Whose side are we on in the Arab revolution?

As the revolutionary tide gathers pace beyond Tunisia in Egypt and Yemen, is the West going to stay neutral, encourage the surge towards democracy, or covertly foment the resistance by the Western-backed dictatorships?   The answer to all supporters of progressive politics might seem obvious, except that right on cue two of the usual suspects offer a jarring note of discord.   Tony Blair demands that any process of change must be ordderly and stable, as though throwing off 50-year tyrannies without street protests and forceful resistance against violence by state police is an option.  He also warns, yet again, against Islamic extremism when it has been made absolutely clear that the Muslim Brotherhood is in no way an agent provocateur in these spontaneous riots.   Well, we always knew which side he was on – Western dominance and control, and in the Middle East specifically Israel.  Then we were assured by Lillary Clinton that the Egyptian government was stable and was seeking to respond to the legitimate demands of the Egyptian populace.   Such a fanciful notion without a shred of evidence in support merely shows how desperate the US Administration is to maintain the status quo  and how fearful they are of genuine democracy in the Middle East

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  1. To all Democrats and socialists, the course is clear – down with Dictators and Kleptocrats.
    However, there is the issue of instability to address – nobody would want a general war to begin following the downfall of such odious rulers.
    The question of what we in the West should do, especially if in Government, is still a thorny one.

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