September 12, 2011
In May, Obama bellied up to the podium and promised to support democracy in supposedly nascent revolutions in the Middle East and said Egypt and Tunisia would be lured into the fold with billions of dollars in “financial incentives.”
“We’ve borne witness to the beginning of a new chapter in the history of a great country and a long-time partner of the United States,” he said in February after Hosni Mubarak said he would not seek re-election.
That was then, this is now. Now Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces – apparently considered democratic by Obama and the State Department – has expanded emergency laws and clamped down on the press. It asserted the new law in response to large demonstrations outside of the Israeli embassy.
Now the army plans to shoot and kill demonstrators outraged by the transition from a military dictatorship to a military dictatorship without Hosni Mubarak in the president’s office.
“Egyptian authorities have detained a further 92 people and vowed to use live ammunition to protect key buildings following the storming of the Israeli embassy last week, which left three protesters dead and provoked the worst crisis in Israel-Egypt relations for a generation,” reports the Guardian.
“If there is a danger to a building or those present inside the building, we will confront with bullets,” warned the interior minister, Mansour al-Essawy.
In addition to shooting people, the military government has imposed an expanded “emergency law” that targets the media and labor strikes. On Sunday, Egyptian security forces raided the offices of an Egyptian affiliate of the Al Jazeera news network in response to its coverage of street protests.
Al Jazeera Live Egypt was founded in the aftermath of the uprising and “has become known for its attentive, if not sensational, coverage of street protests, including the Israeli Embassy attack on Friday,” according to the New York Times.
Following the ouster of Mubarak, the “transitional” military government said it would put an end to the emergency law. “Eight months after protesters toppled President Hosni Mubarak and the military took power on an interim basis, many supporters of the protest movement say they are concerned that the military rulers are backsliding on reform pledges,” Reuters reports.
Mubarak imposed the Emergency Law in 1967. Under the law, police powers were extended, constitutional rights suspended and censorship legalized. It circumscribed any non-governmental political activity, including street demonstrations and non-government approved political organizations.
It should be noted that the U.S. has long supported the military repression of the Egyptian people, not only under Mubarak but also his assassinated predecessor, Anwar Sadat.
“Egypt under Mubarak uses its billions in U.S. military aid to detain, beat and torture dissenters, opposition politicians and journalists; many have died in custody. Thousands of political prisoners and pro-democracy activists are held in overcrowded, disease-ridden prisons, without charges or trials. Press restrictions, including newspaper shutdowns, are widespread,” Mark Zepezaue wrote in 2003, well before the so-called “Arab Spring” was orchestrated by USAID, NED, and CIA-infiltrated NGOs.
Mubarak, like so many clients before him, considered generous U.S military aid as an “untouchable” reward for keeping peace with Israel, according to leaked documents posted by WikiLeaks. Mubarak, however, like Saddam Hussein before him, made the mistake of taking the U.S. at its word and failing to realize no country is safe from the betrayal of the globalists as they play pawns off against each other in a game of world conquest.
For his loyalty to the United States and Israel, the ailing 83-year old autocrat now spends much of his time in a courtroom cage where he awaits his fate.
Mubarak’s fate was sealed after he refused to go along with the banksters in their effort to privatize state-owned industries in 2010. He made the decision partially in response to growing dissent by thousands of workers who staged demonstrations outside Parliament “complaining about the loss of jobs, wages and social protections, often in connection with businesses that have been sold. With so much turmoil, and with parliamentary elections this fall followed by a presidential election next year, the political calculus was obvious, officials said,” the New York Times reported on June 27, 2010.
The Egyptian military has promised to conduct elections in November, but considering its increasingly draconian response to demonstrators it remains to be seen if they will allow elections or continue Mubarak’s legacy of imprisoning, torturing and murdering the opposition that opposes the poverty and misery delivered by financial elite and their minions at the IMF and World Bank.
This article was posted: Monday, September 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm