And We Wonder Why Arab Muslims Hate Us
By Mark Luedtke
Much as the government of the Soviet Union propped up tyrannical governments in Eastern Europe for the benefit of the Soviet ruling class, the U.S. government has long propped up tyrannical governments in the Arab world for the benefit of our ruling class. These tyrants – like the Shah of Iran and Saddam Hussein – murdered, raped and pillaged their own people while the U.S. government armed them, trained their secret police and paid them blood money euphemistically called foreign aid. The predictable and predicted consequence of this is that Arab Muslims in general hate Americans. The Muslim terrorists who target Americans today do so in response to 70 years of U.S. government aggression in the Middle East.
But we never learn. Instead of ending our government’s aggression in the Middle East, our rulers escalate it, and Arab and American Muslims respond with more hatred and more terrorist plots.
Just as it was inevitable that the people of Eastern Europe would overcome Soviet aggression, it’s inevitable the people in the Middle East will overcome U.S. government aggression, and that’s happening right now all over the Middle East. As dictators fall, the criminality of government is being exposed with them. After 23 years ruling with U.S. support, Tunisian dictator Bin Ali absconded with 1.5 tons of gold bullion looted from his people. Egyptian dictator Mubarak reportedly has $40-70 billion he looted from his people stashed in western banks. “The business ventures from his military and government service accumulated to his personal wealth. There was a lot of corruption in this regime and stifling of public resources for personal gain,” Ms. Jamal was quoted as saying. Mubarak learned well from his U.S. government enablers.
Perhaps the most important lesson Americans can learn from the protests in Egypt and beyond is that Arab Muslims want the same things we do: freedom and the prosperity that inevitably flows from freedom. Warmongers in the right-wing press constantly tell us the terrorists hate us for our freedom. That’s a lie. They hate us because of decades of U.S. government aggression in their countries. Arab Muslims yearn for freedom just like every other human, but our government is the major power propping up tyrannical dictators who keep them from being free.
Eli Cryderman reports, “Since 1948, the U.S. government has given Egypt $63 billion in foreign aid. For 2011, Barack Obama’s administration has requested another $1.5 billion, which comes in fourth behind Afghanistan ($3.9 billion), Pakistan ($3.1billion) and Israel ($3billion) for requests for foreign aid. When combined with conventional U.S. military and economic aid, only Israel receives more of Uncle Sam’s cash and weapons.” The CIA trained Egypt’s secret police. Mubarak is a CIA asset known for torturing prisoners, including those captured by U.S. forces and rendered there. Mubarak’s weapons of oppression are labeled “Made in the USA.” Arab Muslims understand U.S. government aggression far better than Americans.
Understanding this, the direction the U.S. government should take is obvious: stop oppressing Arab Muslims. Stop motivating them to hate us. Let them determine their own fates. That’s how we’ll win the war on terror and regain respect in the world.
President Obama appeared the ultimate hypocrite in his speeches about these protests. While killing Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen, he called for non-violence in Egypt. He slammed Mubarak for Egypt’s bad economy while the official U.S. unemployment rate is over nine percent. He praised freedom of the press while plotting to imprison Julian Assange for publishing leaked documents. He criticized Mubarak for shutting down the Internet while trying to obtain an Internet kill switch. He claimed government must be based on consent, not coercion, while imprisoning tax protesters and recreational drug users and molesting air travelers.
Obama again failed to empathize with the protesters. He instinctively identifies with tyrants. Instead of championing freedom, he was wishy-washy until Mubarak named his head of the secret police, another CIA asset, as VP. Only after another U.S.-backed dictator-in-waiting was in position did Obama call for Mubarak’s resignation. But even though America’s rulers try to retain control, they will ultimately fail. These events signal the collapse of the U.S. as a superpower.
The spark that set off these protests has been largely unreported: inflation. Ben Bernanke’s destruction of the dollar has caused food commodity prices to nearly double. Poor people in developing countries can’t feed themselves. Bernanke blames increased demand, but demand did not double last year. Investors are fleeing the dollar into commodities to preserve their wealth from Bernanke’s counterfeiting. Price inflation is here. Rebellion will spread. Countries will abandon the dollar. Inflation will explode.
Another important lesson from the protests is the power of the Internet. Because it empowers people to instantly organize, a free Internet is the most powerful tool to overcome oppression ever invented. That’s why the FCC, the FTC and Congress are seizing control of it. But we need it to remain free. As the U.S. government follows the Soviet model of plunder, oppression and collapse, we’re going to need the Internet too.
Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org