Sleeping Arab Giant Stirs US Fears


By Yvonne Ridley

The Arab world’s sleeping giant has finally woken from its slumbers after years of being drugged and mugged by the West.

Having witnessed – and experienced – first hand the brutality of the Egyptian and Tunisian police and their undercover stooges, I can tell you that the uprisings of the masses took real courage.

Over the years, dictator Hosni Mubarak has traded on their fear using some of the foulest methods of intimidation imaginable.

But like their counterparts in Tunisia, the Egyptian people are losing their fear and tearing away the chains of oppression.

The Pharoah’s police state is now teetering as a second day of protests begin.

Whatever the outcome over the next few weeks, I think it is clear that America and Britain can no longer manipulate and control the politics – or lack of it – in the Middle East.

Washington’s silence over the weeks of civil unrest on the streets of Tunisia was almost deafening, so when Barack Obama chose to congratulate the uprising only once Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s plane was in the air, his message of support rang hollow. Today he urged the Egyptian authorities to show restraint.

The world’s most powerful man’s weasel words tripped from his lips as blood was shed on the streets of Cairo, Assiut, Alexandria, Mansura, Tanta and Aswan as the people faced down 2.5 million uniformed and plain clothes thugs using water cannon and teargas.

The truth is the scenes of civil unrest from Tunis to Cairo speak volumes about US and Western interference as much as the actions of the tyrants they have bankrolled and supported.

All of them have seriously underestimated ordinary Arabs. The brutality of tyrants has been allowed to go on for countless decades and the silence of the Western superpowers today exposes their own deep-seated racism and double standards towards the people.

Is the blood of an Arab worth less than that of an American? It’s a rhetorical question and we all know the shameful answer.

With the exception of Iraq (and let’s not go down the road of who created and supported Saddam), all of the governments in the Middle East are identified by their Western-installed family dynasties, sham democracies, rigged elections punctuated by extreme reaction to any signs of dissenting voices.

While these leaders have lived a life of luxury bordering on obscene, they’ve carried out their orders from Washington, London, Paris and beyond without question – and this goes for the corrupt Abu Mazen and his Palestinian Authority. If ever there was a dictator-in-the-making it’s this odious pygmy of a man.

As Robert Fisk pointed out a few days back, the emergence of The Palestine Papers are as damning as the Balfour Declaration. The right of return for millions of Palestinians, for instance, was traded and eroded beyond measure.

From the West Bank to Gaza and the refugee camps beyond, Abu Mazen sold his people down the river. And the fact that Hillary Clinton’s predecessor, Condaleezza Rice saw no problem in moving the Palestinians half way across the world to settle in South America, exposes the real contempt US Administrations have for the Arab people, not to mention those living in Latin America.

And for why? For Israel, a festering pustule not the size of a South African game park, squatting in the Middle East. The creation of this nuclear-powered Frankenstein State and the determination to force it on Arabs will turn out to be America and Britain’s biggest ever mistake.

But it’s not just the US to blame, Britain under Tony Blair has been a prime mover in overseeing the brutalisation of the Arab world.

The UK’s intelligence service, MI6, drew up plans to help the Palestinian Authority crush the Islamic political movement Hamas and armed groups in the West Bank.

Documents – part of nearly 1700 transcripts and emails leaked to Arab TV channel Al Jazeera documenting more than a decade of Israeli-Palestinian talks – shed light on a little-known role played by British security services in shoring up the corrupt PA’s security apparatus. It was all done on Blair’s watch.

The West has bribed, bullied and cajoled Arab leaders in to accepting the vile Zionist State to the detriment of their own people and this is now coming back to haunt them.

The movement of the masses isn’t just about oppression under tyrants, it is also about the creation and maintaining of Israel and the unconditional support it is given by the West and the West’s puppet leaders in the region.

Well the sleeping giant has finally woken up and when the people start to lead their leaders will and are becoming irrelevant.

Israel’s biggest ally Mubarak must now be planning an exit strategy, wondering to where he can flee – or even if he can rely any more on his Western puppet masters. They all turned their back on Ben Ali, didn’t they?

In Lebanon, America’s friends are folding as a prime minister is appointed who will support Israel’s arch enemy Hizb’Allah, and from the West Bank to Gaza, Hamas is being seen as the peoples’ choice. The Muslim Brotherhood is being re-energised in Egypt where it has been robbed over the years of election victories. They would be the ruling party if free and fair elections had ever been allowed.

And in the coalition unity government of Tunisia, alliances may well be made with returning and previously banned Islamic political parties.

It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the tyrants come tumbling down like a pack of cards.

The game is up. It is over.

The Arab world is going to start and choose its own leaders. We in the West might not like the choices of the people but we should respect their wishes.

Western leaders have a great deal to think about in the coming weeks as the Arab people decide how to shape their future in the Arab world.

But the first thing to do is send Air Force One around the region to collect all the dictators, tyrants and despots on the US payroll and take them back to Washington.

Like pet poo in New York’s Central Park, you have to take responsibility for your dogs’ mess.

* British journalist Yvonne Ridley is also the European President of the International Muslim Women’s Union.

  1. #1 by Vickie Jacobs on January 26, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    Great write up. Thank-you Yvonne.

  2. #2 by Steve Wiseman on January 26, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    The trouble with the USA is that it has followed the Protocols of Zionism too much, too often and too long without realizing the ultimate problem with such a strategy. Protocol One clearly states that most leaders of any country can be bribed to sell out their country. It is right.

    That is what the USA has tried to do for at least 100 years with considerable success. It has successfully bribed most of the leaders of the third world; the ones it could not bribe, it killed, overthrew or tried to isolate. There are very, very few dictators in the world who has remained in power very long who has not been a USA puppet. However as this piece so well explains, time changes everything: The dictator gets old, sick, careless, the people rebel or a dozen other things can go wrong.

    Another trouble is that few Americans know any history. They can’t imagine that the USA would fall so fast. They know nothing of the splendor of Greece, the downfall of Rome, nor the fall of the Byzantine Empire, let alone the former greatness of China, India, Persia, or Turkey. They don’t even know why Great Britain was called Great. They know so little. They thought that the USA would last forever. They were wrong. Some Americans are now beginning to realize that now. Even Obama. But it is too late now. The good times are gone.

  3. #3 by The Avatar on January 26, 2011 - 6:57 pm

    these monsters thought that killing all those school girls for their orgies in Gaza was gonna just go away and that we are insensitive and stupid and not humans
    no way Jose
    not up in here
    no!
    not up in
    here!

  4. #4 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on January 26, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    “Sleeping Arab Giant Stirs US Fears”

    There are a few million Sleeping Muslim Giants that would stir more than fear in the Antichrists that oppress our world!

    It’s only a wish! Who knows?

    BAFS

  5. #5 by The Avatar on January 26, 2011 - 10:20 pm

    I already called a few friends in Egypt (been on the phone since early this morning)
    and reminded them not to forget to set fire to the embassy of the Zionist embryo that calls itself so called “ISRAEL”. THEY SHOULD CAPTURE ALL THE SPIES HIDING IN THERE CAUSE THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT BOMBED THE CHURCH LAST WEEK. FLUSH THEM OUT AND HUNG THEM BY THE PHARAOH PYRAMIDS!
    MAAAAAN THIS IS
    JUST
    UNBELIEVABLE!

  6. #6 by The Avatar on January 27, 2011 - 12:36 am

    the fire should spread to America too.
    time to quit smoking crack!

  7. #7 by E Lucidi on January 27, 2011 - 1:22 am

    I hope and pray for the continued success of this long overdue movement; it pleases me to no end.
    EL

  8. #8 by Eugene on January 28, 2011 - 1:27 am

    Excellent article which I agree with whole heartedly as I support those under tyrannical control.

    I hope this spark will start a fire throughout the entire region and the world.

    Enough is enough.

    On the other hand, I have read reports that this will further enable the cause of those who installed the puppet regime.

    The same effect as is done in Iraq. Rebuilding of the ruinous state and lucrative profits going to American contractors like Kellog, Brown and Root, otherwise known as Halliburton. And this is only tiny example of the companies feeding off the suffering.

    Freedom to The Arab people.

    Death to the tyrants.

  9. #9 by Mustafa on January 28, 2011 - 6:17 pm

    After reading this incredible articel everything becomes more and more clear about the middle east and the opressed world and it´s problems and why the arabs never could unifiy and Its a sad fact that the arabs are the most laughed at but also about terrorism i hope all the people from the rest of the arab world will fellow the steps which Tunisian and Egyptian people did then and only then the arab world will be respected world wide then Israel nor America could though a Palestinian child or Invade arab territory
    ¨An arab is not an arab when he sees his Palestinian or Iraqi brother being punched and oppressed by the invaders (jewish-western terrorists) and does nothing about it¨

  10. #10 by Fbt on December 9, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Well, I’m an Arab. I plan to give most of the money I collect from my job in the future to help Palestine.

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