Sunday, December 04, 2011
Islamic Egypt goes fascist on stereoids
Islamic Egypt goes fascist on stereoids
The MSM hasn't woken up, yet, to the harsh 'Infidels winter' reality of the "arab spring." That When average Muslim "activists" speak: "freedom" and "dempcracy" It's hardly what we cherish here in the West. Islamism [AKA 'anti-human-rights' totalitarian Islam and its intolerance to 'others'] is the exact opposite of liberty, of course. The largest enemy of freedom and democracy, is rather political Islam, per se.
THE TROUBLE WITH MUSLIM DEMOCRACY
Beware Egyptian fascism Ynetnews - Nov 23, 2011 Op-ed: Radical Muslim takeover would make Egypt Islamic fascism’s regional power base Published: 11.23.11 [...] Radicals fear elections The military junta set a date for multi-party elections for parliament, and later for the presidency, and intends to deliver on its promises. The first phase is slated to begin in about a week. This is a critical national test. The leaders of the radical religious-political movements fear the experiment known as democratic elections. They are interested in absolute control, without elections. They are the loyal fans and representatives of political Islamic fascism.
A genuine Egyptian liberal – and a very lonely voice Jerusalem Post - 11/29/2011 For Amr Bargisi, the country’s self-styled liberals are not worthy of the name. Amr Bargisi is the kind of Egyptian whom Washington and Jerusalem can love. Fiercely intelligent, articulate and committed to his country’s well-being, he is also the increasingly rare Egyptian who harbors no ill-will toward America, Israel or the West writ large. All he needs is someone who will listen – and deposit a few Egyptian pounds in his organization’s bank account... They noted that the newspaper run by Al-Wafd, Egypt’s oldest self-described liberal party, routinely runs columns dripping with traditional anti- Semitic motifs. In 2009, its columnist – now the party’s vice chairman – Ahmed Ezz al- Arab chided US President Barack Obama for depicting the Holocaust as a historical event in his Cairo address to the Muslim world.
The same year, a column by Sekina Fouad – vice president of the putatively liberal, secular Democratic Front Party – approvingly cited forged remarks attributed to Benjamin Franklin that described Jews as “locusts, never to get on a green land without leaving it deserted and barren.”
Even Al-Masry Al-Youm, which Bargisi and Tadros describe as “Egypt’s largest independent newspaper and widely regarded as the country’s only serious tribune for Liberalism, ran a column... Anti-Semitism, the coauthors wrote, is a relatively recent arrival to Egyptian cultural life.
“Until Egypt’s Jews were expelled by Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1950s and ’60s, Egypt had a millennia-old, thriving Jewish community. As late as the 1930s, Jewish politicians occupied ministerial posts in Egyptian governments and participated in nationalist politics,” they wrote. “But all that changed with the rise of totalitarian and fascist movements in Europe, which found more than their share of imitators in the Arab world. When Egypt’s monarchy was overthrown in 1952 by a military coup, anti- Semitism became an ideological pillar of the new totalitarian dispensation.
“Anti-Semitism remains the glue holding Egypt’s disparate political forces together. This is especially true of the so-called liberals, who think they can traffic on their anti-Semitism to gain favor in quarters where they would otherwise be suspect.”
The op-eds were published before Mubarak’s fall, but regrettably little has changed since. Last month, Tawfiq Okasha – a presidential candidate for the avowedly secular, liberal Democratic Peace Party – assured a television audience that “only” 60 percent of Jews are evil. A clip of the remarks was distributed by the mediamonitoring organization MEMRI.
A smattering of small, new Egyptian parties do claim to uphold the same liberal values Bargisi cherishes – in particular, the Free Egyptians Party of telecom tycoon Naguib Sawiris and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party led by the physician and activist Mohamed Abou El-Ghar. Some independents, like the TV personality and activist Bothaina Kamel – a Muslim woman who pushes for equal rights for Coptic Christians – have also garnered attention in Western media.
Their support, however, is minuscule and in any case, Bargisi dismisses them as uncommitted to some of the most fundamental of liberal ideals.
Bargisi says there is no escaping the fact that Islamists are poised to emerge on top in the current elections – by his estimate, they will win at least half of all votes cast.
“Our only hope is to sober up and realize the Islamists are going to win anyway, that they’re going to be in the seat of power and we need to be able to confront them on every single issue and to rally public support as much as we can,” he said.
A committed democrat, Bargisi has little love for the authoritarian nature of the Mubarak government. Still, he says, Egypt was reforming economically in the final years of the ousted president’s rule, even if political reforms were slow in coming.
With Mubarak now gone, however, any thought of what might have been is water under the bridge. What Egypt needs now, Bargisi says, is to nurture a political culture that upholds classical liberal values like rule of law, a dynamic civil society, private enterprise and limited government. Ultimately he hopes to see representative, democratic rule carry the day in Egypt, but says elections should be the last step in that process – not the first.
Bargisi is deeply worried about the direction his country is headed, but he refuses to despair...
Nervous Christians vote with an eye to the future Gulf Times - 29/11/2011 [...] While some worry about the Islamist parties’ attitude to women’s rights, others in the minority group of 8mn Coptic Christians are concerned about Egypt becoming an Islamic state. The community, the Middle East’s biggest Christian population, already complain of systematic discrimination and they are the target of sectarian attacks. There were clashes in May in Cairo, leading to the post-revolution military leaders to warn they would deal with sectarian strife with an “iron hand.” Residents of Sidi Beshr have known far worse. On New Year’s Eve last year, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Two Saints Church as it held mass, killing more than 20.
Young Free Egyptians challenge entrenched Muslim Brotherhood
CAIRO— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 8:32PM EST
Last updated Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 9:25PM EST
...says Essam El-Erian, deputy chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party and a long-time member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s executive committee. “They accuse us of being fascists,” he said, bitterly...
In-Depth: As Islamists surge, Egypt`s Christians hold their breath [Dec. 04, 2011] Zee News
[...] But, with the fall of the dictator and the first largely free and fair elections witnessing a not-so-spectacular performance by the secular parties, the Christian community is holding its breath.
The Islamist surge, though, expected, has still left the Coptic community reeling, and opinion is divided on how to react -- whether to stay and fight for equal rights, or leave, Al Ahram daily said in a report.
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