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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

America's Middle Eastern Puppet Regimes Are Falling Like Dominoes

The images from the protests in Cairo, Egypt today are stunning. See this, this and this.

President Mubarak's family has already fled the country.

As Raw Story notes:

Demonstrators calling for economic and political reforms broke through police barriers and began marching in Cairo's streets.

Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court in downtown Cairo and held large signs that read "Tunisia is the solution" amid massive police deployment, an AFP correspondent said.

Chanting "Down with Mubarak" -- in reference to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who has been in power for three decades -- they broke through several police cordons and began marching towards Tahrir Square, in scenes seldom witnessed in Egypt.

Others shouted "Tunisia is not better than Egypt" as the crowds began to swell.

A security official told AFP that at least 20,000 to 30,000 police had been mobilized in the center of the capital alone, and that the area housing the interior ministry had been sealed off.


The protest, called by the pro-democracy youth group the April 6 Movement, coincided with a national holiday to mark Police Day.

The Christian Science Monitor reports:

The fact that the protests took place across the nation, and were not led by a particular political movement or opposition party, set them apart from demonstrations in the last decade, he says.

“This time it is really a national movement,” he says. “It’s quite remarkable that the slogans raised by the demonstrators were not typical of any political party. They were general slogans about democracy, ending the state of emergency, and lowering prices. This is the beginning of a process.… The government will not respond favorably so I think the continuation of the protests is almost certain.”

While some Americans assume this is a “Arab affair”, the fact is that Egypt’s president Mubarak is a yes-man to the U.S., and the fall of the Tunisian and now Egyptian leaders are really the ouster of U.S. puppet regimes in the Middle East.

As Eric Margolis wrote last week:

Oops! Something has gone terribly wrong with Washington’s plans for regime change in the Mideast. Wasn’t there supposed to be a US and British engineered revolution against Iran’s mullahs, followed by installation of a cooperative pro-western government and a bonanza for western oil companies?

The revolution came, all right, but in the wrong place. The explosion of popular fury in Tunisia that ousted its dictator of 23-years is sending shock waves across the Arab world and has alarm bells ringing in Washington.

Pay no attention to President Barack Obama’s pious bromides welcoming the revolution in Tunisia. The US, France and their Arab satraps are deeply worried that Tunisia’s popular revolution could spark similar uprising against the dictatorships or monarchies in other members of America’s Mideast Raj, notably Egypt.

It has come to light that Tunisia’s ruling elite had dinners and wine flown in from Paris at government expense for lavish parties in their beachside villas. Shades of the Iranian revolution, when women of the ruling elite in Tehran used to send their dirty laundry to Paris for hand washing, or fly to Paris to have their hair done for a soiree.


The US and France have always hailed Tunisia as a poster-boy for "moderation, stability, and democracy. "

Translation: 1. moderation: following orders from Washington and making nice to Israel; 2. stability: crushing all opposition, particularly Islamist-oriented parties, muzzling the media, and paving the way for US business; 3. democracy: holding fake elections every few years. The US media soft-soaped Ben Ali and gushed over Tunisia’s "moderate" virtues. They did the same for Egypt’s Anwar Sadat.

America’s other "moderate" Arab clients, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Oman and some of the Gulf states, followed precisely the same model of ersatz elections, ferocious internal oppression, and absolute obedience to Washington.

Tunisia closely resembled other Arab non-oil states in having very high unemployment, social and intellectual stagnation, lack of free speech or expression, and no hope for the future unless one had links to the rapacious, self-serving, western-backed ruling oligarchy. On top of this, in most Arab states, over 60% of the population is under 25.


Mainstream Islamist parties in the Mideast have nothing to do with al-Qaida (which barely exists any more) or anti-Western programs. Their primary concern is getting rid of the western-backed oligarchies that keep the Muslim world backwards and in thrall. Their platform is sharing resource wealth, social welfare, education, uprooting thieving oligarchies and fighting endemic corruption.

The big question now is will Tunisia’s dramatic events be a harbinger of other explosions across the volatile Arab world? All eyes are on Egypt, the home of a third of all Arabs. Egypt’s 83-year-old military ruler, Husni Mubarak, is a giant version of Tunisia’s Gen. Ben Ali.

Mubarak was engineered into power by the US after the killing of longtime CIA "asset" Anwar Sadat. Gen. Mubarak has ruled Egypt like a modern-day pharaoh ever since, crushing both violent extremist and legitimate political opposition. Mubarak’s rigged elections, winked at by Washington, are every bit as egregious as Tunisia’s.

So could the flames of Tunisia’s revolution spread to Egypt?

Today, we got the answer.

Hopefully, moderate Arab governments will replace the deposed regimes, and thus bring real stability to the region. Moderate regimes are those that are not fundamentalists of one type or another, not puppets of any superpower (the U.S. or China), and which focus on implementing sustainable economic and human rights policies which benefit the most of their people possible, instead of just the ruling elite.


  1. I've been waiting for this answer. Great perspective GW. If anyone hasn't seen this film yet, it is worth the viewing.

    Oliver Stone's "South of the Border"

  2. Between this and Europe, it's very reminiscent of the collapse of Eastern European countries prior to the Soviet collapse. Not that we hold these countries in such tight orbit as the Soviets did with their allies, but most of them have bought into the US system, either emulating it or serving it to a pretty high degree.

  3. Absolutely in agreement with Irrational Doomsday: it is very reminiscent at both sides of the Mediterranean Sea, of what happened in East Europe 20 years ago.

    However there is one big difference: c. 1990 the uprisings in the East had often one reference: the West (what was rather ridiculous seen from this side of the wall: what did they expect to get?, didn't they fear losing pensions, public housing and full employment?). Now the Western (European or other) states in revolt have no alternative project and must build their own. This is most challenging and may delay results a lot.

    Otherwise very happy to see all the fundamentalist tyrannies of North Africa blow up to pieces. They had to. Next in line are Morocco, Saudia and Israel.

    But the revolutions in Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt are unfinished yet. However it's clear that the people is pissed off and demand jobs, social justice, freedom of speech and dignity.

  4. I think the US foreign policy would want this, no matter if their plans for Iraq/Iran didn't hold. The whole world must get on the "freedom" train. We must be One. (World).

  5. Again, we see that the only real, dependable ally we have in the middle east is israel...

  6. ..and Saudi Arabia?

    I don't think the U.S. wants any of this. That's why they (the ruling classes of the USA) replaced Bush and his crazy neocon ideas for "dfemocratizing" the Middle East with the far more pragmatic and conservative (as opposed to radical right) Obama.

    It wants "peace" and "restraint", as it keeps saying over and over again.

    No Justice, No Peace!

  7. One word why the below won't happen: Israel.

    As in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (as long as we are making the comparison) any real democratic movement will also register an amplified nationalism. In the Middle East, that means Arab nationalism. No way that's going to be Israel-friendly. And therefore US-friendly, since Israel is America's settler state in the M.E. Remember?

    Hopefully, moderate Arab governments will replace the deposed regimes, and thus bring real stability to the region. Moderate regimes are those that are not fundamentalists of one type or another, not puppets of any superpower (the U.S. or China), and which focus on implementing sustainable economic and human rights policies which benefit the most of their people possible, instead of just the ruling elite.

  8. Finally, democracy is coming to the Middle East. May all these despotic regimes crumble quickly and usher in a new age of liberal democracy for the Middle East, and that the US will stop promoting despotism and dictatorships and promote true democracy instead. God help the Egyptian people get rid of Hosni Mubarak and find a true leader who has their interests at heart and the ability to clean up their decaying infrastructure and economy. God help Egypt.

  9. Well America this is what Obama the muslim
    wanted and when all the dust settles America will fall to the left wing librals you voted into office.And America will be nomore

  10. Well you do not (censor)do you if so why
    have comments

  11. Now if only I could live to see Canadians in the streets demanding we focus on our social needs and stop rubberstamping American policies. And let's include a thankyou to Julian Assange and wikkileaks for providing the information that let the Tunisians focus their anger and despair long enough to kick out their autocratic elites.

    Lets all get busy and do the same....the world is not big enough, or wealthy enough, to support pigs at the trough while most of the world goes hungry to bed.

    And while we're at it....lets transition from the oil and gas that has caused many of these problems, go back to supporting small scale agriculture and dismantle all the neo-con rip offs that are threatening life on our planet.

    Lots of fun could be had over the next 25 years....if we got our courage and clarity of vision back...all over the world. So Yea Tunisia and Egypt!


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