The Arab winter of fundamentalist delight
Take the time to read Barry Rubin’s latest: When Romanticism Trumps Reason You Get Radical Chic Catastrophes
To put it in one sentence, what made the Middle East different from every other place in the world is that there the Nazi collaborators won. They weren’t just clients or students of the German national socialists but rather on an equal footing, with parallel ideas of their own. These included hatred of the West, desire to commit genocide against the Jews, belief that a repressive regime was best able to achieve progress, a willingness to fight for total victory rather than compromise, and similar characteristics.
What makes this evaluation incredibly timely is that the “Arab Spring’ is not changing this tradition but merely continuing it. The radicals defeated the moderates in the 1930s and early 1940s but were set back by their foolish alliance with the Axis. They then came back in the late 1940s and the 1950s to wipe out the moderates completely, seizing power in most of the Arab world and intellectual hegemony in all of it. The nationalist radicals also suppressed their old Islamist partners
There is nothing in the Middle East to be joyful about, other than Israel still existing as a Jewish state despite the odds. The Arabs/Muslims of the region are so deep in the hole, that even when they’re looking up, they’re still seeing down. The region is being set up for a major conflagration, and the near sighted, ignoramus West is in part to blame. KGS
Arab Spring:conference, don’t be afraid of political Islam
Director of American Studies Centre, acid test after elections
(ANSAmed) – ROME – People must not be frightened by election results in Tunisia and Morocco, which have seen victories for Islamic parties like Ennadha and Justice and Development, but must watch closely to see what the parties are able to do. This, in short, is the message sent out yesterday at the end of a study day dedicated to the Arab Spring and the future of Euro-Mediterranean partnership, which was organised by the French embassy in Italy and by the Ecole Francaise de Rome.
“Slogans such as ‘Allah is the solution’ should not scare anyone,” said the director of the American Studies Centre, Karim Mezran, in his speech. “The solution now is no longer Allah. From now on they are the solution”. Once they have been democratically elected, Mezran said, “exponents of Islamic parties will have no more alibis. They will no longer be able to keep hiding behind a slogan but will instead need to answer to the people who have elected them”.
The best consequence that the Arab uprisings have so far produced is to “bring Islam out into the open”, he added. Now, Mezran believes, those elected must show what they can do and in which direction they intend to go. For this reason “we must not be afraid”. The issue now, if anything, is to understand what Europe and the West are able to achieve. So far, they have done almost nothing, according to the EU’s special representative for the southern Mediterranean region, Bernardino Leon.
“Europe and the West have been unable to respond swiftly to this political and social earthquake within the Arab world. Now Europe must act, providing economic help for countries going through a period of transition”. For this reason, Leon continued, “in the next two months new task forces will leave for Jordan, Morocco and Egypt, and perhaps even Libya”.