by Scott Creighton
“Rather, WikiLeaks acted as a catalyst: both a trigger and a tool for political outcry. Which is probably the best compliment one could give the whistle-blower site.” Foreign Policy
“The truth is: this is a major, er, coup for Wikileaks and the transparency it promotes – especially against tyrants like Ben Ali.” Andrew Sullivan
Unless you’re a blatant sycophant just looking for something to praise Assange for these days, you are not going to come to the conclusion that this is a coup “for Wikileaks” and it most certainly was not “triggered” by Wikileaks either. That is, you won’t come to these conclusions unless all you read are the writings of these types of sycophantic Assange-worshipping opportunists.
These riots and this revolution were caused by crony capitalism and the neoliberalization of Tunisia at the direct expense of the vast majority of her people.
Mass unemployment and recent food shortages set in motion a tide that was not to be reversed. Tunisia was a tinder-dry field just waiting for a spark and no matter how many Assange zealots try to tell you otherwise, it wasn’t Wikileaks that set it off.
This revolution was years in the making and it was set off, not by the playboy millionaire living in a mansion in the UK, but rather by a 23-year-old student, Mohamed Bouazizi, who was trying to eek a living selling produce on the street who lit himself on fire on Dec. 17th 2010 because the police shut down his only means of supporting himself leaving him hopeless with nothing. That was Dec. 17th, 2010. The current revolution, the Jasmine Revolution, is credited as starting on Dec. 18th 2010 in Sidi Bouzid, the same location that Mohamed Bouaziz sold fruit in and set himself ablaze in.
On January 4th 2011, Bouaziz died from his wounds and that set off the final wave of protests which eventually led to the corrupt dictator, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, leaving for good. Go here to view photos of the revolution.
But leave it to Assange and his apologists to try to take credit for the courage and the sacrifice of yet another young man, just like they have with Bradley Manning.
Tunisia just swore in their 3rd president in 24 hours. A revolution overthrew the corrupt incumbent, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali who had been the defacto dictator of that country for 23 years. The prime minister of Tunisia, Mohamed Ghannouchi, had stated yesterday that he was taking over, but it turns out that the Prime Minister is not second in line of succession according to the Tunisian constitution, so the Speaker of their lower House of Parliment, Fouad Mebazaa, is being sworn in today.
The rejecting of Ghannouchi as Ben Ali’s replacement is a definite set-back for the powers in Washington. Ghannouchi has been a technocrat serving the Ben Ali regime and the elites in Tunisia in one fashion or another for decades. He’s been Prime Minister since 1999, Minister of Finance from 1989 to 1992, and Minister of International Cooperation from 1992 to 1999. The people of Tunisia didn’t want to replace one pro-Western corrupt crony with another, no matter how many Wikileaks cables tried to support that very conclusion.
“The man now president, Mohamed Ghannouchi was profiled in January 2006 in a secret US cable in 2006, recently released by Wikileaks. “A technocrat and economist, Ghannouchi has served as prime minister since 1999. Is rumored to have told many he wishes to leave the government but has not had the opportunity. Length of his service as PM also suggests Ben Ali [president until resignation] does not view him as a threat and he is unlikely to be viewed as a qualified successor. However, average Tunisians generally view him with respect and he is well-liked in comparison to other GOT and RCD [ruling party] officials.” Guardian
ForeignPolicy.com comes to the same conclusion that I have…
“Ghannouchi is not necessarily any more popular than Ben Ali, though he’s not nearly as tainted by the lurid tales of corruption and excess that so damaged the ruling family. But Tunisians certainly don’t respect the prime minister; they call him “Mr. Oui Oui” because he’s always saying yes to Ben Ali.” ForeignPolicy.com
Tunisia is facing a tumultuous new beginning. If they don’t select what Washington considers to the right replacement for Ben Ali in the upcoming emergency elections, you will probably start hearing about “al Qaeda” in Tunisia in the days and weeks that follow. Bet your bottom dollar that the spin doctors and propagandists are already booking flights into Tunisia to help run the campaigns of a few of the globalist’s favorite candidates.
Cross your fingers for the people of Tunisia. What they took back by force the neoliberals will surely look to reclaim by stealth and deceit… just like they did here in the U.S. with Product Obama.
Whatever happens to them, they took a huge step. They defiantly rose up against an entrenched power and declared they would take it no more. Many paid with their lives. Far too many. One lit a fuse by sacrificing his life and though he will never know it, he gave his nation a fighting chance at real change.
Don’t allow these Assange apologists to tarnish the history of what has happened in Tunisia. Don’t allow these propagandists to hijack a real, organic revolution for their own selfish propaganda.
When you hear someone claim that this was a Wikileaks Revolution, you tell them “no. This was a Tunisian Revolution. This was a People’s Revolution. This was Mohamed Bouazizi’s Revolution”. This was Mohamed’s Revolution.