Where Is The West's Outrage At The Bloodbath In Egypt?
24 January 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
I haven't been surprised a bit by the
ignominious deafening silence of most Western capitals at the latest
bloodbath in the streets of Egypt.
There, mostly ignorant and impoverished police conscripts were ordered to
open fire rather indiscriminately on peaceful protesters marking the fourth
anniversary of the 25 January-2011 uprising.
For its part, the Western backed regime struggled to concoct all sorts of
mendacious claims to justify the wanton killings.
As of today, we haven't seen any credible reaction even remotely resembling
the vacuous but huge "party" following the terrorist attacks in Paris a few
Now, all western leaders, from France's Hollande to Germany's Merkel to
America's Obama and Britain's Cameron, as well as the rest of the gang of
hypocrites and hangers-on are effectively playing deaf and dumb and looking
the other way as if the free slaughter of non-westerners, especially Muslims,
were an ineluctable banality.
As I said, western leaders are never expected to adopt a genuine moral stance
against terror when its victims are of the "untermenschen class," using the
Nazi-worded phraseology. This is because these leaders utterly lack any moral
credentials that would make them act with a modicum of conscience. And as the
Arab adage goes "one can't give what one doesn't have."
It is probably futile to invoke moral conscience when referring to
contemporary influential powers in this world. After all, these powers are
more or less responsible for the prevalence of evil and oppression in our
These powers will continue to callously disregard all voices of justice and
morality since justice and morality represent the ultimate antithesis of
their value systems, based on hegemony, greed and rapacity.
After all, we have seen North American and European capitals adopt a
decidedly criminal stance vis-à-vis far greater crimes against humanity such
as the genocidal atrocities perpetrated recently by Israel against the
unprotected and thoroughly decimated Palestinians. Hence, it is hard to see
these governments suddenly transform themselves into paragons of justice and
None the less, things don't and won't stop here. The dark Western embrace of
Arab dictatorships has inevitable consequences.
And whether we like it or not, the West will not be immune from suffering
some of these implications. What happened in Paris a few weeks ago would
probably innocuous in comparison to what could occur if the West maintained
its current criminal approach toward Muslims.
The criminal western backing of murderous regimes in the Arab Middle East
will make more and more Muslims lose faith in democracy. I have already seen
many Arab intellectuals refer to democracy as a "big western lie that Muslims
must not allow themselves to be deluded by"
That is an unmistakably grave phenomenon that needs to be tackled. We know
that democracy is not a bad thing. But it is also true that consistently evil
western behavior has given democracy a very bad name, that is to say the very
None the less the recurrent blood-letting in Arab streets, amidst shocking
western apathy and collusion with the thugs in power in Arab capitals, will
push millions, not thousands, of disillusioned Muslim youths from around the
world to join the ranks of extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and IS.
They will join the ranks of extremist groups, not because extremism is an
ineluctable fate, but rather because these violent groups have come, for
those youths, to constitute the only remaining "hope" for a better tomorrow,
given the criminal dark embrace between western powers and tyrannical Arab
regimes that not only deny their respective peoples the most basic human
rights and civil liberties, but slaughter them without any feeling of guilt.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and political
commentator living in occupied Palestine