The Arab-American community must stand with the Egyptian people and their continuing struggle for freedom, full sovereignty and independence, human dignity, and social justice. The establishment Arabs in this country are too busy promoting their careers and enjoying their false sense of prestige on the margins of Washington officialdom. In the meantime the Egyptian people continue a struggle (see video previous post) whose outcome is not yet determined, but the victory of which, in this most geopolitically important Arab state, can break foreign imperialist domination of the region and create a new Egypt and with it a new Arab world. Arab-Americans must make the success of the Egyptian people and their 2011 uprising a central concern. The counter-revolution is underway, and the US regime, its allies in Europe, and puppets in the Arab world, first, and foremost, the tyrannical Saudi regime, are working tirelessly to bring the Arab Spring to an end. Given the continuing meddling of the American government in Egypt, and the extensive relationship between the Pentagon and the repressive Egyptian junta that continues to rule, Arab Americans must highlight and oppose the American role in trying to abort the Egyptian revolution, prevent the achievement of the Egyptians’ national aspirations, and subject the well-being of Egypt and the interests of its people to American imperialist designs. This cause is unlikely to be adopted by the establishment Arabs in Washington, but it should be by the entire Arab-American community.
The folks at the ADC that maintained friendly relations with the Egyptian embassy since the days Jihan Sadat used to visit them are still kowtowing to US officials, groveling at the doors of other Arab embassies, and preparing for the next event where they will slavishly welcome an ignorant, Arab oil-Sheikh. Hussein Ibish and the ATFP, not yet recovered from the shock of losing the collaborationist PA’s main Arab sponsor, continue working to undermine the struggle for the liberation of Palestine in this country, promoting Mahmoud Abbas, and peddling the pernicious notion their exists an acceptable version of Zionism. James Zogby spent decades hobnobbing with officials from Mubarak’s embassy, and in the early days of the Egyptian uprising, when the US Government was still hoping to save their favorite Arab tyrant, he warned we should not support the Egyptian people’s uprising against tyranny. After the US accepted the Egyptian dictator could not be saved, and Hillary Clinton went to Tahrir Square hoping to meet with the revolutionaries (they refused) Zogby decided it was safe to jump on the bandwagon and congratulate the Egyptian people on their revolution. Always an opportunist, the hypocrite then managed to seduce four gullible and naïve Egyptians into attending his 2011 “Gibran Gala.” After trotting them out onto the stage in the Washington Renaissance Hotel Ball Room for a picture he can later use in his one-man outfit’s advertisement brochures, he forgot all about Egypt. He’s now back to promoting his silly book, and his full time job conducting scientific surveys verifying the popularity of the oil-“Shakes” among their people, and touting the very favorable business environment in the Arab gulf states.
The rest of the Arab American community must remain aware of the continuing revolutionary struggle of the Egyptian people, support their fight for freedom, dignity, and justice, and highlight the role of our own American government in Egypt and the region.