Feb 052011

Here we go again. The Mid-East is having riots and violence again. Not new, I know, but it should still be looked into.

To begin with, Egypt  looks like Iran did in 1979 with riots, looting, people carrying signs and shouting in the streets. But this time it might be a little different because it’s not just one nation having riots; it’s Tunisia, Jordan, Yemen and Egypt  rioting. A common thread being that they all want a vicious dictator removed from office. All these dictators being  financed by America, and these dictators mostly have reputations of torturing, raping and robbing  their own people. This does not make America look good.

It’s all  proof positive that American policy in the Mid-East has been a complete failure. This is a real surprise to many people because all the American presidents that established and/or supported  these policies ran for public office by telling the American people that they were the solution to all problems great and small, when in reality, they don’t know beans about what  they’re doing. But they ran great elections.

The main problem in the Mid-East, was and still is, Israel; because Israel established itself with a war of conquest that is still bitterly resented 62 years after is founding. The policy used by America since Israels founding is basically the same even though it failed completely as proven by the Iran revolution in 1979. America would support a vicious dictator or King with generous financial support even though the dictator tortured his own people to hold onto his privileged and comfortable position, but he maintained his position by supporting Israel, which America liked and so was willing to pay for, but as the current situation proves, money doesn’t buy very good friends. Egypt receives $1.5 billion a year, mostly for the Egyptian army.

Most likely the rational for these policies used by America was based on the belief that it was good for Israel and good for the undeveloped Arab nations. But why install a vicious dictator, why not a person with the ability to develop the nations educational system and also develop the nations infrastructure, health care, energy resources etc.; while basing it’s policies on a system of justice for all the people? But then again there is the question that a foreign nation does not have the right to interfere with another nations affairs. How can some people think that they know so much more than a nations people. It must be some form of benevolent arrogance based on an inflated sense of superiority. All I can say about this is, NUTS.

This was the situation in Egypt for 3o years, but it all came to a head when the president of Egypt,  Hosni Mubarak, wanted to make his son the new dictator of Egypt. This was (understandably) too  much for the people of Egypt to take. Especially when you consider the high level of poverty in Egypt, with about 40% of the population living on two dollars a day, along with poor job opportunities and generally lousy living conditions.

Since the riots started, the American government hasn’t done anything useful. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for peace and a move to democracy, not realizing that after 30 years of supporting a vicious dictator that the Egyptian people are not likely to listen to her.

Egypt will most likely be taken over by some radical Muslim group like the Muslim Brotherhood  that will be hostile to America and Israel. This will certainly leave Israel in a dangerous position. Israel will then have a hostile Egypt to it’s south, a hostile Lebanon and Syria to its north, Jordan may also become more hostile to Israel on the east front, then there is the Gaza Strip which is just about inside Israel and is already hostile to Israel, as proved by the thousands of rockets it fired into Israel over the years. Even Arab nations that are far away from Israel, like Iran and Saudi Arabia, are hostile to Israel.

A word here must be said about the United Nations, which was founded on the belief that it would work to end war. Their silence is defining.

This leaves Israel surrounded by historically hostile Arab nations that now have many modern weapons, like F16 jet fighters, M1 Abrams armored tanks, that have all been supplied by America in the effort to buy friends, but obviously these Arab nations wanted these weapons for the war they knew was coming with Israel.

In the end game here, it seems that the Chinese, and now the Arabs, are  playing  America to their own advantage, since America has yet to develop rational policies in these areas.

Jose Lugo

email; lugo@ddtv.org

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