Why I Do Not Expect Any Change After the Wikileaks Cablegate

Quarter of a million of leaks! This is why everybody was excited on Twitter on Sunday… Like children discovering that their parents do have sex to make a baby… A friend of mine said “this will change the course of history”… I personally found the show a bit funny Sunday evening: people excited by the […]

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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010


Quarter of a million of leaks! This is why everybody was excited on Twitter on Sunday… Like children discovering that their parents do have sex to make a baby… A friend of mine said “this will change the course of history”…

I personally found the show a bit funny Sunday evening: people excited by the idea that the Armageddon is following when all the world will discover what was leaked… And after the first set of leaks, I started to see that I was not that wrong: nothing new is coming out of the Wikileaks Cablegate, just confirming what we, citizens, always thought with our simplistic idea about the world; Arab head of states are puppets… Sarkozy has a ludicrous personality… Berlusconi is addicted to nightclubs… Mubarak finds Netenyahu very handsome…

This events also reminded me about an anecdote I had with my history teacher: I told her that Patrice Lumumba -Congolian resistant and Mehdi Benbarka’s comrade in the Third-Worldism movement– was murdered by the Belgians and the Americans. She laughed at me saying : “I do not believe you, not only because you have bad marks, but also because I do not give credit to this kind of stories. It’s a mixture of conspiracy theory and leftist propaganda always trying to depict leftist leaders as victims” … I did not need wikileaks to prove that I was right thanks to this CIA public archive piece, and thanks to U.S federal laws allowing declassification of some archives…

Nothing new as also noted by the french Facebook satirical page L’humour de Droite [Fr].… Those who feel surprised by Wikileaks content are just like those surprised by the recent falsification of Egyptian legislative elections!

Now let’s try to speak seriously : Why wikileaks will not produce change in the MENA region?

As I previously defended it on Talk Morocco with some scientific-like arguments, my viewpoint is: what internet, and especially social media can do in the region, is still insignificant. The average Joe takes his news from mainstream media, mainly television. Moreover, those who get the latest news from the net have left the off-line-on-the-ground events to more comfortable “intelligent-debating-plateforms”, discussing with each other and having the illusion to buzz and change the world… Expecting change by social media in the MENA region is just like El Baradei expecting to be Egyptian president, with his Teletubies-like tweets which I find funnier than the sarcastic website ElBaradei Quote Generator. By the way, during my journey to the Luxor region last year, with the exception of my french friends living there, no Egyptian national I met (and I have met a lot) has ever heard about someone called El Baradei…

The upcoming leaks may produce some trouble to European leaders, and in countries where mainstream media can freely discuss a part of wikileaks content and bring it to the limelight, where the average Joe who only gets the news from TV or newspaper can be aware of what is unforgivable in politicians’ behaviour and judge them thanks to the already existing systems of accountability. Whereas in countries where mainstream media is strictly locked by regimes, the Cablegate content will remain a blogger/intellectual discussion –those who enjoy the adrenaline and the excitement provided by this illusion of “making the buzz” compensating their frustrated political instinct muzzled by the hermetically locked political systems….

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