Business As Usual in Egypt
by Stephen Lendman
Days of street protests created illusory change. Everything changed but stayed the same. The pattern's familiar. Ousting Morsi assures same old, same old.
Washington prioritizes Middle East control. It wants it unchallenged. It's the oil, stupid. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and other regional states have nearly two-thirds of proved world oil reserves. They have huge gas deposits.
Egypt's the largest Arab country. It's geopolitically important. It supports America's imperium. US officials prioritize continuity. Michel Chossudovsky asked: "Was Washington Behind Egypt's Coup d'Etat?"
What's known suggests it. Morsi was America's man in Cairo. Mass public outrage opposed him. Promises made were broken. People needs go unaddressed.
Western monied interests are served. Same old, same old persists. What Washington says goes. People have no say. Democracy's more illusion than reality. Hardline rule excludes it.
Morsi became damaged goods. He fell from grace. He's gone. Meaningful change won't follow. Ousting him wasn't "against US interests," said Chossudovsky. "(I)t was instigated to ensure 'continuity' on behalf of Washington."
Throughout the so-called Arab spring, Obama sought "to undermine secular governments in the Middle East and North Africa and install a model 'Islamic State,' which would serve US geopolitical and corporate interests."
"Continuity pertaining to neoliberal economic reform is central to US sponsored regime change."