3 thoughts on “People’s movement, not NATO invasion, can bring democracy

  1. Libya: Popular democratic uprising in favour of a pro-western regime?

    Arundhati Roy is an intellectual icon of the resistance against
    globalisation. Recently we asked her what she thinks about the
    democratic movements in the Arab world. Her answer was that the support
    those rebellions enjoy in the western media makes her rather anxious.
    How this fact can be interpreted?

    The Egyptian movement was quite a challenge for the regimes of the west,
    as Mubarak was one of the most important pro-western dictators. His
    regime protected Israel and in return received billions of military aid
    each year. In the true spirit of neoliberalism, Washington also
    outsourced torture to Cairo. At the same time, the lords of the world
    have continued to as the keepers of the Holy Grail they call democracy.

    The Tunisian movement was so powerful that it forced the US regime to
    back down from its support, while the former colonial power—France—still
    supported their torture interrogator Ben Ali.

    In Libya on the other hand, the world seems to be alright again. The
    hacks are dancing again to the tune pattern employed against
    Saddam–Milošević–Ahmadinejad. It doesn’t help Qaddhafi that the west has
    been doing good business with him for many years, while he in turn keeps
    the African have-nots out of sight for the EU fortress and supports
    French colonial policy in Chad. For his people and for the Arab world,
    the ageing leader of the revolution has been continuing to mime the
    anti-imperialist, increasingly clownish and devoid of contents. On the
    other side of the Mediterranean, they are now propping up this faded
    anti-imperialist as an enemy for quasi-posthumous revenge against the
    old Qaddhafi.

    The present bear hug is the worst burden to weigh down the democratic
    movement. If it wants to be democratic, it has to reject western
    support, otherwise Qaddhafi could regain legitimacy. Those who really
    want to support the popular movement have to resolutely oppose sanctions
    (let’s not forget the slow genocides in Iraq in the name of “democracy”
    and in Gaza right now); of course we also have to fight any military

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