Arab Spring…Extreme Rebound
By: Kian Mokhtari
The talk on the streets: do you know so and so; yeah he burnt himself to death after the thieving police took his fruit cart!
And with a few words similar to the above the Arab Spring sprang into life in Tunisia. And soon after Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, Libya and Syria began their social rumblings.
Zein al Abedine Ben Ali of Tunisia was sent packing in a matter of six weeks. And then a peculiar keep them hanging transitional government was formed to see the country through to free and fair elections. But more than six months on and why are we waiting?
Egypt's autocratic and authoritarian ruler, the least likely candidate to fall, and, "easy peasy lemon squeezy" just after three weeks it was goodbye to the thirty-year rule of Hosni Mubarak. It took the people only 21 days to bring down Mubarak, a ruler feared throughout his country and the Arab world for his conning and political durability.
In Bahrain things got so bad for the former sheikh and "Johnny come lately" self-proclaimed "King", Hamad Bin Issa al Khalifa, that he had to run to his overlords. Soon the US Defense Secretary at the time Robert Gates was in Manama and almost the moment he left Saudi forces poured into Bahrain to kick the hell out of the peaceful protesters in what many called an illegal invasion. Washington argued that the Saudi forces had entered via a request by king Hamad's regime, therefore calling it an invasion would be passé.
But free men and women in the world remembered another invasion at the request of a minority government: that of Afghanistan. The propped up minority socialist regime in Kabul called on the Soviet Union to move in its troops around three decades ago; but that was called an invasion and blimey this and ruddy that and the blooming other…and all hell broke loose. At that time it was the US who put forward the argument that an unelected minority regime could not be allowed to invite foreign troops in to keep its business in the black.
So all sorts are still happening across the Arab World and North Africa with these nondescript "transitional" states of dangly regimes that have popped up out of nowhere and who maintain the interests of the previous inhabitants of the seats of power…and their Western chums of course.
But the oddest thing is beginning to take shape still.
Just the other day in Cairo's Liberation Square around fifty thousand people gathered and would not let the other sons and daughters of Egypt join their ranks. The very angry looking bunch had one physical feature in common. They all had long beards but no mustaches! They declared that they were in it for the power via their behavior -just them- oh and by the way they openly declared that they were Salafi and Wahabi extremists. They did not say they were extremists –let truth be told—but they represented and touted beliefs prevalent among al-Qaeda and Taliban.
In Libya a very visible bunch took up guns against Colonel Moammer Gadhafi. Among them were many long-bearded yet mustache less fighters, some of whom openly declared their association with al-Qaeda.
In Syria similar looking ragtag gunmen murdered hundreds of the country's army and security forces and stormed entire cities and villages.
"Mustache amiss" must have become a call to battle like: "Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war."
The "long beards with missing taches' bunch" it appears, are in league with the very same people who just keep the poor revolutionaries hanging on via military councils and transitional-reinstatement-of-the-previous-status quo gangs.
If the US must leave the region, then you can bet your worthless bottom dollar that its proxy terrorists will remain to cause misery and mayhem to ensure the Western interests remain intact and profitable. It's a stark choice that is being offered the Arab Spring devotees: accept either the new transitional governments' nonsense or it's the extremist Telibanesque rule from now on! Oh and we nearly forgot: SHUT UP and sit down.
Hosni Mubarak fought the Israelis in three wars and almost succeeded in the last one in 1973, had it not been for Saudi Arabia's moustache less tactics. Funny how the "missing tache" bunch have never taken on Israel that they are supposed to be working against. But they have killed tens of thousands of Muslims across the world of Islam under their wonky interpretation of the faith.
Does anyone know where the Salafi and Wahabi gangs began? If you don't, find out soon otherwise you risk losing your country and living in absolute slavery for as long as the "tache amiss" gangs have not passed their sell-by date for the US, Britain and France; and that could be decades' away.
By: Kian Mokhtari
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy
What has really got on many old hands' nerves in all of Egypt's recent revolution, uprising, palaver, furor or whatever you may want to call it, is the old tactic of trying to bring the military into it.
At first it was President Mubarak's government who tried to calm things in the ancient civilization's streets by sending tanks and troops in. Then it was calls from revolutionary minds that the army should take people's side.
So muscling in on the situation was a first thought for the both sides of the equation. Then the Egyptian army command did the best possible thing; faced with a venomous enemy like Israel on its flank it declared its neutrality in the whole affair to keep in one piece for national defense.
Having lived through one revolution and observed a number of others in just one lifetime, people in my generation believe it does not matter how many people are on the street at any given time. Because estimates in Egypt's case in particular have been much exaggerated in either the people' favor or understated to the Egyptian government's advantage.
So what has to be done is what both Egypt's Western backers and possible future hijackers of Egyptian revolution fear the most: hold a national referendum with foreign observers from a multitude of non-aligned countries to count the ballot.
Now Egyptians are going to have a tough time tagging Mubarak as "a traitor" because of his record. He was a Spitfire fighter pilot who flew against the attempted foreign invasion of the Suez Canal in 1956. In 1962 he converted to Tupolov-16 jet bombers. In 1966 he wrote to the Egyptian high command warning that Israel may be watching the Egyptian Air Force's routine and asked for unannounced alterations to the daily routine of flights. He was reprimanded for his insolence by Gamal Abdel Nasser; but would you believe it, the Israelis in fact had been watching, amazed at the way Egyptian pilots climbed into their cockpits at 7am every morning.
So in 1967 the Israeli air force aircraft arrived at just before 7am and took out the entire Egyptian air force on the ground. Mubarak was hastily reinstated and was given the command of one of the most heavily bombed Cairo airbases. He took command and the airbase was the only military aviation garrison to inflict casualties on Israel.
Then in 1973, as Commander of the Egyptian Air Force, Hosni Mubarak inflicted the heaviest toll on the Israeli air force to date with upward of one hundred Israeli jets brought down.
During the 1973 war with Israel Egypt's armor got bogged down in the Sinai dessert because it ran out of fuel. Saudi Arabian tankers were passing through the Suez Canal –just a stone's throw from Egypt- at that very moment but they refused Egypt's pleas to dock at Alexandria and supply the desperate Egyptian armed forces. The former Shah of Iran finally came to the rescue but his fleet of tankers was far away and simply got there too late.
So Egypt failed to win simply because its Arab brothers proved unreliable partners.
Is it any surprise for Egypt to have opted for peace with Israel afterwards? Almost Every time Palestinians and Israelis had a run-in between 1948-1973 it was either Egypt or Syria or both countries that paid the price in manpower, infrastructure and military losses while Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf littoral states got rich. As for Jordan; actually the King of Jordan at the time was spying for the CIA and he warned Israel of an attempt by Syria and Egypt to recapture territory lost during the 1967 war.
So in Mr Mubarak, we have a decorated veteran who became president of Egypt and kept his country out of war for three decades. But no doubt the third world leaders in their ultimate "wisdom" will tag yet another one of their ranks a dictator, confirming the Western version of history that all dictators, despots and henchmen originate in the Eastern hemisphere -oh great!
My best piece of advice to the Egyptian people is if Mubarak has to go then so be it. But do not throw him to the Western wolves and remember his lifetime of service to Egypt and consider the reasons for his decisions.
As for Palestine; well the problem is the unelected Palestinian leadership that has a penchant for treachery. We can only help people who want to help themselves. With the current Palestinian Authority in charge, it is hard to hold out much hope for a Palestinian future; do you not agree?