AS ALL the hideous machinery of industrial-scale death rains down on Gaza, ripping apart bodies, burying people under piles of rubble and even targeting ambulances as they rush to save the injured, it is difficult to do anything but rage at the crimes of the Israeli state.
But as the endless stream of horrific images from Gaza exposes the moral bankruptcy of Israel and its Western backers, it is important to understand that this crime against humanity is also the work of the vast counterrevolution that is sweeping the Arab world.
The Centers of Arab Reaction
The twin centers of this counterrevolution are the regimes in Cairo and Riyadh. Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi King Abdullah are determined to destroy every remnant of the Arab revolution that erupted in 2011.
In Egypt, Sisi has cynically used the deep and widespread hostility to the Muslim Brotherhood to stamp the authority of the military establishment on the country.
Thousands have been imprisoned in Sisi’s “war on terrorism,” which has expanded beyond the Muslim Brotherhood to include anyone who dares to question government policy, let alone fight to revive the revolutionary movement. The reassertion of control by the old regime, with only a few figureheads removed, has been aided by billions of dollars in Saudi money.
Now, as Israel’s war on Gaza escalates, the attention of Sisi has turned to Hamas, which he considers nothing but an extension of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.