Voices from the inside

The WikiLeaks effect

By: Mumia Abu-Jamal

 

As these words are being spoken, U.S. allies in the Middle East are trembling. From the streets of Tunis to Alexandria to Cairo, tens of thousands are demanding not only democracy, but an end to their dictatorships—dictatorships that are, by the way, armed and supported by the U.S. empire.

What drove these people into the streets were the Wiki-revelations of the puppetry, corruption and servility of their leaders to U.S. and Western interests. Many of these leaders who have led for lifetimes have amassed enormous wealth while generations of youth pass through life jobless, unfulfilled and brutally bullied by the police forces of the dictatorships—police who are often trained, equipped or both by U.S. agencies.

Wikileaks revealed American diplomatic cables reflecting U.S. knowledge and acquiescence of their puppet states’ corruption, torture and brutality. They didn’t care how cruel or corrupt these countries were, as long as they served U.S. interests—that is, stability or quiet in the face of U.S. Western or Israeli aggression in the region.

Egypt receives billions of U.S. bucks every year to buttress its dictatorship. This state of rebellion in Muslim states is especially important given the recent news that many leaders were privately urging the U.S. to attack Iran. For this shows that few spoke for their people—they spoke for a narrow, parasitical ruling clique.

If change comes to the region, it won’t be because of U.S. efforts, but in spite of them.

From death row, this is Mumia Abu- Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal AM 8335 SCI Greene 175 Progress Drive Waynesburg, PA 15370

This essay is from a broadcast by Mumia on January 30, 2011 by Prison Radio. You can listen to other commentaries by Mumia by going to www.prisonradio.org