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America: Standing in the Way of Democracy


By dlindorff - Posted on 07 February 2011

By Dave Lindorff

It is pathetic and even laughable to hear American leaders, and the leaders of the other Western democracies in Europe, cautioning that Egypt’s revolution needs to move slowly, as they call for a “transition” government that would be gently guided to elections by the very man, Omar Suleiman, who for years has headed the dreaded Mukhabarat, the Egyptian secret police, all under the protective umbrella of the Egyptian military.

What is this nonsense?

Did America’s revolutionary government have a slow transition to democracy? Did America’s revolutionaries sign the Declaration of Independence and then hand over the reins of government to a general from the British Army to oversee things as they prepared for elections? No. They immediately set up a democratic system, even in the midst of a bitter war for independence. Did the African National Congress turn to a general from the South African military to run a transition government in South Africa when they finally ousted the Apartheid regime in that country? No, they held an election, and went on to rule as the elected majority. When the People Power revolution in the Philippines toppled the Marcos dictatorship after a generation of autocratic and brutal martial law law, did the people turn to the country’s military and ask it to run the country for a transition year to democracy? No, of course not! They held a snap election and elected the widow, Corazon Aquino, wife of the martyred democracy activist Benigno Aquino.

Democracies don’t need “transitions” run by military rulers and hold-over tyrants. These are tactics designed to subvert, delay and even prevent true popular rule.

How tragic, sad and outrageous to hear our own political leaders, like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama, calling for a period of interim rule--either under the hated dictator Hosni Mubarak himself, or under his hated enforcer, Suleiman. Is this what the young people who have already defended, with their blood, the idea of a truly free, democratic Egypt, were struggling, and even dying, for? Of course not!

How many times have we heard that the vast army of 100 million unemployed, uneducated young people in the Middle East, including Egypt, is a vast “breeding ground” for terrorism, as if these young people were just some species of deadly mosquito larvae. And yet, here these young people are, in Tunisia, in Egypt, in Yemen, in Algeria, in Gaza , in Iraq, and even perhaps in Syria and Saudi Arabia, engaging not in terror, but in peaceful if militant protest to demand what we in the West take for granted: freedom and a voice in their own destiny...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent online alternative newspaper, please go to: ThisCantBeHappening!

It is beyond obvious that the Obama administration is playing a good cop, bad cop game against the people of Egypt. This is the same thing they do in the USA by continuing the lies and activities of the Bush-Cheney crew, while manipulating the left with happy talk and half-baked attempts at change, (ergo deception).

The Tea Party movement is clearly the tool of those that Mr. Obama actually works for. Contemplate Machiavelli, ergo divide and conquer, to grasp what the past and current political leaders have done, and are still doing, to the USA and the rest of the world.

The unfolding events in Egypt are serving to shine a very bright light on our current administration and proving their true purposes. The patterns are undeniable and we must stand up and ensure that truth and justice come to those in Egypt and elsewhere, by forcing true change here in the USA. We are allowing others to be oppressed by allowing our politicians to get away with blatant deception.

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Did we not bomb the hell out of Iraq in order to install democracy in that benighted country? Here are the people of Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries calling for democratic reform -- like not torturing and killing your opponents and free and fair elections (something we don't have), and what do we do? We call for slow and steady change. Why did we have to have violence and destruction in Iraq rather than slow and steady change?

You know these guys are just too obvious.

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