Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 25, 2011, 6:30 p.m. EST by TIOUAISE
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Earlier today, OWS received a "Solidarity Statement from Cairo" which was posted here :
I was the first to post a comment about it, as I found many aspects of the message disturbing, even dangerous to the future of OWS :
1 - WHO exactly are the "Comrades from Cairo"? Are they an official group? Do they even really come from Cairo? Or could this email be a brilliant form of entrapment set by a wily "AGENT PROVOCATEUR'? As can be seen in my response below, I challenged the "comrades" to identify themselves but have yet to receive a response. I don't want to prejudge this, but neither do I want to be naive.
2 - Their advice concerning the use of violence MAY be good in their particular context - although even that is open to question! - but is definitely NOT appropriate in the context of contemporary America. Violence - or even the slightest hint of condoning it - on the part of OWS would play RIGHT IN THE HANDS OF THE 1% and destroy all hope of real change. In fact, it would provide the perfect excuse for a brutal crackdown and the imposition of MARTIAL LAW. ARE WE GOING TO FALL IN SUCH A TRAP?
Here is my response to the "Comrades".
"Comrades from Cairo",
Thank you for your message of solidarity but, with respect, who are you? Are you part of an official movement? Are you in fact the true leaders of the Movement that ousted Hosni Mubarak?
Also, are you aware of the particular conditions that exist in the United States? Are you aware that ours is a rather "trigger-happy" culture? Are you aware that there are 90 guns for 100 Americans kept in people's homes? Nonviolence is not a "fetish" for us, it is a matter of SURVIVAL. We are sitting at present on a powder keg and the least bit of violence on the part of OWS would give our enemies the perfect excuse to destroy us, including in the court of public opinion.
While we admire the success of the Arab Spring, you must understand that there are many important differences between the United States and Egypt. As someone said last spring, "there are more guns in American homes than there are stones in Tahrir Square or perhaps in the whole of Cairo".
In closing, "Comrades from Cairo", let me just make clear that I am NOT speaking on behalf of OWS but only in my own name. I can only hope and pray that, having espoused gandhian and kingian nonviolence, OWS will NOT choose to take up arms, as that would only play in the hands of those elements already in place - the 1% - who would LOVE to have martial law and establish a fascist dictatorship in order to CRUSH this righteous uprising of the American people. For us, it is better to have martyrs than to fall into that trap and completely sabotage our Movement. The police cannot kill us all. And they cannot break our will as a people.
As Martin Luther King said, "We Shall Overcome".