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Welcome to the Arab Street

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When the latest Israeli-American war crime outrages international and Arab opinion, we're constantly informed of the dichotomy between 'the Arab Street', seen demonstrating its anger, and their leadership, who we are assured are more rational, more considered, more able to understand the broader arguments — i.e. they are corrupt enough to sacrifice their people's aspirations and wealth to Israeli-American and corporate interests.

Leaving aside the obvious condescending racism in this world view, it should be obvious that this is not a purely Arab phenomenon.

We here in the UK are overwhelmingly opposed to Israel's crimes in Palestine and Lebanon, and to American and UK crimes in Iraq (and Afghanistan and elsewhere). Much good it does us. Our dear leader, the poodle Blair, is as obviously bought and paid for as the most venally corrupt 'third world' leader.

And the tame UK media protects him with the pretence he is a committment politican, braving unpopularity for what he believes to be 'right'.

He is clearly not; every aspect of his career screams opportunist and liar – from the early adventures in glam rock to his clearly shallow religiosity, completely immune to moral guidance from those he claims to recognise as spiritual and moral leaders – including the two Popes he's ignored, while pestering them with his boyish aspirations to join the Catholic Church.

But the depths of the evil he's prepared to accommodate stand against all this – the illegal assaults on civilians, civilian infrastructure, and the environment in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq; false flag terrorism in Iran (and probably Syria); support for Israeli-American war crimes in Lebanon and Palestine, and implicating the British people in these crimes; domestically, the selling of the UK's health service to American clients of the Bush regime, the transparent military drivers behind his 'discovery' of the 'need' for nuclear power, the sacrifice of an entire generation of children to alcohol addiction… the list is dispiritingly long.

So, like other American clients in the Arab world, our leaders, enslaved by fear, greed and ambition, do not represent us.

For them, office is just a small part of a career in global exploitation and domination. They look forward to corporate directorships, lucrative lecture tours, prominent roles in criminal think tanks and NGOs, a shining reputation as statesmen and men of peace delivered by the likes of American academics and MediaCorp – and all the other diverse ways corporate, American and Israeli interests repay their loyal servants.

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"You are not big enough to accuse the whole age effectively, but let us say you are in dissent." Thomas Merton. The Unspeakable.
  • Too late for corrections – of course I meant Murdoch’s NewsCorp (not MediaCorp), where we expect Blair to pick up a juicy role on leaving office.

  • Les Slater

    This post says much truth but is scratching the surface. There is a goldmine, or rather, more broadly, an economic system, below this surface.

  • Can’t argue with that – our whole mistreated world is beneath that surface.

    So many stories: how politicians divested themselves of power and gave it to the private sector in exchange for personal wealth and greater immunity to bad publicity (“hey, it’s not our responssibility any more”; the NGO-ization of international affairs (and their role in the ‘colour revolutions’); corporate and pressure group sponsorship of parties and politicans. And of course the weapons industries and their obscene relationship with national militaries and policy.

    And the influence of the media – Murdoch alone is a huge story in many countries. The king of UK politics is the Sun’s political editor Trevor Kavanagh – the politicans all pay him court and fear his displeasure.

    And that’s a very partial list; you can all add many more.

    But perhaps the scariest thing for the UK is how a single individual, wielding the royal prerogative – effectively the power of an asolute monarch – and the ability to appoint cabinet ministers, can hijack the policies of a nation and his party.

    So the story of how he was bought/wooed/intimidated/coerced by the Bush regime becomes a crucial narrative.

    Very sad.

  • Dean

    What good is power if it can’t be used in a corrupt way?

  • Bliffle

    “When the latest Israeli-American war crime outrages international and Arab opinion, …”

    Pretty impressive language.

    Are you the same guy who wrote all those flaming articles against the palestinian/hamas/hezbolah suicide bombers blowing up diners in cafes and bus riders in israel?

  • Wouldn’t be me – I try to avoid that sort of confused thinking – i.e your lazy polemic bundling of a people (the Palestinians) and two distinct organisations (one Sunni, one Shia, I might add), in two different lands.

    As I hope is evidenced by my efforts on my own blog to understand the relationship of Judaism, Zionism and Israel. And I take care to use the right terms, despite occasional anger, provocation (and of course the historical legacy of casual anti-semiticism). You may think that’s merely tactical… that’s your prerogative.

    Whatever excuses you make, whatever you think you believe, Israel has a history of attacks on civilians, particularly women and children (beyond the obvious terror/intimidation, probably a response to demographic trends), aid agencies and the UN. And of course, of kidnapping women and children to pressure political and military leaders.

    Anyway, as to why that might be (besides the impunity borne of constant American finance and support), try this out:

    YNET NEWS – The Yesha Rabbinical Council announced in response to an IDF attack in Kfar Qanna that “according to Jewish law, during a time of battle and war, there is no such term as ‘innocents’ of the enemy.” All of the discussions on Christian morality are weakening the spirit of the army and the nation and are costing us in the blood of our soldiers and civilians,” the statement said.

    And if you find that interesting/surprising, maybe check out my post on The purity of weapons

    From the Arab Street, London, UK.

  • Of course, Blair’s performance last night in LA makes my points for me. He makes up policy on the hoof, with which no-one agrees, even the crawliest cabinet careerist. He’s seemingly committing this country to more conflict, on the very day when overstretched UK soldiers are starting to die much more quickly.

    And as all the media whores here observed, he feels ‘comfortable’ with the American religious right, and that’s where he’s going. Quite soon, I’d imagine.

    He’ll be safer from prosecution there too.