Egypt is burning

Egypt, an economic colony of the American empire, is burning.

The hungry rabble, dispossessed by Mubarak’s thirty-year, American-financed dictatorship, is stirring.

“Enough,” they say. “Mubarak must go.”

Cracks are beginning to appear in the Mubarak regime.
Firing upon the vast crowds of protesters will not save him.
It’s too late for conciliatory measures like dismissing his cabinet or promising economic reforms.

The Obama Administration is in a bind.

It certainly does not want the Suez Canal to be controlled by a renegade group like the Islamic Brotherhood, one of the major factions calling for Mubarak’s resignation. Along with the murderous, Zionist government of Israel, Egypt has been a solid American toe-hold in this region, the recipient of huge American bribes and payoffs in the form of ‘foreign aid’ for whistling America’s tune. America must appear to support the basic rights of the people – the rights of assembly and free speech – and to abhor acts of violence. But losing the Mubarak regime is losing a key ally in the region.

The people are fed up throughout the northern African and eastern Mediterranean countries. The central, catalyzing issue is bread. But they are also sick of the American-backed dictatorships. They are sick of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. They are sick of Guantanamo Bay, extraordinary rendition, profiling. They are sick of America’s presence, America’s interference.

The natives are restless. Keeping the uprising non-violent is an impossibility. Violence is necessary merely for the people to get the attention of their leaders. It is acceptable for the brutal regimes to use violence upon the people. But when the people take the moral high-road and reject violence they are dismissed. Only the immediate, physical threat can make entrenched bureaucracies move. This, unfortunately, is the state of the art in our times.

Let the tyrants fall one after another! It’s a good lesson for America’s political class: you can push your displays of power, your dazzling life-styles and your contempt for the people only so far.

When the slumbering dragon is awakened, it is already too late.

Ralph J. Dolan is a retired family therapist living in western Massachusetts. He can be reached at bodhibananaman@aol.com Read other articles by Ralph J..

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  1. Don Hawkins said on January 30th, 2011 at 4:19am #

    Let the tyrants fall one after another! It’s a good lesson for America’s political class: you can push your displays of power, your dazzling life-styles and your contempt for the people only so far.

    When the slumbering dragon is awakened, it is already too late. Dolan

    Ralph good one and Ron Jacobs wrote some very good stuff. Here in the States there are a few people under house arrest Earthlings who still have a soul and know we need to try as the last time I checked not only my kid’s and there kid’s but all the kid’s and there mom and dad I see are not tyrants but good people. Here in the States how do the tyrants put our best thinkers on house arrest well ypu put them on MSM and you will never work in this town again comes to mind and of course the relentless nonsense that tomorrow only a day away we will see as Congress will be back to work a play on words.

    It is acceptable for the brutal regimes to use violence upon the people. But when the people take the moral high-road and reject violence they are dismissed. Ralph

    Again in the States is there violence used upon the people. To me what is happening here is worst then outright violence although that happens it’s the prison for the mind you know the people have spoken 100% pure bullshit how can the people speak when the information is controlled kind of a soft form of indoctrination this Empire is going to fall but we don’t have to fall with it. Seems clear very clear as turn on c-span tomorrow and see and hear and if you have a pair of those special glasses put them on to see the earthlings as they really are granted it’s a bit scary at first. In Egypt those people on motor cycles just on the off chance they are not the tyrants people spreading light though out the land the change over is not easy.

    Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.

    Always in motion is the future.

    “You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. Use the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack. ” My old buddy Yoda and the Earthlings who still have an imagination that wrote those thought’s.

    The people in Egypt seem to speak English very well and there thoughts clear.

  2. mary said on January 30th, 2011 at 4:48am #

    I agree with this clarion call of support but wish that the words ‘rabble’ and ‘natives’ had not been used to describe the protesters. They are derogatory and defaming of a proud people with a long history.

  3. Don Hawkins said on January 30th, 2011 at 5:00am #

    I should have written that here in the greatest nation on Earth Congress are nothing more than the tyrants little helpers as the real tyrants are sort of hiding behind the curtain so to speak. Granted many of them like to get there face on TV help’s them get up in the morning I guess and just love to educate us all don’t they. To tax carbon return the tax back to the people is a game changer not cap and trade a joke on the human race.

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    There it is that’s us and it’s going to get ruff.

  4. Rehmat said on January 30th, 2011 at 11:33am #

    The protests in the most populous country (79 million with 90% Muslims and rest Christians) in the Middle East, are inspired by the groundbreaking Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia followed by the exit of pro-West Sa’ad Hariri government in Lebanon.

    Egyptian government which is the second largest ($1.5 billion/year) recipient of USAID after the Zionist entity ($6-14 billion/year) – is the main Arab protector of Israeli borders from the Islamic Resistance groups. Zionist Hillary Clinton was quick to offer Washington’s support for the beleaguered Pharoah: “Our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people”.

    The National Association for Change (NAC), leading the protests – was set-up by the former head of IAEA Watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, who ran against Mubarak in the recent Presidential election. However, though he supports the protests but refuses to participate in them.

    Shadi Hamid, a ‘specialist on political Islam’ with the Zionist Jewish think tank, Saban Center for Middle East Policy (associated with Brookings Institute and is directed by Martin S. Indyk, former American Jewish ambassador to Tel Aviv and co-founder of WINEP, a think tank of Likud. It was name after his sponsor, Jewish millionaire Haim Saban, co-owner of Fox TV), wrote for The Atlantic (January 25, 2011) under the heading ‘After Tunisia: Obama’s Impossible Dilemma in Egypt’, that fortunately, pro-US-Israel Mubarak regime will not fall tomorrow. “It (Washington) can begin distancing itself from Mubarak by stepping up public criticism of regime repression and deepening contacts with the full range of Egyptian opposition – liberals, leftists, and, yes, Islamists alike. It is better to have leverage with opposition groups before they come to power than afterward,” Shadi advised Obama administration in order to sabotage the future genuine revolution.

    Shadi continues with his cunning agenda: “Far more important is to send a clear message to the Egyptian people that we support their democratic aspirations and that we will no longer offer unqualified support to a regime that systematically represses those aspirations”. Of course, Moshe Shadi, you could have supported your expert opinion by citing the US support for the recent democratically elected regimes in Gaza/West Bank, Lebanon and Iran!!

    Hosni Mubarak’s son Gamal Mubarak who is considered his successor, along with his family, left Cairo and has taken refuge in London. Hosni Mubarak – like the deposed Ben Ali and King Reza Shah, may not be welcomed by his friends in Washington, London and Tel Aviv. That’s the fate of the rulers working for the interests of anti-Islam powers

    The Muslim Brotherhood, despite politically banned and oppressed – is Egypt’s largest and most organised opposition movement. Though it has modified its original ideology of working for the establishment of a Shari’ah run government in Egypt (as visioned by Imam Hassan al-Banna and Sayyed Qutb) – the western Arab stooges and Israel always blame Muslim Brotherhood whenever something goes against their evil agenda. Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘moderate’ leadership has decided not to endorse fully the demonstration against the wishes of party’s younger members. Organization’s senior spokesman, Essam el-Erian, has called the members to “stick to peaceful methods”.

    However, in Jordan, another Israel’s neighbor – Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to continue street protests against Prime Minister Samir Rifai’s government. As the largest Oppisition party in the parliament – it has also demanded that the Prime Minister should be elected and not appointed by the King.

    In downtown Atak, the provincial capital of Shabwa – the protesters chanted slogans against the government’s political and economic policies and called for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. Such protests are going on in various parts of Yemen since the ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in Tunisia, early this month.

    Rehmat’s World

  5. shabnam said on January 30th, 2011 at 2:26pm #

    The Zionist stooge, Barak Obama, is a LIEAR. He is trying to stab Egypt with a knife on its back. People all over the world must expose Obama’s plot against humanity.
    Obama is directed by the judeofascists, a fifth column, to let a Judeofascist, Omar Suleiman to power to keep Egypt and Muslims under control of Israel.

    It has been reported that the Egyptian Presdient Hosni Mubarak chose Omar Suleiman as the new Vice President.Omar Soliman has sworn in on the Saturday Evening which has been reported by Egyptian media authorities. Who is Omar Suleiman?
    • Omar Suleiman was born on 1936 in Qena, Egypt. He attented Egypt’s premier Military Academy in 1954 and also received military training at Moscow’s Frunze Military Academy.

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    The zionazis do not find it beneficial to keep Mubarak any longer. As Martin Inkyk, a judeofascist from Saban center an Israeli spy net said: Mubarak cannot protect the interest of Israel and US any longer because he is a DEAD MAN WALKING with no CREDIBILITY. Israel and their servant, Obama, are trying to deceive Egyptian people to bring a Judeofascist to power and use the military to kill the rest. Mubarak is trying to paint the movement as ‘islamist’ which cannot be bought by Zionists either. Israel and their puppet Obama are trying to deceive the world.

    Obama a petty man knows that he was selected by the Judeofascists to deliver for them and he is willingly to follow the order to keep his PETTY JOB which is against the interest of American people. No one should trust Obama for a second.
    He LIES ALL THE TIME to save his dirty face. As the “secret papers” regarding ‘peace process’ a HOAX showed, US says something in public and act opposite of that. Obama is following the same recipe with Iran. He says “we want to solve the situation ‘diplomatically’, but he assassinates Iranian scientists and Iranian people in the Mosque to intensify destabilization of Iran for ‘regime change’ and partition of Iran like Iraq and Sudan. He is far more dangerous than Bush because Bush made it clear that he is after Iran for regime change, but Obama, the petty servant, LIES and tells the ignorant Americans that he is interested in ‘diplomacy’.
    Iranians and all Muslim people in the West must vote him down to send a message to these petty servants that they cannot fool us. There is no difference between Obama, Bush, McCain or Clinton. All are the same and WAR CRIMINALS. American people must follow the Tunis and Egypt to go into the street to bring regime change in the United States to serve their interest not the interest of a foreign country.

    Obama and Israel are trying to use the riot in Tunis and Egypt and construct chaos in SUDAN to overthrow the government. The riot in Sudan IS HOAX and it has been CONSTRUCTED BY THE EVIL EMPIRE AND JUDEOFASCISTS IN ISRAEL to bring Al Bashir down. Al Bashir was promised by war mongers John Kerry that if Al Bashir cooperate with the terrorists in Washington to partition the southern Sudan, they Obama will remove Sudan from the ‘terrorist’ list. It is a BLACK MAIL. I am sure Obama will not do that and these war criminals are going to use it to partition Darfur as well. Down with Zionism and its stooges, black and white.

  6. mary said on January 30th, 2011 at 2:40pm #

    Holding back on El Baradei. He has changed his opinion on Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

    Result for google search: el Baradei Iran Nuclear weapons

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  7. shabnam said on January 30th, 2011 at 2:52pm #

    Obama and zionfascists will bring one of their own to serve the interest of Israel like always. People of the region must be united against Israel and its crimes against humanity.

    Al-Baradi never dared to inspect Israel illegal nuclear weapon industry but said many nonsense against Iran nuclear program, especially when he wanted to remain in his petty job for another term. Without serving the Judeofascists you can not hold your petty job. Obama is doing exactly that. He does not care about the interest of American people, rather he wants to be in the WH.

    Al-Baradi`i’s family album

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  8. Don Hawkins said on January 31st, 2011 at 2:45am #

    Housewives, students, senior citizens, all united against a common enemy – Mubarak, the former fighter pilot who rigged elections to keep a lockhold on power for 30 years.

    He squandered billions on palaces, a pampered military and an inner circle of family and business cronies while ignoring the citizens’ most basic needs.

    “People, they’re so separated and segregated from those who make the decisions that the Egyptian people are strangers in their own country,” Noor Aiman Noor, a demonstrator, said. CBS

    The immediate cause of this food spike was the worst drought in Russia and the Black Sea region for 130 years, lasting long enough to damage winter planting as well as the summer harvest. Russia imposed an export ban on grains. This was compounded by late rains in Canada, Nina disruptions in Argentina, and a series of acreage downgrades in the US. The world’s stocks-to-use ratio for corn is nearing a 30-year low of 12.8pc, according to Rabobank.

    The deeper causes are well-known: an annual rise in global population by 73m; the “exhaustion” of the Green Revolution as the gains in crop yields fade, to cite the World Bank; diet shifts in Asia as the rising middle class switch to animal-protein diets, requiring 3-5 kilos of grain feed for every kilo of meat produced; the biofuel mandates that have diverted a third of the US corn crop into ethanol for cars.

    Add the loss of farmland to Asia’s urban sprawl, and the depletion of the non-renewable acquivers for irrigation of North China’s plains, and the geopolitics of global food supply starts to look neuralgic.

    Can the world head off mass famine? Yes, with leadership. The regions of the ex-Soviet Union farm 30m hectares less today than in the Khrushchev era, and yields are half western levels.

    We are on a thinner margin of food security, as North Africa is discovering painfully, and China understands all too well. Perhaps it is a little too early to write off farm-rich Europe and America. The Telegraph

  9. Don Hawkins said on January 31st, 2011 at 3:09am #

    {http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/8291470/Egypt-and-Tunisia-usher-in-the-new-era-of-global-food-revolutions.html}

    This article has some information and read between the lines just a bit.

    Can you walk like an Egyptian?

  10. Deadbeat said on January 31st, 2011 at 3:14am #

    Your analysis Don is misplaced. What is undergirding the revolt is not food and resources. Such misplaced analysis may make the American Left feel comfortable. This is about rights, Arab pride, and self-determination. Mubarak was a perfect quisling who had to suppress his citizens in order to provide security for Israel and to permit Israel to advanced its Zionist agenda. Recall that Nasser stood up to Western and Zionist Imperialism before he died of a heart attack and his successor, Anwar Sadat sold out Arab unity to the Israelis.

    You need to take a listen to Press TV rather than to Les Moonves’ CBS.

  11. Don Hawkins said on January 31st, 2011 at 3:42am #

    Ok DB I did say read between the lines a bit so not only are human beings and the natural world are on a collision course that is becoming more clear by the day but Wall Street while pursuing their institutional role: maximizing short-term profit and putting aside externalities is revolting.

    “Only after the last tree has been cut down.
    Only after the last river has been poisoned.
    Only after the last fish has been caught.
    Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

    - Cree Indian Prophecy

    And so far they, them the few are going to give it one hell of a try while putting aside externalities.