Authoritarian Rightist "Libertarian" Hearts Mubarak, Hates "Anarchists"
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[There's nothing like a "libertarian" standing up for a dictator and
other state-corporate capitalist rulers. Note especially the harping on
the term "anarchist".--DC]
The media’s coverage of the Egypt crisis has been one-sided
12:55 PM 02/03/2011
by Wayne Allyn Root
The media has [sic] done it again. They’ve presented the wrong message
to the American people about the Egyptian crisis, and it’s not just
because of the liberal bias of the U.S. media. It’s also because liberal
and conservative media outlets have the same agenda: to sensationalize
stories in order to raise ratings. They’re interested in creating the
story that sells best. Facts come second.
The media has chosen to sell the storyline told by the rioters and
anarchists in the streets. They have chosen to interview only one side,
those participating in the protests. But is that representative of the
true storyline? Is there another side to the story? Of course there is.
[I'd bet that there isn't a single mass media outlet that *hasn't*
presented the Mubarak regime's side.--DC]
I just got off the phone with a longtime friend — a successful Egyptian
business leader. He believes that several hundred thousand people in the
streets do not represent the 80 million citizens of Egypt. They
represent anarchists, communists, and Islamic extremists — all with an
agenda and an axe to grind. He says if you polled the people of Egypt
today, the majority would support Mubarak. He says that the backbone of
Egypt — the business owners, small business community, and middle class
— still supports Mubarak and the military. They are horrified by the
mobs in the street and are shocked at Obama’s tepid response to the
riots and the one-sided portrayal of the situation by the U.S. media.
My friend asked a simple but powerful question: “If several hundred
thousand people rioted on the streets of New York and demanded Obama be
removed, would that represent all of America’s three hundred million
citizens? Would the media report this meant the end of the Obama regime?”
Good question. If the Million Man March or the Rally to Restore Honor
had turned into a riot, would the media have painted a sympathetic
portrait of the rioters? Would we cave to the demands of a relatively
small number of rioters? I think not.
Has the media bothered to interview anyone on the other side of this
Egyptian crisis? Has anyone gone out of their way to interview the shop
owners or home owners not rioting in the streets and ask them if they
would rather be represented by Mubarak and the military or allow anarchy
and mob rule to determine their leaders?
["Good heavens, it's anarchy!"--DC]
My friend explained that if the Muslim Brotherhood takes over, he, his
family, and virtually the entire business community will be forced to
leave the country they love. If Egypt becomes a Muslim extremist
country, Egypt’s #1 industry, tourism, will be extinguished. Egypt’s
economy will be destroyed and those who think they are bad off now will
experience true poverty and starvation.
My good friend’s prediction is that in the end the military will end mob
rule and remain in control, choosing to protect tourism and the business
community. If Mubarak actually leaves, he will hand-pick his successor
from the ranks of the Egyptian military and institute some moderate reforms.
The lessons we can all learn from this crisis:
1) Media coverage is often based on sensationalism, not facts. Are you
certain who the good guys are here? I know I’m not.
[But Root sure *sounds* like he's certain that Mubarak and his wealthy
supporters are the good guys.--DC]
2) It is not the U.S. government’s duty or right to determine other
nation’s leaders. Besides, we have an awful track record — see Vietnam,
Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. At most we should have influence behind the
scenes and always in the direction of moderation, reform and democracy.
[And dictators like Mubarak!--DC]
3) We should dramatically cut or end foreign aid. The $2 billion per
year we borrow from China to give to Egypt is a terrible waste of
taxpayer money. And if we’ve bet wrong on Mubarak, and our sophisticated
military equipment falls into the hands of Muslim extremists, we’ve made
a tragic error.
[For once Root has a point, however poorly stated.--DC]
4) Obama’s ban on offshore oil drilling is a disaster and a true threat
to our national security. We must drill, drill and drill some more to
capitalize on our own rich natural resources, so we are not dependent on
our potential enemies for the oil that fuels our economy.
[Yup, corporate welfare is the answer to every problem! And eff the
5) Finally, perhaps we should appreciate our friends in Israel. Perhaps
we should point out loudly and strongly that in Israel women and gays
have equal rights. Perhaps we should point out that Israeli Arabs have a
better life, more religious freedom, more free speech, and more economic
freedom than the citizens of any Arab country. Perhaps we should point
out that the average per capita income in Israel is $26,600 versus
$5,500 in Egypt. Perhaps we should point out that Israel represents an
experiment in freedom — just like America — and perhaps we should
encourage the Arab world to emulate that experiment.
[Well, they've pretty much been emulating Israel's treatment of
Palestinians (who apparently don't count as "Israeli Arabs", even though
ruled by Israel).--DC]
Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee. He
now serves as Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional
Committee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a
Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold &
Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com
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Skipper: Professor, will you tell these people who is
in charge on this island?
Professor: Why, no one.
Skipper: No one?
Thurston Howell III: No one? Good heavens, this is anarchy!
-- _Gilligan's Island_, episode #6, "President Gilligan"