Those unappreciative Arabs . . .

September 14, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More

At the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald shows us why we should be distressed by what passes for media coverage these days:

Did you know that the “USA helped free” Egyptians from their murderous dictator? On Thursday night, NBC News published a nine-minute report on Brian Williams’ “Rock Center” program featuring its foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, reporting on the demonstrations in Cairo, which sounded exactly the same theme. Standing in front of protesting Egyptians in Tahrir Square, Engel informed viewers that this was all so very baffling because it was taking place “in Cairo, where the US turned its back on its old friend Hosni Mubarak“, and then added:

“It is somewhat ironic with American diplomats inside the embassy who helped to give these demonstrators, these protesters, a voice, and allowed them to actually carry out these anti-American clashes that we’re seeing right now.”

That it was the US who freed Egyptians and “allowed them” the right to protest would undoubtedly come as a great surprise to many Egyptians. That is the case even beyond the decades of arming, funding and general support from the US for their hated dictator (to his credit, Engel including a snippet of an interview with Tariq Ramadan pointing out that the US long supported the region’s dictators).

Beyond the long-term US support for Mubarak, Egyptians would likely find it difficult to reconcile Engel’s claim that the US freed them with the “made in USA” logos on the tear gas cannisters used against them by Mubarak’s security forces; or with Hillary Clinton‘s touching 2009 declaration that “I really consider President and Mrs Mubarak to be friends of my family”; or with Obama’s support for Mubarak up until the very last minute when his downfall became inevitable; or with the fact that the Obama administration plan was to engineer the ascension of the loathed, US-loyal torturer Omar Suleiman as Mubarak’s replacement in the name of “stability”.

 

 

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  1. Tony says:

    I recently left a comment under a discussion between Hitchens and Parenti:
    http://youtu.be/nik0273l8K4

    “1:03:52 My dear Christopher Hitchens, the moment the Arab Spring began, was the moment Wikileaks released the US diplomatic memos, showing the behavior of the US and their client states in´╗┐ the region.
    That’s a fact.”

    The number is a time-stamp to an Hitchens statement that the 2003 invasion of Iraq would be turning point for democracy in the region.

    And guess what? “This comment has received too many negative votes”

    But Paul Craig Roberts has better words:
    http://rense.com/general95/libya-death-to-usa.html

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