Where do I start? OK, I’ll start with the strange way the West is responding to these events. I know, I know, it’s August and a lot of politicians are enjoying a truly undeserved break, but why is it that the people they left behind to man the ships of governments are talking bollocks about Egypt, siding with the Islamists who blew it big time when they were in power for a year and were kicked out by the army for a pretty good reason. What is this constant drivel about ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ and a ‘coup’ that has ousted a ‘democratically elected president’ from power in Egypt? There was nothing democratic about President Mahmoud Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, who were the most organised and well-funded force when the elections were held last year and basically pushed everyone else out. Not to mention that they really tightened the screws once they got into power and all that democracy was nowhere to be seen. With the blessing of the Saudis and the Qataris, the biggest troublemakers in the Middle East and North Africa these days.
And then we’ve had that hastily summoned meeting of the United Nation’s Security Council, where a lot of words were said that meant absolutely nothing. The UN as a peacemaker is no more. After Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria only a deluded fan of the international community would say that the UN ‘still rocks’. It’s finished, people. It’s an incompetent and corrupt organisation that has failed miserably in everything it did in the past decade, primarily in preventing military conflicts, and is even based in the worst location possible, in a country that has started more wars in the past 60 years that any other nation.
And how about that US President Barack Obama, whose Administration had contributed a lot to creating the current mess in Egypt, basically helping hardened Islamists seize power in a supposed ‘democratic’ election that made Hosni Mubarak look a bit of a liberal? Mr Obama reluctantly interrupted his holiday in Martha’s Vineyard and read out a statement on the situation in Egypt, cancelling Pentagon’s joint military exercises with the Egyptian due to take place next month, to demonstrate his concern with rough treatment of the Muslim Brotherhood’s supporters, forgetting to mention the mistreatment by the Islamists of Christians and other religious minorities during the protests. The US President also threatened the Egyptian military with a review of the relations between America and Egypt, hinting that the $1.3 billion military aid package could be trimmed or even cancelled altogether. Meaningless words from a helpless president that changed absolutely nothing in a country that is sliding into civil war with the help of outside interference.
But it was the Western media, with its biased coverage of the events in Egypt, that really made it look like a military dictatorship was cracking down hard on innocent protesters who were there just to voice their concerns about the ousting of their beloved president. Sure, they harassed people and looted shops and businesses and burnt down several Christian churches, but that was all good natured like and no hard feeling was intended. And as for machine guns that some of the protesters have had, well, who doesn’t carry a machine gun these days in Egypt? It’s more of an accessory thing these days. Not too many words about the Muslim Brotherhood arming its people and killing policemen coming from Western hacks.
Ever since the Arab Spring had started Western media has been producing some very weird news coverage, presenting jihadists and al-Qaeda fighters as freedom fighters and siding with all sorts of seriously strange people who were belting out clichés about democracy and people’s power and all that other stuff that makes Western liberals go wobbly in the knees.
And one last thing. How come no one is talking about the nasty role in all of this mess in Egypt that the Saudis are playing? They are pulling a lot of strings in the background, having smashed their own anti-governments protests two years ago without anyone taking notice. And now everyone is keeping quiet about Saudi Arabia interfering in Egypt. As if the prospects of those arms deals and oil contracts keep the lid on the Saudi angle in the Egyptian crisis.
Strange, very strange, all this.