Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Lotus Revolution Setback and Military Rule

"What happens is men willingly change their ruler, expecting to fare better. This expectation induces them to take up arms against him; but they only deceive themselves, and they learn from experience that they have made matters worse."

-Niccolo Machiavelli (Military Theorist, 1469-1527)

The revolution in Egypt is not over. Though the 82- year old dictator Hosni Mubarak retired, the critical power structure crucial to control remains in place. Egyptians still do not have their freedom. The celebration over the weekend was a deflating release of emotion. Revolutions are judged on a pass/fail status., The Lotus Revolution was a failure.

There are no moral victories in revolutions. Just because Egyptians were able to hold Tahrir Square for 18 days, doesn't erase 30 years of lousy international deals, corporate oppression, and a fiat currency, manipulated by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Much like Tunisia who is now led by the once-second-in-command, Mohammed Ghannouchi, Egypt is now led by General Tantawi. Ghannouchi is known in Tunisia as Monsieur Oui-Oui because of his dog-like obedience to the hated and deposed President Ben-Ali. Much the same is Tantawi, as is much of the high-level brass in the Egyptian Military, loyal to Mubarak all the way to his resignation. It is unlikely the new regime (the Army) will make any revolutionary strides for the Egyptian people. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Mainstream media has credited Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet in general as the driving force behind the revolution. No doubt these modern tools of technology were helpful to organize strikes and rallies but they weren't helpful enough when it came to actually storming the palace and taking full control. Today, The Lotus Revolution is over; the peaceful protesters removed from Tahrir Square. The Army, never forced to step down, has assumed control for the time; presumably, until the New World Order picks a candidate to rule the Egyptian people. As the State department and others lead the cheers as Iran is destabilized by their own protests, it sis important to realize what the cause of the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings and noting where they failed.

Pretending that globalist think tanks, George Soros, the United Nations, and their assortment of puppets were the only reason the people revolted is short-sighted and allowing the elite and their printing press far too much credit. As Matt Stoller noted this week, economic policy and inflation were the primary factors behind the rage. Saying the revolution was a only a product of the CIA diminishes the forces that cause revolt. These factors and how to defeat them must be understood so when the time comes, you won't leave the square when the upper echelons throw a bone (Mubarak's departure).

The energy the amassed after the defeat of the police dissipated after the announcement of Mubarak's departure. It is important to understand why this uprising did not graduate to a full-blown revolution:

Military rule is bound for disaster. Click here to watch how they enforce their will. Though the atmosphere was celebratory when Army tanks arrived in Tahrir Square during the heights of the protests, the military is now the main enemy of the people. In their quest to restore order, the military has moved to ban strikes and protests.

"Successful hills are here to stay, everything must be this way

Gentle streets where people play, welcome to the soft parade

All our lives we sweat and save, building for a shallow grave

Must be something else to say, somehow to defend this place

Everything must be this way, everything must be this way, yeah"

- Jim Morrison (from The Doors, The Soft Parade)

The Egyptian people are not stupid. However, nothing has changed since the prevailing sentiment was "If I stop protesting, they will torture and kill me." These things will still happen if military rule is allowed to exist and the revolution fades away. The people must regroup and start provisional government proceedings or else their will never receive the chance to have anything resembling a free society. Moving ahead in nationalizing Egypt for Egyptians will rile the world, certainly.

This, though, is none of their business. They were not the ones subjected to live under a tyrant for 30 years who made shady deals with rogue. shadow governments. Even in the midst of being flushed from the country, Mubarak and his advisers stole tons of money and artifacts. Foreign governments made some false shows of interest in apprehending the money and the men but they won't. If the Egyptian people do not continue the conquest of the own land, the global forces of tyranny will do it for them.

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