Jessica Williams and Samantha Bee conduct a conversation on race.
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“Isn’t it self-evident that Libya provided an entry for these powers, in a situation that elsewhere totally escaped their control? And that their aim, completely clear and completely classic, was to transform a revolution into a war, by putting the people out of the running and making way for arms and armies—for the resources that these powers monopolise? This process is going on before your eyes each day, and you approve it? Don’t you see how after the terror from the air, heavy weapons are going to be supplied on the ground, along with instructors, armoured vehicles, strategists, advisers and blue helmets, and in this way the reconquest (hopefully a fitful one) of the Arab world by the despotism of capital and its state servants will recommence?”
“Egypt further proves that, for the west, freedom is a question of strategy not principle. That’s why, while most of the world looked on at the throngs in Cairo with awe and admiration, western leaders eyed them with fear and suspicion. They know that if the Arab world gets to choose its own leaders, those leaders would be less supportive of everything from rendition and Iran to Iraq and the blockade of Gaza. The west’s foreign policy in the region has not simply tolerated a lack of democracy, it has been actively dependent on dictatorship.”
A State Department cable that was used to brief FBI Deputy Director John Pistole before his arrival in Cairo to meet with the Egyptian State Security Investigative Service (SSIS) in late 2007.
The gist of the cable, Mubarak and Egyptian State Security are aligned with the US War on Terror program. Mubarak makes a pretense of supporting reforms but does the opposite jailing critics and making it hard or impossible for an alternative candidate or parties to succeed. In other worlds he is an ass and a dictator who supports the US in the middle east, so we suck up to him and allow him to be a pig in his own country. Egypt is complimented for reigning in terrorists. The cable fails to mention Mubarak rules over his opponents with a reign of terror.
These are excerpts from the cable. It is worth reading considering the events playing out in Egypt.
Dated: 2007-10-30 05:05 Origin: Cairo
SUBJECT: SCENESETTER FOR FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR JOHN PISTOLE
Classified By: Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone
¶2. Mubarak, who turned 79 in May, remains a symbol of stability in the Middle East. As ever, he sees Egypt’s interests on the most critical regional issues — terrorism, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Sudan, Iran — as largely congruent with ours. But his reluctance to lead more boldly on these fronts and on domestic reform has diminished his and Egypt’s influence.
¶3. You will arrive in the midst of a high profile internal political development - the ruling party’s leadership re-instatement conference, held once every five years. The internal scene is fraught and tense, as Egyptians worry about the succession of their aging leader, with no truly democratic process in place to legitimize a successor. Stung by the advances of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in the 2005 parliamentary elections (where MB-affiliated candidates won twenty percent of the seats in parliament) and reflecting popular reaction to regional political turmoil, Mubarak has retreated from many of his earlier promises on political reform. Meanwhile, former opposition presidential candidate Ayman Nour remains sick and imprisoned. Government detentions of democracy activists continue, and this year the government has begun to clamp down on free speech by prosecuting editors, journalists and bloggers. Mubarak now makes scant public pretense of advancing a vision for democratic change