Tunisia recognizes the American Transitional National Council

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28 Responses to “Tunisia recognizes the American Transitional National Council”

  1. ridestowe says:

    no need to read past that first paragraph

  2. xzzy says:

    It’s amusing to me that justice and freedom in America has grown so weak that people living in other countries are piping up to chastise the US government for being mean to its citizens.

    For a significant portion of the last century, the US billed itself as the world’s police force to protect the weak. Now apparently the police need some policing.

  3. Aaron Hodges says:

    Paging Professor Chomsky.

  4. PJDK says:

    I know everyone will be keen for some snark now, but any chance of a bit of Internet skepticism here?  How/when was this organised?  Did some Tunisian boing boing suggest it?  Is this because people in Tunisia think it’s funny, or because they feel solidarity?

    Could this be an attempt by some foreign government (maybe Syria) to try and weaken the US’s moral authority in attacking autocratic regimes in the region?

    Remember when everyone turned their twitter avatars green and changed their location to Tehran?  Remember how twitter was buzzing with it for days?  Did something like that happen in Tunisia and we missed it because it was all in Arabic?  

    Like I said, I know everyone is keen to snark, but this smells like an attempt by regimes orders of magnitude worse than the US to try and reduce pressure on themselves.  If it is genuinely, really a group of Tunisians pissing about, fantastic, good times.  But I would have thought they’d be pretty busy worrying about their own country right now, what with its recent elections and everything.

    • davidasposted says:

      China issued a statement recently chastising the U.S. government (somewhat incorrectly in this specific case) about violence against Occupy protestors. It will undoubtedly have the same effect as statements directed in the opposite direction.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      …the US’s moral authority in attacking autocratic regimes in the region?

      Ahahahahaha! (emphasis mine)

      Also…lighten up, Francis. It’s the modern equivalent of a political cartoon.

    • hannibal14012011 says:

      This happened during the last weekend, almost all tunisians were stucked @ home because a heavy rain; they started to share pictures/videos showing police brutality on #OWS protesters and they decided to occupy the wall of Obama’s facebook page as a sign of solidarity with protesters leaving for a single post more than 160.000 comments. A twitter hashtag was used : #trollingObama .
      You can check this post : http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/10/31/tunisia-lets-invade-social-networks/ 

    • Navin_Johnson says:

      U.S. “moral authority” ……….

    • Phil Fot says:

      Wait.. US? Moral authority? LOL

  5. Eddie Perkins says:

    Wait, this from the people just voted Islamists back into power? 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Wait, this from the people just voted Islamists back into power?

      A moderate Islamist party which has reaffirmed its commitment to a democratic society and rights for women.

    • Haïfa. O says:

      You voted for Bush .. Twice! So let’s not play this game and take the FB attack for what it is :  a joke

    • P1rat3 says:

      don’t you mean “this from a people who just voted  Islamists back into power making comment about a people who voted Christian demagogues back into power in their House of Representatives”? 

      What’s the ratio between jobs bills and anti-abortion bills in the house of reps right now? 10/1? Aren’t they also trying to make the Pill illegal by wanting to make a constitutional change that would define life starting at conception?

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

      Key word here is “voted”.  They can elect a turnip if they want.  I recall we elected a guy who used to act with chimps.

  6. Ipo says:

    When they were chanting:”The whole world is watching!” the whole world was watching. 

  7. Martin Cosette says:

    Coming from a country where an angry mob vandalized the HQ of a TV station because of the diffusion of an animated movie (Persepolis), I wonder of what kind of freedom of expression they are referring to.

    After the movie incident, the transitional government blamed the TV station, gave a fine and decided to ban the movie. The decision was made after a coalition of lawyers put pressure on the government. and this was BEFORE the Islamists electoral success!

  8. lbigbadbob says:

    I think they call it a revolution because eventually you just circle around right back to where you started.

  9. James O'Brien says:

    xzzy : “It’s amusing to me that justice and freedom in America has grown so weak that people living in other countries are piping up to chastise the US government for being mean to its citizens.

    For a significant portion of the last century, the US billed itself as the world’s police force to protect the weak. Now apparently the police need some policing.”

    The US can bill itself as whatever it wants, it doesn’t make its claims any truer, particularly when it comes to protecting the weak.

    PJDK: “this smells like an attempt by regimes orders of magnitude worse than the US to try and reduce pressure on themselves.”

    There are no regimes that are magnitudes worse than the US, if only because no other existing regime has the capability to to be so. From the low-level harassment of dissidents to state-sanctioned kidnapping and torture (extraordinary rendition, black-site prisons, Guantanamo) to propping up reactionary states (Saudi Arabia) to state sponsored terrorism (anti-Castro Cubans) to arming right-wing rebels (Nicaragua) to launching coups against leftist or even just mildly independent governments (Chile, Zaire, Iran) to invading another country and slaughtering tens of thousands of its population (Iraq, Vietnam) to raining death from the air (Indo-China) I think we’ll find that a minor country like Tunisia just doesn’t get close on the nastiness scale to the US.

  10. James O'Brien says:

    Eddie Perkins: “Wait, this from the people just voted Islamists back into power?”

    The devil is in the details. There is a world of difference between an utterly reactionary regime like the Saudis have and a mildly Islamic government elected and conscious of the necessity to not alienate a sizeable secular population.

    It is likely that Middle Eastern countries will go through the a variation of the process of the rise to power of centre right nationalist / religious parties. Assuming of course, that they get to choose their own destiny in a relatively free manner.

    There are Christian Democratic governments in power right across Europe. Some take the Christian bits more seriously than others (Poland for example) while for others it’s just a tradition they emerged from. Here in Ireland we had, and indeed still have, a very Christian dominated political system. There are plenty of strong Christians with influence in American political life as well. What’s happening in Tunisia and Turkey is fairly normal.

    • There is a world of difference between an utterly reactionary regime like the Saudis have and a mildly Islamic government elected and conscious of the necessity to not alienate a sizeable secular population.

      If they finish up with a Government along the lines of Malaysia then they will be fairly well placed for further liberalization in the future.

  11. Eddie Perkins says:

    Oh yes, everyone hate on me because I didn’t take the time to spell out in detail my liberal, pro-choice, “conservative” hating political views in detail in my short, tongue-in-cheek reply. I can take it. I was simply pointing out that this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Yes, the kettle is black. So, is the pot. 

    • Navin_Johnson says:

      Seem like you’ve got a “victim mentality” bro…

    • Guest says:

      yes, you made an overly hasty comment that was apparently motivated by tongue-in-cheek pro-choice liberalism, but which read just like tongue-in-cheek hater bigotry.

      Why EVER would people pick on you, you poor thing?

  12. AirPillo says:

    That title is a masterpiece.

  13. Navin_Johnson says:

    I love it.  Hypocrisy abounds.  RealPolitik cannot keep up with news and movements.  Defenders of “democracy” cry when people actually engage in real democracy.  Thumbs up to the Tunisian comments.  Right on the money.

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