Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Harvests the Revolution
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, January 31, 2011
The Egyptian revolution against dictatorship, corruption, and poverty
is real and cannot be orchestrated by any power, including the world
Zionists who have been backing the dictator and his regime. However, they
may benefit from it, if they succeed in arranging for their perceived El-Barade'i
horse to win the next election race. But from now until that time, many
many things may happen in Egypt and the entire Middle East.
Eyes fixed on Egypt, the consensus is that we are
witnessing a global awakening. Mesmerized by the crowds, mainstream
media reports, and 'pundits' analysis, we have abandoned our ability to
think critically -- we fail to ask the right question: Why is the
mainstream media in the U.S., the propaganda apparatus of the State and
interest groups, condemning the Egyptian leader -- America and
Israel's most subservient ally?
Clearly, we no longer suffer from
short term memory in this country -- we suffer from a total loss of
We tend to forget that well over a year ago, political
actors in America and allied nations had full knowledge that Egypt's Hosni
Mubarak was terminally ill. Certain that his reign was coming to a
close, they devised a plan to compensate the inevitable loss of Mubarak's
unconditional support. A plan was put into motion to assist
orchestrate an uprising which would benefit their interests. The
idea was to support the uprising so that an ally could be placed in Egypt
without raising suspicion. Not only would America be seen as a
benevolent force acting in good faith, contrary to its hypocritical
policies, but perhaps more importantly for the decision makers,
Israel's interests would be served - again - at the expense of the Arab
Who would be the wiser for it? It seems the
public has fallen for the plan.
Media 'pundits' are eager to
blame the timing of the protests in Egypt on economic hardships.
Citing Egypt's jobless and inordinate poverty, they would have us believe
that the American 'social media', Tweeter in particular, has prompted and
aided the protests. They would have us believe that in spite of the
fact that the Egyptians cry over the price of wheat, they have cell phones
and access to social media. We are to accept that the poor, hungry, and
jobless Egyptians are revolting against their lot by 'tweeting' in
Their access to modern technology aside, we are
told to accept that the knowledge of English among 80 million Egyptians is
so strong that they can 'tweet' -- fully comfortable with tweeter
abbreviations and acronyms. Else, we are to believe that
Egypt is busy 'tweeting' in Arabic even if Twitter does not lend itself to
Arabic any more than it does to Persian.
When Iran's opposition
leader, Mir-Hossein Mousavi compared the Egyptian uprising to the 2009
post-election protests in Iran, he had a point. Both had an outside
source. During the 2009 protests in Iran, 'tweets' were traced back
to Israel (see
link). The rumors and support for the "opposition" initiated in
the West though Tehran Bureau -- partnered with the American PBS. A
CNN desk was created to give the protests full coverage.
America has been attempting to undermine Iran's government for over 30
years. The media has helped to demonize the regime. Why would
the media treat this obedient tyrant the same way? The mainstream
media, as well as the 'left' are reporting on Egypt's protests round the
clock. It is important to ask why.
For decades, the
American government and allies have snuffed nationalist sentiments in the
region in favor of dictators. Iran's Mossadegh, a fierce secular
nationalist, who was democratically elected to be prime minister of Iran,
was removed by a CIA-backed coup when he nationalized Iranís oil and the
oppressive Shah put in power. This political action led to the 1979
revolution. America lost a valuable puppet in the
Similarly, the nationalization of the Suez Canal by
Egypt's patriotic Nasser led to his demise, paving the way for the
eventual installation of a puppet regime - Mubarak.
Mubarak is dying. Fearful of losing an important ally in Egypt's
Mubarak, the political elite in America have undertaken a calculated risk:
siding with the Egyptians to promote 'democracy' - hoping to help put in
place one of their own. How likely is it that they will
prevail in Egypt where they failed in Iran? Could it be that
apprehensive about the future of Egypt, more importantly, its alliance
with and subordination to Israel, the Noble Laureate option is being
neoliberals, a new wave of thinking emerged which endorsed the idea of
promoting 'democracy' ("liberal
Imperialism") in order to evolve hegemonism to imperialism.
Their thinking emphasized the 'character of the political leadership'.
A wave of books centered on 'democratic transitions' that focused on the
character of the leader with the right ideas appeared. They planned
to emphasis new successful leaders such as Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela,
Lech Walesa in order to promote their own in places of
These neoliberals believed that "transition to
'democracy' required focusing on "political strategies" and introducing "indeterminancy"
and "uncertainty" into the process of political change which they believed
would be ground for cautious optimism that 'democracy' could catch on.
Laureates were appointed: Shirin Ebadi, El Baradei,
Obama, Liu Xiaobo...
Mr. El-Baradei, the Nobel Laureate
and former chief of IAEA, applauded the violation of the NNPT with his
acceptance speech as he praised the Bush-India nuclear deal - an NPT
violation. Ally S. Korea's NPT violations were given a pass under
his supervision, as well as that of Egypt's. In violation of the
spirit of the NPT, he allowed the illegal referral of Iran to the UN
Security Council. Mr. El-Baradei had
proven himself worthy of American trust - he could be relied on and
deserved a Nobel prize. He
announced his readiness to run for president
Although not supported by protestors (no
doubt placing him under house arrest will give him a boost), El-Baradei's
return to Egypt enables the American politicians to speak from both sides
of their mouths -- supporting the protestors' rights while supporting
their ally. How could they go wrong? The thought process
in this country (and elsewhere) has been guided and controlled by
mainstream media and pundits, many of them neoconservatives.
Curiously, the 24-7 media and its pundits have steered clear of ElBaradei
and his arrest.
Sadly, the American political elite love
Einstein's science but ignore his wisdom. When Einstein
alerted FDR to the possibility of a nuclear weapon by the Germans, he was
listened to and the way was paved for the Manhattan Project.
America developed the heinous weapons of mass murder and dropped it on
hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizen in the name of peace.
Regrettably, as the Middle East and Africa react to America's decades of
neocolonialist policies, Einstein's definition of insanity --"doing the
same thing over and over again and expecting different results" -- is more
apt than ever.
America (and her allies) has practiced the
same damning foreign policy for several decades, each time expecting a new
result. This political insanity manifests itself as the decision
makers interfere in sovereignty of other countries - believing that they
can continue to fool all the people all the time.
Their controlled chaos may get out of hand and
following the painful 'pangs' of neocolonial rule, we may witness the
birth of a new world order.
has a degree in Public Diplomacy from USC Annenberg for Communication and
Journalism. She is an independent researcher and writer with a focus
on U.S. foreign policy and the role of lobby groups in influencing US