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David Cameron Is Officially A Useless Twat

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”.


  1. Ed P says:

    Mubarak has only lasted so long because he’s been propped up by America. Obviously not to ensure Egyptians are treated well, but to provide a bulwark between militant Islam and Israel. Now the shit will really hit the fan – domino theory in action, as across the entire Maghreb, all the carefully supported despot regimes crumble and fall. This is a huge problem now, as the Western financial mess means there are no longer the funds to buy stability. I expect China will move in, as a wedge between the West & Islam, with dire consequences for all of us.

  2. Paul Marks says:

    Actually the Americans (at least under Obama) haveing been trying to make friends with the Muslim Brotherhood (not I am not messing about – they really have).

    The various civil society groups and democracy activists have been sidelined – because Obama and co considered that Bush policy.

    Actually it was these folk who led the first protests – the Muslim Brotherhood had nothing to do with them.

    However, no one gave any support to the pro democracy types – and the Muslim Brotherhood is now trying to take over.

    On Mubarak and the National Democratic Party…..

    Let the Labour party look after them – after all the Labour party still has fraternal relations with the NDP via their mutual membership of the Socialist International.

    Now the NDP offices have been burned the Labour party could always do the Comradely thing and offer them the use of their offices (connected to Egypt by video conferencing).

    “Or Cameron could….”

    Anything is possible – after all he imported Obama people over for the campaign.

    Yes he did – I recognised them, but did not remember where I had seen them before (at first).

    Then it was “oh….., I last spotted that person on a mug shot whilst watching Fox News”.

    No Cameron had not had them captured by the SAS – they were “here to help”.

    Although none of them got very near to Kettering.

  3. Curmudgeon says:

    Sorry, but the “popular revolution” is likely to lead to a militant Islamic state. Democracy my arse. Is that a better outcome than Mubarak?

  4. Paul Marks says:

    There were nice types out on the streets at first – there really were.

    But they were disorganized and leaderless, so yes it looks as if the hard men may well take over.

    As for Egypt – it was not Mubarak who ruined it, nor was it Sadat.

    Nasser ruined Egypt – destroyed farming (just tiny peasant plots allowed), destryed rational distribution and industry, just about everything. Just as Bhutto ruined Pakistan (a fine place in the 1960s).

    Egypt had problems before 1952 – it was a million miles from perfect. But Nasser really messed it up – and neither Sadat or Mubarak really reversed the damage (although they did nibble round the edges of the problems).

  5. Ian B says:

    “Likely” in whose estimation? The demonstrators are shouting for liberty and for human rights; where are the mullahs to feed the fears we enjoy so much? What a ghastly tragedy it’s going to be for so many in the West who have adopted a “all muslims are the same” narrative if this works out well.

  6. Ian B says:

    Paul, reading your comment I was reminded of this excellent little video with Prof. Stephen Davies talking about Africa-

    At one point he mentions that one of the reasons post-colonial Africa is so messed up was that so many post-colonial governments were comprised of elites educated at or influenced by the LSE and Sorbonne etc in communism. I think there’s no doubt that western-invented communist ideas that were taken up by middle eastern leaders have been a significant part of their disaster too.

    Everyone tried socialism. “AFrican socialism”. “Arab socialism”. All were united in disaster.

  7. JuliaM says:

    I hope you are right, but like Curmudgeon, I too have very uneasy feeling about the future for Egypt.

  8. NickM says:

    I think the reason Sarkozy, Merkel and Cameron are doing the “careful now”, “down with this sort of thing” act is that they are shitting themselves over this making it across the Med to… let’s pick a country at random… Greece say.

    If the MB isn’t intimately involved then they have missed the bus spectacularly. That they don’t seem to be is interesting. Very interesting. Almost every discussion I have seen over the issue assumes from the start that some faction will seize control a la Lenin’s Bolsheviks. What if that doesn’t happen? I’ve often said, here and elsewhere that the real lesson of the Russian Revolution is that power doesn’t go to the big battalions but the organised ones but this might be different. Look at Eastern Europe post ’89.

    Anyway, my main cause for optimism is that Ian B is back in the saddle and seems to have returned with optimism in his heart which quite frankly stuns me more than anything that could happen in North Africa.

  9. Lynne says:

    From Ian’s keyboard to their ears. Unfortunately my unbridled cynicism it currently laughing in the face of quiet optimism.

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