Things Have To Change In Order To Remain The Same
The hypocrisy of the US government
is yet again demonstrated in full bore force. The US
government invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, laid waste to
much of the countries including entire villages and
towns, and massacred untold numbers of civilians in
order “to bring
democracy” to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now after days of Egyptians in the streets
“Mubarak must go,” the US government remains aligned
with its puppet Egyptian ruler, even suggesting that
Mubarak, after running a police state for three decades,
is the appropriate person to implement democracy in
January 30, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
“freedom and democracy” America neither seeks nor
supports the ouster of the Egyptian dictator.
Netanyahu means the unimpeded ability of Israel to
continue oppressing the Palestinians and stealing their
country. Mubarak has been for three decades the
well-paid enforcer for the US and Israel, sealing off
Gaza from the outside world and preventing aid flows
across the Egyptian border. Mubarak and his family have
become multi-billionaires, thanks to the American
taxpayer, and the US government, both Republicans and
Democrats, do not want to lose their heavy investment in
US government has long corrupted Arab governments by
paying rulers installed by the US to represent
US/Israeli interests rather than the interest of Arab
peoples. Arabs put up with American-financed oppression
for many years, but now are showing signs of rebellion.
murderous American-installed dictator in Tunis was
overthrown by people taking to the streets. Rebellion
has spread to Egypt and there are also street protests
against the US-supported rulers in Yemen and Jordan.
uprisings might succeed in ousting puppet rulers, but
will the result be anything more than the exchange of a
new American puppet ruler for the old?
Mubarak might go, but whoever takes his place is
likely to find himself wearing the same American
dictators do is to eliminate alternative leadership.
Potential leaders are either assassinated,
exiled, or imprisoned. Moreover, anything short of a
full-fledged revolution, such as the Iranian one, leaves
in place a bureaucracy accustomed to business as usual.
In addition, Egypt and the country`s military
have grown accustomed to American support and will want
the money to keep flowing.
It is the flow of this money that ensures the
purchase of the replacement government.
the US dollar is the world reserve currency, the US
government has financial dominance and the ability to
financially isolate other countries, such as Iran. To
break free of America`s grip, one of two things would
have to happen.
Revolution would have to sweep the Arab world and
result in an economic unity that could foster indigenous
economic development, or the US dollar has to fail as
disunity has long been the means by which the Western
countries have dominated the Middle East.
Without this disunity, Israel and the US could
not abuse the Palestinians in the manner in which they
have for decades, and without this disunity the US could
not have invaded Iraq.
It is unlikely that the Arabs will suddenly unite
collapse of the dollar is more likely.
Indeed, the policy of the US government to
maximize both budget and trade deficits, and the policy
of the Federal Reserve to monetize the budget deficit
and the fraudulent paper assets of the large banks, have
the dollar heading for demise.
the supply of dollars grows, the value diminishes.
Perhaps the time is not far off when rulers cease to
sell out their peoples for American money.
Paul Craig Roberts
was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during
President Reagan`s first term. He was Associate
Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the
William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and
International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford
University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French
President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of
Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington;
and the Soviet Economy
Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy,
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice. Click
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