Ahh, those moments of rare honesty. One just has to relish them, at the very least because of their infrequency.
Every once in a while, a shill lets it all spill: Most recently, this loose-lipped fellow was Edward Walker, a longtime US official who filled various roles in the US government pertaining to Middle Eastern policy. Walker served as the former US Ambassador to Egypt, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and more.
Journalist David Hearst, ex-chief foreign leader writer for The Guardian and now editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye, begins his June 2014 Middle East Monitor article “Israel has Egypt over a barrel” noting that it “took the CIA 60 years to admit its involvement in the overthrow of Mohammad Mossadeq, Iran’s first democratically elected prime minister,” in 1953. On the other hand, Hearts insists, the “circumstances around the overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, may not take as long to come to light.”
What makes him suspect that? Well, for one, ex-Ambassador Walker himself was so kind as to openly tell us. Saying “out loud what few of his former State Department colleagues today would dare to admit,” Walker explains:
The Muslim Brotherhood has a pretty solid reputation for not being highly sympathetic to the West, and particularly not to the United States. So it was not really in our interest to see them succeed.
Slip of the tongue, as they say. There’s just something so special about those temporary bouts of honesty (in politics this is a most horrible ailment).
Walker goes on to say why the newly installed military dictator Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is so attractive.
[Sisi] is attractive because he is not Morsi… our concern is to maintain and sustain the relationship between Egypt and Israel.
There you have it folks. Moments of rare honesty. In the Middle East, Israel is the reason for the season (and the season never changes).
Why was this the case? Hearst notes that Mossadegh was deposed because he (re)nationalized Iran’s oil, defying the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (what we know today as BP). The US and UK were clearly not big fans of such a decision; it impinged on profit.
Nor was the US an aficionado of Morsi, whose “enemy was gas, and [who] proved to be a major obstacle to a lucrative deal with Israel – which nobody will be surprised to learn – is about to take place now he has been removed.”
Some say nothing changes in history. Those people obviously don’t read any history. Things change often in history; things change all the time.
What hasn’t changed since 1953, nonetheless, is the presence of capitalism as a global economic system—particularly capitalism in a paradigm that relies fundamentally on fossil fuels—and imperialism as a mechanism by which powerful capitalist nations exert their hegemony.
The horrific, tragic result: Egyptians themselves must pay the price.
Peaceful protesters have been so ruthlessly slaughtered by the military dictatorship, morgue workers warn “We didn’t have enough places in the fridges to fit all the bodies.”
“If this was animals being killed, people would care,” an Egyptian lawyer cursed to be named Islam Taher—and thus dehumanized and ignored by an Islamophobic and racist West—lamented. “But because it’s us, they don’t.”
Blood continues to spill—but that has never stopped empire from defending the indefensible, on behalf of its own economic interests.