HOSNI MUBARAK, THE INTERNET AND AMERICA’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH DICTATORS
“The people of Egypt are being heard clearly all over Terra and here in the Afterlife.”–Vox Hai Comnu Reefik Coljik
The protests raging in the streets of Cairo, Egypt will have one of several possible outcomes. One that intrigues political scholars here in Hell’s capital the most is the one where Hosni Mubarak departs the nation he has ruled for the last three decades as a fallen dictator. What has to be kept in the forefront of your mind right now as an American watching the protests is that Mubarak while elected to office is a de facto dictator.
Proof of this dictatorship is an action taken by Mubarak that places him above many of the other leaders who have faced the ire of a hungry and disappointed hoi polloi in past years. Mubarak, in an act that virtually defines a totalitarian in the 21st Century, suspended the Internet in all of Egypt’s major cities and also suspended cellular communications throughout the country. This the President of Egypt did out of fear that Twitter and YouTube would bring his government down with the brute power of Truth being broadcast around the globe.
But America has sided with dictators for her own ends for quite some time hasn’t she? The most sordid support of a dictator has to be the American sanctioned murder of Chilean President Salvador Allende. Allende’s crime was not that he would become a satellite in the orbit of the Soviet Union providing them with a second warm water port in the western hemisphere but that he would take the lands stolen by American produce and fruit growers and give it back to the families of peasants who had worked that land for centuries before.
While Americans watch with rapt attention the way that their Congress will work with the swiftly dividing mass of cells that are the TEA party allied members so too they should cast an analytical eye toward the news coming from a nation where 30% of the Arabs in the world live. Egypt’s relationship in the Arab world cannot and must not be mistaken in the context of what this turmoil means to not only the global state of economics but the impact that an Egypt in chaos means to nations like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Syria. If any two of those see the same sort of protests on the streets of Riyadh, or Damascus or Kuwait City then the globe you call home in the First Life will become less and less safe and more and more expensive to remain in as a Free Citizen of Terra.
Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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