Thursday, February 03, 2011

The Banality of Evil

I know that many will still hold out Neville Chamberlain as an example, but surely Tony Blair's statements yesterday before Mubarak's thugs took to the streets will merit some eternal mark in the Hall of Shame and Ignorance:
Tony Blair has described Hosni Mubarak, the beleaguered Egyptian leader, as "immensely courageous and a force for good" and warned against a rush to elections that could bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power.

Say what you will about the Obama Administration's customary fecklessness, it beats a pair of false claims straight out of a Glenn Beck rant. Or maybe just John McCain's playbook.

Meanwhile, somewhere the Ghost of Hannah Arendt surely noticed this happening seemingly right after Blair's statements about this "immensely courageous" "force for good":
In one almost medieval scene, a small contingent of pro-Mubarak forces on horseback and camels rushed into the anti-government crowds, trampling several people and swinging whips and sticks. Protesters dragged some riders from their mounts, throwing them to the ground and beating their faces. The horses and camels appeared to be ones used to give tourists rides around Cairo.

Straight out of central-stereotypical-casting.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


Montag said...

Nick Kristof said a couple of days ago that when he was in Cairo 27 years ago, Egypt was wealthier than China.

If that's true, Mubarak has presided over nearly three decades of economic stagnation, which--surprise, surprise--is at the root of the ongoing protests.

Of course, Blair also helped to destroy the British economy in virtually the same ways as did Bush here, so it seems all of a piece that Blair would be defending Mubarak.

But, then, no matter the facts or the consequences, the authoritarians and mental defectives that have been running any number of countries, large and small, lately, are going to stick together. They've been making good money at it.

pansypoo said...

how empire of him.

butbutbut he only used horses + camels. not tanks like the chinese....

Oblio's Cap said...

Hmmm. Horse and camels. Just like the Gangaweed, one country south.