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Arab Spring certainly not the first democratic movement in Muslim world

The Arab-Islamic world has a long history of democracy –democracy which is regularly crushed by western force.

In 1953 Iran had a parliamentary system, the US and Britain overthrew it. There was a revolution in Iraq in 1958, we don’t know where it would have gone, but it could have been democratic. The US basically organized a coup.

There have been constant democratic uprisings. They are crushed by the dictators we – mainly the US, Britain, and France – support.

[Concerning the Arab Spring] take Egypt for instance. You’ll notice that the young people who organized the demonstrations on January 25th called themselves the April 6th movement. April 6th 2008 was supposed to be a major labor action in Egypt at the Mahalla textile complex, the big industrial center: strikes, support demonstrations around the country and so on. It was all crushed by the dictatorship.

Henry Kissinger compared [democracy as something] that might spread contagion. When he and Nixon were planning the overthrow of the democratically-elected Allende in Chile, Kissinger said the Chilean virus might affect countries as far away as Europe. Actually, he and Brezhnev agreed on that, they were both afraid of democracy and Kissinger said, we have to wipe out this virus. And they did, they crushed it.

And the perception in the Arab world is that the United States blocks democracy and development and supports harsh dictators and we do it to get control over their oil.

[Excerpts of an interview with Noam Chomsky]


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