"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
(Leonard Cohen)
"Ignore all proffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you want to say"
(Michael Moorcock)
"Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings."
(Andre Gide)
"I want my place, my own place, my true place in the world, my proper sphere, my thing which Nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my life-time."
(Nathaniel Hawthorne)
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
(Franz Kafka)
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated"
(John Donne)
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
(Robert J. Hanlon)
"Life is beautiful, but the world is hell"
(Harold Pinter)

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Out to Roll Back the Revolution

EXTRACTAfter suffering decades of dictatorship, it is only natural that millions of ordinary Egyptians are eager to vote - want to decide the future of their country. Of course, these elections are a huge concession by the military regime - which is claiming credit for them and their orderly nature. But they are also high-risk. Not because the left will make any kind of significant showing. It won’t. But because they could easily lead to all manner of uncontrollable consequences.
US and UK imperialism would have liked to have seen the continuation of the Mubarak regime (perhaps with his son, Gamal, succeeding him). With Mubarak gone, imperialism would be quite happy with military rule fronted by a puppet civilian prime minister. Such an arrangement could be relied upon to introduce ‘stability’ and the ‘rule of law’ - their ‘rule of law’. Their ultimate aim being to roll back the democratic revolution that began with the uprising against Mubarak and is still unfolding as part of the larger pan-Arab national movement, which by very definition is an explosive rebellion against the imperialist-imposed order in that region. Therefore, for US-UK imperialism the ‘Egyptian problem’ has to be neutralised.

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