So are these Salafists or Muslim Brotherhood members?
I don't mean to be rude or anything but do Western policy analysts think we are stupid?
Reuel Marc Gerecht, who usually writes intelligently on the issue of jihad wrote a stunningly ridiculous article in the Wall Street Journal today in which he says true, the so-called Arab Spring has brought radical Islamic regimes to power. But there's no reason to get all bent out of shape about it. It's just part of a natural process that may one day lead to liberal values being adopted in the Arab world. True, the Arabs won't be allies of the West, but we need to just understand them.
It might be possible to greet all of this with tolerant understanding and patience if the Arabs lived on a different planet. Then they could have their experience with totalitarian Muslim fanatics at the helm of their societies without their embrace of madness and hatred affecting anyone else. But of course, that is not the case, as the video from Australia makes clear.
Gerecht writes for instance,
As is already happening in Egypt, we will see debates revolving around issues that will turn Western stomachs--such as the exclusion of Christians and women from official positions, and the permissibility of clitoridectomy and childhood brides. Though the outcomes may be distressing, this is not surprising.
In fact, he says, it should give us hope because it means that they are engaging in democratic discourse involving the issues they care about. And the very exercise of debate raises the prospect that voices of reason, moderation, humaneness and etc will eventually win the day by the force of their ideas and morality.
As he put it, "But democracy, even if vastly more limited than current Western practice, always introduces a jousting ethic into politics."
Obviously, this is possibility that exists - among others. But the physical and moral devastation these fanatics at the helm can cause in the generation or so that will have to pass before their Arab subjects recognize that they have gotten it wrong is not something we can afford to be indifferent to. It's something we have to fight, with every fiber of our being.
The good news is that even as the Obama administration embraces the Muslim Brotherhood, lots of people throughout the world are fighting hard. For instance I am proud to say that my friends and colleagues in America are doing amazing things to fight back and defend all that is right about this world. Here are just a few examples.
Today The Center for Security Policy is launching a new website called muslimbrotherhoodinamerica.com. The website presents a ten-part course about the Muslim Brotherhood in America, its penetration of the US government, the conservative movement, the Republican Party, and its influence over the Obama administration. The course is taught by Frank Gaffney, the President of the Center for Security Policy.
Here's an overview of the course;
Pamela Geller from Atlas Shrugs blog has organized the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference that will be held on April 29 in Dearborn, MI. Mokdad was the victim of an honor killing. The conference will explore honor killings and Islamic law in America.
I urge you to support and participate in these valiant efforts.
And now, apropos of nothing, here's a video produced by a young man named David Meyers portraying what auditions for Mel Gibson's planned movie about the Maccabis might look like...
Enjoy the video.