So someone asked me in a comment that I haven’t accepted what my deeper thoughts were about Egypt and the response of the US administration to Mubarak. Of course, I would have approved the comment had it not used the N word when describing Obama and been overly moronic in criticism.
Here’s my overall thoughts (and hopefully LAST time I have to address these things):
A big problem with the US is there is really no fine line to walk when it comes to the Middle East. We either are or are not in support of Democracy and civil rights. These people only understand one position, and the US has to take that position and stick with it. I realize that US citizens tend to think that everyone thinks like we do, or they should think like we do. Most US citizens are ignorant (and intentionally so) of how things work in the Middle East. There, I told you how it works in the Middle East when it comes to taking a position. Unlike here, you can’t be politically obtuse.
So the Tunisia and Egyptian protests have put the US in a really hard spot. Doesn’t matter who is in the administration – a Democrat or Republican – because they would have to ultimately decide what message to send, not just the Arab leaders, but the citizens of the Middle East. So what should it be? We’re pro-Democracy and civil rights, or pro-tyranny and oppression?
Careful how you answer that question, because it’s a Catch 22 situation.
So Obama went with pro-Democracy and civil rights. Which is something the US has been promoting in recent decades. Rather two-faced, I add. On one hand, we supported the dictators to keep the peace, wich in turn oppresses the citizens. On the other hand, we pushed for Democracy and civil rights. It’s apparent in recent years that this method doesn’t work, which forces Obama to pick one.
Now, of course the Arabian leaders and their little shills (like the one that they interview in this NPR piece) are going to be anti-Democracy and civil rights. For over a century, they’ve held absolute power and enjoy the comforts of oppressing the people and taking their money. They make slow and often false concessions to their populations to reign them in. They urge Western nations to remain distant from these problems. The two governments in Tunisia and Egypt tried that for three decades, and both are now in trouble as the people have finally had it.
The US suddenly saying they recognize the country of Egypt as the people instead of the dictator has them scrambling. They will do whatever it takes to stop the US from approving of political change. They will move to crush these protests with condemnation and violence because their livelyhood is threatened. Eventually, they know, the facade will break and the tyranny will collapse. “Just not today, not right now,” they murmur, hoping to somehow indefinitely stall the inevitable.
To dismiss the situation would be a mistake. So we took a position on it, and 90% of the politicians agree with Obama’s decision (the 10% not agreeing are doing so either out of politicizing the issue, or not exactly understanding how things work in the Middle East *cough* HUCKABEE *cough*). This has now put pressure on those who believe in oppressing people and supporting a dictatorship. So they are not happy and will throw threats around and be verbally abusive to the present Administration. It would have been the same for Clinton or McCain.
Eventually, even if Egypt goes entirely democratic, the Arab nations will go back to cozying up with the US. After all, they like our money and our support when it comes to resisting each other. I say more power to the Egyptian people, and hope that they win their freedom from that moronic dictator and his regime. It’s clear that the regime doesn’t want to leave, because behind the scenes, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Yemen are telling Mubarak to stay. For their own selfish, twisted reasons.
If we took the position of the dictators and oppression, then we come off as two-faced backstabbers to the common people.
Telling the US to stay out of it while trying to influence the outcome themselves makes Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Yemen huge hypocrites. I’d tell them to go fuck themselves if I could. See how long you can prop up your system without our aid, jackwagons.
And those that go, “Blah blah blah TERRORISTS blah blah blah,” can go fuck themselves, too. I’m getting tired of that argument as a scapegoat for wanting to do nothing in the name of “diplomacy” when we need to do the right thing.