Of course we know that the most important objective of the USA government in the Middle East is control of the petroleum resources and the one way to do it is by controlling the governments of the region. If accepting, supporting, or funding, Islamist fundamentalist regimes does the job then it’s all good. All that talk about democracy and having the interests of the people at heart is…well you know, a bunch of crap. At the moment it’s in the interest of the USA to put Egypt’s military leaders on notice using subliminal threats, in order to bend it to its will just as previous leaders, like Sadat and Mubarak. Beside oil the defense of Israel is just as important. Israel is the West’s foothold there. Israel is strategically important …the West’s foot soldiers on the ground…the name of the game is control of vast oil and gas deposits. The people in “Tahrier” Square know it and they know what they want and don’t want…Western imperialism is first on the list. I support the people of Egypt who are standing on the threshold change and real control over the state. That may not fit in with the interests of the West’s corporate controlled governments.
I am not an Egyptian, Muslim, nor from the Middle East. I am not present there to observe first hand the Arab Spring. I wish I could be there to see for myself. Only then can I really make an intelligent assessment. People here (The West) have a way of seeing everything through eyes of a Westerner. But the world just isn’t like that and our way isn’t the only and perfect way because of how different parts of the world developed politically, historically, economically, and culturally. I can say that from what I can make out the people of Egypt know what they want and it isn’t being dictated to by any man, any foreign or domestic power, nor any religious institution included. In my eyes those aren’t any barbaric, nomad, Islamic fanatics but pretty much politically mature, which is more than I can say for most European and American citizens and the leaders they choose who are more beholden to the corporations than to their constituents.
*I wrote this comment in response to current news about The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mursi ouster as President of Egypt. I feel that the events taking place in Cairo is one of the most significant ones of the Arab Spring because here the people have managed keep control over their revolution and decide which direction this revolution will take. The MB had managed to take advantage of the power vacuum created when Mubarak was forced out. But what they didn’t count on was that the protesters at “Tahgrer” Square didn’t just go away and were not about to let it slip from them. So, it goes on because what occurred recently was proof of who is, and always has been, the real power in Egypt is the military elite. Both they and the MB know it. It is the MB that will try to exploit that fact and the protesters, for now, are using the military to their advantage and will try to co-opt it into a democratic political system later on.
This is a picture I took with my Android in front of a mural on Harrison and 8th streets, San Fran in the Spring of 2013. I think it captured my aura, kind’o. Serious but a half smile says volumes. … Continue reading