Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The Thuggish Arab Regimes
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, February 8, 2011
Seeking desperately to cling to power in the face of mounting
street pressure, the Egyptian regime of Husni Mubarak reportedly deployed
thousands of paid thugs in an effort to assault thousands of demonstrators
fed up with the Mubarak regime's tyranny and demanding his ouster.
The thugs, known in Arabic as Baltajiya, threw rocks at protesters, hoping
to get them to flee. Others carried daggers, swords and other sharp objects
with which they either stabbed or sought to intimidate resilient
demonstrators at the Tahrir square in the heart of Cairo. Some of the thugs
appeared mounting horses and even camels and attempting to trample on
demonstrators. Fire bombs were heavily used by the Baltajiya stationed at
neighboring rooftops against the protesters. Eventually, live bullets were
fired into the huge crowd, with several people getting killed and hundreds
The baltajiya (plural of Baltaji) are young, uneducated,
unemployed and violence-prone young men recruited by the regime or the
ruling National Party for the purpose of intimidating and terrorizing
political opponents, falsifying elections and holding "show
demonstrations" in support of the regime whenever the need arises.
The baltajiya played a pivotal role in rigging and falsifying recent
elections in Egypt which were nearly completely "won" by Mubarak's al-Hizbel
This is the behavior of the regime which the United States
and other western powers have tended, maintained, and cared for over 30
years in return for safeguarding their interests in this volatile region. We
are essentially talking about 30 years of dictatorship, repression,
corruption and absence of basic human rights and civil liberties.
It is an evil regime that goes beyond falsifying elections and raping the
people's will; it is a regime that doesn't even flinch from killing its own
people in order to stay in power.
According to confirmed and
reliable reports from Cairo, the regime's paid thugs committed every
conceivable crime against the citizens of Cairo and the country as a whole,
all for the purpose of intimidating protesters and blaming crimes on the
opposition to the tyrannical regime.
They broke into private homes,
assaulted ordinary people, robbed businesses and shops, and set many
buildings on fire. Even the Central Egyptian Museum, which contains records
of 6000 years of Egyptian civilization, was not spared the savagery of the
thugs who sought to set it on fire in order to give the security
forces, especially the army, an alibi to declare a national emergency and
crush the anti-Mubarak protests once and for all.
So what words
would accurately describe such a regime which in order to stay in
power, it has resorted to the unthinkable, namely setting Egypt itself on
fire and murdering its sons and daughters? Does a regime change in
Egypt have to be at the expense of the destruction and burning of the
Muhammed Baradei, a prominent opposition leader, rightly
described the manner in which the Mubarak regime sought to thwart the
revolution in Egypt as "criminal tactics by a criminal regime."
western journalist who had covered the Iranian revolution, the Romanian
revolution and several other revolutions in Eastern Europe and South America
against autocratic regimes said the following words, describing the utter
depravity of the Egyptian regime's behavior toward protesters.
have covered several revolutions worldwide where pro-regime forces employed
many ugly ways and means to intimidate the revolutionaries; but I never
witnessed this level of depravity, gangsterism and thuggishness as we are
witnessing in Egypt today."
There is no doubt that the Egyptian
regime is behaving with total disrespect and disregard for the Egyptian
people who want to transform Egypt from a dictatorship into a democracy, and
from a country that looks down on its citizens to one that shows respect for
In the final analysis, the real indicator of democracy in any
country is when the government starts fearing the people. However, when the
people fear the government and the government contemptuously overlooks and
ignores the people's concerns, it means dictatorship and tyranny is having
We don't know what kind of regime would eventually assume
power in Egypt, the strongest and most populous Arab nation. But we are
hopeful that the end game will see the disappearance of this thuggish regime
which for the sake of pleasing and appeasing Israel and its friends in North
America and Europe is willing to savage, persecute and even kill its own
The Egyptian people are really thoroughly fed-up with this
tyrannical regime and will not take it any more. Thirty years of Mubarak's
corruption, repression, and lies have convinced nearly every Egyptian that
Mubarak must go and a new honorable Egypt must be enabled to emerge from the
ruins of the current rotten dictatorship.
Although widely considered
the navel of despotism in the Arab world, the Egyptian regime is by no means
the main oasis of authoritarianism in the Arab region. With the rare
exception of Lebanon, nearly all other Arab regimes are tyrannical and
corrupt; with each having a decadent rotten king or a president-for-life
presiding over the country, who may well be grooming his son to succeed him
as already happened in Morocco, Syria, Jordan, and the Arabian Gulf
Sheikhdoms and Emirates and as was widely expected to happen, at least until
recently, in countries such as Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
But in a
certain sense, the Egyptian regime served as the gravity center for all
these tyrannical regimes, mainly due to the traditional political and
cultural status Egypt has in the Arab region ever since the 1952 revolution
when a group of Egyptian officers, the Free Officers, headed by Gamal Abdul
Nasser, overthrew the monarchy of King Farouk.
This is why one
should be hopeful that a genuine transformation toward a regime that is more
answerable to the masses would play a certain domino effect in the Arab
region and could lead to true and lasting democratization.
there are manifestly racist and fascist centers of power in the West that
constantly urge governments there to keep up backing and maintaining
dictatorial regimes in the Arab region. Their rationale is that these
regimes serve to keep the Islamists at bay. But this is a spurious rationale
and faulty argument at the very best, since the continued backing of these
tyrannical regimes only contributes to the deepening of hatred of the west
among hundreds of millions of Muslims around the globe. Eventually, this
short-sighted policy leads to more instability, more extremism and more
strategic losses for the west in this vital region.
is no evidence supporting the claim that with Sunni Islamists in power in
some Arab countries, the Arab world will become irremediably hostile or
inimical to legitimate western interests whether in the economic or
This is not to say though that an Islamist or
quasi-Islamist Middle East wouldn't seek to regain its lost honor, dignity
and independence, long usurped by western powers mainly through the
installment in power of local agents such as reigning kings, emirs, sheikhs
and presidents-for-life in the Arab world.
In any case, the Arabs,
even the more feared Iranians, are not really inherently hostile to the
At the end of the day, Muslims, including the so-called
Islamists only want to be treated with respect. (end)