Egyptian Riots 02/01/2011Posted by Leona Dawnfire in Freedom, Government, Obama.
Tags: Egypt, Government, obama, protests
For more than a week, the people of Egypt have been rioting against an oppressive government of 30 years.
“Decades of frustration, borne out of police brutality, systematic corruption and desperate poverty, exploded into revolutionary anger overnight. And the bad news for Mubarak is that this anger shows no sign of abating” (Bradley, Daily Mail).
And Mubarak is refusing to step down, despite the pleas of the people. Instead, the police and military have been mobilized against the protesters, and the death toll is already above 100.
And throughout these riots, the White House has claimed its neutrality, a shocking contrast to the America of the past where freedom from dictatorships was who we were. We believed in freedom.
Thus far, Americans have not been targeted as part of the protest, but it will not be long before the Egyptian people, and perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood will use this to their advantage, realize that a main reason Mubarak and his government have remained in power so long is support from the United States. As we do so often in our recent history, the United States has backed yet another dictator over the freedom of its people. Other examples in the Middle East are the Shah of Iran after the CIA/MI6 overthrow of the Iranian democratic leader and (ironically) Saddam Hussein. America’s more recent track record doesn’t bode well.
With America being such a great ally of Egypt, one must wonder who America is friends with – the hated dictator or the people of Egypt?
America was founded on an uprising against a King and Parliament who overtaxed and treated the colonies like a group of second-class citizens.
The people of Egypt have been the victims of brutality (example: a 13 year old boy beaten and raped by police for suspicion of stealing tea), vast corruption, and censorship. Egypt has out up with more than our Founding Fathers did before they chose to retake their freedom. And yet the President of the United States will not choose to support the protesters and the freedom of the Egyptian people because of political bounds to the dictatorial government of Egypt? What happened, America?
Why has President Obama said that protesters have the responsibility to “express themselves peacefully”? Think about it. Expressing yourself peacefully in a regime that throttles the press, arrests and beats citizens without cause, and Obama would have them express themselves peacefully? President Mubarak has already closed all routes of effective expression of opposing views peacefully.
And as history should teach us, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable” (JFK).