Egypt: what revolution?
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
Since the so-called revolution in Egypt was declared a success way back in February, the situation has not improved for the people of Egypt in any appreciable way.
The Egyptian military has shot and killed protesters attempting to assemble in Tahrir Square and has now delayed a democratic vote for leadership. Again.
The ousting of Hosni Mubarak now seems to have been nothing more than a show to make the faux-revolution look like it had actually worked.
Once the Western mainstream media was able to refer to the events in Egypt as a fruitful pro-democratic movement, every rebellion throughout the Middle East was painted with the same brush.
However, if every revolution follows Egypt’s footsteps, these will likely result in more harm than good. After Hosni Mubarak, an inarguably deplorable man who was complicit with CIA extraordinary rendition and torture was removed from power, more than 7,000 protesters have been detained, charged and sentenced by Egyptian military forces
.To any remotely rational human being, the goals of the revolution were not attained and the oppressive dictatorial regime is still living and breathing.
To make matters worse for those who actually seek a change in the governmental structure of Egypt, elections will not be held until October or November according to Egypt’s state media agency.
Robert Fisk reports the following for the Independent from Cairo,
Something has gone badly wrong with the Egyptian revolution. The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces – just what the “Supreme” bit means is anyone’s guess – is toadying up to middle-aged Muslim Brothers and Salafists, the generals chatting to the pseudo-Islamists while the young, the liberal, poor and wealthy who brought down Hosni Mubarak are being ignored. The economy is collapsing. Anarchy creeps through the streets of Egyptian cities each night. Sectarianism flourishes in the darkness. The cops are going back to their dirty ways.
It really is that bad.
In another small token move, the oppressive military regime attempted to appease the hordes of peaceful protesters refusing to settle for the failed uprising by purging 587 senior officers.
Regardless of these failed attempts to appease those seeking an accountable and democratic government in Egypt, many see it as “too little, too late.”
Obama is a proponent of the Egyptian “revolution,” evidenced by his speech in May during which he announced,
- The canceling of roughly $1 billion in debt for Egypt. The intention is that money freed from that debt obligation would be swapped toward investments in priority sectors of the Egyptian economy, likely to focus on entrepreneurship and employment for younger people. Unemployment rates are soaring in Egypt and across the region.
- The guaranteeing of up to $1 billion in borrowing for Egypt through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U.S. government institution that mobilizes private capital.
- Promises by the U.S. to launch a new trade partnership in the Middle East and North Africa and to prod world financial institutions to help Egypt and Tunisia.
Clearly our so-called President is praising and assisting yet another violent revolution under the “Arab Spring” branding. If this trend continues throughout the Middle East to nations like Syria, we can expect it to get even uglier than the Libyan debacle.