In Solidarity with Egypt

Categories: Discussion, Reflections

October 19, 2011 – Wired Magazine has just reported that Ahmed Maher, of the infamous US-funded Egyptian “April 6” revolutionary movement that helped the US topple Egypt’s government early in 2011, is now back in Washington D.C. “advising” Occupy Wall Street protesters, face-to-face in McPherson Square. The article claims that protesters throughout the US movement have cited (ironically) protests in Cairo as their “inspiration” to rise up against corruption in their government and financial institutions.

While the Wired piece doesn’t explain where Maher honed his “revolutionary” skills, it does mention vaguely that he was in D.C. on invitation from an unnamed university professor and that next he would be headed to New York City to “advise” protesters there.

This of course isn’t Maher’s first trip to the United States. Years before the Egyptian revolution, the United States was quietly preparing a global army of youth cannon fodder to fuel region wide conflagrations throughout the world, both politically and literally. Maher’s April 6 organization had been in New York City for the US State Department’s first “Alliance for Youth Movements Summit” in 2008. His group then traveled to Serbia to train under the US-funded “CANVAS” organization before returning to Egypt in 2010 with US International Crisis Group (ICG) operative Mohamed ElBaradei to spend the next year building up for the “Arab Spring.”

Considering the depth of planning and preparation by the US State Department, with the cooperation of other US agencies, departments, and corporations, including the mainstream-media, we can now see the full measure of collective duplicity throughout America’s establishment. As many may remember, the United States acted with total surprise as the “Arab Spring” unfolded, despite having engineered it years in advance and having financial and tactical contacts with all the leading opposition groups.

In Egypt’s case, Mohamed ElBaradei and his “April 6” organization led by Maher, were in direct contact with some of America’s most influential power brokers, including Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Soros and to a lesser extent, Samuel Berger, Kenneth Adelman (Freedom House), General Wesley Clark, and Richard Armitage via the ICG. Additionally, ICG includes Shimon Peres, President of Israel, as well as Stanley Fischer, governor of the Bank of Israel. Israel too feigned great displeasure, uncertainty, and surprise over a regional gambit they most certainly played a role in.

Maher’s return to the United States may or may not hold any significance depending on just how much “advising” he does and the intended duration of his stay. It also depends largely on whether or not the corporate-media leaps on the story and sensationalizes it. However it is rather alarming that Americans who claim Maher and his April 6 Movement as an inspiration for their bid to rein in a corrupt government and financial system, are ignorant of the fact that Maher and his movement are both products of that very corrupt, insidious system.

For those wondering where the US-funded revolution led Maher’s fellow Egyptians, the answer is a military dictatorship and Maher’s American sponsors parading through Cairo preparing to ransack it with “economic liberalization” and the spread of Wall Street-London economic hegemony over Egypt. While some may consider that a failure – in reality that is exactly what the US State Department and the corporate-financier interests that fund and steer US policy had intended all along. Maher, for his part, may have been naive enough to believe he was receiving help to usher in real change for Egypt, and maybe not.

If Egypt should inspire any American participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement, it should be because it serves as a reminder to always follow the money, identify the associations between groups and personalities, name names, use logic and reason ahead of emotions, and understand exactly what your goals are and where they will lead you. More specifically, these goals must be pragmatic more than anything else. A very specific program with a timetable and enumerated means to carry it out would be a start.

However, boycotting and replacing Wall Street while using local and state government to reclaim our sovereignty from the overreaching tyranny of the Federal government would be far more effective than simply congregating in the streets and hoping for a completely compromised system, with the audacity to sow revolution across the globe, to somehow be hoist with its own petard. Egypt’s fate may not be far off from that of America. There is a very real threat of a military dictatorship riding in under false “heroic” pretenses in the US as well. Street mobs are this government’s specialty, no one understands them better, and no one on earth is better prepared to deal with them – especially mobs that are disorganized, aimless, and incapable of discerning that those walking amongst them, inspiring them, even leading them, are literally agents of the very system they seek to reform.



12 Responses to “In Solidarity with Egypt”

  1. think!

    Thank you, “Maxine.” I still don’t see any evidence that Occupy Wall Street is being “managed.” I would really like to see that. Please share.

  2. Maxine Holz

    RT News did a series in November 2010 cover this topic:

    – Washington’s regime change gets a makeover
    Back in the day, the US government openly backed dictators who were pro US and pro free market. It was part of the Cold War era where the US trained, financed and supported military dictators and governments that committed heinous crimes against their populations, such as in Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Brazil. However, the bloody trail left behind by Washington’s henchmen resulted in the US government shifting gears in how it supported or implemented regime change. Today the new method is known as Democracy Promotion.

    – US behind regime changes around the world
    As Washington’s overt support of brutal dictators became too much for Americans to stomach, it was replaced with a new concept for regime change called democracy promotion. US taxpayer’s are bearing the burden, as taxpayer money has been widely used to overthrow governments around the world. Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar says in the past two or three months corporate press in Brazil has opposed Dilma Rousseff, Lula de Silva’s protégé, indirectly supported by NED and Freedom House.

    – US democracy promotion creates puppets worldwide
    Washington has spent billions of dollars promoting it’s version of democracy all over the world. In part one of this segment, we talked about how the US formula for regime change underwent a makeover following the 1960′s through 1980′s. A time when the US government openly supported dictators. Now the new method is different. It includes soft money that is transformed into financing, supporting, politically backing and training opposition forces in line with US policy. Through democracy promotion efforts, Washington was able to create key political figures in foreign countries who either became Presidents or major political opponents.

    – US Empire ambition undermines country
    Democracy Promotion has been a long standing part of US foreign policy. It is a key component of soft power abroad that is linked to the diplomacy tool used by Washington. Jacob Hornberger the President of The Future of Freedom Foundation believes to reign in Washington’s spending abroad; the US must bring our troop’s home, close military bases abroad and end the global empire the US has created.

    – US using democracy promotion as disguise
    The United States used to send military aid to opposing political regimes in countries it wanted to see overthrown. These days the United States sends a different type of aid, US taxpayer money is paying for “democracy promotion”, a way for the US to influence elections in other countries that will help the US agenda abroad. Lawyer and Author Eva Golinger points out there are many organizations in other countries that are open to this funding, when it comes under the disguise of democracy promotion.

    – Democracy promotion hoax
    The US spends billions of dollars promoting its version of democracy all over the world. Robert Naiman, Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy says Washington has been very selective in where and when their democracy should be promoted. And very few Americans really understand where the taxpayers’ money goes.

    – Taxpayer billions promote democracy hoax abroad
    Over the past two decades, the US Agency for International Development has spent more than $9 billion dollars promoting Washington’s formula for democracy. The programs are in practice in more than 100 countries. USAID’s affiliates, the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute are also engaged in the democracy promotion business. Most of the money that is directed for this effort comes directly from Congress and is distributed by the US State Department.

  3. think!

    Very interesting, thank you. We all agree that the “ignorant herd” has been brainwashed by a massive propaganda campaign delivered primarily through msm.

    I think, however, that Tlahtolli was asking for more specific evidence that the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Steet are being “managed.” You argue a compelling theory, which would be even more convincing if you provided some evidence, or at least some of your sources, to back up your claims. I would be interested in seeing those. Thanks.

  4. Gene Sharp

    “Arab Springs” are not as spontaneous as the MSM would have us believe. Their behind-the-scenes instigators always get help from their Global Power Elite friends. To a certain degree they are, no doubt, spontaneous: people are growing weary of their national governments’ growing inability to resolve vital collective problems. However, a survey of public opinion in any country in the world will show that, on average, half the population rejects their on-going governments, and even their entire political classes. The more lucid and aware see them all as mere puppets subordinated to Money Power elites in one form or another: whether banking cartels, oil and mining companies, media moguls, domestic and foreign lobbies, or a wide array of war-mongers.

    What is different, then, about today’s optimistic sounding “Arab Spring”?

    Basically, that ready-to-happen civil commotions and popular uprisings are purposely and maliciously being triggered by well-trained, well-financed, well-supported foreign and domestic agitators and agents, who have vested interests in destabilizing countries in that region to promote their own agendas, totally unrelated to the National Interest of the locals. They have a very different axe to grind, aligned to the interests of specific foreign powers – notably the US, UK, Israel, France, EU countries and their regional pawns in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait – where the Global Power Elite is embedded.

    In fact, this is a whole new form of waging war based on PsyWar (psychological warfare), where the mainstream global media become veritable weapons of mass mental destruction of people’s ability to see and understand what is really being done to them. As with all wars, its objective is conquest and control of entire countries and regions.

    Modern war is waged by powerful nations on five different overlapping, holistic levels of aggression against weaker, appetizing countries, ranging from stark naked aggression to subtle subversion:

    1. Military Invasion – Allows direct control by fully overthrowing and overpowering the target nation. It has one major drawback: it looks really bad on the evening news. Today, this applies to Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine; Libya is a moving target…

    2. Military Coup – Identifies and supports domestic military/civilian allies and traitors willing to support a foreign power against their own people. Latin America saw US-backed coups in the 60’s and 70’s in Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina… Now we seem to be seeing this in Egypt.

    3. Financial Coup – Banking cartels corner any government they please to do “the Global Power Elite’s bidding or else..!” Examples: Argentina’s 2001/2 collapse, preceded by Mexico (1997), Russia (1998), Brazil (1999). Today: Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Iceland… Instead of tanks, they use the IMF, World Bank, US Treasury, ECB…

    4. Political Coup – Flexibly uses combinations of “crises” to impose unelected governments such as Trilateralists Mario Monti in Italy, and Lucas Papademos in Greece…

    5. Social Coup – Today’s PsyWar. First you map out internal social grievances and woes, strife and ancestral hatreds, then you pin the fault on a suitable scapegoat/patsy, then you support and arm domestic and foreign agitators and “freedom fighters”, ensuring that the Western Media clearly tell the world who are the “good guys” and who the “bad guys”. Today, the “Arab Spring”. Tomorrow, maybe we’ll see “Latin American Springs” or “South East Asian Springs…” or “Former Soviet Republics Springs…” Many countries today fit one of these categories and/or a combination of several of them, escalating to/descending from one to another. Egypt began as a “Category 5” and escalated to a “Category 2”. Libya also began as a “Category 5” and was bombed into a veritable “Category 1”.

    Macro-management by the Global Power Elite is governed by their specific goals and interests in each country, because they still need a strong US, a nuclear Israel and a stable Germany, but they definitely do not want a strong Russia and China, a nuclear Iran and a stable Latin America…

    Like Hurricane Watches in the Caribbean, maybe we should start mapping out Political Regime Change Watches on a regional, even global, basis. It would certainly help in tracking the dark clouds of war, death and destruction that are gathering.

  5. Tlahtolli

    Besides the guy who worked for the State Department, is there any additional evidence that the Arab Spring was managed? If so, I would be interested in seeing it.

  6. Gene Sharp

    It might be safer not to protest if you are so confused, David. You’ve got a lot a “shoulds’, “feel likes” mixed in with your hopes. You are right to be scared and angry, at first. However, until you know which you side you are actually serving (versus the one you hope or imagine), you jeopardize more than just yourself.

  7. Gene Sharp

    Hey fellow worker, are you on the CIA/AEI payroll? The reason they’re still battling repressive force in North Africa is that the Arab Spring was a sham, a fake, a phoney that was never of, by or for the people of Egypt. You Occupy Oakland people seem to want the same thing, a lot of noise followed by repressive force vanishing sovereignty. It sounds more and more like a socialist wet dream.

  8. fellow worker

    this is ridiculous. people in egypt are still battling repressive state force in the streets and privileged americans sit back and recriminate them for not doing enough or for being american puppets.

    Oakland and Cario One Fist United.

  9. Dan Sing

    I’m afraid you are on the side of the devils, if you support the fraud in Tahrir square. It’s not vanity, but naivety, to speak of solidarity. Neither Occupy nor the Arab Spring are popular uprisings; they are as managed as any other false flag event.

  10. David Heatherly

    We are marching here in San Francisco in support of the protestors in Tahrir Square, and I hope that we are “on the side of the angels” even though it’s a very confusing mess over there (I mean it’s bad enough over here). I feel like the people there inspired us and we should try to inspire them, let them know that the Americans on the streets on some level are keeping an eye on things there. I think it’s pretty clear that the “revolution” has already been co-opted; the urgency has disappeared under pressure from U.S. dollars. They tell us that we are vain to compare Occupy to the Tahrir liberation movement; in fact, it is only from the United States that the pressure could come that would influence the Egyptian military to step down as honor demands.

  11. stephen weber

    Yes. I admit that the President of the United States loves the Idea of Occupy Wall Street.
    OMG. George Soros is patting all of the Occupy Protesters on the street because they are doing what he wants people to do, stand up and speak their minds.

    Sometimes a clam is a clam. When people speak and reach consensus the bottom line is the people reached a consensus. And the fact that often a person in real authority, in real power wanted that consensus does not in any way denigrate the Movement. Often ideas presented by dictators are great ideas.
    The idea of how great masses of people can meet and do things, protest things, come to an agreement in bulk. Across the Whole Blooming World is wonderful. And IF you can prove that someone with a budget of a TRILLION DOLLARS knew that and set up people with a method like the Arab Spring or the Occupy Movement then I would personally thank them.

  12. me

    REALLY important article, thank you!

    it is essential and timely that we open our eyes to this. and soon. apologies for the redundancies, but i found this out there as well:

    A US government-backed pioneer of the so-called “Arab Spring” in Egypt that eventually resulted in a military dictatorship is now “advising” the Occupy Wall Street protesters in both Washington DC and New York, in another sign that the movement has been subverted by the establishment.

    US State Department-funded activist Ahmed Maher “is now giving advice to a new group of protesters: the Occupy Wall Street movement,” reports Wired News.

    Maher has been “corresponding for weeks” with OWS activists, offering them “practical advice from a successful Egyptian revolutionary,” according to the report.

    If Wired defines replacing a 30 year tyrant with a military dictatorship under which Egyptians enjoy even less freedoms as a “successful” revolution then Maher’s involvement in the ‘Occupy’ movement should be viewed with the utmost suspicion.

    As Egyptian activist Kareem Amer writes, “Egypt’s Arab Spring has led not to democracy—but to another cruel dictatorship,” under which “The military is killing minorities and imprisoning dissidents.”

    Of course, you won’t have heard that little fact very often on mainstream television networks because the “Arab Spring” was advertised as an organic mass uprising. The reality that it was largely a geopolitical maneuver controlled by the United States, Britain and Israel aimed at overthrowing both rogue states and tyrants who had outlived their usefulness to the globalists doesn’t fit with the fairytale.

    Case in point – Ahmed Maher – one of the leading revolutionaries in Egypt and now using his expertise to “advise” the OWS demonstrators, is a pawn for the US State Department.

    As part of his role in leading the revolt against Mubarak, Maher fraternized with the likes of Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Soros through their involvement in the ICG.

    Maher is the perfect candidate to firm up the ‘Occupy’ movement’s uncertain demands. He soon fell out of favor with many of his fellow activists in Egypt after they described him as acting like a “dictator” and preventing anyone else from exercising influence within the ‘April 6′ organization.

    Given the fact that Maher is a US State Department-funded agitator who has been used to subvert and control protest movements in the middle east, his involvement in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations should set alarm bells ringing.

    This represents another clear signal that the establishment is intent on ensuring that the OWS movement is subverted, and that the protesters are led astray and influenced into advocating false solutions while focusing their rage against the wrong targets.

    Let’s just hope that we don’t see a repeat of the outcome of the “revolution” in Egypt – tanks on the streets and a military dictatorship worse than anything which preceded it.