Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Chomsky on Egypt, Obama, Israel & Mubarak (U.S. Policy Supports Brutal Dictator)

VIDEO: Chomsky on Egypt, Obama, Israel & Mubarak (U.S. Policy Supports Brutal Dictator)Chomsky on Egypt, Obama, Israel, Mubarak

BTW, President Sadat of Egypt had offered a full peace treaty to Israel in 1971 but Israel rejected it. "Sadat's offer was closely in accord with official U.S. policy, but Washington decided to back Israel's rejection of it, adopting Kissinger's policy of "stalemate": no negotiations, only force." (Chomsky, Failed States, p. 173) Powerful media outlets like the New York Times falsify history by denying Sadat ever made the 1971 peace offer. "Newsweek refused even to print a letter correcting outright falsehoods on this matter by their columnist George Will, though the research department privately conceded the facts. The practice is standard." (Chomsky, Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World, p.29) (Also see p. 127 of Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky)
Well, Obama very carefully didn't say anything. Mubarak would agree that there should be an orderly transition, but to what? A new cabinet, some minor rearrangement of the constitutional order, it's empty. So he's doing what U.S. leaders regularly do. There is a playbook whenever a favored dictator is in trouble: try to sustain him, hold on; if at some point it becomes impossible, switch sides. The U.S. has an overwhelmingly powerful role there. Egypt is the second-largest recipient over a long period of U.S. military and economic aid. Israel is first. "In fact, if you look at the leading recipients of U.S. aid, most of it military aid, two countries are in a separate category: Israel and Egypt, which gets half the aid given to Israel. This arrangement is part of the Camp David agreement from back in 1979, unofficially. Aid to Egypt is basically aid to Israel, to encourage Egypt to play along. But aid to Israel and Egypt is in a separate category, way above anybody else." Chomsky, What We Say Goes, p.165 Obama himself has been highly supportive of Mubarak. Asked by the BBC, Obama said he didn't regard Mubarak as an authoritarian ruler, he also said he was a "force for stability and good in the region"! This is one of the most brutal dictators of the region — how anyone could have taken Obama's comments about human rights seriously after that is a bit of a mystery. But the support has been very powerful in diplomatic dimensions. Military — the planes flying over Tahrir Square are, of course, U.S. planes. The U.S. has been the strongest, most solid, most important supporter of the regime. It's not like Tunisia, where the main supporter was France. They're the primary guilty party there. But in Egypt, it's clearly the United States, and of course Israel. Israel is—of all the countries in the region, Israel, and I suppose Saudi Arabia, have been the most outspoken and supportive of the Mubarak regime. In fact, Israeli leaders were angry, at least expressed anger, that Obama hadn't taken a stronger stand in support of their friend Mubarak.


Anonymous said...

I count myself among the great public that admires your intellectual efforts of the past, but I truly believe that you are naive with respect to international politics and its less than ideal practitioners. In the case of Egypt, there has been and is no readiness for democracy: there has been no "eternal vigilance" and it would be far more instructive to the Egyptians and democracy if they avoid political turbulence and violence but rather wisely and patiently negotiate the necessary changes between now and September. Respectfully.

Anonymous said...

had the tunisian and egyptian revolution been possible whitout obamas speach adressing the arab world? maybe maybe not. it might be true that obamas human rights profile is false but it limits his options when it comes to active support of dictatorships. would a republican presiden be sitting back or violently support mubarak and "political stability"?isnt obama the most radical president possible whithin the framework of US parlamentary political life? i believe so.

Anonymous said...

On this Friday, a Palestinian butchered 5 family members!!
Including a 3 months baby!!!
Who can do something like this? What do you think?