My heart is torn between East and West. I live somewhere between the present and the past. I don't know who I am.
So Obama has come out urging Morsi through a telephone conversation to respond to issues raised by opposition protesters who are calling for Morsi to leave. The sheer hypocrisy of the Obama administration is outstanding. When hundreds of thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the street in the US to protest the Obama administration’s policies and failings, this was their response:
The White House also released a statement Tuesday saying that Obama told Morsi on Monday that “the United States is committed to the democratic process in Egypt and does not support any single party or group.” Hold up Obama. Let’s just take a look at the top 10 recipients of U.S. Economic and Military assistance:
Now let’s take a look at this breakdown of how and where exactly this money is spent:
So 65% of the aid sent to Egypt goes directly to the military - so much for not supporting any group, eh Obama? We’re not even going to take into account the fact that the remaining 35% of aid went straight to the pockets of Mubarak and his cronies, billions of dollars sent by the US to help prop up their puppet dictatorship in Egypt and billions of dollars which was deposited by Mubarak and his cronies in foreign banks and billions of dollars that the governments of these foreign banks refuse to return to the Egyptian people.
The statement went on to say that Obama “encouraged [Morsi] to take steps to show that he is responsive to [protesters’] concerns, and underscored that the current crisis can only be resolved through a political process.”
Yes, you’re absolutely right Obama, a political process called a REFERENDUM. Morsi was democratically and rightfully elected by the Egyptian people and so if he should be removed, then it must be done through a democratic and rightful way. Many voted for Morsi not because they were bribed with ‘sugar and oil’, not because they are “mindless sheep” but because they truly believed that he is the best option for Egypt.
The US will be the first to claim that it supports democracy, that it stands with the will of the people but what the US won’t tell you is that it supports only those have who the US’s interests in mind, it stands only with the will of those who will uphold the US’s interests in the region. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by their claims. The Obama administration and every administration before it don’t give two hoots about democracy, the only democracy they’ll support is the democracy that supports them.
I want you to just take a look at this picture and reflect on it.
This is Ali Watfa. He’s 33 years old and he has been a prisoner in Assad’s merciless prison cells for the past year.
Ali is disabled, he has a medical condition, yet despite this Assad’s forces showed no sympathy and accused him of being a ‘terrorist’ working against the regime, without any evidence to back their accusations.
Over the past 2 years many of us - living far away from Syria - have somehow reduced the importance of the popular Syrian Revolution, by branding it as a ‘civil war’ where both sides are apparently equal, or a ‘proxy war’ - or even just a ‘humanitarian crisis’ - or whatever other names people have come up with.
I just wanted to remind you all, that what’s happening in Syria is a revolution and remains a revolution. Our people rose up for freedom and dignity against an oppressive regime which denied them both rights.
The first words they chanted were for freedom and dignity. And the first chant to be said was for dignity - الشعب السوري ما بينذل (‘the Syrian people will not be demeaned/humiliated’.)
They did not rise for bread. They rose for dignity. And often, without realising, we dismiss this. We get too caught up with the developments of the revolution, that we forget the essence of it all. A call for dignity.
This man here, Ali Watfa, he deserves his dignity. He deserves to live as every single human should live, with dignity and universal human rights. Him, his family and friends. His entire nation.
So I ask of you, please. To forget all the other countries and players involved in the outer core of this struggle, and just focus on the main stakeholders, their demands and their needs for once. To remember how the revolution started and why. And to respect the Syrian people’s calls for dignity, without attaching any extra strings to them.
You always wanted to be a revolutionary,
wanted to show your grandkids pictures
“this is me when I slept in the square”
Said your dream was to make a difference to the world,
but you never stood up to make a difference when the cameras were cold
“this is me when I offered the oppressor flowers”
You shrugged your shoulders and blamed life when injustice didn’t hit your own home,
yet you always liked the slogans shouted from the crowd;
Long live the people
When you ran down the street with the flag in your hand,
it was the front page you chased not freedom for the land
“this is me when I cried because I was tear gassed”
You were never a revolutionary, just a gimmick. A trend. A faded rhetoric with no substance. Represented a past that didn’t belong to you. Hijacked suffering and wore it like the drug dealer who flaunts the gold of stolen dreams.
“this is me when I thought I was a revolutionary”