Saturday, 5 February 2011
Listening to Obama declaring US avowed intent to support the legitimate rights of assembly and the democratic principles where ever people are struggling to attain them, it seemed to be a worthy and honourable thing he was trying to achieve but one sensed the real self interest behind the words. He was speaking of the aspirations of the Egyptian people currently engaged in their struggle against the Mubarak regime.
History records American foreign policy in parts of South America where the USA changed its mind as to which political group it wanted in power. So the once detested left wing guerrilla group became the preferred party and US sponsored violence was employed to oust their former political friends in government.
Saddam Hussein was another one time friend who had served his usefulness. Eventually it was the US that urged the people of the marshlands in the south of Iraq to rise up against Saddam. They did so but without US intervention or support, they were slaughtered in their thousands.
Obama needs a friendly power in the middle east to help support the interests of the US and the State of Israel. Even though the USA repeatedly urge moderation and justice from Israel, in its dealings with the Palestinians,
nothing much changes.
So what would you do if you lived in a country where:
1. The poor and the vulnerable are massively unequal in society.
2. The government takes care of the interests of the rich as a first priority.
3. The government opposes the use of torture of any kind and yet turns a blind eye to torture carried out, in its own name, when it is expedient.
4. Where a million people might march against a war and go away with nothing.
5. Where the government purports to support the rule of law and human and civil rights and yet finds a justification for it to make illegal war.
6. Where civil protest is acceptable providing it is toothless and obedient.
7. Where, in partnership with its allies, it trades with the worst offenders against human rights for purely fiscal reasons.
8. Where the structures that provide social care, education and health care can be sacrificed for profit.
9. Where the people must go without because of the greed and ineptitude of the ruling classes.
10. Where the rights of the people are continually diminished as the rights of the state are expanded.
WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN.
peace and best wishes for those opposed to the continuing rule of Mubarak