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American Policy Follies or Time to Clean Up US & UK Ubiquitous Global Pet Poo: Yvonne Ridley's Take

Some compelling quotes from Yvonne Ridley, a British journalist and also the European President of the International Muslim Women's Union, in her article, “Sleeping Giant Wakes Up.”

The Arab world’s sleeping giant has finally woken from its slumber 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.


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 after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s plane was in the air, his message of support rang hollow. On Tuesday, 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, Asyut, Alexandria, Mansura, Tanta, and Aswan as the people faced down hundreds of thousands of 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 U.S. 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 powers today exposes their own deep-seated racism and double standards toward the people.


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, and 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 (Mahmoud Abbas) and his Palestinian Authority. If ever there was a dictator-in-the-making, it’s this odious man.


Documents -- part of nearly 1700 transcripts and emails leaked to the Al Jazeera network 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 movement of the masses isn’t just about oppression under tyrants, it is also about the creation and maintenance of Israel and the unconditional support it is given by the West and the West’s puppet leaders in the region.


The Arab world is going to start to 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 U.S. payroll and take them back to Washington.

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


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Submitted by Randall Kohn on

In The, she recently wrote:

hile 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.

Stay classy, Yvonne!

Submitted by libbyliberal on

Do you think the many innocent civilians, so many children, willfully and coldbloodedly killed was made up?

Not so classy, maybe, vs. cover up/minimization of a horrific reality? The leaders presently in Israel, also leaning to the right as in this country, seem to be exhibiting a borderline personality disorder, again, as they are in this country. Power and control, patriarchy, might makes right. No sign of genuine interest in sorting out peaceful coexistence. Demonization. Unconditional cronyism to Israel, over-militarized symbiosis, is perpetrating wars. Instead of tough love, the US is colluding in war crimes and enabling war crimes.