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Revolutions Lead to New Arab World Order

The events continuing in the Middle East, the revolutions in many countries is inevitably leading to a New World Order in the Middle East.  What is even more amazing is the short time it took for the revolution to spread to each of these countries.

Consider this: 12.17.2010  Tunisia…the spark that sets off unrest and rallies that spread nationwide.

Consider this: 01.14.11 Jordanians angered over prices and joblessness

Consider this:  01.25.2011 Egypt Erupts

Consider this: Algerians take to the streets

Consider this: Yemen braces for protests, and call for protests, “day of rage” on 02.03.2011

Consider this: 02.06.2011 Morocco protests

Consider this:  02.09.2011 Jordan replaces government to pre-empt protests

Consider this:  02.11.2011 Mubarak Resigns

Consider this: 0212.2011 Algerian police attack protesters

Consider this: 0214.2011 Bahrain protests, crackdown, shoot live bullets and injure 60

Consider this: 02.14.2011 Iranian protest, “Green Revolution” rallies tens of thousands to protest. Riot police beat and fire tear gas. One person killed.

Consider this: 02.16.2011 Libyians join protest, 60 people killed

Consider this: 0-2.19.2011 Bahrainian protesters reclaim central square, Army and Military withdraw

This is remarkable, in sixty days the face of the Middle East has changed and continues to change.

Make no mistake, American Foreign Policy in the Arab world will continue to as complicated as it was prior the “revolutions.”

The obvious aspect of the all these anti-regime protests that has shaken the Arab world is what they are not about: They are  not about the Palestinians under Israeli  occupation; nor are they anti-Western or even anti-American. The protesters have directed their anger against unemployment, tyranny, lack of freedom, dignity and justice in their lives.  This a huge change in the Middle East.

Many of us remember the demonstrations against the Shah of Iran in 1979, before that revolution was stolen by Islamists.  Iran had a person leader that aroused popular loyalty.  It is ironic that the Shah was exiled on February 11, 1979, and that Mubarak resigned 32 years later on February 11, 2011.

Yet the dangers to U.S. Interests of what is to come next in the Arab world are to overstate.  If protests were to spread to Jordan and Saudi Arabia, a great disaster or utter failure would be waiting. The Saudi royal family, is probably the worst form of government for that country but for the any other which might replace it.  We’ve sold all manner of weapons to the Saudis over decades falling into the hands of Wahhabi radicals. Imagine Yemen were it divided once again into northern and southern parts. The United States would be on its own fighting al Qaeda there.

Though the U.S. government ignored the ‘Green Revolution’ in the recent past, they are back.  Anti-government protests are back.  The Iranian government has called on its supporters to take to the streets to demonstrate their “hatred” for the opposition Green Movement.  We were silent during the violent anti-government protests following the disputed presidential election in June 2009.  But now it seems that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard pledges to hold fire.  They have written a letter to their commanding officer demanding assurances that they will not be required to open fire on anti-government protesters. The letter has been passed on to Mr. Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, no official response has been forthcoming.

Our foreign policy must heed the uniqueness of each country’s political and historical situation in forming U.SA. policy. President Obama and his administration must stand up for principles of civil society, nonviolence, and human rights everywhere.  When an autocrat appears on the way out, as in Egypt and Tunisia the United States must play a constructive role in easing his ouster.  Our government should not be in the position of putting our ‘interests’ above our principles.  There is Bahrain, where the relationship between Bahrain and the U.S. is very strong, our fleet is based there, but that should not interfere with the principles that we expound to the entire world, freedom, free elections, democracy, free press.  The Arab world should be treated no differently than Europe or other areas of the world.  Our principles should not change because countries have oil or other interests we might want control of.  We must stand up for what is right, make a stand and never sway. Our country’s fear of the unknown and their need for their special interests should not stand in the way of freedom and democracy.


Egypt: History Repeating Itself

Fifty-seven years ago, March 1954, the Egyptian people, let y students rose up to resist oppression and for respect for the constitution, where marching in Cairo in 1954.

King Farouk had been removed in a military coup, led by Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1952. This coup was first met with support and hope, but soon dissolved as the Egyptian people watched the new leadership move toward oppression. The constitution was suspended and members of the opposition arrested.

They had no cellphone or internet, but the word spread quickly. Thousands marched Soldiers opened fire and wounded students. The determination of the students was immediate. The government had to be brought down.

Nasser said he would hope open and free elections that summer and promised to spend the intervening months implementing an array of political reforms. Abd al-Quadir Audeh, one of the leaders of the demonstrations, took Nasser at his word and asked the protesters to go home. Audeh was arrested house later and executed, along with other protest leaders the following year. Egypt‘s current protesters are well aware of their country’s bloody political history. The question is whether Mubarak‘s incoherent message to his people means that both sides are bound to repeat it.

The protesters will not be tricked again.  The same promises are being made again, now. Suleiman has offered token concessions to the protesters while rejecting real subtantive changes. Suleiman is reading from the same script Mubarak has used for decades.  The same talk Nasser used.  Suleiman said,”Oh, young men of Egypt…go back to your homes, go back to your jobs.”  Nasser told them the same thing and the protesters were hunted down and shot.

Breaking News:  Mubarak along with his family has left Cairo. Unconfirmed reports from Israel that he has gone to the Red Sea Resort of Sharim el-Sheikh. He has a villa there.  Bought with money stolen from his people.

In an interview Nawal El Saadawi said:

We are in the streets every day, people, children, old people, including myself. I am no 80 years old, suffering of this regime for half a century. You remember, Mubarak is the continuation of Sadat. Both Sadat and Mubarak , their regime worked against the people. They created this gap between the poor and rich. They brought the so-called business class to govern us.  Egypt became an American colony. We are dominated by the U.S. and Israel. And 80 Million people have no say in the country.  But what I would like to tell you, the US. government, with Israel and Saudi Arabia and some other powers outside the country and inside the country, they want to abort this revolution. They create rumors that Egypt is going to be ruined, to be robbed. So they try to frighten us. They have two strategies: to frighten us, so we say we need security, we need Mubarak because people are living in fear. What we want to tell the U.S. and others, keep away from us. End your false democracy and neo-colonialsim.

The Caliphate guru’s need to shut up.  They just perpetuate lies for their own benefit and profit.

In stead of just sitting around and believing all the trash, what we need is a “truth test.”  All bloggers should begin to deconstruct everything they claim as fact. The media enables them, also enables views to being manipulated.  Beck will tell you he is going to tell you the truth.  Well, isn’t it time to tell the truth about, Beck, Palin and all those other Right-Wing liars.

Be brave.  Start the “truth test” movement. Democracy is ours, the Egyptian people deserve it with no assistance from us.  Truth be told, the Mubarak regime is an American creation.

“Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.”