America behind Arab Uprising

It might seem a while ago, but in the hearing of nomination of Condolezza Rica as Secretary State she said “the work that America and our allies have undertaken and the sacrifices we have made have been difficult and necessary and right. Now is the time to build on these achievements to make the world safer and to make the world more free. We must use American diplomacy to help create a balance of power in the world that favors freedom. The time for diplomacy is now”.
America has long continued to promote “freedom” ideologies despite their “idealistic” nature and departure from “realism”. As part of this freedom movement that America took on after WWI and its freedom initiative to protect its interests nationally and abroad, it has worked hard to maintain and retain its very own creed and impose it on other nations. This kind of freedom sprung the creation of institutes such Freedom House, which served “as a leading advocate for policies to advance the democratic idea”. What we have to know is that “Freedom House is a strong voice for U.S. foreign policy that places the promotion of democracy at the forefront. Freedom House representatives regularly testify before Congress, provide briefings to Congress, the State Department and other agencies, and argue the case for freedom at conferences, in op-eds and through media appearances”.
Having said that, the emphasis to spread this so called American infused philosophy, the “freedom mission” has been taken on board even before the Bush Administration, as this foreign policy has been established during the time of Nixon passed to Carter, Reagan and Bush Sr. after the success of the Iranian Revolution, the spark of hatred between Iran and Iraq and the Middle Eastern regional war. However before we can look into that, an interesting Ron Nixon article in the New York Times ignited speculation to who was really behind the Arab nations sweeping uprising. As stated in his article “a small group of American government-financed organizations were promoting democracy in authoritarian Arab states”. In politics, an authoritarian government, by definition, “is one in which political power is concentrated in a leader or leaders, typically by the people, who possess exclusive, unaccountable, and arbitrary power”. With that in mind, it opposes the so-called American plea for “democracy” i.e. freedom. which is why it has taken this tone with the Arab Nation Uprising.

With this stringent syllabus-like methodology, America continues to strive to get governments to become more “free”, even to the point of training and readying people to stand against their regime like it has done with Wael Ghanem of Egypt after training him in the arts of e-communication.

Ron Nixon, a journalist for The New York Times states that “the money spent on these programs was minute compared with the efforts by the Pentagon. But as American officials and others look back at the uprising of the Arab Spring, they are seeing that the United States’ democracy-building campaigns plated a bigger role in fomenting protests than was previously known, with key leaders of the movements having been trained by the Americans in campaigning, organizing through new media tools and monitoring elections”. He interestingly continues in saying that “a number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington”.

Some of the interesting facts that have been found were the similarities in the techniques in the revolutions of Bahrain and Egypt. It is obvious that they have been rooted from a common hub and the patterns are rather obvious to the naked eye from photojournalism techniques such as: telling a story, stop and shoot, conveying a message and making the viewer question to social networking training and elements of revolutionary sympathy.

( / 16.05.2011)

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