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the U.S. Really Doesn't Want Mideast Democracy
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don't seek empires... We're not imperialistic. We never have been."
Donald Rumsfeld, US Defense Secretary, 28 April 2003 (on
as these must have led to deep, throaty laughter in the souks throughout
the Middle East, where, in many countries, Arabs (especially their
educated elite) know far more about U.S. foreign policy and history,
than even most Americans. Yet, "Rummy" could say such
things, for he knows that most Americans, having had a deficient,
surface education, know very little about real American history.
Indeed, even a neocon thinker such as the Council on Foreign Relations'
had to concede it wasn't true. Said he, "The United States
has been an empire since at least 1803, when Thomas Jefferson purchased
the Louisiana Territory. Throughout the nineteenth century,"
Boot adds, "what Jefferson called the 'empire of liberty' expanded
across the continent." He notes further, "When US power
stretched from 'sea to shining sea,' the American empire moved abroad,
acquiring colonies ranging
from Puerto Rico and the Philippines to Hawaii and Alaska."
(Fr. M. Boot, "Neither New Nor Nefarious: The Liberal Empire
Strikes Back," *Current History* [Nov. '03], p. 361).
From the neocon
perspective, these examples, and others are illustrative of what
Boot calls a 'liberal imperialism,' a nice, American brand, he suggests.
Yet, to the
occupied, to the ruled, this distinction seems to be largely lost.
Few would argue that the Iraqi Resistance is weaker today, than
it was 7 months ago. It is strengthened by the presence of US foreigners,
who alienate more Iraqis daily. Nor is it sufficient for Americans
to claim that this 'kinder, gentler' imperialism will win over the
Iraqis because it is, after all, for 'democracy.' They know that
it is precisely 'democracy' that the US Empire seeks to smother.
The last thing they want is a true expression of what the populace
feels, for, if it were to be, it would demand, immediately, their
unconditional withdrawal. The late Palestinian scholar, Edward Said,
wrote recently of this:
however, tells itself and the world that it is unlike all other
empires, that its mission is not to plunder and control but to educate
and liberate. These ideas are by no means shared by the people who
inhabit that empire. But that hasn't prevented
the U.S. propaganda and policy apparatus from imposing its imperial
perspective on Americans, whose sources of information about Arabs
and Islam are woefully inadequate. (E.Said, "Blind Imperial
Arrogance," *L.A. Times*, 22 July '03)
Said used two
examples from the region to show how the US used puppets to protect
American economic interests, yet at the same time created leaders
who became unpopular or hated figures in their home countries. First,
he argued, was Egypt's Anwar Sadat, who is largely forgotten and
unpopular a quarter century after his assassination. The second
is the Shah of Iran, whose blind repression ushered in the Islamic
Revolution and the rule of the mullahs.
To quote the
late Professor Said:
and the Shah were followed in power by rulers who are less palatable
to the U.S. indicates not that the Arabs are fanatics, but that
the distortions of imperialism produce further distortions, inducing
extreme forms of resistance and political self-assertion. [id.]
By what measure
can we assume that Iraq will not experience a similar response?
In October 2003
the US Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim
World released a report that reflected "shocking...hostility
toward America." That was a mere 3 months ago.
They know that
the US has aligned itself with and supported a plethora of repressive
governments in the region, and that they have no intention of suddenly
'democratic.' They remember the electoral win by Islamicists in
Algeria, and how the US turned a blind eye when the post-colonial
government unleashed a wave of state repression against those who
had the temerity to win parliamentary elections. Algeria reflected
what happens, in US eyes, when there is too much democracy!
The last thing
they want is a repeat!
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