The Cairo Massacre: Did the CIA hijack the Arab Spring?

In case anyone was wondering just how bad it is getting in Egypt, check out the recent photo footage coming out of Cairo right now.  I know our government is claiming to not be involved, but I just hope the CIA or U.S. military didn’t decide to covertly use our political and economic influence to encourage the Egyptian military to topple a democratically elected President simply because he was associated with a political party or religious sect that was likely to be anti-Western.  If we are going to overtly support the spread of democracy abroad, then we can’t covertly decide to undermine democratically elected Presidents when their legitimate rise to power doesn’t serve American interests.  We have a history of doing this in Latin America and Southeast Asia when the outcomes of democratic elections elevated political parties to power that didn’t serve Western capitalist goals. 

But clearly, we need to get out of the coup business, and start respecting the election results of foreign countries (if they are legitimate), to regain some semblance of respect and dignity internationally ourselves.  With Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, the Sudan, and now Nigeria (and Afghanistan just waiting for U.S. withdrawal to find itself in the same situation) they are all on the brink of (or engaged in) violent internal conflicts, and the Sunnis and Shiites are ready to exterminate each other.  Thus, it would appear all the positive potential that could have resulted from the Arab-Spring and America’s “Nation Building” efforts were all largely a waste of money, lives, and time. 

But on the other hand, if you believe those influencing the Bush administration intended to destabilize the region by invading Iraq, toppling a dictator, and creating an opportunity for democratic ideals to actually split the nation into two distinct warring factions – i.e. using democracy as a “divide and conquer” tactic – then they implemented an incredibly shrewd (albeit immoral) foreign policy plan that will ensure the region is destabilized and warring with itself for decades to come (rather than fighting with us). 

However, destabilizing conflicts across the Muslim world (and particularly in Egypt) may make domestic “big oil” companies richer, but rest assured it won’t make our gas (or other imports) any cheaper for the American consumer!  It will take an additional two weeks to ship anything from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, because they will have to ship everything around the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa instead of through the Suez Canal!  Likewise, it is a lot harder to extract oil, process it, ship it via pipeline, and then by oil tanker in a war-torn region, than it is to extract it from domestic sources.

Nevertheless, the international community does seem to legitimately want to put an end to the violence in Egypt much quicker than in some of the other Muslim countries like Syria or Iraq.  The problem is, there will be no easy solution in Egypt, because now that the Muslim Brotherhood knows they can no longer use the political process to accomplish their goals – i.e. that the deck is stacked against them – they have no other options than to surrender, assimilate, and support pro-Western candidates, or become martyrs to the Muslim faith.

Thus, Egypt is on the verge of civil war, and should anyone really still have to wonder who is really to blame?  One thing is for sure, there will be far more losers than winners once the normal operations of the Suez canal are impacted.  The latest carnage from the Cairo massacre reveals chaos is now reigning supreme in Egypt.  America’s projected budget to the Egyptian military next year is 1.3 billion.  Which makes me wonder how much American tax dollar funds were spent to fund the Egyptian military’s recent coup against the Muslim Brotherhood?  Of course America will never admit it, but will anyone be surprised if a few decades from now we find out we paid for the Egyptian bloodshed that is occurring currently in Cairo? 

Obama, the E.U., and even most western news agencies don’t appear to want to call the toppling of Morsi a “coup” or attacking peaceful sit-in protesters a “massacre.”  Why?  Because they have toppled a democratically elected President with force, and are now using state-sanctioned repression tactics to oppress and terminate supporters of Morsi in the name of continuing the “People’s Revolution.”  So my only question is, when did the U.S. hijack the Arab Spring, and will we ever allow the Muslim people to use democracy to elect anti-Western leaders?  If not, then why should they ever again agree to use western political ideals like (freedom, justice, democracy, equality, majority rule, minority rights, voting rights, elections, and peaceful transitions between ruling parties ) as founding principles for their new forms of government in the future?        

On a side-note, for some reason, this all reminds me too much of how the counter-cultural movement in America was treated (and how anti-western governments in Latin America were treated) when they tried to create a different political, economic, and spiritual way of life in America (or abroad), and were attacked, incarcerated, or killed by National Guardsmen, the military, and other law enforcement officials for the next four decades during the War on Drugs.  Perhaps the War on Terror is the War on Drugs 2.0?

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The War on Terror – a.k.a. The War Against Liberty

We now live in a post 9/11, post Benghazi world, where the Al Quaeda need not terrorize us with bombs, embassy invasions, executions, or massive terrorist spectacles of the type orchestrated a decade ago.  No, now they only need to allow one of their messages to be “intercepted” by the NSA to spread wide-spread fear and panic causing massive over-reactions by our government in the name of maintaining “an abundance of caution.”  However, if all it takes to spread terror today is a phone call, then the terrorists really have won.

This type of phone-in threat reminds me of a student pulling the fire-alarm at their school to create a state of “emergency” to get out of class.  When we stop everything, and close down embassies because of a perceived threat, the terrorists are winning, because they are getting us to change how we function or cease to function as a society.  These types of “phone-in” threats, apparently intercepted after the mass-media has already reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) is monitoring everyone’s communications world-wide, seems a practical way for Al Quaeda to spread disinformation and threaten many from afar without a single terrorist act actually being committed.  They can literally sit on their couch, and use the NSA’s own monitoring equipment, and our Nation’s political leaders reactions to their messages against us, and get the US to cease diplomatic efforts abroad.  Such over-reactions to potential non-threats is counter-productive to the efficient functioning of the government as a whole.

But it is apparently a win-win situation for the political players involved on both sides of the conflict.  Even the NSA is getting some free advertising and perhaps even a bump in it’s own “approval ratings,” for all it’s hard work at monitoring everyone foreign and domestic regardless of sufficient probable cause.  A potential threat intercepted by the NSA right after the biggest threat to their legitimacy and continued political support just seems too good to be true.  They barely survive a budget block in Congress recently aimed at cutting all funding to the surveillance program, and then discover correspondence of a top AL Quaeda leader that apparently legitimizes their monitoring efforts (even if they technically aren’t Constitutional and their monitoring activities and espionage are a clear violation of International Law).  How convenient for them.

Likewise, President Obama is ensuring he and the State Department will not be accused of ignoring the potential dangers and warning signs of a potential terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate or embassy this time around.  But at the end of the day, the NSA is still violating the fourth Amendment rights of every American and our Democratic President is supporting them with lame arguments.  And he wonders why his approval ratings are at an all time low, and why he has become the brunt of jokes by all the late night talk show hosts.

But if he shows he is not soft on terrorism to the Conservative “hawks,” and if he can get John Kerry to accomplish something in the Middle East, and Republicans Lindsey Grahm, and John McCain somehow manage to settle the civil war in the making in Egypt, then he will have somehow managed to pull-off quite a political feat.  He will have actually solidified a “bipartisan” foreign policy legacy of reestablishing peace in the middle east, Americanizing the Egyptian revolution, and perhaps then no one will remember his “Obama-care” was D.O.A., and that Detroit went bankrupt under his reign.  Clearly, he should thank the terrorists for being so stupid (or astute), for using their electronic communications devices to spread fear and terror with nothing more than their voices amplified by the monitoring of the NSA, the propagation of their threat by the global mass-media, and the politicalization of their message by the President of the U.S, just so he can show us all what “an abundance of caution” looks like.  From where I’m sitting, it looks an awful lot like an over-reaction for a specific political purpose to me.  A public service announcement would probably have been sufficient.

“Unless someone…

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” and “You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” (Dr. Seuss, BrainyQuote).

Theodor Seuss Geisel (/ˈɡzəl/; March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most widely known for children’s picture books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg, and once Rosetta Stone, as well as Dr. Seuss.[2]

Geisel published 46 children’s books, often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of anapestic meter. His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Geisel also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for PM, a New York City newspaper. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army, where he wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

He was a perfectionist in his work and he would sometimes spend up to a year on a book. It was not uncommon for him to throw out 95% of his material until he settled on a theme for his book. For a writer he was unusual in that he preferred to only be paid after he finished his work rather than in advance.[3]

Geisel’s birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. (wikipedea).