Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:34 PM
I received this from a gentleman who operates a frm in central NJ:
Organic Food, Justice and Egypt…!
I write this message to you all today during very dangerous and tumultuous times for our country, the Middle East, and the whole world! Yes, Egypt is that important.
As some of you know, I was born in Egypt. I have lived in the US since 1980. My undergraduate and post graduate education occurred right here in some of the best American universities and I am a naturalized American citizen for many, many years now. My wife is of Egyptian parents but was born in the US and all three of my daughters are Americans as well. My parents, brother and extended family, however, are all in Egypt. Food is running short and so is medicine (my father is 86 and mother is 71 - both in poor health).
I will, for as long as I am meant to live, maintain my identity and cultural reference point as being Egyptian and an Arab, with pride!
My urgent message to all who will read this is simple; please do what you can to support justice. I remember a saying that goes "know justice (and you will) know peace, no justice (and there will be) no peace". This is true on the personal level, the family level, the community/society level and on the national/international level. Justice is the foundation of peace - in every way.
Though I am a scientist by formal education and an agripreneur in practical life through 'the XXXXX project', I have to say my opinion on what is happening in Egypt/the Middle East right now - even if this angers some of my potential customers. Just as growing food organically and practicing sustainable agriculture is - to me - a matter of justice, so is the issue of the basic human right to a free and democratic political process in a civil society governed by civilians, not military, governments.
Western Europe and North America have, for the past few decades, supported totalitarian, oppressive, and repressive dictatorships in Arab countries in North Africa and the Middle East, because these regimes were willing to guarantee the foreign policy interest of Europe and America. Geo-strategic influence, access to cheap energy sources (oil) and the Arab-Israeli conflict being the major issues. The price for this has been a life of suffering and oppression suffered by almost three generations of Arabs who have repeatedly appealed to the supporters and proponents of democracy (Europe and America) to support their efforts to get their political and human rights.
At this very moment in Egypt, which is the most important Arab country due to its influence on and cultural and historical leadership of other Arab populations, those three generations of oppressed and repressed citizens are erupting in protests to change the regime from Mubarak's military regime [aided by the corrupt National Democratic (!) Party, and the internal security apparatus] to a civilian regime that comes about by free and fair elections.
They are paying the price for their brave willingness to claim their God-given rights, with their very lives in fact. They look to America and Europe and say 'Help us!', support our call for freedom, justice and political freedom! But the response from Europe and America has been diplomatic double speak and non-committal statements that enrage the demonstrators who are losing their lives as you read this.
I cannot emphasize enough how critical it is that America supports, unequivocally and very loudly and effectively, the demonstrators. The thugs set loose on the demonstrators by the regime are right now using machetes, sticks, stones, guns and shotguns, and any other weapon they can get. These demonstrators will remember, for a very long time, America's stance today. If we have been worried about Al-Qaeda fomenting extremism among Muslim Arabs in the Middle East, the effects of America's practical support for the totalitarian regime (tacit as it may be described - it is support nonetheless) will be to create hundreds of thousands of violent, extremist and angry Muslim youth, both men and women. We cannot afford this. The world cannot afford this.
Please, help me and help yourselves. Protect those I love and those whom you love. Call your political representatives and ask them to tell the Whitehouse that America must immediately pressure, with all the cards it holds, the Egyptian regime to give in - without any further delay!! If the US threatens the Egyptian military with losing their $1.3 billion in US aid, they will force Mubarak and his corrupt regime out. They will even agree to a civil government. But not if the US does not loudly threaten them. Tell them our tax dollars should not keep going to prop up this dictator!!
Please contact anyone you know and tell them to support justice for the people of Egypt, and the Middle East. Can you imagine how different the world would be if the Muslim Arab countries were actually and truly our allies!! America has had political allies in the totalitarian regimes ruling these countries - but that is how it has been losing the battle for the hearts and minds of average Muslims and Arabs. This is a critical moment in world history. We cannot let those who hate Islam and Arabs continue to force our foreign policy to be unfair. We are creating the militant Muslims who hate us, far more than Al-Qaeda. All they are asking for - both as Muslim Arabs and Christian Arabs -is justice and freedom. There is nothing to fear if we support them in these claims. On the contrary, we have everything to gain....
Please help me in any way you can. I am sorry for this lengthy message...
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