was it all spontaneous?

Contrary to the popularly held view about the spontaneity of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and the Middle East, F. William Engdahl writes that there is nothing spontaneous about the mass protest movements in the Arab countries. They are a replay of the US-orchestrated colour revolutions that triggered regime change in post-Soviet countries. Local opposition leaders are coached by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and other US-funded organisations in staging these kinds of ‘uprisings’. This covert US strategy has been in place for quite a while. The question is whether it will work?

Following the regime change in Tunisia there emerged a popular-based protest movement launched on January 25 against Hosni Mubarak’s government. There are those who think the Obama administration wanted to retain Mubarak regime in power. Quite the contrary, the US government has, in fact, orchestrated the Egyptian as well as other regional regime changes in Syria, Yemen, Jordan and far beyond in a process referred to as “creative destruction”. This covert plan of regime change has been developed by the Pentagon, US intelligence agencies and various think-tanks such as Rand Corporation for over many years, starting with the May 1968 destabilisation of the Charles De Gaulle presidency in France. This was the first time since the US-backed regime changes in Eastern Europe about twenty years ago that the US has initiated simultaneous operation in many countries in the region.

It is a strategy born of a certain desperation and one not without significant risk for the Pentagon and for the long-term Wall Street agenda. Mubarak was not a nice guy, he presided over a brutal dictatorship. There is no doubt about that. However, major western media news organisations failed to mention that Mubarak represented a major obstacle within that region to the broader US agenda. He was staunchly opposed to Obama policies on Iran and how to deal with its nuclear programme in addition to Obama’s policies towards the Persian Gulf states, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

The US is deciding the timing and trying to shape the ultimate outcome of comprehensive regime change destabilisations across the Islamic world. The day of the well-orchestrated popular demonstrations demanding that Mubarak step down, key members of the Egyptian military command including Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Sami Hafez Enan were all in Washington as guests of the Pentagon. Their absence conveniently neutralised the decisive force of the Army to stop the anti-Mubarak protests from growing in the critical early days. The strategy had been in various State Departments and Pentagon files since a decade ago or longer.

The person earmarked to take over in Egypt is former UN International Atomic Energy Agency head and leader of National Association for Change (NAC) Mohammed Elbaradei who is working with the secret Muslim Brotherhood. Elbaradei’s and the Muslim Brotherhood’s inks to British and American intelligence and freemasonry are widely reported.

By Sam Ditshego