'Allies' of Empire
[col. writ. 2/3/11] (c) '11 Mumia Abu-Jamal
If students of current affairs learned anything this past week, it is that Egypt is not Tunisia. When the people took to the streets of Tunis demanding the dictator's ouster, the Ben Ali clan took the hint, packed up their loot, and split.
Husni Mubarak is no Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
A former general, Mubarak is a creature of the military. And much like Pakistan, being an ally of the world's richest country has paid dividends to a whole cohort of the military; the better to protect a military dictatorship.
They have grown fat and corrupt on a generation of U.S. money, and don't want to give it up.
That's why you see Mubarak's thugs beating protestors in broad daylight, lobbing Molotov cocktails at unarmed civilians, and the terrorizing of journalists. They don't want the baksheesh to end!
And these 'thugs'? Cops, mostly, out of uniform.
The problem in Egypt has never been just a dictator; it's been the dictatorship -- a system of repression and state terrorism which has been supported by Washington for decades.
Why do you think the army is so strong? To fight Israel? Libya? The Sudan? Nope. It's to keep the people in check.
In fear. In terror. It ain't to protect them, for the army is the tool of Mubarak--and those that pay him.
A recent Newsweek article called the array of U.S. 'allies' in the Middle East "mafia states", designed to enrich the dictator's family, and serve the empire. The people are incidental; means to and end.
But this journalistic description, while appealing, isn't entirely accurate. For these nations are "vampire states", draining the lifeblood, spirits and dreams of the people.
They are 'parasite' states, lifeless relics of a bygone era, that must be strongly fought, for the light of freedom to ever dawn.
--(c) '11 maj
[Source: Dehghanpisheh, Babak, & Christopher Dickey, "Tunisia's Message", Newsweek (Jan. 31, 2011), p.40-42]