You know, despite my serious craving to do so, I am not going to make fun of the Cairo Conference, referred to as the Anti-War conference, against clonialism, imperialism, globalization, and Zionism. I mean sure, a conference that claims to be anti-War yet invites Hamas and Hezbollah is mock-worthy, but, ehh, a lot of people I know and am friends with on the left participated, and they are good people, plus I hear that the seminar on torture in Egypt was good, so I really don't think I will go there. Plus, if they think they can fight imperialism from inside conference halls, well, who am I to tell them differently?
So, no, I won't mock their conference. However, I will mock this piece by Sasha Simic about it, because it is really fuckin moronic and has some of the dumbest arguments I have heard in a while, and I know Nasserites, so that says something. Here is a little infuriating segment:
The conference met in a country on the brink of revolt. Hosni
Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt as a police state for over 26 years, has
recently increased his people's suffering. Last December he announced
changes in the constitution to "rid Egypt of socialist principles
launched in the 1960s (and) also seek to create a more favourable
atmosphere for foreign investments".
This was the usual neo-liberal bullshit for slashing wages and
forcing people to work harder. The workers resisted with massive
strikes. Some 20,000 mobilised to defend their bonuses at the Ghazl
el-Mahal factory in Mahalla el-Kubra, north of Cairo, 8,000 at Kafr
al-Dawwar factory did the same, followed by similar strikes at Zifta
and Shibin al-Kum in Alexandria.
They all won.
Mubarak's response was to attack the limited democratic rights of
his people – limiting the role of the judiciary in supervising ballots,
outlawing political activity based on "religious reference or bias" and
including draconian "anti-terrorism" measures to crush any dissident
Ok, right off the bat, the past 3 paragraphs? All pure Bullshit! Egypt's not on the brink of revolt, as I've painfully demonstrated here. The socialist principles weren't socialist in the first place and changing the word didn't really change shit as I've explained here , and to call Mubarak liberal is an insult to liberals anywhere and everywhere. But whatever, all of this is nuttin comapred to the big whopping turd manifested in the last paragraph: that Mubarak changed the constitution and took away the democratic rights in order to punish "the workers for their revolt". A77a! Yeah, cause he is so scared of a couple of thousand workers that will shut up and go home the moment they get their monetary rights (which I believe they are due and have supported). Yes, I can see that making Mubarak alter the constitution. Makes sense!
Reading this just made me wonder who the hell this Sasha women is, and where she gets her crack. Upon googeling her I found that she ran for local elections in Britian on the Respect Party Ticket (always a good sign that you are a retard or an asshole, since it is the Party of Galloway), and not only that, she finished 10th! 10th!!!!! Amazing, isn't it? A whopping 216 votes! Now that's a winner! Do the guardian blogs people have a screening process on who they ask to write for them at all?
I would really like to know!