Friday, January 28, 2011

Western hypocrisy over Egypt's protests




So President Obama calls on the Egyptian government AND anti-government protestors not to use violence.


Do you recall the US or its allies calling on Iranian anti-government demonstrators not to use violence back in 2009? No, neither do I. And do you recall the US President urging anti-government demonstrators not to use violence after the elections in Belarus in December? No, me neither.

Seven people have already been killed in the current protests in Egypt. Will the US and its EU allies be imposing sanctions on Egypt for its brutal clampdown on dissent- as they’ve done on Iran and Belarus?

And will neocon websites be posting pictures of those killed by the police- as they did with Neda Agha-Soltan after the Iranian protests? Will any of those killed this week become a ‘symbol of rebellion’ in the western media and blogosphere?

Don’t hold your breath.
PS The picture above (of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak with his mate, the former Israeli leader Ehud Olmert) will help explain why the neo-con websites/journalists/magazines/newspapers which have spent so much time attacking Iran's clampdown on dissent, won't be spending anywhere near as much time attacking the far more dictatorial Egyptian regime.

5 comments:

DBC Reed said...

My impression of the latest forms of Arab dissent, starting in Tunisia, is that it is secular.If that is the case, should n't the West be encouraging them ,instead of Arab protest being channeled as before into Islamic forms of protest with disastrous results ?

David Lindsay said...

Those who have been loudest, not without cause, in denouncing alliances between Stalinists or Trotskyists on the one hand, and Islamists on the other, are now cheering on the former's ushering in of the latter in Tunisia, as well as the takeover of Egypt and possibly of Jordan by the Muslim Brotherhood, and quite possibly that of Yemen by the nearest thing to "al-Qaeda" to have any existence in the real world. But then, they are noisily denouncing the perfectly constitutional and democratic "coup" against the Saudi proxies in Lebanon.

Anyone, anyone at all, except Syria and, especially, Iran, where they are entirely uninterested in the true characters both of the Governments and, as so often historically and today, of the Oppositions. Why, just look at what they are cheering on, and against what, in Tunisia, or Egypt, or Jordan, or Yemen. Or in Syria, or Iran, or Belarus, or Russia, or China, or Cuba. If you do indeed look at what they are backing, then you will be doing a lot more than they have ever bothered to do.

Speaking of Iran, the campaign against Press TV continues apace, with its bank account frozen while Fox "News", owned by the foreigner who has thoroughly corrupted both our Police and more than one Prime Minister, is permitted to carry on without let or hindrance in this country. Press TV should consider a landmark series, with an accompanying book and with as many tie-in newspaper articles as it could place, on The Twelve Tribes of Christian Palestine: Greek Orthodox, Latin Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Melkite, Ethiopian Orthodox, Maronite, Anglican, Lutheran, Syrian Catholic, and Armenian Catholic. Who to present it? Neil Clark?

olching said...

You are absolutely right. May 2011 be the beginning of the global fightback.

Now Egypt, next Jordan, the complicit murderers of Palestinians are on their last legs...Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan...these are all western backed stooges...

And who did we hear this morning on radio? Tony Blair basically defending his mate Mubarak.

These are exciting times.

brian said...

off topic but FYI

on the Underwear bomber and Kurt haskell
http://www.youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_comments=1&v=gu5l7a7dgP4

'60,000 Palestinian books were systematically looted by the newly born State of Israel during the 1948 war. The story of the stolen books is not only at the heart of our project but also the launching pad of a much bigger and wider endeavor: We intend on communicating the scope and depth of the Palestinian tragedy through the destruction of Palestinian culture in 1948. . .
and the great book robbery:
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/10/the-nakba-and-the-great-book-robbery-of-1948.html

John said...

What is even sillier is how some people are trying to give credit to George W. Bush or Obama for the “rise of democracy” in the Arab world. I guess those Arabs can’t figure it out for themselves, huh? But you are dead on about the hypocrisy. The Western nations have always supported dictators as long as it was in their interests.