Hitting The Fan… Again
I really don’t know enough about it to give any piercing incite into the situation in Egypt, which is why it’s been a bit quiet around here for the last few days, but I will say that I am in full support of the Egyptian people in their struggle for real democracy. I truly wish them the best.
I would however like to comment on our own government’s repeated lunacy of supporting dictators around the world. It’s truly remarkable how we fail to learn from our mistakes over and over again. Our ability to be completely surprised by world events that we’ve engineered through hubris and corruption is equally astounding.
When will we finally realize that we can’t prop up brutal puppet regimes as a bulwark against populist movements we don’t like, and then expect the people to just sit back and enjoy the torture and murder indefinitely? That’s how Iran was made. And Iraq. And Afghanistan. And a dozen other dysfunctional nations whom with we’ve had a “special relationship”. Of course the US isn’t the only western power with blood on their hands, propping up murderous sociopaths is a team sport.
For any who don’t know yet, the newly appointed Egyptian “Vice President” Mr. Omar Suleiman is a thug and a criminal, but he’s also our favorite CIA asset and the go-to guy for much of our torture out-sourcing. He’s also quite popular with the Israelis, and our own State department. Any open support of that monster by western governments should be met with howls of protest. The Egyptian people certainly aren’t having any of it. Good for them.
Conservatives of course are blaming the whole thing on President Obama (huh?) but can’t seem to agree on why, and the Neocons are all warning of dire consequences if we allow grubby masses of brown people to pick their own leadership. Heaven forbid. Par for the course with the hate-democracy crowd. There’s just something about free and fair elections and representative government that the authoritarian fucksticks on the right simply can’t stand.
As the world gets smaller and populations increase, you can expect a lot more of this. The huddled masses yearning to be free have been yearning long enough. With any luck, some day soon our government will wake up to the fact that we’ve heaped our foreign policy shit pile into other people’s homes all over the planet for decades now and we shouldn’t be too surprised when someone finally turns the fan on to air it out.