Democracy, LSD…

Last week, the “neo-independent” channel PBS joined the corporate media parade. In a report titled “Death in Tehran” Front Line”  focused on the death of Neda Soltan , the young Iranian woman who was murdered by Iranian police while she was demonstrating against the recent Iranian election. 

One is led to believe that we are empowering women and promoting democracy.  But then,  why is PBS  investigating Neda Soltan’s death and not the death of  one of  our own brave American women, Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by Israeli bulldozers while trying to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes?  Have you seen  “Front Line”   focusing on that crime?  And why Iran and not Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Israel, the gulf countries, and Jordan, for instance? 

The answer is obvious, isn’t it? We hold the banner of democracy across  the globe. We support the struggle of the oppressed people all over the world. We promote our ideals: freedom for all,  self-determination, rule of law, democracy, etc…. right?

Let’s look at our freedom supporting policies in the neighborhood of Iran.  I will list three countries only. The list could be longer than “America Most Wanted” list.

EgyptEgypt  basically is a police state. President Mubarak’s word is law in Egypt. To criticize him is to risk jail term. Torture is rampant and the crack down on democracy is brutal. You would think, based on all the rhetoric, we should shun Mubarak and support the democracy movement there, right? Well,  Barack Obama chose  to deliver his first democracy speech to the muslim world from Egypt. We continue to bestow billions of dollars on Egypt (the second largest foreign aid recipient,  a very distant second to Israel). We continue to cover Mubarak politically and rave about  the shyest steps his police state take toward bogus free speech. All the while we’re not even giving lip service to the opposition movement there.

Saudi Arabia. A kingdom where election is unheard of and books are subject to official approval before they’re allowed into the country. Over one-third of its citizens ( Shia muslims) are considered second class citizens. Women are not even allowed to drive. The antithesis of what we stand for. Yet not only our official policy is to cooperate with this brutal regime, but our pundits, conservatives and liberal alike, consider Saudi Arabia a moderate arab state with which we should forge an alliance.

Israel  commits war crimes on a regular basis against its neighbors ( Just look at the Gladstone report and Amnesty international for the most recent crimes in Gaza and Lebanon). It  is our unquestionable ally that can do no wrong. It continues its stifling and illegal occupation of Palestinian territory despite all the security council resolutions. Yet apart from unlimited  political and military support, Israel receives billions of American tax payers hard-earned money every year.

Let’s just face the facts. We are not promoters of democracy. Far from it. This is just a slogan to make us feel cozy and warm. A feel-good drug, LSD!

ekwaysan

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