Aaron Petcoff describes the warped priorities of a system that has millions to spare for the repressive Egyptian military but nothing for the poorest cities in the U.S.
… Not only does the Obama administration stand by silently while police departments across the U.S. brutalize peaceful Occupy demonstrators, but the U.S. military recently awarded a weapons manufacturer $395 million to build 125 new tanks for the Egyptian military dictatorship. Talk about saying one thing and doing another!
This particular contract is a part of an estimated $1.3 billion tank package for the Egyptian military. Since the February 2011 revolution, the Egyptian military continues to be one of the Pentagon’s closest allies.
We have the power to change our society from one that is more concerned with military dominance and private profits, to one that plans democratically how we utilize the enormous resources we produce as a society, and serves and benefits everyone equitably. Harnessing that power lies in escalating and deepening our collective action and militancy, and building solidarity between the emerging global struggles.