Why The Revolution In Egypt Succeeded

by Ben Hoffman

Many of us were in awe as we watched the events of the past few weeks unfold in Cairo. The oppressed people of Egypt finally had enough and decided to take matters into their own hands. They flooded the streets and fought the tyrannical regime of Mubarak. There were some bloody battles with the Mubarak followers, but the people won. The outcome of their win has not yet been determined. Many of the protesters are religious zealots called the Muslim Brotherhood who’s desire is to implement sharia law in Egypt. But it looks like they are heading to a true democracy. Time will tell.

The outcome could have been much different if not for one thing: the Egyptian army. Mubarak’s big mistake was retaining a conscription army, which means that most people of Egypt have friends and family in the military. For that reason, the army was reluctant to fire on the protesters. It was an army of the people.

Here in the United States, we have an army of mercenaries. They join the military on their own free will and are expected to follow orders, no matter what. Most of them bought into the lies about Iraq, hook, line, and sinker. They claim to be fighting for our freedoms, but they’re just doing what they’re told. With a volunteer army, there’s no such thing as being a conscientious objector.

Along with the volunteers, we also have a large number of private companies doing the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. They’re well paid mercenaries and are responsible for many atrocities against civilians.

When you fight a war for profit, those giving the orders can have the soldiers do anything. Our military would blow up an orphanage if that’s what they were told to do. Right-wingers especially put the military up on a pedestal. They love the military. Why? Because serving in the military is often the biggest accomplishment in their miserable little lives.

If we had a conscription military here in the U.S., Bush wouldn’t have been able to start two wars as easily. Well, then again… we had a draft back in the 60s and Johnson was able to get us involved in Vietnam. Some people are just not able to learn from past mistakes.

We saw large protests during the first two years of the Obama administration by the new Tea Party movement. The “tea” in Tea Party supposedly stands for “Taxed Enough Already.” Taxes have never been lower, so why all of a sudden are they protesting taxes? They were told to. They’ve protested the “out of control spending that caused the enormous deficits.” The problem with that is, it’s not the spending that created the deficits; it’s the tax cuts and the decreased revenues due to high unemployment that resulted in the deficits. Spending has increased under Obama, but most right-wingers think it’s the stimulus bill that caused the huge deficits. The stimulus bill consisted of less than 600 billion dollars in spending spread over five years. The rest of the stimulus was tax cuts.

The Tea Baggers were really protesting our democracy. They hate the fact that a democrat won the presidency. On top of that, it’s a black democrat, but they just hate democrats in general. They hated Bill Clinton almost as much as they hate Obama.

Right-wingers hate the fact that their party sometimes loses power. They hate our democracy and would rather have a single party system with a right-wing authoritarian ruler. And they’d gladly fight to achieve that end.

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One Comment to “Why The Revolution In Egypt Succeeded”

  1. a stellar day of history for “Astroturf”.

    The people rose up and they would not be swayed. They faced down their oppressive government and didn’t blink.

    And the Liberal Media Loved them for it!

    Too bad they were Egyptians.

    When it happens here, it’s “astroturf”.

    April 2009: Queen Pelosi-“This [tea party] initiative is funded by the high end — we call call it astroturf, it’s not really a grassroots movement. It’s astroturf by some of the wealthiest people in America to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich instead of for the great middle class.”
    In 2003, Hillary Clinton screeched “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”

    As long, of course, as it was George W Bush or a Republican, that is. Do it now and you’re condescended to, insulted, demeaned and treated like the dirt between their toes that they think you are.

    But the Left loves Egypt right now, they just can’t walk like an Egyptian (you knew I’d get that in there somewhere now didn’t you!) 🙂

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