American Empire again strikes at Middle East with Egyptian coup
One again…”Empire Strikes Back!”
Egypt like most of the “Third World” has been suffering because of the neoliberal, capitalist policies thrust upon them by Western countries over the past century.
Two years ago, the Egyptian people rose up, threw out their Western-propped dictator and elected Islamically oriented President Mohamed Morsi.
Morsi turned out to be a huge disappointment as he continued existing capitalist policies (but added an Islamic flavor to them) that still oppressed the Egyptian people while enriching multi-national corporations.
If democracy had been allowed to work its evolutionary course, the Egyptian people would have eventually replaced their foreign-imposed capitalist system with one that works for its people.
But before that could happen the Egyptian military, beholden to the United States through the $1.5 billion in foreign aid it receives annually, seized power in a violent coup d’etat this month, butchering thousands of Egyptians in the process and ensuring the continuation of neoliberal capitalism in the largest Arab country in the resource-rich Middle East.
As Brian Becker of the Answer Coalition recently said: “It may be Egyptian soldiers that are pulling the trigger, but the guns, the bullets and the bombs are paid for by the Washington government and our tax dollars.”
It’s a shame that U.S. politicans and gullible Americans are always accusing Muslims in America of “imposing Shariah law” here when in fact it is our government using our tax dollars that is violently imposing neoliberal capitalist law and disorder around the world to satiate American Empire.
Salina is the only local Muslim I know of who dares to put into writing some of the same thoughts that many of us have. The above letter to he editor was published in the Daily News Journal but guess what, at the same time they also published a screed from an islamophobe. In the spirit of ‘fair and balanced’ I suppose. .
Salina also doesn’t shy away from calling out some of the leaders of her religion.
—An imam of national standing organized a “Global Qiyam (prayer) for the People of Syria” in May but has never condemned the U.S. government or Middle East monarchies for equipping the foreign fighters who have brought death and destruction to Syria for over two years now. What a missed opportunity to expose the hypocrisy of the West’s War on Terror!
She is not afraid to state the obvious about 9/11 although this quote from a letter to the DNJ seems to have been removed.
“The truth is Muslims were not behind 9/11.”
A line from an old song of mine comes to mind.
“Just stay in your place and maybe you’ll be safe.”
Staying ‘safe’ doesn’t always aid in promoting truth and positive change. We need a few more Salinas in the Muslim community as well as an outpouring of courage from the rest of us. It’s too late for ‘safe.’ We passed that point a long long time ago.