Thursday, 10 February 2011
IRONIC? I THINK NOT!!!!
“I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles -- principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings”.
“As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam. It was Islam -- at places like Al-Azhar -- that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities-- it was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality”.
President Barack Obama in Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt April 6th 2009.
How ironic that it was in Cairo that Obama gave his much publicized speech about principles of justice and progress (incidentally he invited the Muslim Brotherhood to attend the speech in spite the protest of Mubarak),
in a country which is now in the midst of civil war which is threatening the fabric of the nation. In the last fortnight, there have been unprecedented demonstrations from segments of the Egyptian people, a President (Hosni Mubarak) of 30 years not running for re-election, fundamental political reforms have been promised and the restrictions of the Internet have been lifted. Still that doesn’t seem to be enough for the now, 'rioters'. This unfortunately, leads me to believe that despite worldwide affirmation, these demonstrators, do not have the best of intentions here. Since all of that has taken place, we’ve been hearing reports of death and fighting in the streets and further calls for violence. Some factions claim they are going to ‘lynch’ the current President.
On Thursday 10th February President Mubarak passed authority to his hand-picked vice president, Omar Suleiman but refused to resign. Egypt will now go to polls in September 2011 and chose a new President. The chances of it being Suleiman are slim to none, if free and fair elections are allowed by the army. Anyone with a whiff of support for the Mubarak rule will be out sooner than they can say Tahrir Square. So the elections will have a huge significance to the Egyptian people, Israel and the Western World.
The problem that has come to the forefront is that the Muslim Brotherhood is considered to have the most to gain from the mayhem in Egypt.
The Muslim Brotherhood is an international Muslim Body, which seeks to establish Allah's law in the land by achieving the spiritual goals of Islam and the true religion which basically means Shari'ah (Islamic Law). Anyone that doesn’t know their stuff on Shari’ah, better get clued up, because this isn’t something that will make the world a hunky doory place.
For example let me give you an idea about their views on women: According to the Shari’ah, despite declarations of the equality of the sexes before God, women are considered inferior to men, and have fewer rights and responsibilities. A woman counts as half a man in giving evidence in a court of law, or in matters of inheritance. Her position is less advantageous than a man’s with regard to marriage and divorce. A husband has the moral and religious right and duty to beat his wives for disobedience or for perceived misconduct. A woman does not have the right to choose her husband, or her place of residence, to travel freely or have freedom in her choice of clothing. Women have little or no autonomy and are deemed to need the protection of their fathers, husbands or other male relatives throughout their lives. Any conduct that undermines the idea of male supremacy will fall foul of the Shari’ah.
You don’t have right for a fair trial which in essence means no Habeas Corpus. Punishment can range from Lashing, Stoning to Chopping off hands, castration.
I am worried about what the consequence of having the brotherhood will do to Egypt, an ally of Israel since Anwar Sadat and a partner in the War on Terror and Hamas. If you’re still unsure about the ‘Brotherhood’, let me enlighten you some of their more “esteemed” members. Osama Bin Laden’s right hand man; Ayman Muhammad Rabaie al-Zawahiri,
the grand mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husayni to name a few. Just to give you an idea, Al-Husayni believed he was an ally of Hitler in the attempt to exterminate the Jews during the Holocaust
Yes, we should be encouraging democracy throughout the world, freedom is a universal right, but the western world must try and encourage people who are afraid of voicing peaceful views for fear of their lives, the opportunity to come to the fore and speak out.
I am calling on President Obama, to rally the moderate Egyptians to make a stand and attempt to fill the power vacuum, which the fundamentalists seem to crave. We have heard for years that there are moderate Muslims throughout the world that are desperate to have their say but they are too afraid to say it publicly for fear of their lives. If Obama uses his arena in Washington and continuously states that those people who seek principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings will have the unanimous backing of the Western World then, I think we may see a strong consortium of Egyptians, be it atheist, Christian and moderate Muslims coming together to tackle the fundamentalist threat posed from the ‘Brotherhood’. Obama must reach out and support the fair minded Egyptian people and make a pact with the Egyptian army that they will prop up the moderate’s when the make their case to the people of Egypt. Ultimately, it is the Egyptian people that will have the final say, however I would never want to leave the field saying ‘what-if’. The moderates may fail to win in September, but to stay silent like Obama did with the 2009 Iranian uprising will be a disaster.
If you are worried about what the consequences of American intervention into other nation’s affairs, then please learn about Ronald Reagan and Lech Walesa of Poland. To give you a brief idea of what happened: In the 1980s, President Reagan sat in the White House and he was not afraid to act and sided early on with the independent Polish trade Union, "Solidarity" led by Lech Walesa. From its start in 1981 until 1989 when the Communists were finally overthrown, Reagan supported the struggle for freedom in Poland. The result of that type of rhetoric, was the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Unfortunately, Obama recently said that he can see himself ‘working with the Brotherhood’ which to me is absolutely shocking and a complete antithesis of the fundamental American values and principles which Reagan and other Presidents have stood for in the past.
Abraham Lincoln ended the civil war and abolished slavery.
Ronald Reagan defeated Communism.
President Bush liberated Iraq.
Obama seems intent on standing by and absorbing radical Islamic movements who would love nothing more than to enslave women, place onerous restrictions on freedom of speech/press and to kill the infidels aka non-believers.
Isn’t it ironic that on this day on 11th February 1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran. Why did that happen? Because then President Jimmy Carter refused to prop up the Shah of Iran and consequently allowed the Islamic fundamentalist to brutally take over the country, which now has Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as their President. Maybe John McCain was right after all in 2008? Obama seems to be running for Jimmy Carter’s second term.
God help us all.