It’s difficult on how to approach this story. In one sense it can be approached as a story of corrupt, restrictive and subversive political leaders supported by questionable U.S. politicians and policy. The story could be about decades of failed foreign policy. It could be about two dictators under the guise of democratically run governments that have run amok of a true republic. Or this article could be about an American population who have very little historical knowledge or care very little about what happens outside their personal bubble. Wake up. How many times do we have to have a news flash of regional insurrection? How many more career politicians playing dumb of world events even though they have access to the intelligence and communications do we need to listen to? Whether it is Mubarak of Egypt today or Ferdinand Marcos of Philippine history, it doesn’t matter. It is time for Americans to open their eyes and become aware of what is happening in the world and more importantly how our government, politicians and news agencies have manipulated us. In this case the only two major differences behind theses two individuals are the people and the geopolitical locations. The one similarity though is the United States foreign policy with these countries. For right now let’s look at these two leaders and countries and recognize the similarities.
Hosni Mubarak and Ferdinand Marcos both ruled their nations under restrained governmental policy, it what might be considered pseudo-republican environments. The U.S. did nothing to shut off the financial aid from the treasury when obvious democratic abuses existed. Just this week the news agencies, at least Fox news reported of past abuses and legislative restrictions of the Egyptian populace. The abuses and embezzlement of Marcus and his wife did not come to light until his abdication. Earlier this week the news mentioned the Mubarak rule of a “State of Emergency”. Similarly, Marcos declared “Martial Law”, seven years into his first term till his abdication or a total of 12 years. Both of these restrictive policies by these dictators put communication and socializing restraints on the population. Both of these policies are, and were restrictive forms of government. Even with these dictatorial and cult of personality leaders the United States continued political and financial support with both. To be fair some U.S. leaders have implemented similar restrictions throughout our history such as martial law and repressing political parties. The only difference between what is happening today and historically in the Egyptian and Philippine rule of government and what happened here was the time that those restrictions remained.
During those times of repression both Mubarak and Marcos prospered greatly from the American taxpayers. Marcos, his family along with his closes followers robbed the Philippine economy, and thus the people, from billions of American financial aid that had been transmitted to the governmental coffers. Mubarak, as of this writing, has not shown the American golden parachute that he will walk away with. If the Mubarak comparison with Marcos seems premeditated it is meant to. A retraction shall be written if this comparison comes to fault. I am guessing that will not become necessary.
The next question should be what did America get for this transfer of wealth and political protection? We got access over certain areas of strategic real estate. With this foreign real estate America was able today, as then to transmit our military and political prowess. With this foreign real estate came short term political stability. Mubarak gave us thirty years of stability along the Suez Canal along with an Israel buffer. Marcos gave us the largest naval base in the Pacific during two wars along with a prominent Air Force base. It is understood that this is a simplistic view of these two men and their countries. This is not done to disrespect their history or relevance it is done to show failure. The reader should delve deeper into what these two men did and the history of their countries.
It is time for America to wake up. This article could have been written with different foreign leaders in the context. Whether it be Saddam Hussein, Robert Mugabe, Pinochet, Hitler, or Stalin the American government, people, business leaders and news agencies must stop playing dumb and become involved. When the world explodes before our face and the problem comes to our shores it is too late. Understand what has happened and what is happening. It is time to wake up.