Eric S. Margolis Tahrir Square, epicentre of the earthquake that ousted Egypts Western-backed dictator, Hosni Mubarak, is quiet - for the moment. There are banner-wavers, speakers, and youngsters milling about. But the, by now, world-famous square has a forlorn, leftover look, with more street people than revolutionaries. Violence crackles like static electricity. Heavily armed riot and security police and their armoured vehicles are massed nearby. In the ancient Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, I saw vanloads of government thugs waiting to attack the demonstrators. I was almost arrested when I started taking photos. Demonstrators at Tahrir showed me cans of expended teargas that caused some deaths and many casualties. Whether they were the usual anti-riot CS gas, or the six times stronger, Carcinogenic Cr that can kill or blind, I could not tell. But the canisters were marked made in the USA, and everyone knew it. While Hillary Clinton was gushing about democracy in Egypt, shipments of US made anti-riot gear, including truncheons, gas, and rubber bullets, were being airlifted in from the US. Clintons State Department appears to be timidly backing Egypts revolution, but the real power in US foreign policy, the Pentagon, is standing firmly behind Egypts 500,000-man armed forces. I just observed Egypt go to the polls in a series of complex parliamentary elections. The vote was remarkably clean and fair, a triumph for all Egyptians. Two more regional polls are yet to be held, but the outcome is clear. The Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamic ally, Wasat, won over 40 percent of the vote. The Salafist al-Nour Party, which seeks a State-run under Islamic law, won 24 percent. The secular Egyptian Bloc won only 13.4 percent. All the preppy, upscale, youth armed with cell phones and BlackBerries first seen in Tahrir that became the darlings of the Western media vanished. Revolutions are made by political and economic issues, not social media. Egyptians clearly want democracy and parliamentary government, as do people across the Arab world. But Egypts mighty military-security establishment and its Western backers do not: They are fighting a bitter action to slowdown real democracy and safeguard their privileges and power. Egypts military getsnearly $3 billion in US funds and arms each year, plus millions more in black money from the CIA and the Pentagon - in addition to millions in economic aid. The US supplies all of the militarys key weapons systems and retains control of the spare parts keeping them operating. The most important US intelligence and security agencies maintain large stations in Cairo to protect the regime. Half of Egypts food imports are financed by the US. Many of Egypts key generals trained at US military colleges and defence courses where they were vetted by the CIA and the DIA. As with Turkeys large armed forces - at least until nine years ago - Egypts military was joined at the hip to the US defence establishment and arms industry.In exchange, Egypt agreed to become a tacit ally of Israel. Given Egypts role as a virtual US protectorate, the flood of hypocrisy now issuing from Washington,London, Paris and Ottawa over their alleged support of Egyptian democracy is striking. For the past 30 years, these powers have ardently backed Egyptsnotably ruthless, brutal dictatorship whose security forces used torture, rape, and murder to terrorise its citizens. While Egyptians want democracy, the military wants political figureheads and the right to intervene in politics to protect its interests aka national security - the same demands used for decades by the rightwing Turkish military to block democracy. Egypts generals insist that there will be no investigations of human rights abuses. Washington is trying to sustain the Egypt-Israel alliance that all Egyptians detest. The military, its US backers, Israel, and some misinformed Western media warn that the Muslim Brotherhood will turn Egypt into another Iran. This is nonsense. The Brotherhood is conservatives, timid and focused on social issues. In Egypts political context, it is a moderate party. Egyptians want jobs, housing, food, education and a rescue for the deeply ailing economy, not worldwide jihad. If the Western powers fail to seize this historic opportunity and work with the Brotherhoods moderates, they will end up with the scimitar-wavers. The West can begin by apologising for so long supporting Mubaraks brutal dictatorship. The writer is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Times of London, Gulf Times, Khaleej Times and other news sites in Asia. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Lew Rockwell and Big Eye. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.