Sunday, January 30, 2011

Comments From Egypt: Saudi King Abdullah


It's a good thing the American Revolutionaries defeated the British 235 years ago and established the United States of America. We are very fortunate to have all of these freedoms protected by law, including Freedom of Speech (probably the one I enjoy the most).

This afternoon, I read a comment from Saudi King Abdullah, who referred to the protestors as intruders who were “tampering with Egypt’s security and stability … in the name of freedom of expression.”

Well isn't that a novel concept? Citizens speaking up for the right to freedom of expression and the opportunity to have a democracy? It appears the Egyptian people are tired of being governed by a dictatorship.

Is there some kind of double standard in the political world, since we, the United States, are a close ally with Saudi Arabia? America embraces freedom of speech (just look at all the wildly successful crap on American TV like "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" or "Jersey Shore") and even invaded Iraq to bring democracy, and its ensuing "freedom of speech" to the Iraqi people. King Abdullah supported the American invasion, as he seems to support most American global ambitions (and buys up shares of our insolvent banks to boot).

If he supports American's bringing freedom of speech to Iraq, why wouldn't he support freedom of expression in Egypt? Why are the Egyptians some kind of nuisance while the Iraqi's should be given democracy?

What will US Foreign Policy stand for this time? Will the US government support the calls from the Egyptian people for a complete regime change, starting at the top? That would be considered democratic, right? Would King Abdullah, the American petro-lackey, toe the party line and support the changes?

We'll see.

Thankfully, I live here in North America, where this idea called Democracy has been working out the kinks for 235 years, free from a King like Abdullah, who doesn't want his people (or the Egyptians) to have access to basic freedoms that all humans inherently seek, like freedom of expression.