This is an interesting article for a couple of specific reasons. First of all, the author, Ali H. Alyami, admits that Islam and democracy are incompatible, so much so, that he goes all the way in declaring it against democracy. He’s right. Secondly, he rightly describes the Saudis as being a major factor in spreading the jihad around the globe.
Where he fails in his logic is his assertion that the continued unrest presently sweeping throughout the Middle East -which the TT agrees will not bypass the House of Saud- should be met with US support of those wanting to overthrow the Saudi Royals. Make no mistake, the TT loathes the House of Saud, and everyone of its members, but one does not toss aside a regime without being sure what will likely take its place.
Do we really believe that Islam and sharia law will not play as crucial of a role in a post-royal Saudi Arabia as it does presently? Really? The TT highly doubts that, as much as it doubts true reformers or real democracy lovers taking over the reigns of power. What’s more likely is the institution of an Imamocracy that will rival the Iranian regime.
Feel free to disagree of course, but please come up with some kind of rationale to back your thoughts up and leave them in the comments. KGS
NOTE: Saudi Arabia, a place where one can visit the 7th century and not be in a museum.
Rattled by the unprecedented and contagious revolts befalling Arab despots around them, the Saudi monarchy has realized that bribery is not enough to placate their disenfranchised citizens. The notorious Saudi Minister of Interior, Prince Naif, issued a stern warning against any public demonstration by anyone at anytime in the repressive desert kingdom. As usual, his royal warning was immediately echoed by the top religious clerics including the Saudi Mufti, Al-Ashaikh.
According to the Imam of Prophet Mohammed’s Mosque in Madinah, Al-Hudaifi, “Laws and regulations in the Kingdom totally prohibit all kinds of demonstrations, marches and sit-in protests as well as calling for them as they go against the principles of Shariah and Saudi customs and traditions…
There is no place for chaotic demonstrations in this country of monotheism because Shariah is the dominant force in this country.” This is the first time the religious establishment has unequivocally asserted that Islam is against individual liberty and freedom of expression. This means that as long as the Quran is the country’s constitution and the Shariah is its law, there can be neither political participation nor personal freedom.