No ‘humanitarian intervention’ necessary
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, November 21, 2011
Fresh off the back of bombing Libya under the guise of “humanitarian intervention” while calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down over mistreatment of protesters, the Obama administration has taken a noticeably different approach to Egypt’s brutal military junta that is now busy torturing and killing demonstrators on the streets of Cairo.
“Clashes have again erupted in the Egyptian capital as security forces continue their efforts to clear Cairo’s Tahrir Square of protesters. At least 33 people are reported to have died since the violence began on Saturday with hundreds more injured,” reports BBC News.
The demonstrators are incensed at the ruling military council’s failure to relinquish power ten months after Hosni Mubarak was ousted. Members of the council have openly admitted their plan to maintain overall control even after Parliamentary elections take place later this month.
“The legislature will remain in a subordinate role similar to Mr. Mubarak‚Äôs former Parliament, they said, with the military council appointing the prime minister and cabinet,” the New York Times reported last month.
The realization that one form of dictatorship has merely been replaced by another has prompted the unrest to spread to other cities, including Alexandria, Suez and Aswan.
However, while crackdowns on Libyan rebel fighters, who were still being described as “protesters” by the Obama administration and the western media even as they commandeered fighter jets and fired rocket-propelled grenade missiles, were robustly condemned, just as Syrian security forces have been similarly scorned for their treatment of militants in an unfolding civil war, the silence with regard to Egypt has been deafening.
Indeed, if anything the Obama administration has sided with the ruling military junta that refuses to hand over power to a democratically elected government and has responded to demonstrations by murdering protesters and carrying out brutal beatings.
The U.S. government has ‘shrugged off the abuses’, reports Salon, with U.S. Ambassador for Middle East Transition William Taylor attributing the murders to the “inexperience” of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
The Obama administration has worked through the SCAF to ensure that Egypt remains compliant with US and NATO geopolitical interests in the region.
“Ever since the mass uprising that led to the ouster of Mubarak on February 11, the Obama administration has worked closely with SCAF to try to end strikes and protests by Egyptian workers demanding social equality and democratic rights. It has sought at all costs to prevent a second revolution,” writes Johannes Stern. “This fear of an independent movement of the Egyptian working class is shared by the entire Egyptian ruling elite.”
The United States’ support for the ruling Egyptian military junta is unsurprising given the fact that the majority of aid sent to the country has gone directly to the armed forces – including $1.3 billion in 2010 alone, with the Obama administration keen for this level of funding to be maintained despite America’s own financial woes.
Indeed, the Egyptian military plans to entrench its power by building more M1A1 Abrams tanks via financial assistance from the U.S.
While openly threatening Syria with military under the pretext of averting a humanitarian catastrophe, the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have not uttered a word of dissent against Egypt’s brutal ruling military junta which is now in the process of killing and torturing its own people while the world looks on in horror.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
This article was posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 at 9:55 am