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EGYPT: U.S. should be on the side of freedom

Letter by Alfred K. LaMotte, Steilacoom on Jan. 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm | 36 Comments »
January 28, 2011 2:17 pm

The U.S. has successfully used Islamophobia as an excuse to support police states throughout the Middle East. In Egypt, millions of people live on less than $2 a day, yet for decades we have supplied Egypt’s corrupt undemocratic regime with hundreds of billions in weapons.

Now we try to save face by encouraging “restraint” even as Egyptian military officers meet in the Pentagon, tear gas canisters labeled “made in the USA – Jamestown PA” rip through crowds of protesters, and elite puppets of America’s corporate empire flee Cairo airport on private jets.

Arming repressive oligarchs in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordon and Pakistan, U.S. military-industrialists turned the Middle East into a powder keg. Our government failed to heed voices of reform, stereotyping them as “Islamic radicals,” when many in fact were populists yearning for an Arabic 1776.

Isn’t it time for Americans to remember which side of history we the people chose to be on in our own struggle for independence? Franklin, Jefferson and Washington would hardly be sitting on the fence with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. They would throw in their lot with the brave people in the streets of Cairo.

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