The Lessons of the Egyptian Revolution for People Throughout the World

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The courage of the Egyptian protesters - even in the face of extreme police brutality - is obviously a large part of why the Egyptians succeeded in kicking Mubarak out of office.

Indeed, I think that the Egyptians adopted the tactics of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., to great effect. They were peaceful in the face of murder and brutality by Mubarak's thugs, which discredited Mubarak in the eyes of the world.

Had the protesters fought back, the regime would have successfully used that as an excuse to crack down and brutally break up the protest movement. The world would have just averted its eyes, and all would have been lost.

As I wrote last week:

This is just like when the British police attacked the non-violent protesters led by Gandhi, or the police in towns in the South of the United States attacked the peaceful protesters led by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Exposing the "false flag" attacks by agents provocateur was also critical, since failure to expose such deception would have allowed Mubarak to stay in power.

But it is important to acknowledge that Mubarak didn't actually agree to leave until the Egyptian people started striking.

Before the strikes, Mubarak said he would not run for reelection in September, but would hang on until then.

Egyptians started a nationwide strike only yesterday ... 24 hours later, Mubarak is on his way out so fast that the door is hitting him in the back.

While the regime and the military paid lip service to "hearing" the protesters and agreeing to meet their demands, it wasn't until the people started hurting the powers-that-be in their wallets - through strikes - that anything actually changed.

This shows that protests are not enough anymore. Not in Egypt ... not in the West.

People throughout the world living in tyrannical conditions need to engage in strikes and other active (but peaceful) forms of civil disobedience which hit the tyrants and their supporters in their pocketbook before we can take our country back.

And see Karl Denninger's comments - and George Orwell's insights into violent revolution and technology - here.

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destiny's picture

lear lessons
See also :,
The Weekly Standard, American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Project for the New American Century (PNAC), The Heritage Foundation et le Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).(…)
Irving Kristol, and Martin Diamond, specialists of the US Constitution (
Need we add more…(probably)
for more details :
Edmund Connelly Naming Neocon (January 22, 2008)
Prof. Kevin MacDonald , Neoconservatism as a Jewish Movement
Michael Collins Piper , The High Priests of War: How America’s “Neo-Conservative” Trotskyites Came to Power and Orchestrated the War Against Iraq As The First Step in Their Drive for Global Empire ( read the intro and extracts ; Photo section )
Michael Collins Piper , The New Babylon: A Panoramic Overview of the Historical, Religous and Economic Origins of the New World Order (2009)
Michael Collins Piper , The Judas Goats – The Enemy Within: The Shocking Story of the Infiltration and Subversion of the American Nationalist Movement (read the intro and extracts ; photo section ) ( Scribd )
Michael Collins Piper , The New Jerusalem: Zionist Power in America (According To Jewish sources ) ( read the intro and extracts )
Northwoods behind Israel and “Team B” (neocon)
James Petras unveils Zionist agents responsible for the war in Iraq and the spying scandal at AIPAC Timeline September 11 Zionists, Psychopaths and 11 September A Comprehensive History of Zionist Crimes How to Achieve Total World Domination – over 1.250 to 6.000 Years / Concise version
VIDEO – Willis Carto said the media plutocracy Bronfman
VIDEO – War Made Easy: war propaganda
AUDIO – Michael Collins Piper says the new Babylon
AUDIO – The bottom of the Rothschild empire, the new Pharisees. Interview with Michael Collins Piper
“U.S. War on Iraq Timed To Coincides With Jewish Holiday Purim! ”
King Faysal University Professor
Source: The New Conservative Jewish movement: from Trotskyism to warmongering Zionist

Yet through the past 200 yrs, there were signs….(sorry this is a google translation…)
“Let me issue and control the monetary resources of a country and I do not care who writes its laws. ”

George HW Bush, 1992
“If the people had the slightest idea of what we did, they would drag the street and lynch us. ”

Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States (1913-1921)
“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated in the private sector. The growth of our nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the most misguided governments of the civilized world, one of the most controlled and dominated, not by conviction and vote of the majority but by the opinion and the strength of a small group of men dominant. ”

Louis McFadden, MP 1934
“We have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I mean the U.S. central bank. This institution has impoverished citizens of the United States and almost led our government into bankruptcy. All this is due to fraudulent practices of the vultures who control this situation. A super state run by bankers and industrialists who associate with international pleasure to enslave the world. ”

Wright Patman, Democrat member of Congress 1928-1976 Chairman of the Bank and the Mint (1963-1975)
“I’ve never seen anyone who could, with logic and reason, justify the federal government borrows to use his own money … I think the time will come when people will demand that this be changed. I think the time will come in this country where they will accuse us, you, me, and anyone connected to the Congress, to be sat doing nothing and allowing a system too stupid to be perpetuated. ”

Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor (1769-1821)
“When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, it is the latter, not the government leaders who control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that receives. [...] The money has no motherland; financiers have no patriotism and lack of decency, their sole objective is winning. ”

James A. Garfield, President of the United States, 1881 – assassinated
“Whoever controls the volume of currency in our country is absolute master of all industry and all commerce … and when you realize that the whole system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a very small elite of powerful, you will not need that explains how periods of inflation and deflation occur. ”

Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States from 1860 to 1864 – assassinated
“The government should create, issue and circulate all currency and all necessary funds to meet government spending and the purchasing power of consumers. By adopting these principles, the taxpayers would save huge sums of money in interest. The privilege of creating and issuing currency is not only the supreme prerogative of government, but it is also its greatest opportunity. ”

Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States (1913-1921)
“Some of the greatest men of the United States in the field of trade and production, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so coherent, so complete, so pervasive .. . They do well, when they speak, speak gently. ”

William Lyon Mackenzie King, former Prime Minister of Canada
“Until the control of the issuance of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized its responsibility as the most flagrant and most sacred, any talk of the sovereignty of Parliament and democracy is idle and futile … A When a nation gives up control of its funds, it no longer makes its laws … Usury once in control, runs any nation.

“The surest way to overthrow an existing social order is to corrupt the currency. ”

Rothschild Brothers of London
“The few people who understand the system (money and credits) will either be so interested in the profits it generates, is so dependent on it favors designs, there will be no opposition in this class. On the other hand, people unable to grasp the immense benefit from the system by capital bear their burdens without complaint and perhaps without even noticing that the system does not serve their interests ”

David Rockefeller, Trilateral Commission 1991
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been exposed to the lights of publicity during those years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to enter a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national self-determination of past centuries. ”

Henry Ford (1863-1947)
“It is significant that the people of this nation does not understand anything in the banking and monetary system, for if this were the case, I think we would face a revolution before tomorrow morning. ”

Henry Ford (1863-1947)
“The youth who can solve the money question will do more for the world than all the armies of history. ”

Henry Makow, Canadian writer
“The Illuminati bankers rule the world through debt is the money created from nothing. They need to rule the world to ensure that no country falter or attempts to overthrow him.
As long as private banks rather than governments, will monitor the creation of money, the human race is doomed.
These bankers and their allies have bought everything and everyone. ”

Maurice Allais, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 1988
“In essence, monetary creation ex nihilo practiced by the banks is similar, I do not hesitate to say so people understand what is at stake here, in the manufacture of currency counterfeiters, so rightly punishable by law. Specifically it produces the same results. The only difference is that those who benefit are different. ”

“Mechanics of modern money,” Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
“The actual process of money creation takes place primarily in banks … the bankers found they could make loans merely by giving their promise to pay, or bank notes to the borrowers. In this way banks began to create money. Transaction deposits are the modern counterpart of bank notes.
It was a small step to print the tickets on the books crediting deposits of borrowers, and borrowers
turn could “spend” by making checks, “thereby printing” their own money. ”

John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
“The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled. ”

Graham F. Towers, Governor of the Bank of Canada 1934-54
“Every time a bank makes a loan, new bank credit is created. Brand new money. ”

John Adams, founding father of the American Constitution.
“All of perplexity, confusion, and distress in America comes not from defects in the Constitution or Confederation or the desire of honor or virtue, but of our profound ignorance of the nature of currency, credit, and traffic. ”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Father of Independence United States
“The inability of the colonists to get power to issue their own money away from the hands of George III and the international bankers was the main reason for the war of independence. ”

Lord Acton, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1875
“The recurring problem over the centuries and which will be settled sooner or later is the conflict between the People to banks. ”

Sir Josiah Stamp, Director of the Bank of England (1928-1941)
(Deemed second capital of England at that time)
“The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. This process may be the turn of the most amazing dexterity that was ever invented. The bank was conceived in iniquity and born in sin. Bankers own the Earth. Take them, but leave them the power to create money and a round of hands they will create enough money to buy it back. Remove them this power, and all great fortunes like mine will disappear and it would be beneficial because then we would have a better and happier. But if you still want to be slaves of banks and pay the price of your own slavery let so bankers continue to create money and control credit. ”

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
“Money is a new form of slavery, it differs from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal, there is no human relation between master and slave. ”

Phillip A. Benson, President of the Association American Bankers’ Association, June 8, 1939
“There is no better way to take control of a nation to lead its system of credit (money). ”

Andrew Gause, historian of the currency
“One thing to realize about our fractional reserve system is such that in a game of musical chairs, as long as the music turns, there are no losers. ”

Irving Fisher, economist and author
‘Our national average is now trading at the thank you of loan transactions of banks, which lend, not money, but promises to supply money they do not. ”

John Swinton, former chief of staff of the New YorkTimes, in a speech to his fellow journalists …
“The job of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie without reservation, to pervert, to vilify, to grovel at the feet of mammon and to sell his country and his race to earn his daily bread. You know as I know, so who can speak of an independent press? We are the puppets and vassals of rich men behind the scene … .. … They pull the strings and we dance! ”

Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974), aviator
“The financial system has become the U.S. central bank (Federal Reserve Board). The central bank manages a financial system with a group of pure profiteers. This system is private and its only purpose is to make the most enormous profits possible using other people’s money. This law (Federal Reserve) shows the greatest proof of confidence in the world.
When the President signs this act, it legalizes the invisible government by the monetary power. People did not perceive, may not account for the moment but the day of reckoning is only a few years, the Day of Judgement of this Act which is the worst crime of all time in the name of law through a bill. ”

Marriner S. Eccles, Governor and Chairman of the Board of Fed
“If there was no debt in the system, there would be no money. ”

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 14th Edition
“Banks create credit. It is a mistake to believe that bank credit is created to any extent by the payment of money to banks. A loan created by the bank is a significant addition to the volume of money in the community. ”

American’s Bulletin
“We were Communisis: production must be regulated so ruthless against consumption or …. fraud in bank credit to the detriment of the public will be revealed. ”

Robert H. Hemphill, Credit Manager, Fed, Atlanta, Georgia
“If the banks create synthetic enough money, we prosper or we sink into poverty. We are definitely, without a permanent money system. When you have a complete view of all, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but it is so. ”

1924 U.S. Banker’s Association Magazine
“Capital must protect itself in every way possible, thanks to the coalition and legislation. Debts must be collected and mortgages banned as soon as possible. When ordinary people lose their homes through the process of the law, they become more docile and can more easily be directed through the strong arm of the government represented by the major financial players and a power plant due to wealth. These truths are well known to our key stakeholders that now apply to create an imperialism to govern the world. By dividing the voters through the political party system, we handle them so they spend all their energy on issues of no importance. So with a discrete action that we will guarantee the sustainability of what we planned and performed so well. ”

Kenneth Boulding, economist
“Any person who believes that exponential growth can continue forever (infinite) in a finite world is either a madman or an economist. ”

Albert A. Bartlett, physicist
“The biggest deficiency of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function. ”

Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) sociologist
“Only small secrets need protection. Large are kept secret by public incredulity. ”

Reginald McKenna, former Chairman of the Bank of England Middle
“I am afraid the ordinary citizen would not like to be told that banks can create money, and do …. And those who control the credit of the nation direct the policy of the government and bear the palm of their hands the destiny of the people. ”

Adolf Hitler
“The majority of people believe more easily to a big lie than a small one. What luck for rulers that men do not think. ”

Mahatma Gandhi
“You participate in a Machiavellian system more effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. Such a system not worthy of allegiance. Obedience to this system is equivalent to join in hell. An intelligent person will resist with all his soul to this diabolical system. ”


Shed Boy's picture

"Mubarak is on his way out so fast that the door is hitting him in the back."

 Where did you get this information? He is still the President of Egypt. He handed his power to the Vice President but intends to stay in office until the election. He's still calling the shots. The riots continue and in a few hours it will be a show down. There could very well be a major blood bath in Egypt tommorrow. Al Jazeera live is streaming 24 hour video, twitter is full of live information. In the morning we get to find out whose side the army is on...and they are the dudes with the tanks. The worst has not begun and your calling it a victory? NOW is the time to watch because we will see more lessons. Power to the people! Fight on Egyptians!

Hugh G Rection's picture

Power to the people! Fight on Egyptians!

Ya. Whoop Dee Doo.  Workers of the world unite... What kind of Islamofascist state is going to replace this dictator? Forgive me for not being overly excited about the prospect of a Caliphate.


Short Israel...

philgramm's picture

This is a fluid, ongoing event.  No lessons to be learned until we see how it all plays out

hayleecomet's picture

My thoughts on your post are heartfelt, George Washington.  I have never witnessed a revolution such as this in my adult lifetime.  Perhaps these young revolutionists have not yet planned what will happen when there president if finally exhiled, but the level of higher consciencious they are demonstrating humbles me.  In my wildest dreams I would never have imagined that thousands (millions?) of people could pull together for a common cause in a peaceful manner.  Hopefully,  people around the world will be awakened by the actions of these young heroes.  Today I feel more hope than I have in many, many years.

ebworthen's picture

Read this, a pretty good perspective IMHO:

The U.S. has a great deal in common with the Egyptian protestors, as a great deal of the peasantry live on the equivalnet of $2 a day just on a bigger scale.

Indentured servitude is indentured servitude no matter the "comfort level" of the accomodations.

ebworthen's picture

Yes, hit them in the pocket book.

It is not about politics, left or right.

Politics is the distraction.

I believe in free markets but not crony capitalism.

I believe in social equity but from the locus of the individual giving and never the state.

The U.S.A. is missing a huge opportunity to TEACH repressed cultures about the ideals of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; but lately we have rolled over give up our rights to the Elites for the sake of entertainment and pacification so...

topcallingtroll's picture

Actually we are doing what our founding fathers warned us about.  We are attempting to sacrifice liberty for security by backing a dictator.  Liberty is too unpredictable.  Nooo....can't have none of that!  The things that Obama said in the beginning in support of Mubarak were shameful.  Of course Israel being the great advocate for democracy and equality in the middle east is dependably reliable in its support for Mubarak against the aspirations of the Egyptian people.


ebworthen's picture


I see prejudice in not advocating for freedom in Egypt.

Certainly there are fringe elements but if we don't support even a 30% movement of educated moderate Egyptians wanting freedom we completely fail them and ourselves; while feeding the fire of the extremists.

tony bonn's picture

george, you have outdone yourself, especially the last half of your are so right that until people take to the streets, the tyrants will give lip service to doing what's right....i pray that the same energy motivating the egyptians infects the americans....

thomas jefferson said that a revolution was required every 20 years and he was so right....the filth infesting washington is 10x worse than anything in cairo....

and super thanks for calling out the black flag tactics of the mubarak thugs....looks like george bush couldn't get to him fast enough as he did with the wtc....

CustomersMan's picture


        The BEST of the POSSIBLE choice is El Baradei.


        Israel doesn't like him or the U.S. so there are 2 big points in his favor.

        My impression is that he loves Egypt, will honor the peoples advice and work to get the country back on track quickly.


         Better than any other choice, has experience and love for his people.


flacorps's picture

Globalist apparatchik ... Bilderberg bootlicker.

TBT or not TBT's picture

and Muslim psychostate A-bomb facilitator extroardinaire.

topcallingtroll's picture

The enlightenment lives on!

But Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotin's invention needs to be brought back.

flacorps's picture

If there is a Robespierre, Danton and Marat, the technology is immaterial.

topcallingtroll's picture

True.  A great intellect is quite flexible as to method.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

They haven't succeeded yet.

HedgeFundLIVE's picture

Tomorrow is D-day. What we saw tonight with Mubarak’s speech was a sham. Nothing has changed; this will lead to further chaos:

max2205's picture

10 years. More musliums than Non musliums in the USA. Get over it, prayer time breaks for all

AnAnonymous's picture

10 years. More musliums than Non musliums in the USA. Get over it, prayer time breaks for all


Would be so good if those people had the legs to back up their fanciful predictions with money. What safe bets it would make.

Ten years, more Muslims than non Muslims in the US? Put your money on the table.

Much , much better than the casino economy.

Unfortunately, all those people dont have the legs so...

ebworthen's picture

Twenty years ago I remember massive Mosques and complexes being built in the Suburbs of Maryland (right outside of D.C.) and inside D.C. itself.

Muslims don't bother me any more than Jews or Christians or Atheists.

Radical anybody who base their self-esteem on what others are not are to be feared because NO ONE fits their view. 

Sharia law would be little different than fundamental Christians wanting to take away Women's rights to vote and go back to stonings.

If the Catholic church had Deacons and Bishops calling for the killing of "infidels" who were not Catholic the West would have a big problem, no?  The moderates and the atheists would be afraid to speak.

bluemaster's picture

are you scared of Muslims ?

Shell Game's picture

Bullshit, fear-monger.  Trust in the 100+ million armed Americans, and sleep like a babe at night, for that is the only entity worthy of trust in this country..

topcallingtroll's picture

That is some massive population growth. Are you sure you did the math correctly?

Dan The Man's picture


He won't leave...unless he can install his own Raul to take his place like Fidel.  And just run the place from swizerland....or manhattan.

ecuador mike's picture

He's not out yet....grab your rocks, it's gonna get ugly!

Huck T's picture

Um...  Don't look like they succeeded in kicking him out just yet.

Maybe we'd better hold off a bit before we go drawing any more lessons...

tamboo's picture

lol@ the 96% joo owned media being 'semi-controlled'.

topcallingtroll's picture

Joo? There arent any Jooz in powerful positions in banking, media, and entertainment. I'm tellinng AIPAC about you and they are going to get you fired from your job for anti joo-ism.

lesterbegood's picture

The Super Bowl pre-game special on the Declaration of Independence; narrated by Colin Powell was very interesting.

Not a word in the Declaration was altered or deleted.

Brought tears to my eyes.

ebworthen's picture


Let up hope that when the time comes our military backs the people and the Constitution - and not the Banks and Politicians who have raped the people in past twenty years.

tempo's picture

How is this a big revolution?  Murburak was leaving in Sept.   The Army is now in charge in violation of the constitution.   Isn't this nothing more than a military takeover just as happened 30 years ago?   When the brotherhood and youth don't get more there will mass protests again.   Then what?

aerial view's picture

the positives are: people are slowly waking up to the tyranny of govt and willing to take action rather than watch DWTS and play with their ipads. Hats off to the people of Egypt!

topcallingtroll's picture

It might not work this time, but people are now too connected and it is becoming increasingly difficult to hide the truths of the enlightenment.

johnQpublic's picture

revolt like...

     an egyptian...danahnahnana nanahnahnanana


blessed be the cause of my brother human beings, escaping human bondage


Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And another
Is finally
And permanently
And abandoned -
Everywhere is war -
Me say war.

That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man's skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes -
Me say war.

That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race -
Dis a war.

That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained -
Now everywhere is war - war.

And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
that hold our brothers in Angola,
In Mozambique,
South Africa
Sub-human bondage
Have been toppled,
Utterly destroyed -
Well, everywhere is war -
Me say war.

War in the east,
War in the west,
War up north,
War down south -
War - war -
Rumours of war.
And until that day,
The African continent
Will not know peace,
We Africans will fight - we find it necessary -
And we know we shall win
As we are confident
In the victory

Of good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah!


bob marley

ddtuttle's picture

The reason Mubarak was in power in the first place, is because interested parties around the world require Egyptian stability. These parties include wealthy Egyptians, Israel, the USA, but also corporations and financiers that do business in Egypt. You can see Cairo's modern skyline, but who do you think paid foreign construction companies to come in and build all that? It's borrowed money, probably dollars.
That Mubarak was so repressive was the decision of many of these influential people, he was just following orders. One should always hope that such governments will be reformed, but realistically, the world needs Egypt to maintain its position as a stable influence in middle east politics; a moderating force in the Israeli Palestinian conflict, if you will.
Yet, radical Islam was born in Egypt; Ayman Zawahiri was an Egyptian doctor and a follower of Sayyid Qutb, the founding father of radical Islam who died in Egyptian jails. Zawahiri has been implicated in the assassination of Sadat.

The conflict between these forces will not go away just because of some demonstrations.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


While I agree with your premise that the Egyptians were brave and persistent, the bottom line is that the mainstream media around the world and particularly in the US were directed to highlight the protestors favorably and Mubarak and his henchmen unfavorably, especially over the last week and regarding the plainclothes ploice henchmen bashing heads. The unfortunate fact is that nothing is shown on mainstream media that is extremely unfavorable to any ally of America unless the USA wants it to happen. Period.

For all intents and purposes, we have a semi-controlled mainstream media press. It's just not obvious to those who are drinking the mainstream "news". But in many cases the control is even more effective that we realize. Mubarak is out because the powers wanted him out for whatever reason, though that reason is rarely what we are told by the very same mainstream media.

chindit13's picture

I completely disagree and think that you are over analyzing and giving Obama et al more credit than they deserve (for having the ability to control anything). First, I have been following the reporting of the Egypt situation on virtually all available media, from the BBC/CNN/Al Jazeera to blogs. The reporting is remarkably consistent and universally supportive of the people. At the same time, every single statement coming out of Obama and his Administration reeks of one-step-behind damage control. I do not think Obama et al want a vacuum in Egypt (vacuum=little of no US influence), so they are merely sticking a finger in the air and trying to gauge the direction and strength of the wind at any given moment. When it looked to be a fleeting event, the statements merely suggested that Mubarak should listen to the people (Hillary said the regime was "stable"). Then it morphed to suggesting Omar Suleiman should be handed power. Over the last few days statements have changed to believing it best Mubarak leave now, and periodic statements supporting the quest for freedom, a late attempt to curry favor with the potential victors.

What you are really seeing, minus the conspiratorial bent, is just gross incompetence. What you are also seeing is that America is being confronted with its own hypocrisy, where it touts noble concepts but only truly backs up its supposed principles when it carries no cost. Dictators and lack of freedom are bad in a no cost country like Burma or North Korea, but when there is money on the line (China) or geopolitical considerations (Saudi, Egypt, Musharraf’s Pakistan, Iraq before 1992) such quaint concepts such as freedom, liberty and human rights are forgotten.

I’ve done my time serving, but today I can say in all honesty, the United States stands for nothing unless it thinks there is something to gain from it.

Bob's picture

Well said, chindit13.  I'm afraid that if you follow Fox, though, you'll find a completely different story on Eqypt.  They're beating the drum for Mubarak in a context of the evil Muslim menace.  Almost exclusively. 

ebworthen's picture

"What you are also seeing is that America is being confronted with its own hypocrisy, where it touts noble concepts but only truly backs up its supposed principles when it carries no cost."


Embarrasing even.

I'm appalled at the American "freedom fighters" who jump up and down acting as though this is all about the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic extremists.  B.S.

This is about trying to shrug off opperssion; the kind of oppression even the American people have had a bitter large taste of in the past two years.

topcallingtroll's picture

Americans have traditionally been supportive of revolts against tyranny. Even glen beck is on board. It doesnt require a tinfoil hat interpretation. The government wasnt leading the response. Obama struggled with this then tried to jump out ahead.

Bob's picture

Beck's on board?  Last I heard he was laying out the Muslim-Soros-Socialist conspiracy nutcase for Africa, ME and half of Asia being taken over by the Muslim hoards.

Pegasus Muse's picture

For all intents and purposes, we have a semi-controlled mainstream media press.

 totally controlled is more like it.    

11b40's picture

Yes, CD, you have the basic premise correct.  When I read your post, I was about to say that while the strikes played their part, and the non-violent protesters played their part, sadly the real 'hero' of this revolution was Al Jazeera.  Their 24/7 live-in-the-streets streaming video allowed the world to watch as events unfolded.  I believe that by the time the Mubarak regime realized what Al Jazeera had done, it was too late to just shut them down without huge international ramifications.  Had their cameras not been there, the military/"security forces" may well have taken care of this with rapid, enforced brutality and made up any story they wanted to.

In reality, we may have reached the point in this new age of communications, where governments in even moderately modern societies have lost the ability to keep things secret.  There may be repression, violence, and brutality, but it won't be deniable any longer.

And the use of the word "sadly" in the above reference to Al Jazeera is a reflection on our domestic, manipulated lap-dog media.  They were jizzed on by jazeera.

Independent Contractor

flacorps's picture

It's easy to check Goebbels diaries out of any public library. Nobody who reads them will ever mistake what's in the media for truth again.

George Washington's picture

CD, I know that Webster Tarpley thinks that as well.


robobbob's picture

for your consideration, if true, certain members of the US government have been supporting Egyptian opposition members for several years

The 2008 HR 1303 condemns Mubarak for repressing several groups.  sponsered by who? Maxine Waters? the one who made a flabbergasting socialist slip?

Of interest is mention of the Center for Trade Union and Worker Support. CTUWS now working to overthrow Mubarak

      Who have received support from Trumka of the AFL/CIO "In a letter today to Egyptian union leaders Kamal Abbas and Kamal Abu Eita, recipients of  last year’s George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka praised the workers’ “extraordinary courage and defiance of a ban on free and independent unions.” Yesterday we learned that your organizations joined with retirees, the technical health professionals .... to announce the organization of a new labor federation to represent workers in a new era of democracy in Egypt. We salute you in this brave endeavor and join the international labor movement in standing with you. The people’s movement for democracy in Egypt and the role unions are playing for freedom and worker rights inspires us and will not be forgotten.....  ......The Egyptian government tried to silence the CTUWS, closing down two of its regional offices and its headquarters in 2007.  Bowing to an Egyptian court decision and international criticism, the government allowed CTUWS to reopen in July 2008. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) joined in congratulating the Egyptian unions and supporting the call for a general strike. In a statement, ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: The union actions will increase pressure for genuine democratic change and respect for human rights. Just as in Tunisia, where the ITUC-affiliated UGTT has been at the forefront of the democracy movement, we salute the courage and determination of Egypt’s working people in standing up to an autocratic and illegitimate regime.   Now, add in an early contender to the throne el Baradei. Who until recently sat on the board of the International Crisis Group along side such members as Zbig, and the omnipresent George Soros.              Now, for a grass roots indigenous uprising, why does this thing have sooo many foreign fingerprints on it?