Several years ago, there was all this talk about how the Arab “street” hates America. Of course, Egyptians are not simply Arabs nor are Yemeni’s simply Arabs, but the mainstream media does like to dumb things down for their readers. The basic narrative was that it was America’s support of Israel that led to terrorism and anti-American protests. These folks living in the Middle East love their countries and governments, and if only America would force Israel to disband, everything would be chick peas and pita.
To support the narrative, President Obama went to Egypt and apologized for America.
Now, however, the Arab “street” is protesting… the dictators who have really been causing the problems in their countries — poverty, lack of education, lack of jobs, etc. Gee, maybe it isn’t evil America after all. The London Telegraph article on the riots can be found here. You’ll note scant coverage in domestic papers because the protests aren’t about America.
Egyptian police have been fighting protesters in intensifying clashes, and demonstrations have reported from Yemen and Gabon – a sign that defiance against authoritarian rulers in the Middle East is spreading.
The question is, will the President make a strong statement in support of the protesters? After all, they are just asking for liberty, self-government, and opportunity. Aren’t these things that we support?
The following link takes you to raw footage of an unarmed protester being shot in the street.