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We're All Egyptians Now!


By Stephen Lendman - Posted on 06 February 2011

We're All Egyptians Now! - by Stephen Lendman

And Tunisians, and Yemenis, and Algerians, and Jordanians, and Lebanese, and, of course, Palestinians, suffering for over six decades after Israel stole their historic homeland, over 43 years under brutal, suffocating occupation. Their struggle is ours, and it's high time we reacted, showing spirit as courageous as theirs.

In her latest January 31 article, Phyllis Bennis headlined, "Tunisia's Spark and Egypt's Flame: the Middle East is Rising," asking:

"Is this how empires end, with people flooding the streets, demanding resignation of their leaders and forcing local dictators out? Maybe not entirely, (but the) legacy of US-dominated governments across the region will never be the same. The US empire's reach in the resource-rich and strategically vital Middle East has been shaken to its core....The years of Washington calling the shots (based on its) version of 'stability' are definitively over."

On February 3, Haaretz writer Ari Shavit agreed, headlining "The Arab revolution and Western decline," saying:

"After half a century during which tyrants have ruled the Arab world, their control is weakening. After 40 years of decaying stability....rot is eating (it). The Arab masses will no longer accept" old ways. It's "been roiling beneath the surface" for years....suddenly (erupting) in an intifada of freedom." The Tunisian "bastille fell, the Cairo (one) is falling and" others in the Arab world will follow. "The old order is crumbling." So is Western "international hegemony....The West has lost it. (It's no longer a global) leading and stabilizing force....In Cairo's Tahrir Square....Western hegemony is fading away."

On February 3 Immanuel Wallerstein headlined, "The Second Arab Revolt: Winners and Losers," saying:

Britain and France betrayed the 1916 revolt "led by Sharif Hussein bin Ali for Arab independence from the Ottoman Empire." After WW II, America succeeded them as regional hegemon. For years, "(t)he second Arab Revolt has been brewing," ignited by events in Tunisia. At issue is why this succeeded when others failed, and what's next?

Regime "fissures" created opportunities. At this point, events are fluid, outcomes uncertain. Months will pass before winners and losers are known. "(N)o Arab state today (has) a strong organized, secular, radical party like the Bolsheviks (in Russia), ready to take power." Most "organized movements are the Islamist ones," but they vary from moderate to extreme, as well as "in-between varieties (like) the Muslim Brotherhood." As a result, outcomes are uncertain.

Also important is outside influence, mainly Washington's, so far the "great loser," evident by its waffling when decisiveness is needed. The revolt's backdrop includes outrageous wealth distributions, growing global poverty and depravation, and America's weakened dominance, exacerbated by Middle East events.

In contrast, Iran is the biggest winner, though non-Arab, then Turkey by supporting the Arab revolt and confronting Israel. Hopefully, over time, Arabs will benefit most. So far, it's too soon to tell, especially since obstacles facing them are formidable.

A Spark Turned Into Revolt

First in Tunisia, popular dissent spread quickly, Egypt its epicenter as Washington's regional imperial lynchpin, rocked by mass outrage, so far sustained. Rarely ever have Americans matched it. Today, they're practically quiescent, despite an unaddressed worsening economic crisis devastating millions.

On February 1, a New York Times editorial headlined, "Beyond Mubarak," urging him to step aside and let an interim government run "truly free elections." Where's The Times' outrage about America's fantasy democracy, imperial lawlessness, dysfunctional governance, rigged elections more kabuki theater than real, and its corporate-run dictatorship, causing appalling levels of unaddressed human need.

Why isn't it urging public outrage demanding change, instead of worrying about "Egypt's next government (being less) friendly to Washington (than) this one," and saying if "Egypt devolves into chaos, it will feed extremism throughout the region."

In fact, populist liberating extremism is glorious, whether or not Barry Goldwater meant it, saying "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, (and) moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"

Uprisings are testing America's Middle East iron grip. Matching homeland ones are now crucial, demanding real, not fake democracy, freedom, jobs, education, health care, and overall economic justice, the kind Franklin Roosevelt suggested in his last State of the Union address, proposing a second bill of rights, saying the first one "proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness."

His solution: an "economic bill of rights," guaranteeing:

-- employment with a living wage;

-- freedom from unfair competition and monopolies;

-- housing;

-- medical care;

-- education;

-- social security and more, overall what he inadequately provided in his first 11 years, except for measures like the 1935 Wagner Act letting workers, for the first time, bargain collectively on even terms with management, and the landmark Social Security Act, keeping millions of retirees, disabled, and qualified survivors from impoverishment's ravages.

He also stressed other measures, including:

-- "A realistic tax law - which will tax all unreasonable profit," corporate and individual;

-- "A cost of food law" with floor and ceiling limits on prices; and

-- reenactment of the October 1942 stabilization statute, pertaining to prices, wages and salaries affecting the cost of living, saying:

"We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence."

Today, these ideas are abandoned at a time of an unprecedented wealth gap, and officials ignoring essential needs of growing millions, on their own and out of luck because both major parties spurn them.

Instead they rampage globally, bail out bankers and other corporate favorites, and enact repressive laws, heading America toward banana republic harshness, tyranny and ruin. No matter. So far, public outrage is absent. For how long is at issue.

Spreading Revolutionary Fervor

On February 1, trends watcher Gerald Celente headlined, "Revolutionary Fervor to Spread Beyond Arab States; Europe Next," saying:

"The unintended consequences of the regime changes in North Africa and the Middle East" will be as dramatic in Europe, resulting in governments ousted. World leaders and media aren't "recognizing the Egyptian uprising for what it is: a prelude to a series of civil wars that will lead to regional wars, that will lead to the first 'Great War' of the 21st century."

In spring 2010, Celente published a report titled, "The History of The Future: Trends 2012 - The Great War," saying:

Gripped by the "Greatest Depression," he suggested possible "Armageddon Day" in December 2012. "Who would have thought," he asked? "On the way....there was no hint of it in the media, mainstream or alternative," despite plenty of "obvious dots" to connect, revealing "a range of possible outcomes."

What's ahead? "Renaissance or Ruin," he asked. Prepare yourself! "The path to war is already clearly defined. The fires of hatred and revenge have been fueled by decades of persecution and injustice....In the absence of a 'Great Awakening,' there will be a 'Great War.' " Or is a "Renaissance 2012" possible, similar to when:

-- America's role model was Main Street, not Wall Street;

-- Bedrock middle class values mattered;

-- Industrial America offered high-pay, good benefit jobs;

-- new generations bettered previous ones;

-- Family, not factory, farms fed people;

-- Real, not Frankenfood, was commonplace;

-- "Quality counted, not just the bottom line;"

-- corporate power was less dominant;

-- community businesses flourished;

-- public schools taught, offering inner-city kids chances for higher education achievement and real futures; and

-- hope persisted for better times ahead.

That America is gone, yet rebirth is possible "based on the recognition that much of what worked in the past, in principle, could be effectively and profitably applied to the 21st century." However, getting there requires "rethinking and revaluat(ing)....(d)destructive habits masquerading as 'progress,' (reversing) America's quality-of-life decline" that, so far, shows no signs of materializing.

Will future uprisings roil Europe and America? Who can know or when, but without them, real change won't come, just more double talk and false promises, heading America, and perhaps Western civilization, for tyranny and ruin before whatever emerges on the other side, if there is one.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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"Israeli Spy Arrest in Egypt Points to High Stakes for Washington and Tel Aviv"

by Finian Cunningham, Feb. 5, 2011

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23088

That article provides two links for a video reportedly showing an Israeli spy detained in Egypt. One link is for a copy at Youtube and it seems to be a video in Arabic. The other video link is for a copy of an English version by PressTV of Iran at VodPod and it was uploaded there from Youtube. The Youtube copy of the video in English was posted Feb. 3rd, though not by PressTV. I did a Google to try to find a matching page for an article at presstv.ir and found the article. It was also of Feb. 3rd, the same date the clip was posted at Youtube. It's a very short video, 0:50, little to see, but it's the following one.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsQh1MOnWJA

Here's the related PressTV article.

www.presstv.ir/detail/163427.html

Finian Cunningham also provides a link for the following article.

"Israel places resources at Suleiman's disposal "to protect the Egyptian regime""

Feb. 1, 2011

www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2009-israel-places-resourc...

Following the text of the above article, readers can click on "Next", which is for a short, one-paragraph article of also Feb. 1st. It's entitled, "Israel consents to deployment of Egyptian troops in Sinai".

Israel is clearly working to try to help the Egyptian people remain under brutal dictatorial law and the US apparently is sending military backup.

"American Warships Heading to Egypt"
by Washington's Blog, Feb. 6, 2011

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23103

Connecticut's newspaper The Day noted on January 24th:

"Connecticut National Guard Detachment 2, Company I, 185th Aviation Regiment of Groton has mobilized and will deploy to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, to support the Multinational Force and Observers."

"The unit left Connecticut Jan. 15 for Fort Benning, Ga., for further training and validation. ..."

(snip)

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported:

" The Pentagon is moving U.S. warships and other military assets to make sure it is prepared in case evacuation of U.S. citizens from Egypt becomes necessary, officials said Friday."

" The Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship carrying 700 to 800 troops from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the Ponce have arrived in the Red Sea, putting them off Egypt’s shores in case the situation worsens."

" Pentagon officials emphasized that military intervention in Egypt was not being contemplated and that the warships were being moved only for contingency purposes in case evacuations became necessary."

" In addition to the Marines, the Kearsarge normally carries around four dozen helicopters and harrier jets that would permit evacuations and other humanitarian operations, the officials said. More than 1,000 Marines from the Kearsarge were sent to Afghanistan last month on a temporary deployment, leaving roughly one-third still aboard, officials said."

The Kearsarge is an attack vessel.

(pictured)

As Wikipedia notes:

"In carrying out her mission, Kearsarge not only transports and lands ashore troops, but also tanks, trucks, artillery, and the complete logistic support needed to supply an assault."

"The assault support system aboard ship coordinates horizontal and vertical movement of troops, cargo and vehicles. ..."

(snip)

However, the Kearsarge has also been used in missions to evacuate people stranded in war zones. Wikipedia describes this unique dual capability:

"Kearsarge is fully capable of amphibious assault, advance force and special purpose operations, as well as non-combatant evacuation and other humanitarian missions. ..."

(snip)

The Los Angeles Times continues:

" In addition, the aircraft carrier Enterprise is in the eastern Mediterranean. The Pentagon originally announced that the carrier was heading through the Suez Canal for the Arabian Gulf, but the crisis in Egypt appears to have prompted a decision to keep it in the Mediterranean at least temporarily."

(snip)

The Enterprise is the longest naval vessel in the world, and is powered by eight nuclear reactors. The Enterprise does not appear to have any dual role for evacuations, but is simply an offensive aircraft carrier.

Therefore, I see no clear indication that the U.S. government has affirmatively decided to directly involve our military in Egypt. However, it is obvious that the government is at least planning for the possibility.

Update: Business Insider notes:

"A "very senior" member of the US Marine corps is telling people "multiple platoons" are deploying to Egypt, a source tells us."

(snip)

"This senior Marine told our source that the Pentagon will deploy "multiple platoons" to Egypt over the next few days and that the official reason will be ‘to assist in the evacuation of US citizens.""

"Our source was told that "the chances they were going over there went from 70% yesterday to 100% today.""

Links are provided in the above article for the articles that are cited and the Business Insider piece of Feb. 5th while the Los Angeles Times piece is of Feb. 4th.

"Washington’s new myth: “intelligence failure” in Egypt: Regime change has been planned for years"

by Larry Chin, Feb. 6, 2011

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23101

I'm not absolutely sure of this, but based on the beginning of the following article, Prof. Chossudovsky would disagree with one thing said in the above piece by Larry Chin. The latter piece seems to imply that Washington wants Mubarak out, unless what Larry Chin means to say is only that Washington would accept him being replaced, as long as it's by someone who'd also be a Washington and Israel ally.

This following piece describes extreme racketeering against the Egyptian people by the present power elites of the country and foreigners, and Washington evidently doesn't want Mubarak out, though would surely accept as long as his replacement would be a Washington and Israel ally.

"Egypt's Social Crisis: Financial Bonanza for Wall Street Investors and Speculators
Hidden Agenda behind Mubarak's Decision Not to Resign?
"

by Michel Chossudovsky, Feb. 6, 2011

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23099

"Who is the Real Opposition in Egypt?"
by Shamus Cooke, Feb. 6, 2011

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23100

That article provides a link for the following one of Feb. 5th.

"Robert Fisk: Exhausted, scared and trapped, protesters put forward plan for future

On a day of drama and confusion in Cairo, opponents of the Mubarak regime propose a new kind of politics."

www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-exhausted-sc...

There are several other articles posted Feb. 6th and 5th at GR about what's happening in Egypt.

The following piece is unrelated, but is worth reading. It is short, unless people also read all of the Telegraph UK articles about the many cables referred to in this piece. It's unrelated to the situation in Egypt, but is definitely related to the Middle East and the phony war on terrorism, which some people might say is not totally unrelated to the situation in Egypt.

"Daily Telegraph uses Wikileaks Cables as an Instrument of War Propaganda"

by Cem Ertur, Feb. 5, 2011

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23086

These articles are at and/or were obtained (links) from www.informationclearinghouse.info, which has many articles about what's going on in and with Egypt.

"Robert Fisk: The wrong Mubarak quits. Soon the right one will go

Protesters in Tahrir Square are right to be sceptical despite the apparent shake-up in Egypt's ruling party"

Robert Fisk, Feb. 6, 2011

www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-the-wrong-mu...

The old man is going. The resignation last night of the leadership of the ruling Egyptian National Democratic Party – including Hosni Mubarak's son Gamal – will not appease those who want to claw the President down. But they will get their blood. The whole vast edifice of power which the NDP represented in Egypt is now a mere shell, a propaganda poster with nothing behind it.

(snip)

Betrayal always follows a successful revolution. And this may yet come to pass. The dark cynicism of the regime remains. Many pro-democracy demonstrators have noticed a strange phenomenon. In the months before the protests broke out on 25 January, a series of attacks on Coptic Christians and their churches spread across Egypt. The Pope called for the protection of Egypt's 10 per cent Christians. The West was appalled. Mubarak blamed it all on the familiar "foreign hand". But then after 25 January, not a hair of a Coptic head has been harmed. Why? Because the perpetrators had other violent missions to perform?

When Mubarak goes, terrible truths will be revealed. The world, as they say, waits. But none wait more attentively, more bravely, more fearfully than the young men and women in Tahrir Square. If they are truly on the edge of victory, they are safe. If they are not, there will come the midnight knock on many a door.

(snip)

The end of the above article is for brief descriptions of four of "The key players" and then some political quotes.

"It's Not Radical Islam That Worries The US – It's Independence"

The nature of any regime it backs in the Arab world is secondary to control. Subjects are ignored until they break their chains"

by Noam Chomsky, Feb. 5, 2011

www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27419.htm

I haven't viewed the lecture by Noam Chomsky on Jan. 25th, yet, but will include a link further below for an ICH page for a 6-part video for this lecture that evidently is relevant in a complementary way for what's going on in Egypt and anywhere else that the west causes or creates poverty, including in the US, like in the USA, f.e. Maybe the lecture also does mention the protests in Egypt when they first started around a week ago or so. I don't know what date they began and his lecture was on Jan. 25th. According to the Feb. 6th article (above) by Robert Fisk, the protests began Jan. 25th.

I'll include some additional current links from ICH and one or two videos at Youtube, first. The lecture by Chomsky is at the end of this post, since it was posted Jan. 31st.

"Key leadership quits Egypt ruling party; Mubarak retains presidency

Top leadership, including Mubarak's son, resign from National Democratic Party as anti-government protesters continue demonstrations in Cairo; earlier reports that Hosni Mubarak also resigned were retracted."

by News Agencies, Feb. 5, 2011

www.haaretz.com/news/international/key-leadership-quits-egypt-ruling-par...

I won't include more of the links at ICH, except for the lecture by Noam Chomsky at the end of this post. There is one new piece by Ellen Brown on Egypt though and that should be good, since she is a respected expert on economics. And people interested in finding more articles on the situation in Egypt and related foreign politics, whatever, should visit ICH. www.Uruknet.info should also have some articles, since the Web site seems to mostly be about events in the Middle East and Central Asia.

"Wednesday night intense battle" (2:00)
AlJazeeraEnglish, Feb. 5, 2011

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqydgpyVNKY

The following two videos, which I haven't yet viewed, both have three clips.

"News Analysis-Egyptian Revolution; 13th Day-02-05-2011-(Part1)" (8:25)

PressTVGlobalNews, Feb. 6, 2011

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UWAyqdM3X8

"Reality Check-Egyptian Revolution-02-05-2011-(Part1)" (7:57)

PressTVGlobalNews, Feb. 6, 2011

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoIg4dQyno8

"Chomsky: Elections Today "Public Relations Extravaganzas."

Video - Noam Chomsky Lecture University Of Tennessee - January 25, 2011"

www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27381.htm

I'll excerpt or quote the introduction for the video clips.

Chomsky discussed the United States' support of dictatorships in Egypt, Tunisia, Georgia, Jordan and Colombia.

"The guiding principle (for American government) is that as long as the public is under control, everything is fine," he said. "(The traditional argument is) the powerful should gain ends by any possible means. As long as the public is kept under control, public will doesn't matter."

"Throughout American history, there has been a constant struggle over who should control and who should obey," he said. "The Founding Fathers were ambivalent about democracy."

"The United States has a violent labor history," he said. "The rallying cry of the late 19th-century labor movement was, 'Those who work in mills should own them,'" he said.

Chomsky said this holds significance today, specifically with the automobile industry.

"Obama took over the auto industry, so the government owns it," he said. "The government is closing plants when they could turn them over to the workers and let them run it for profit."

"By World War I, the business class realized that because of new freedoms, it was impossible to control the public by force, so they need new means," he said.

"They tried to (sic) control of opinion and attitude to divert people from the public arena. This is why the public relations industry was started."

Chomsky called elections today "public relations extravaganzas."

Posted January 31, 2011

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