Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Pawns of Imperialism in the Middle East fight amongst themselves

The Pawns of Imperialism in the Middle East fight amongst themselves
The Arab revolutions have opened up conflicts within the ruling classes of the Middle East. Along with crushing any opposition movements and the working classes in their own countries, they are also fighting amongst themselves to be the dominant power in the region.
John Kerry and Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-ThaniJohn Kerry and the recent Emir of Qatar, Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Photo: U.S. State DepartmentIn this war of attrition friends become foes and vice versa. However, these rulers have clear class interests and want at any cost to safeguard their own luxurious lifestyles in this decaying capitalist system and its brutal state apparatus. But the contradictions that have piled up over decades are coming to the fore and blowing away all their efforts to maintain the status quo and some semblance of normality under the rule of Capital.
In one of these events the killing of hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood activists in Egypt by the Army has not only raised concerns from many quarters around the world but also brought to the surface the rivalry between two puppets of US imperialism in the Middle East.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar have long served the interests of US imperialism in the whole region and have become bastions of reaction and counter-revolution. From providing Ben Ali of Tunisia a safe home in Saudi Arabia to financing the Taliban and reactionary Islamic Fundamentalists in the whole world, the House of Saud has long been a pawn of Imperialism since it was brought to power by the imperialists in 1932. However, the Arab revolution that erupted in 2011 has had a strong impact inside Saudi Arabia and movements in Al Qatif and other parts of the Kingdom have erupted time and again. Along with the crushing of these movements inside their own country the Saudis also introduced a reform package of $10 billion for the youth using a traditional ploy of the carrot and the stick. At the same time the Saudi Arabian army is also fiercely crushing the recurring revolutionary mass revolt in neighbouring Bahrain. Recent legislation and crackdowns against immigrant workers are also causing unrest in Saudi Arabia and the regime is shaking with fear of an upsurge inside the kingdom.
Qatar too became the blue-eyed boy of US Imperialism when Sheikh Hammad bin Khalifa al Thani came to power in 1995 after toppling his father in a bloodless coup. In the 2003 US invasion of Iraq Qatar served as the headquarters of the US central command (CENTCOM).
With large reserves of oil and gas Qatar has a total population of 1.87 million out of which only 15 percent are Qatari citizens while the rest of them are immigrant workers from south Asian and Arab countries. These large reserves of gas have helped make Qatar the richest country in the world with the highest per capita income. However, the incomes of immigrant workers, who make up 94 percent of the working class, are not included in these statistics.
The brutal exploitation of a working class which endures harsh living conditions alongside the amassing of huge wealth has pushed the Qatari rulers towards a policy of regional domination and it started exporting Capital for its imperialist ambitions. Sheikh Hammad of Qatar was the first head of state to visit the Hamas controlled Gaza strip in October 2012 and the visit inaugurated a project to build 1000 homes in Gaza for poor families. This was an effort to salvage the declining popularity of Hamas, a sister organization of the Brotherhood, in Palestine and Qatar openly promoted its Imperialist goals in the region. This clearly shows the hypocrisy of Imperialist forces and Islamic fundamentalists.
The US and the European Union, despite declaring Hamas a terrorist organization, conveniently support the conniving of their pawns in Hamas’s activities.
This hypocracy of Imperialism exposes a covert agreement between the Imperialist powers and Islamic fundamentalism. After the fall of Mubarak these Islamic fundamentalists have once again become a key ally of Imperialist policy in the region. Qatari Emir Sheikh Hammad has been in the forefront of executing this policy in the region.
Sheikh Hamad’s visit to Gaza, and around 5 billion dollars of financial support to Morsi’s government in Egypt after it came to power, reveal its vested interests in the Brotherhood and its network in the whole region.This aid is more than the total loan from the IMF which Morsi applied for after coming to power.
This influence is not only limited to Egypt and Gaza but also extends to Tunisia where Ennahda’s Ghannuchi came to power after the over throw of Ben Ali. Ennahda is also a sister organization of the Brotherhood and Ghannuchi is frantically trying to balance between his support from Qatar and opposition from the Saudis. In the meantime he is facing the wrath of the Tunisian masses that have come out in huge numbers against his government. His frequent trips to Washington are a reflection of his diminishing role and the weakness of the Tunisian state.
Apart from agreements between the US imperialists and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere, the Saudi Arabian regime strongly differs from the Brotherhood and wants to continue its policy through its own proxies. In the first place, it tried to save Mubarak from falling even after the US was in no position to save him amid growing protests. There were reports of a heated conversation between King Abdullah and Obama when the US later tried to ditch its long time ally and allowed the army to depose Mubarak and take the situation under its control. King Abdullah saw his own future in what was happening to Mubarak and he fears that the US may try to ditch him if his regime should face a similar situation. This prompted the Saudis to pursue their own policy of regional domination by supporting proxies loyal to them.
After the electoral farce in Egypt under the control of the Army, the Brotherhood came to power after an agreement with the US in which Qatar played the mediating role. 

The Saudi regime has a long history of dislike for the Brotherhood due to its political ambitions even inside the Gulf kingdoms. The Brotherhood was never able to win trust from Saudi Arabia. However, after the presidential 
election that brought Morsi to power, the Saudis had to be satisfied with their protégé Salafists getting a share in Morsi’s government. READ MORE


TONY said...

The only reason for not sharing their 'evidence' can be that it doesn't exist or isn't credible. As a substitute, O's spin men are trying to trash the UN security council tonight. Sound of barrels being scraped.

TONY said...

To those asking why not oppose dictators in Bahrain & Saudi Arabia too. Why should America and her satraps attack good, decent, oil-producing, arms-purchasing people.