by Scott Creighton
The rent-a-mobs are out in force in Egypt with the largest “gathering” right in front of the State television station building in Cairo. They always show up to support neoliberal dictators or fake color revolutions all across the world. A for-profit popular movement with traditional ties that go all the way back to the young republicans rallying in Florida to stop the recount in 2000. It’s a lie. It’s marketing. And only in a country as sick as ours, is it possible for these frauds to continue without being exposed in the press. But this is the world we live in.
(These fakes are clashing with real Egyptian protesters, throwing stones at them, hitting them with sticks, stabbing them… while the army stands by and watches. Seems like the PR guys have come up with a plan that keeps the army out of the picture. Dress up the state police as “pro-Mubarak” protesters and have them attack the people to chase them out of the square. This distances Mubarak from responsibility. Plausible deniability. There are reports coming out of Egypt that state police vehicles are working in support of the fake pro-Mubarak “protesters”)
Barack Obama gave his little Egypt speech yesterday which was literally covered in PR agency fingerprints. Their spin, not Obama’s (as that he is simply an infomercial actor at this point) is being played out all across the MSM and dutifully repeated by other national leaders all across our Western Neoliberal Empire.
“Tony Blair has described Hosni Mubarak, the beleaguered Egyptian leader, as “immensely courageous and a force for good” and warned against a rush to elections that could bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power.” The Guardian
Mubarak refuses to step down while promising the people that he will enact democratic reforms. The people don’t buy it. They have heard promises of democratic reforms for the past 30 years while nothing has happened and the big Western powers have turned a deaf ear to their pleas. Egypt has been under a state of emergency since 1967 which has led to increasing human rights violations like torture and the disappearances of opposition party leaders. Elections are clearly rigged and the neoliberal economic structure is crippling the standard of living of the average Egyptian while enriching a few oligarchs, like Mubarak and his family and friends.
“Torture is an endemic problem in Egypt and ending police abuse has been a driving element behind the massive popular demonstrations that swept Egypt over the past week, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today” Human Rights Watch
But now the spin coming from Obama’s handlers is that this time, things will be different and the MSM is busy presenting the protesters as a bunch of short-sighted ingrates who simply can’t wait till the next election for Mubarak to step down.
Over a hundred protesters have been killed since this started up. Journalists were arrested, al Jazeera shut down, the internet switched off, and cell phone communication lines were cut. Were it not for the military who stood with the protesters and kept the peace, God only knows how much more blood would have been shed at this time. But all of that seems to be water under the bridge to President Obama. Like it never happened.
“So I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters.” President Obama
Violence against the peaceful protesters has already occurred, Mr. President, and by ignoring it you are simply insuring that more will follow.
If the people go home. If they quit this protest in Tehrir Square, if they run from these state police officers in civilian clothers pretending to be pro-Mubarak supporters, there will be even more violence. Not out in the open, but the old, traditional way. The violence taking place right now is just a taste of what is in store for the people of Egypt.
The newly appointed Interior Minister served under the last Interior Minister and he also headed up the prison system while AI and other human rights organizations reported repeatedly on torture, disappearances, and assassinations of political dissidents in Egypt. The man is a thug and as soon as the international spotlight is turned off, he will get back to doing what it is he does… what it is he was appointed by Mubarak to do.
The possibility that President Obama does not understand this is less than zero. If they step out of the square now, these people, the leaders of the people’s movement, will be arrested, tortured, and killed. 30 years of dictatorship will not be reversed by a fluffy presidential speech written by 20 somethings with communication arts degrees. There is too much at stake with Israel, the canal, and a border crossing into Gaza and the 1.5 million people living in the world’s largest open air prison… what they used to call a “ghetto” back in days gone by.
But it will be enough to placate the Obama supporters here in America. They will swoon over their hero’s ability to get the internet turned back on in Egypt and they will clutch to anything positive they can find about his passionless fence-sitting speech. They will do all they can to bask in the comforting glow of cognitive dissonance for as long as they can, while business as usual resumes under the dictatorship of Mubarak.
The protesters still in the square, still clinging to their one chance at real change in 30 years, must be supported by our efforts as much as possible.