With the Dictator
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.: The
Tragedy of Immigration Enforcement
and their intellectual front men believe that nothing unites a population
like a war. Actually, that’s not quite true. What happens is that
during war, governments strike fear into their domestic opponents
and silence them through intimidation. The appearance of unity is
If you truly
want to unite a population, here is a key: drive the dictator out
of the country. The fleeing of a despot always leads to unparalleled
and authentic celebration because the people perceive a new-found
freedom. In the street celebrations, dancing, enthusiasm, and optimism,
we gain a glimpse of what freedom is all about. It is about removing
the boot from the neck.
This is precisely
what we see in Yemen today, as President Ali Abdullah Saleh was
escorted out of the country by henchmen hired by his protector state
of Saudi Arabia. There he is undergoing medical treatment for wounds
suffered in a successful hit on his presidential compound. There
is no way that this guy can come back and rule his country again.
ignorant thug, who grabbed and held power in the same way they did
in the old days of the Soviet thugocracy – murder, mayhem, slavish
loyalty to powerful sponsors – has been a persistent violator of
individual liberties since 1978. All these years he held power through
sheer brutality and lies, though the people themselves never believed
a word of it.
uprising throughout the Arab world swept through Yemen as in many
other countries, and he held on through violence, bloodshed, and
by promising reforms, elections, and departure – though he failed
to carry out any of his promises.
leaves the vice president in charge, but he is seriously weakened
because in Yemen, as in so many other Arab states, the people have
a new sense of their own empowerment. Aided by technology and motivated
by Enlightenment-style ideals, the people are telling thugs of all
types to take a hike.
The Yemen case
is the closest we've come to seeing an effective use of direct,
defensive force by the people against a government leader. Of course
it is always better for the tyrant to leave once popular consent
is withdrawn. This preserves the peace. But if regimes refuse to
relent and begin "a long train of abuses" against the rights and
liberties of the people, they have every right to fight back, as
Thomas Jefferson argued in the Declaration of Independence. (The
prudence of such action is always a separate question, of course.)
What a tragedy,
then, that it is Jefferson's own country that ends up being the
main imposer and backer of tyrants in the Arab world. Saleh has
been an on-again-off-again US puppet, just like Saddam Hussein and
Colonel Gaddafi – permitted to rule on the condition that US foreign
policy priorities are wholly embraced, and US enemies are jailed,
tortured, and killed.
In this case,
Saleh was an ally in the "war on terror" – which is something of
a joke given that terrorism means nothing if not the willingness
to inflict massive violence on the innocent. That pretty much sums
up his 33 years in power.
the United States doesn't see it that way, and already the US is
working to shore up the power of Saleh's temporary replacement.
And why? In order to prevent the great bugaboo: the ascendence of….(ominous
music, please)…al Qaeda.
When will our
elites grant the obvious reality? These uprisings, despite the involvement
of the CIA, are not about Islamic fundamentalism. They are, for
most people, about freedom, opportunity, and the desperate desire
to embrace the modern world and stop being used as pawns by an alien
To know this,
you need only look at the pictures and see the joy. This is the
joy that the prospect of freedom inspires.
H. Rockwell, Jr. [send him
mail], former editorial assistant to Ludwig von Mises and congressional
aide to Ron Paul, is founder and chairman of the Mises
Institute, executor for the estate of Murray N. Rothbard, and
editor of LewRockwell.com.
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