Arab dictators for democracy! Yeah, that makes sense!
I usually love going to www.antiwar.com whenever i am bored for a good laugh. You will not find a group of more pessimisstic naysayers anywhere else on the web ( socialist party and A.N.W.A.R. websites nonwithstanding). The reason why i like going back to them though is that they have this great habit of actually doing some really good research and yet always coming up with the wrong conclusion. It's like someone multiplying 2 by 2 and always coming up with 6 for the answer. This article by Aaron Glantz is a perfect example. Aaron seems to find it peculiar that leaders from Sunni countries are calling for iraqis to participate in the updcoming elections: Nearly every day, a new Arab leader urges wide participation in Iraq's elections. In the last week alone, high-ranking officials from Egypt, Jordan, and the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council have spoken out against the boycott. After a summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa called a boycott "very dangerous" and said it might lead to "a sectarian or ethnic conflict." and proof for what i mean is coming up right now: Pro-democracy advocates here in Egypt find such rhetoric amusing, since all of the leaders who have spoken in favor of the election are either kings or long-ruling dictators. "The regimes are really wishing and praying for a settlement in Iraq," notes Wael Khahl, a spokesman for AGED, the Egyptian Anti-Globalization Group. "So they are doing everything in their power to create a settlement so at least the country will have a sense of stability." Khahl says the harshness of the ongoing occupation of Iraq and the Palestinian Intifada are creating problems for Arab governments – most of whom depend on the U.S. government for military aid and political legitimacy. OK People, did any of you catch it? Do you guys see where the writer, or the people he is using for his argument messed up? That last paragraph is key and i am sorry to say that Khahl is an idiot for his faulty analysis. You wanna know why? Well, because mostly, all of those arab leaders really really really don't want this election to work out. Deep deep deep down they are secretly hoping it would turn out to be a failure. And i can hear some of you going : Why would they do that? and why would they say what they said if they don't really believe it? Are you saying those arab leaders are ful of shit? Well, to the third question i would say : YES! Let me explain and answer the first 2 questions at the same time... Those leaders have stayed in power for so long, with the US support, because they have convinced the previous adminstrations that democracy doesn't really work for arabs. That if you gave middle-easterners democracy, then the whole region will turn into Taliban-like states. Not wanting that, The US agreed to accept the lesser of two evils and let those leaders run rampant. In the meantime, those leaders - who claim to be allies to the United states- do nothing but attack the US and Israel in their state-run newspapers. Most of them really like the Palestinain conflict cause it provides a great distraction for their people from their looting, tyranny and horrible managment. Those leaders would make sure that every day those newspapers would show pictures of Palestinain victims, calling terrorists martyrs and reminding their people that their first priority should always remain freeing palestine. Don't you know that the palestinians are suffering? Those jews are exterminating them. who cares about you not finding employment when your muslim brothers are killed by the jews who are always supported by the US? Pick any arabic newspaper, and if you do not find at least one picture of a wounded palestinian and a story of Israeli agression against the innocent palestinain doves with a commentary that blasts the US for allowing this then i will give you 10 bucks. Honestly. Cause that newspaper would be like so rare, that it's bound to make me some money in the future as a collector's item. Anyway, that was the way things were done, and that's why the Anti-Us sentiment is so high in egypt for example, despite the 3 billion dollars in aid egyptians have been recieving from the US government every year for the past 25 years. US officials knew about it and didn't really do anything about it. Things seemed to be staying this way forever! That is until our Boy G-Dub came along and said "fuck that shit!"! Remember how those leaders were so against the war in 2003? It wasn't cause they feared for iraqis safety. It was cause they were afraid they would be next. They don't want Iraq to be a success story, they want it to be a horrible failure. They want the US to "learn its lesson" and stay away from them so that they can continue making life miserable for their subjects. They are so afraid of GW though, that they are very afraid of stating anything but "support for iraqi democracy" in public. They need the US support to remain legitimate regimes, and they figure if they appeased the "crazy cowboy" he might not go after them next. And they are betting that the worse iraq becomes, the less likely he would have the support in the US to come after any of them anyway. See what i mean by the writer coming to the wrong conclusion? They would love it if things kept getting worse in iraq people, if the US never left, cause that would mean the US wouldn't have the means or the troops to attack them. It's why so many people are saying that Iranians and Syrians are funding most of those terrorsit attacks in Iraq and they are probably right about that. As long as the US is stuck in iraq, they aren't attacking Iran or Syria, making those 2 regimes safe for the time being. It sucks, but that's just the way it is! But anyway, the boys of www.antiwar.com of course do not see it that way. I am not gonna ruin the article for you guys anymore, it's worth a read, even if it's for a laugh. I will however end this post with one final snippet from that article: "Things like imperialism and aggression are not abstract anymore," he says. "These are news on the TV. These are actual facts on the ground. At one point in time, it would have been possible to find supporters of the American model. It's very difficult to find them [now]." Right here Motherfucker. I am right fuckin here!