03 December 2011

The Fake Revolutions

Date 6th August 2011

The year 2011, brought with itself a wave of protests in the Islamic countries which have been ruled by dictatorships for decades. Tunisia was the first country in line and its ruler Zain-ul-Abideen was the first victim. It all started after a protestor set himself on fire and this fueled the protests which ended on departure of Zain-ul-Abideen.

Next country to meet the same fate was Egypt. Since 1981 President Hosni Mubarak had been ruling Egypt with an iron fist. He was the protector of American interests and America’s biggest ally in the region. Egypt is the second biggest recipient of American aid after Israel. The protests gathered momentum after successful protests in Tunisia and Tehreer square, in Cairo was the centre stage. After weeks of protests president Hosni Mubarak resigned on 14th February 2011. Since then he has been under house arrest and lately, judicial trial against him has started.

Egypt’s neighbor Libya would prove to be next battleground for protests. Colonel Mohmar Qazzafi has been ruling Libya since 1969. Initially he was anti-west and he supported provisional IRA in its freedom struggle against UK. After second gulf war he changed his attitude towards west and surrendered according to their wishes. He brought an end to Libya’s nuclear program and did everything to be in good books of America. After fall of Mubarak regime in Egypt, protests gained momentum in Libya. Initially Qazzafi crushed the protests with force. This led to creation of rebel groups. Then NATO forces started bombing Libya’s military and government infrastructure. America started supporting rebels and giving them military and monetary aid. Since February this year, Libya has been a battlefield. Libyan army is fighting rebels and NATO forces bombing Libyan military in an attempt to facilitate the take over of Libya by rebels.

Syria would also fall victim to similar protests. Syrian president Bashar-ul-Assad has been ruling Syria since 2000, before him, his father ruled from 1970 onwards. In Syria protests started in the wake of Libyan civil war. Protestors initially demanded reforms in the government. Later on their demands changed and now their only aim is to topple the government of Bashar-ul-Assad. Initially Syrian president announced some reforms but after judging the mood of protestors he ordered military crack down against them. Even as of today, Syrian military is attacking protestors in Damascus and the Hama city. Bashar-ul-asad is still strong but the protests don’t seem to end.

Ali Abdullah Saleh has been ruling united Yemen since 1990. His country also fell victim to the rage of angry protestors. He got injured in an assassination attempt. He was hospitalized in Saudi Arabia., but the reins of power are still in his hands. The protests are gathering strength with the passage of time. Bahrain a small gulf country also faced similar crisis. Its emir Sheikh Hammad was threatened by the protestors who wanted change of regime. Without wasting anytime Saudi Arabia and UAE sent their troops to Bahrain and the protests were crushed with brutal force.

All the six countries discussed so far are the victims of fake revolutions. The case of Yemen, Tunisia and Bahrain is a bit different which will be discussed in the end of this article. Egypt was a strong American ally but the revolution forced Hosni Mubarak to quit. In fact, only a face changed in Egypt not the regime. Now the deputy of Mubarak is in charge of Egypt along with army chief. This means that American interests are not threatened. A so-called revolution only removed a person and the rest has remained the same. Although the new regime has promised fair and free elections but that is yet to come. So it’s not hard to judge that whatever happened in Egypt was a fake revolution aided by America. They were tired of him for some reason and replaced him simply.

In Libya the situation is not different. In fact, the American involvement is not hidden. America is aiding the rebels and along with her NATO allies, destroying Qazzafi’s military power with force. It’s a mere move to oust Qazzafi rather than revolutionizing Libya. If a real revolution came in Libya then it will damage American interests in region which of course America will never allow to happen. Qazzafi was not anti American lately, Like Mubarak he was subservient to the west. It seems that America wishes to bring new faces that could protect their interests. America has no sympathy for Libyan people.

Iran completely transformed after a real revolution in 1979. Since then it’s the biggest U.S enemy in the region. Iran challenges Israel, an American ally, by supporting Hezbollah and Hamas. Iran makes this support possible with the help of Syria. So for obvious reasons Syrian regime is an enemy of America. There can’t be a better opportunity then this to topple Syrian government of Bashar-ul-Assad and install pro-American government. Since a tide of protests can be seen everywhere in Muslim countries of Middle East and northern Africa, America can easily hide its involvement in any such protests in Syria. No doubt that America is covertly supporting the protestors in Syria and this will continue till fall of Assad regime in Syria. Assad enjoys support of Syrian people and state apparatus. So it would be a really difficult job to orchestrate a successful fake revolution in Syria.

The case of Tunisia is a bit different. There people stood because of failure of government and that resulted in ousting of Zain-ul-Abideen. Yemen is also not different from Tunisia. Yemenis are tired of Ali Abdullah Saleh and the fact that he has not been able to deliver during his twenty one year rule. Al-Qaeda is getting strength in Yemen. It would be a nightmare for America if protestors force Saleh to quit and Al-Qaeda takes over the country. So America is covertly trying to protect Saleh regime and using its own ways to crush the protests. This shows the double standards of Uncle Sam. In Libya America is using military power to liberate people from Qazzafi and in Yemen using covert means to undermine protests and support Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The case of Bahrain is unique. It’s a Shia majority country. Protests aimed at changing Sheikh Hammad’s regime, started in Bahrain in the wake of Middle East color revolutions. The protests turned out to be successful and Bahrain was on the brink of a change. Saudi Arabia believed that since it’s a Shia led revolution attempt then Iran must be supporting it. Saudi Arabia feared an Iranian influenced country near its coasts. It also feared that after a successful color revolution in Bahrain, people of Saudi Arabia can also be inclined towards similar protests. So Saudi Arabia along with its Gulf co-operation Council allies sent its troops to Bahrain and brutally crushed the protests and revolution attempt. America didn’t label this as an external intervention which it would have done if Iran or Syria had sent their forces somewhere for similar reasons.

The fake revolutions seem to be the part of new American policy for Middle East and adjoining African countries.  This Obama doctrine focuses on changing leaders in countries loyal to America. It also believes in replacing anti-American regimes with pro-American ones in the guise of color revolutions. The core reason for all these fake revolutions is Israel. It’s an American policy to protect Israel and recent fake revolutions are a part of that protection plan. By ousting Bashar-ul-Assad., Hamas and Hezbollah threat can be reduced for Israel significantly. Until and unless people of Muslim world come in streets for real protests, America will play with them using fake revolutions and will achieve its aim. It’s also responsibility of Muslim countries to help Syria and Libya in such a critical time. Alas! There is hardly any Muslim country which doesn’t have a pro-American regime. So at the moment situation is completely against anti-American forces and fake revolutions will continue to haunt them.

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