Lets take a look back at 2011. Tunisia ignited the Arab Spring by the flaming BouAziza. It ushered a new phase in Arab politics which the dictators had not taken into account, ie the rise of a new generation of angry youths able to dislodge the strngmans’ tin soldiers by their united sounds of freedom. The fall of Tunisia sparked Egyptians to mobilise at Tahrir Square demanding the end of Hosni Mubarak. Right at that time, what could have been happening in Washington and Tel Aviv is of great importance today, especially knowing now that the generals basically threw in a coup in the midst of presidential elections.
Cairo being the most important piece in the Arab Israeli conflict occupies central position in Washington’s foreign policy for the Middle East. US strategy for the greater Arab world is in many ways a reflection of how Cairo is managed by the US with regard to its peace treaty with Israel. A hostile government in Cairo will be ideally placed to motivate all other Arab states to shape an anti Israeli stance politically, diplomatically and militarily. An Israel friendly government will achieve Mubarak’s feat to the satisfaction of US, EU, Arab dictators (monarchs) and puppet rulers (as in Maliki, Karzai and Zardari).
The revolution in 2011 carried a mix signal for the world. Was the revolution going to bring an Israel hostile administration or a Mubarak type? For the freedom loving muslims this was the watershed in their history. The ouster of a dictator would usher in a new era of liberty and justice, after almost a century of trials and failures with western secular political concepts. The western world could not share those sentiments exactly with the mass muslims. The fear was that Mubarak’s departure could bring in a democratically elected Islamist party, the Muslim Brotherhood to power by defeating the secularist parties in a free and fair general election, was never going to go down easily with the secular western world.
Democracy, if allowed to function properly in Egypt, may become the very poison which could destroy the existing strategy of the Israeli-US lobby for the region. In the wake of massive public protests at Tahrir Square what options were left for Washington except to come out in support of a “smooth transition”, as much as they hated to see the fall of their most important ally in the region after Israel.
It was not surprising that the champion of global democracy could not seize the moment to support the revolutionaries in their struggle for liberty against a ruthless dictator. The fall of Mubarak was seen by many as the fall of the US-Egypt unholy alliance of 3 decades. Israel for her part has always cautioned the world that Arabs and Muslims in general are unworthy of being under any rule of law. They deserve to be bludgeoned by dictators like Mubarak and Assad, for their own good. Left under democracy Arab muslims could be the worst nightmare for Israel and the west.
Israel has quite satisfactorily convinced the world that Arab dictators are equivalent of donkeys. They have no guts to stand up to Israel when Palestinians are butchered by tanks manufactured with the help of cheap oil from the Gulf. Israel receives subsidized gas for power generation from Egypt while Gazza is blacked out at will. But then, this, Israel says, is perfect for the Arabs. A truly representative government in the Arab world is not in the best interest of Israel and her allies. They know that Arab street is filled with “hate Israel” sentiment and that is probably why Israel managed for so long to collectively punish the common Arabs by mobilising international support for criminals like Assad, Ghaddafi and Mubarak.
Back in February 2011, an Israeli think tank wrote the following on its website:
“With liberation movements storming throughout the Middle East, including countries like Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, and others, we could be witnessing a new regional alignment; one without extreme tensions that previously existed between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. No, we are not saying that there will be a new notion of utopia between these groups. What we are saying is that should these tensions subside and more palatable relations occur then it is very likely that friendlier more cooperative relationships could develop for other issues such as a unified focus on Israel. In other words, hatred towards Israel could replace the religious fears and tensions that previously existed. Hatred of Israel could become the single unifying issue that Muslim and Arab nations might rally around in order to further their interests in the development of an Islamic Caliphate or for any other political interests whose success would require a unification of Islamic nations.”
Israel sees the Arab awakening in ways more than one. We must give credit to the zionist regime for being visionary. They are predicting, quite rightly, the future of the Arab world (minus the criminals) with a modified map of the region altogether. Will the Arabs wake up and smell the hummus…