The clowns at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), James Zogby, and the other careerists posing as Washington’s “Arab Lobby” can learn something from the leaders of Egypt’s revolutionary youth when it comes to dealing with US officials.
The Coalition of the Youth of the 25 January Revolution rejected an invitation to attend a meeting with Hillary Clinton. The coalition of six youth groups that emerged from Egypt’s revolution refused to meet with Hillary in protest of the United States’ strong support for the ousted tyrant. The group said it did not welcome Clinton’s visit to Egypt and demanded that the US administration make a formal apology to Egypt’s people for its foreign policy towards the country in the past decades. It also added “the Egyptian people are the masters of their own land and destiny and will only accept equal relations of friendship and respect between the people of Egypt and the people of America.” One of the youth leaders told Aljazeera the decision was based on US policies including “US support for regional dictators and the Zionist entity.”
This principled stance is yet another example of the moral courage and political astuteness of Egypt’s revolutionary youth. It demonstrates the Egyptian people’s clear understanding of the nexus between US foreign policy and the former tyrannical regime’s ability to sustain its rule for decades. It also highlights the Egyptians’ understanding of the ousted dictatorship’s relationship with the US, and the American-assigned role it played in the region.
This is further evidence of Mona Eltahawy’s lies at the J-Street conference, and a further indicator she is not the American voice of the Egyptian revolution that turned her into a US media darling.
Members of the mythical Arab Lobby in Washington should ask themselves what the Egyptian revolutionaries would think of them after they spent decades hobnobbing with the dictator’s ambassadors in Washington and New York, inviting them to their galas and conventions, and never missing an opportunity to meet with them only to later jump on the revolutionary bandwagon and congratulate the Egyptians on overthrowing the same tyrant these ambassadors represented.
Although not threatened with unlimited police brutality and possible death, these Arab-Americans still lack the personal and moral courage of the revolutionaries of Tahrir Square. They will never deviate from the official US line, or offer any criticism of US foreign policy towards the Middle East beyond the well defined limits of permissible opposition. They will not condemn US support for Arab tyrants or complicity in all of Israel’s crimes. They will not stand up for the oppressed Arab masses ruled by American-approved dictators.
Eltahawy will continue to feed the US media lies in order to expand her exposure, Ziad Asali will continue to wear his black-tie tuxedo and bow in front of current or former members of any American administration, Zogby will pose for a picture with any US official, the ADC will continue coddling Saudi oil-Princes and inviting war criminals to their conventions, and all of them will stand in line for an opportunity to stuff themselves at a banquet or attend a meeting with representatives of any pro-US Arab dictatorship not yet overthrown in a popular uprising. And unlike Egypt’s courageous revolutionary youth they lack the self-respect to pass up an opportunity to sit with a US official
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