I was sort of going to do a big long post I’ve been trying to write for years about, well mainly about Herbert Marcuse and the Frankfurt School and stuff, then I read this at the Telegraph’s Egypt live updatey pagey thing-
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has joined Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, and Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, in a statement urging Hosni Mubarak to avoid violence “at all costs”, AFP report:
“We call on President Mubarak to avoid at all costs the use of violence against unarmed civilians, and on the demonstrators to exercise their rights peacefully.
“The Egyptian people have legitimate grievances and a longing for a just and better future.
“We urge President Mubarak to embark on a process of transformation which should be reflected in a broad-based government and in free and fair elections.”
“It is essential that the further political, economic and social reforms President Mubarak has promised are implemented fully and quickly and meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people.
“There must be full respect for human rights and democratic freedoms, including freedom of expression and communication, including use of telephones and the Internet, and the right of peaceful assembly.
“We now urge him to show the same moderation in addressing the current situation in Egypt.”
What mealy mouthed twattery. What disgraceful, self-serving bullshit. The Egyptian people are living under a dictator, they are literally giving their lives to get rid of him, and our “leaders” are still trying to prop the cunt up. Why? Well, they think he’s on “our side”. They don’t care about Egyptians. They sure as shit don’t care for liberty. They don’t care that this asshole’s human rights abuses. They want the devil they know, and damn the people who have to live under his jackboots.
There is a strong case for Arabs to hate us in the West. I know that sounds leftie, but sorry, frankly, if I lived there I’d hate us too. We have meddled and interfered and interfered and meddled, half their dictators learned their communism in European countries from European intellectuals, and those who didn’t learned their fascism from Nazi Germany. Perhaps our most egregious meddling was the overthrow of Mossadegh in Iran, imposing another nasty dictator, the fake Shahanshah Pavlavi, that led to the Iranian revolution and reign of the mullahs.
And now, when the people of Egypt are crying for freedom, what do our useless governments do? Politely suggest that the dictator might want to be a bit nicer.
No sorry David, and Angela, and Nicolas, that’s just not good enough. You are useless. Shut up and go away, please.
The Middle East has been a mess for a long time. A lot of people at the moment seem to be saying that that is never going to change, and the Egyptians should be grateful to have one of the milder dictators. But the fact is, that region is going to have to find a path to the future that is as an equal part of the world community, and that means finding a means of governance that isn’t tinpot dictators or crazy mullahs. It may be the Tunisians and Egyptians can be the start of that. We may be, right now, living through a change as dramatic as the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Before that historic discontinuity I, like many other people, thought the Soviet Bloc would be that way forever. But then, it suddenly and spectacularly crumbled. Let’s hope that the Muslim world has reached a similar discontinuity.
And let’s hope that our own pathetic leaders will remember the adage, “if you can’t say anything useful, say nothing at all”.