“Arab Spring” Frozen Under the Islamic Winter
"Democracy" ... Somebody can serve you rattle snake and tell you "it tastes just like chicken", but it's still rattle snake.
Egypt held their first elections since the Obama administration helped influence the ousting of ally Hosni Mubarak from the country's leadership. As expected the country's secular government is now about to convert to an Islamic theocracy as Egypt's Islamist parties won 75% of parliament:
CAIRO - Final results on Saturday showed that Islamist parties won nearly three-quarters of the seats in parliament in Egypt's first elections since the ouster of authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak, according to election officials and political groups.
The Islamist domination of Egypt's parliament has worried liberals and even some conservatives about the religious tone of the new legislature, which will be tasked with forming a committee to write a new constitution. It remains unclear whether the constitution will be written while the generals who took power after Mubarak's fall are still in charge, or rather after presidential elections this summer.
In the vote for the lower house of parliament, a coalition led by the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood won 47 percent, or 235 seats in the 498-seat parliament. The ultraconservative Al-Nour Party was second with 25 percent, or 125 seats.
Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker Mohammed el-Beltagi said the new parliament represents "the wish of the Egyptian people."
Egypt's elections commission acknowledged that there were voting irregularities, but the vote has been hailed as the country's freest and fairest in living memory.
The liberals who spearheaded the revolt that toppled Mubarak struggled to organize and connect with a broader public in the vote, and did not fair as well as the Islamists. [...]
So, the Egyptian people, in what is being presented as their first "democratic" election, may have just used their first exercise of democracy to vote themselves out of a democracy. The Muslim Brotherhood is claiming it does not seek to force its views about "an appropriate Islamic lifestyle" (Shariah Law) on Egyptians, but I would gather the Al-Nour Party may just have something to say about that. And never discount the outside influence of those not holding seats in the government. It is also important to note that while the MB claims the country will not force Islam on others living within Egypt, some citizens, Coptic Christians in particular, are not so convinced as the violence and oppression against them increases.
The U.S. State Department is meeting with Muslim Brotherhood party leaders, and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton has phoned the Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr, following-up an earlier call by Obama to Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi:
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday called Egypt's foreign minister to discuss the country's economic and political situation, as well as events in Syria, the State Department said.
It said the telephone call covered the same ground as President Barack Obama's discussion with Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi on Friday, which the White House said was focused on Egypt's need for a democratic transition. [...]
So, the Obama Administration wants a 'democratic' transition from a secular Egypt to an apparent, and possibly inevitable, theocracy, and the current military control needs to comply. Begs the question, "Or what?"
Not to be left out, Jimmy Carter is urging the Obama Administration to support Egypt's Islamists ... in the interests of democracy, of course:
"What has happened in Egypt boosts democracy and freedom," Carter was quoted by CNN as saying.
He added that Egypt now has the opportunity to form a democratic government elected by the people; it also has the same opportunity as free societies to achieve freedom and human rights.
Carter said he considers the US objections to the Islamists' win in Palestine, referring to the Hamas movement, to have been a mistake, stressing that this mistake won’t be repeated with Egypt.
"I think it was a big mistake. Maybe we would now have peace in the Middle East if we had recognised a new, elected new government and supported and worked with it," he commented, adding that this what we have learnt now in Egypt.
"We are now behaving differently, by giving the Islamists the chance to rule,” he commented.
Remember, Jimmy Carter is the godfather of our present day Iran. Islam does not recognize "freedom and human rights" ... especially of women, raped women, un-covered women, girls attending school, female genitals, young virginal boys, gays, a variety of farm animals, non-Muslims, moderate Muslims, fellow radical Muslims, certain geometric shapes, certain delicious animal products, Christians, Jews, and Buddhists, sovereignty and laws of other nations, tall buildings and commercial airliners, and free speech.
Libya, following Obama's kinetic operation that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, looks to be going down the road Egypt is, only a bit quicker and without benefit of election. The country might see a real civil war before anyone claims any sort of victory in controlling the country. Already those we armed are insisting Sharia be instituted, and some are not waiting for any sort of election or constitution to impose the fundamental Islamic law. Libya is far from 'settled', post-Gaddafi. Apparently there is no room for moderate Muslims in the newly "liberated' Libya. There too are outside influences pushing for control, and anything but democracy.
The al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander who took control of a town in central Yemen late last week has released a short videotape urging Muslims "to unite and be patient" as "the Islamic Caliphate is coming."
Tariq al Dhahab, the leader of the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula forces that seized the town of Rada'a in Baydah province last weekend, made the statement in a 54-second-long video on YouTube that was released on Jan. 18. The statement was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
"So, be patient, perseverant, and stationed," Dhahab told the "Muslim Ummah," or community. "The Islamic Caliphate is coming, with permission from Allah, and it will be established, even if we sacrifice our own skulls, money, children and homes."
How serious is this Islamic Caliphate movement? Islamic flag over the White House: Radical Muslims want America ruled by Shariah...
The "Arab Spring" has also resulted in an increase of anti-Semitism not just in the Middle East but in Europe. Radical Islam has been enabled over the last three years of Obama's laughable extending of an unclenched fist. They literally see him as weak and a failure, as a recent secret letter to Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei resulted in scoffing at the would be world leader. And he believes all he need do in Afghanistan is convince the Taliban to renounce its terrorist ties in order to have "peace talks".
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