So how is all that 'Freedom & Democracy' in the Middle East Coming Along?

Watch your neighborhood mosque:

What many Western observers have failed to notice is that most of the antigovernment demonstrations that have been sweeping the Arab world over the past ten months were often launched from mosques following Friday prayers.  (HNY)

As all of us “Islamophobes” warned, it appears that it only took a couple of days for the smoke to clear before it appears that we are right. It is hard to believe that our intelligence services did not know this and our political leaders in the West are either treacherous/corrupt or complete fools.

Sharia Law to be the New Law of Libya

Freedom to submit to religious oppression — the western achievement in Libya

Well that didn’t take long, did it?

Yesterday the leader of Libya’s transitional government, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil – who has reportedly so impressed western leaders by his, er, statesmanship, declared his country’s liberation — and in the next breath declared the imposition of sharia law. TheDaily Telegraph reported this morning:

‘Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council and de fact president, had already declared that Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its “basic source”.  (Melanie Phillips)

No Freedom of Speech for You, Kafir! 

PC Oppression in Germany

“In dieser Zeit der Universellen Täuschung, ist die Wahrheit zu sagen ein revulotionärer Akt.”

 George Orwell

Tunisia, where the 2011 Arab uprisings began, remains an ominous model for where these uprisings will end.

The nation’s first round of elections are in, and, as expected, the Islamist party, al-Nahda, won by a landslide, gaining over 40% of the seats in the national constituent assembly. As usual, the mainstream media, interpreting events exclusively through a Western paradigm, portrayed this largely as a positive development.

Thus, a Washington Post editorial, “Tunisia again points the way for Arab democracy,” asserts how “the country’s leading Islamic party claimed victory—and that, too, could prove a positive example.” Other reports, perfunctorily prefixing the word “moderate” to “Islamist”—an oxymoron to common sense, an orthodoxy to the MSM—gush and hail “democracy.”

Such sunny depictions are not mere products of Western projection but augmented by conniving Islamists who spoon-feed the world what it wants to hear. Thus, an MSNBCreport, “Tunisia’s Islamists Seek to Reassure Secularists,” optimistically talks of how the Islamists “said they would share power and would not try to push through radical measures.”

Of course they did.

Meanwhile, despite these fantasies, the mood among seculars on Tunisian ground is one of dread and urgency. Wael Elebrady, host of the popular show Al Haqiqa, speaking to a correspondent in Tunisia soon after al-Nahda’s “sweeping victory,” confirmed that the Islamists have immense grassroots support, that they will have a major say in the formulation of laws (Sharia), and that, if the Western MSM is eating up Islamist talk of “sharing power,” the apparently outnumbered “liberals and secularists” are not.

Some reflections: First, among Arabic speaking nations, Tunisia has long been recognized as an especially “Westernized” nation, secular and liberal—at least in comparison to other Arab countries, and not unlike traditional Lebanon.

Now, if Islamists have risen to power in onetime “moderate” Tunisia, through the usual conduits—grassroots support, lip-service to democracy, promises of “sharing power,” and a complacent West—is there any doubt that Islamists will also takeover in those nations where they are especially entrenched, like Egypt and Libya?

Ali Akbar Velayati, top advisor of Iran’s Supreme Leader, accurately predicts that “the result of the election in Tunisia will positively affect regional developments. We will observe the victory of Islamists in future elections in Egypt and Libya.”

A Wall Street Journal report elaborates:

Tunisia’s small, well-educated and religiously moderate population could make it an unreliable metric for gauging the regional political changes that will follow. The Nahda Party distinguished itself as uniquely moderate when compared with other Islamist parties in the Arab world. Egyptian Islamists, who are led by an 83-year-old organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, in general take a stricter view of the role Islamic law, known as Shariah, should play in Egyptian governance.

Accordingly, not only are Islamists better positioned to come to power through elections in Egypt than Tunisia, but more critical consequences are sure to follow: peace with Israel will be contemptuously scrapped—once capability permits—and the suffering of Christian Copts, who are already under attack in a myriad of ways, will be institutionalized.

Yet the West remains transfixed before the words “democracy” and “elections.” Nice words, to be sure; but just as the generic word “terror”—as in “War on Terror”—provides absolutely no understanding of the ideas motivating Islamic terror, so too does the generic word “democracy” provide no understanding of the draconian, anti-infidel ideas the “will of the people” will establish—ideas encapsulated by one word: Sharia.

Consider the following excerpt from a Fox News report:

“I am the enemy of democracy,” Hesham al-Ashry said in an interview with Fox News in his Cairo tailor shop. The devout Muslim is a main organizer in a group called the Salafists, which is working to bring Shariah law to Egypt. They, along with the Muslim Brotherhood, have risen quickly in the past eight months to fill the power vacuum left in post-Mubarak Egypt.

Left unspoken is how they rose—and will continue to rise—to power: democracy, “people-power,” which al-Ashry gladly exploits, even as he is “the enemy of democracy.”

The report continues: “As for what’s next if al-Ashry and his followers get their way, ‘instead of one Iran …you have two.’”

Actually, “what’s next,” in the grand picture of things, not the myopia of the moment, is the resurrection of a Sharia-enforcing Caliphate and the ushering of a new age of conflict—an age when future generations will look back to their Western predecessors and see in them the sort of passive naivety that would make Neville Chamberlain look like Winston Churchill.

Raymond Ibrahim, an Islam-specialist, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum. He writes a weekly column for Jihad Watch.

From an Arab Spring to an Islamist Winter

Demonstrators Dispatched by Mosques

by Khaled Abu Toameh/Hudson NY

The “revolutionaries” who sodomized and lynched Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi chanted the famous Islamic battle cry “Allahu Akbar!” [Allah is Greater].

When the leaders of the revolution announced Gaddafi’s death at a press conference, even secular Muslim journalists started chanting “Allahu Akbar!”

A few days later, the leader of Libya’s National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, declared at a rally in Benghazi that his country would now become an Islamic state.

“As a Muslim country, we have adopted the Islamic Sharia as the main source of law. Accordingly, any law that contradicts Islamic principles with the Islamic Sharia is ineffective legally.”

At this stage, it is still not clear what version of Islamic law the new rulers of Libya are planning to enforce.

Will Libya take example from Iran, Sudan and Saudi Arabia where adulterers are stoned to death and convicted thieves have their hands cut off and beheaded in public squares?

Or will Libya endorse a more “moderate” version of Islam, as is the case in many Arab and Islamic countries?

Either way, what is clear by now is that the post-Gaddafi Libya will be anything but a secular and democratic country, but one where there is no room for liberals and moderates.

Those who thought the Arab Spring would bring moderation and secularism to the Arab world are in for a big disappointment.

The results of the first free elections held under the umbrella of the Arab Spring have now brought the Islamists to power in Tunisia.

But the Islamists who won the election in Tunisia are already being accused by their rivals of being too “moderate” because they do not endorse jihad and terrorism against the “infidels.”

What happened to all those young and charismatic Facebook representatives who told everyone that the uprisings would bring the Western values and democracy to the Arab countries? Some of the secular parties that ran in the Tunisian elections did not even win one seat in parliament.

What many Western observers have failed to notice is that most of the antigovernment demonstrations that have been sweeping the Arab world over the past ten months were often launched from mosques following Friday prayers.

This is especially true regarding Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Jordan.

Thanks to the Arab Spring, the Islamists in these countries are beginning to emerge from their hiding places to become legitimate players in the political scene.

The writing on the wall is very big and clear. In a free and democratic election, those who carry the banner of “Islam is the Solution” will score major victories in most, if not all, the Arab countries.

The Palestinians were the first to experience this new trend back in 2006, when Hamas defeated the secular Fatah faction in a free and fair parliamentary election held at the request of the US and the EU.

The leaders of the Arab Spring have failed to offer themselves to their people as a better alternative to the Islamists. As far as many Arabs are concerned, this is a faceless Facebook revolution that has failed to produce new leaders. The Arab Spring is becoming the Islamist winter.

2 thoughts on “So how is all that 'Freedom & Democracy' in the Middle East Coming Along?”

  1. Click “cc” … if subtitles does not appear automaitcally:

    (English subtitle) Lawyer Steinhoefel – Merkel’s holy inquisition
    & the wizard Sarrazin

    0:20 “In Zeiten der allgegenwärtiger Lüge, wird das Ausprechen der Wahrheit zu einen revolutionärer Akt”

    “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

  2. The Arab Spring is becoming the Islamist winter !
    I feel that they will not be able to accomplish the demands of youth & revolt & revolution will go on as a new life style & will end up with more war

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