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Thursday, September 15, 2011

ARAB SPRING BACKWARD

"Who could have possibly seen that coming?"

Hosni Mubarak
The left loves revolution and the idea of the common man rising up against an oppressor - as long as they aren't Tea Party members. They love that idea so much that they embrace revolution regardless of who it is or why they are revolting. The "Arab Spring" rebellions that spread across the Mediterranean Coast this year are a sad example of this pattern.

When Egypt exploded into protests and revolt, leftists were ecstatic: the common man fighting against the man! Facebook and Twitter led the way! Young college students taking control of the country from a despot! The very term "Arab Spring" suggests a wonderful new beginning, even if it is a bit insultingly regional and inaccurate (Egyptians are not Arabic, nor are Libyans, to name two such rebellions).

Warnings about how badly most revolutions turn out and concerns about Islamic control of these areas were brushed aside as callous, traditionalist, even comments in support of the tyrants being deposed. The Islamic Brotherhood was absurdly, idiotically described as "mostly secular" by the Obama state department, and pundits assured everyone that they were so small and disliked by the Egyptian people that they'd never take power.

Well they were sort of right. The group of tweeting facebooking college students were so small, lacking power, disorganized, and unrepresentative of the Egyptian people that they will never gain power. The Islamic Brotherhood, on the other hand, is another matter. Recently the BBC ran a story about an encounter one of their reporters had in the streets of Cairo:
While walking in the street someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over.

Turning around, I found myself surrounded by five men, one of whom tried to punch me in the face. I stopped the attack by pointing out how shameful it was for a Muslim to assault a guest in his country, especially during Ramadan.

Relieved that a seemingly random assault was over, I was appalled by the apology offered by one of my assailants. "Sorry," he said contritely, offering his hand, "we thought you were a Jew."

Shaking his head in disbelief on hearing the news, an Egyptian friend sympathised: "That's stupid, you are obviously not a Jew."

The chilling implication I was left with was that, had I been Jewish, the assault would have apparently been justified.
And that's the key that the left in the west missed. Animosity toward Israel and Jews has driven this far, far more than a longing for liberty and a desire for democracy. There's a chance that, had President Bush's push for democracy and money spent in the region had been followed through on that it could have gone another way, but President Obama abandoned that his first month in office, even moving support toward antidemocratic forces.

Its not the college students with their cell phones texting to twitter about events that represent Egypt or its future, its the roaming gangs of thugs attacking people and molesting women that do. Its not that Egypt is a land of thugs and molesters, its that the nation has been raised since birth and educated through all of school that Jews are subhuman monsters that must be eradicated and that women are inferior creatures who continually try to seduce all men so that they can't be held responsible for their response to these Jezebels.

The fear and distrust of non-Muslims and non-Egyptians is strong in that culture, and the result of such teaching is simply inevitable: you keep telling people that Jews are awful and Muslims are superior, then they're going to want to implement policy that represents this. If their leadership will not... then they'll get leadership who will. Their problem with Mubarak wasn't that he was too oppressive, but that he wasn't oppressive enough toward non-Muslims and his policy toward Israel wasn't antagonistic and unfriendly enough.

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