these children can be considered as war crimes and a crime against humanity of the highest order. They should shock and outrage us, compelling us to demand an immediate change in American foreign policy.
Both Bush and Obama are terrified of the Arab spring. And there is a very sensible reason for that. They don’t want democracies in the Arab world. If Arab public opinion had any influence on policy, the US and Britain had been tossed out of the Middle East. That’s why they are terrified of democracies in the region.
Street-based movements lack the organization and leadership to project, let alone impose a new political or social order. Their power is found in their ability to pressure existing elites and institutions, not to replace the state and economy. Hence the surprising ease with which the US, Israeli and EU backed Egyptian military were able to seize power and protect the entire rentier state and economic structure while sustaining their ties with their imperial mentors.
When imperial America wants war, peace advocates are shut out by official rhetoric and hawkish media reports supporting militarism, not diplomatic efforts to achieve peace. Those for it aren’t heard. Hugo Chavez’s government is one. On February 28, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Nicolas Maduro, warned against belligerence.
Far too long we Arabs have been silent while our tyrants, our faith, our trillions, our oil, our land, our people, and our Palestine have long been subjected to the political, economic, and military brutal occupation, genocide, theft, racism, Islamophobia, and domination by the Israeli-American axis; but we Arabs will be silent no more.
The revolution in Egypt provides evidence of a public well-informed by 30 years of mostly silent submission to the dictates of a self-serving regime. Finally, when the silence yielded to a voice that said “Enough”, the latest technology and social networking brought that voice to millions ready to protest and bring down the regime.
The Egyptian people deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. To be more accurate, the Nobel Peace Prize is not good enough for the Egyptian people, but still it would be a great gesture and would make lots of Arab regimes even more uneasy than they are now. Fortunately for them, most likely rich white men will not want to bestow it upon that incredible people, but you can sign the petition.
As the prospects of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict vanishes thanks to Israel’s land grabs and willful failure to honour agreements it has signed up to, Stuart Littlewood considers the possibility of what is to many Palestinians currently unthinkable: a Palestinian statelet in Gaza and a West Bank that is part of a single Palestinian-Israeli state.
Christopher King argues that there is a high probability that weapons supplied by the USA to Egypt, among others, contain trojans – hidden and malicious circuits in microchips or programs in software – that can be activated by the US or Israel at will to ensure that they will not work if used against Israel or other US protegé.
By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz What’s unfolding looks different than what protesters demand. World headlines partly reflect it, mostly outside America, especially on US television reporting an illusion of change, when, in fact, coup d’etat rule is in charge, headed by authoritarian generals used to giving, not taking orders. On February… Read More »
Within one month of each other Ben Ali in Tunis and Mubarak in Egypt fell, not by a military coup or assassination, but by millions of people from all walks of life, men and women, rich and poor, educated and illiterate, Muslims and Christians, the elderly and children, professionals and civil servants, even soldiers and police who abandoned their posts to join the greatest revolutions in Arab history.
Hopefully beneath celebratory euphoria, Egyptians know ousting Mubarak was simple, especially since Washington long wanted him out. Covertly with Egypt’s military, it facilitated long-planned regime purging for with new faces under old policies. In other words, have everything change but stay the same, a common imperial bait and switch con.
Uri Avnery argues that US President Barack Obama should have trusted his instinct and placed the US on the right side of history by supporting the people’s revolution in Egypt, rather than give in to the “small people” – politicians, generals, “security experts”, diplomats, pundits, lobbyists, business leaders and. the hugely powerful Israel lobby.
For the moment, however, huge Tahrir Square crowds erupted in celebratory euphoria, perhaps forgetting their liberating struggle just began. It didn’t end with Mubarak’s resignation. That was a baby step, removing an aging dinosaur Washington and Egypt’s military wanted out. Now he’s gone. Focus must follow through on what’s next, requiring sustained popular protests. Otherwise, everything gained will be lost.
Washington and Israel especially remain deeply hostile to Arab nationalism and attempts to unify Arabs politically. Their goal, in fact, is divide, conquer and control, redrawing the Middle East to suit imperial, not Arab interests. They thrive on Arab fragmentation, collective inaction, and military and economic weakness.
Egypt’s brutal police enforced hardline control, targeting activists, dissidents, Islamists, opposition forces, and anyone perceived threatening as well as ordinary citizens suspected of crimes or looking suspicious. In June 2010, a young man, Khaled Said, was beaten to death for not showing his identity card after entering an Alexandria Internet cafe. Torture and disappearances are also commonplace as are sham elections.
FREEDOM!!! Yes, the Arabs have finally awakened and found their voice to utter their God given right to live in Freedom and their democratic right to choose their leaders. Every human being is born free but may not live free depending on the political powers that shape, dominate, and oppress his or her life.