We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, July 6, 2013

What's Plan C for Egypt? The Fall of Morsi and the Neocolonial Project

Click here to access article by Dan Glazebrook from CounterPunch.

The author provides an excellent, brief analysis of the Empire's Egyptian neocolonial project and poses a critically important question: "What's plan C for Egypt?"

It is hard for me to think of any other plan than what the author hints at--the Salvador Option. (See also this posting for more details of recent applications of this strategy.) The more I think about this, the more it makes sense from an Empire director's point of view. 

Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were the perfect choice to implement the neoliberal, imperial agenda in Egypt. Now the Egyptian people have emphatically rejected that option. However, there is more than one way for Empire operatives to divide a people, and they are masters at doing that. On the other hand, this latest heroic resistance to the Empire's agenda waged by Egyptians and the Syrian people as well could represent a turning point in the imperial agenda, at least for the MENA region. There is evidence of repercussions for the Empire's Syrian mercenaries. Stay tuned, better yet, stay active and informed.
Much as the imperial powers would love to see Egypt implode into a sectarian disaster along the lines pioneered in Iraq and now being spread to Libya and Syria, the dividing line is NOT between Sunni and Shia, or between Islamist and secularist. It is between those who support genuine independence (the prerequisite for any meaningful moves towards social justice or democracy), and those who support continued collaboration with the imperial project to plunder and cripple the region.