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Arab democracy threatens Israel and the US

Democracy in the Middle East threatens the American imperialist project and its armed wing in the region, Israel.

The network of US backed dictators and the Israeli regime give the US control of the most strategic region on the earth.

That control essentially gives the US the ability to cut off the flow of oil to possible competitors like China and Europe if these powers become too powerful and threaten US economic, political and military dominance.

It can only be exercised through US friendly dictatorships repressing their people. If the Arab masses run their societies they throw off the yoke of US imperialism and challenge Israel’s right to exist.

Israel in its role as the US watchdog receives billions in aid from the Americans. Egypt, after it signed a ‘peace’ treaty with Israel in 1977, became the second highest recipient of US aid. In both cases much of it is military hardware.

Arab democracy threatens Israel. That’s not just the ravings of a mad loony leftie like me. It comes straight from the horse’s mouth.

The Deputy Israeli Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said recently that ‘a democratic Arab world would end this present allegiance, [with the dictators in controlling the Arab masses], because a democratic system would be governed by a public generally opposed to Israel.’

In Washington, in response to the Egyptian revolution, Barack Obama didn’t call for democracy either. He called for reform. Vice President Joe Biden even denies Mubarak is a dictator.

Under immense pressure Mubarak promised his people change. He spoke of freedom. At the same time his police killed more than 100 demonstrators. He has arrested over 1000 people. He cut links to the internet. Now he has banned Al jazeera.

Is that the sort of reform you had in mind Mr Obama?

The uprisings or protests across the region – Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Algeria, Libya, the Sudan – are movements and revolutions for freedom and food. They have been driven by youth, those who are unemployed, and the hungry, those who cannot afford food.

The Arab masses hate Israel. They see what it has done to the Palestinians and know that it has impoverished them and supported those tyrants who rule them. 

They hate American imperialism because some of them at least understand they are part of the network of control the US exercises in the region, a network which consigns the Arab masses to high unemployment and poverty, both of which go hand in hand with repression.

The revolution in Egypt is of historic significance. It is in its early stages.

The potential for the working class in Egypt – a class with a proud tradition of struggle – to broaden and deepen the revolution is the hope for the future, not just of Egypt and the Arab region but of the world. 

A maturation of the working class character and nature of the Egyptian revolution has the potential to liberate the people of the region and challenge Israel’s place in the Middle East. The road to Jerusalem truly runs through Cairo.

The Zionist regime and its imperialist overlord are right to fear Arab democracy. We are right to welcome it.

Victory to the Egyptian working class.

Readers might also like to look at Strike to bring Mubarak down and Egypt: the revolution has begun.



Comment from juanR
Time January 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

John, we have got “bread and land”, but what about “freedom” (true democracy) in Australia?
I think we should take a punt from our Italian sisters in Milan (and the Arab world) and demand real democracy in oz.

Comment from arjay
Time January 31, 2011 at 5:46 am

Well said juanR

Comment from John
Time January 31, 2011 at 6:20 am

Yes, Juan, but most workers’ consciousness doesn’t accept let alone understand the left’s analysis of the narrowness of Western democracy and the need to extend it into the workplace. In Addition Australian capitalism has provided a level of economic benefits to workers not seen in Egypt or other Arab countries. So demands for Cairo style demonstrations for freedom here would have little resonance. Demonstrations to express solidarity with the freedom fighters in Egypt is a better idea. There have been demos around the world and in Australia, but none in Canberra.

Comment from Laptop Battery
Time January 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt more than with any other foreign leader

Comment from Laptop Battery
Time January 31, 2011 at 11:08 am

According to HuffPo, Al Jazeera live stream is blacked out across most of U.S., with Ohio being an exception! Time Warner FTW?!?! egypt

Comment from Laptop Battery Life
Time January 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm

“Saudi CDS has also gone vertical” where are you running to?Fairfax Montgomery Louden are FULL OF RATS ALREADY Mubarak DC Egypt Cairo

Comment from Walter
Time January 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

John, just imagine that Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas had accepted Israel’s offer of a Palestinian state on nearly 95 percent of the land, with a land swap for the rest, half of Jerusalem and an international consortium in control of the “Holy Basin,”.

Let me ask you this: would Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia not have set himself on fire? Would rivers of people not be marching now in Egypt against Mubarak’s autocratic regime?

The wave of popular anger against the Arab world’s “moderate” regimes would be happening regardless of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

the reason is that what’s going on in Tunisia, Egypt (and maybe others) has nothing to do with Israel. It is all about corruption within.

It is about Arab unemployment, and Arab poverty, and Arab despair of a better future.

I note that one of the axioms often repeated (and here too) is that Arab despair breeds the radicalism that breeds the terrorism, and that the source of that despair is the Palestinian issue. The argument goes that if you take that issue away and there will be far less despair, and thus far less terrorism.

It’s a BS argument.

There is hopelessness in the Arab world – but the source is not the Arab masses concern about the Palestinians; the source is the Arab masses concern about their own lives, their own unemployment and their own lack of freedoms. If you fix that and you get stability; ignore that, and you get revolution.

Zionism has nothing to do with the fact that many Arab regimes have stolen from the coffers, denied opposition political parties, killed ‘enemies’ like trade union leaders, Christaian Coptics, journalists and so on.

What happened in France in 1789, in Russia in 1917 and in Iran in 1979 will repeat itself in Egypt and the Arab world in 2011. Israel and the Palestinain issue are not relevant at all.

Comment from John
Time January 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm

It is that the service providers in the US don’t include Al jazeera, not that it is blocked out there.

Comment from arjay
Time January 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm

By golly Walter you think in a one dimentional plane.Of course the Corporate giants like to corrupt leaders of poor countries,since they get the resourses/energy for a song,trap them into debt slavery and drive the wages of workers to subsistance level.It is totally immoral and wrong.I’m with John Passant and Ken O’keefe on this most important issue. Where did Hosni Mubarak get his $40 billion from being public servant? The USA people give $2 billion pa as aid to Egypt and they are getting seem to think that it is their fault.

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Time January 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm

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Comment from Calligula
Time January 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I’m not entirely sure why everyone calls Israel an US project.
In my view the US has always been a project operated by people who decided to throw a wild card into play.
That wild card is Israel.
Equating the great game to chess – Israel has about the same status as, say, a bishop.
Often ignored by amateurs – but a great reach if an opportunity arises, what?

Comment from John
Time January 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Yes, intresting analogy. And a bishop that is well funded and fed by the Queen to do her dirty work on certain parts of the board.

Comment from Calligula
Time February 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

John –
Oh Yes, dirty work.
So the Bilderbergers play chess at their meetings? – list attendees, 2010 meeting
Or do they have one of those flash holographic turnouts like we see in the Sci Fi movies?

Robert Fisk spoke last night on Phill Adam’s show –
Seems there is a fairly unprecedented unrest all around rhe southern/Eastern Mediterranean.
He ventured that “the Egyptian ‘elite’ had ‘infantilised’ the people but that they’d grown up to discover that the government were the children.”
“A secular response and a demand for representation.”

Overtime this week at Langley and Tel Aviv by the looks of it.

Comment from Atlanta Roofing HQ
Time February 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

A democratic Egypt is what Washington and Israel’s rulers fear the most. An Egypt that defends Palestinians and Lebanese will not be tolerated without severe economic and materiel consequences from the US and Israel, so it is difficult to believe, without a Soviet enabler, that Egypt will attempt to wage war with Israel. Nevertheless, Egypt may be able to foil increased Israeli territorial expansion and deliberate targeting of civilians with a belligerent voice. Egypt has been quiet for a long time, and Israel needs another nemesis.

Comment from Walter
Time February 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Atlanta clearly has never studied Arab history. Egyptians have never defended the Lebanese and probably never will. Different factions, different agendas – at least while Syria backs the Lebanese puppet regime. Egypt is more North African than Mid East and it’s population of 85 million is very diverse and not at all related to the Lebanese, other than a common dominant religion.

And while I correct your silly historical mistakes, I think you need to explain how Egypt will “foil increased Israeli territorial expansion” when Israel gave Egypt the Sinai Pennisula and have been trying to give them back Gaza ever since they made the great tactical error of siezing it in 1967!

You may note that there has been 30 years of peace between these two nations, and almost the same between Israel and Jordan. They trade, they have borders you can cross (like I have done on a few occassions without any problems).

The only thing Israel fears, as all people who fear a bloody great war involving dozens of atomic weapons, is instability.

I don’t often agree with John’s view, but I suspect even opposites would agree on this -whatever happens in Egypt, Tunisia etc, you would hope that the new government is stable, able to provide for the workers and people, and seeks a mandate for peace.

The alternative, which may well happen, is that the war mongers take over one of these contries, attack like they did in 1948, 1967 ansd 1973; only this time we will see nuclear weapons used and some of the places you now see on the atlas – they’ll be gone.

Comment from Calligula
Time February 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Hey Walter – G’day
Sometimes the opinion of the bloke in the street might differ from high policy.
Strikes me that Egyptians across the board have had enough of corrupt aggressive cops.
They seem to blame the bloke who refuses to take his retirement package for them.

He’s been financed by the seppos (septic tanks/yanks) just like Saddam was.
Maybe the Gyppos see a parallel and want to pre-empt invasion by making a move themselves before the aforesaid seppos call in Mabarak’s chips.

Myself, I’d like something like that happening in Qld (a popular move against authoritarianism and pushy cops, etc) but God seems to be keeping us all too busy this week

Comment from Walter
Time February 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Calligula, how do you think the Egyptians are going to manage minus one billion in US aid? How about we cut off all aid provided by the US of A to all developing countries – that way that can’t become what Arjay calls ‘puppet’ states.

Australia too, as an ANZUS partner, should stop all aid to deleoping nations so they don’t become puupets to Gillard/Obama death cult.

I am sure all those workers and peasants and potential revolutionaries for the socialist cause will thank you so much for removing infrastruture projects and favourable trade status and building tourism industries and dams and water systems and yes, even military bases.

They will thank you all the way to the bread line, where they wait for food to keep them alive, and they will say, ‘thank you for letting us starve, we would rather this than accept aid from those evil Americans/Russians/Chinese”.

Comment from peter piper
Time February 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

‘Arabic Democracy’ mmmm..can you advise what would be suitable punishment for a teenage muslim girl who wanted to convert to Christianity??
An Egypt without the Yankee $$ bailouts…mmmm…

Comment from Calligula
Time February 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Walter –
I do not rate Abrams tanks, F16 aircraft and M16 rifles as ‘aid’.
Nor do I reckon the average Egyptian sees much humanitarian aid anyway.
As for infrastructure projects – they all seem more to do with putting the ‘beneficiaries’ into a mould.

Egypt is a classic case – a rapidly silting dam once intended to increase agricultural yield and control the annual inundation – but instead causing massive unemployment and social disruption since the cost was, naturally, the ‘big farm’ concept and the destruction of smaller family farms.

In the true picture the cost of your ‘aid’ is probably the greatest cause of the present conniptions.
Please Walt – don’t think big – think rationally and a little outside that square.

Look. I know that some like to take an elitist view and consider the peasantry expendable while others would like to believe nothing other than altruism seeps out of the oval office but I am of neither persuasion.

Comment from Calligula
Time February 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

The “Gillard Obama death cult”?
Walter, I didn’t know that Barrack is a member of ‘Emily’s list’.

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