AP Photo: An Egyptian prays on an Arabic slogan reading "Jerusalem for us, Palestine is an Arabic land" during an anti-Jewish protest in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt Friday, May 13, 2011
So the media is finally recognizing what is really happening in US-allied Muslim countries across the world.
Uh, I told you so -- from the very first "allahu akbar" I warned Atlas readers (or anyone who would listen) that Islamic supremacists would seize power and destroy the little democratic reforms that had inched their way into many of these backward, barbaric cultures. It was little noted that these uprisings were stirring in the Muslim countries with the most freedom -- such actions were near impossible where the iron fist of Islamic law reigned.
And while leftwing media pundits derided Mubarak (who was no prince, I grant you) -- he was our ally and the only Arab country to sign a peace accord with Israel. Now that peace looks increasingly tenuous, as Muslim Brotherhood leadership calls for the end of the peace, the end of Israel. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians are in the streets as we speak, chanting for the destruction of Israel, as the quran and the Muslim Brotherhood commands. It should also be noted that the Democratic reforms that were advancing in Egypt came to a dead end when the Democrats took control in 2006. The pressure that Bush was exerting on Mubarak was off.
The only revolution that was poised to break the back of Islamic domination and oppression was in Iran in the summer of 2009. The streets were filled with women not shrouded in cloth coffins, but women with lipstick and eyeliner marching for freedom. They were mowed down like grass, and Obama did nothing. Worse, his sanction was tacit approval for one of the most brutal Islamic regimes on the face of the earth.
The media, like lemmings, was silent and complicit as well. Scroll this link and look at what the media ignored: Iran: The Revolution
If we had a president whose foreign policy objectives served America (and invariably the free world), he would have assisted in removing the Iranian mullahcracy; instead, he backed the Brotherhood and the mullahs in Iran. Iran is the head of the snake. Iran is agitating in Iraq (has been for years); Iran is supporting Hamas (the Muslim Brotherhood) in Gaza and Hezb'Allah on Lebanon; Iran is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; Iran is agitating the Shias in Bahrain; etc. Iran has been at war with us since 1979 (the taking of the hostages) and 1983, the Marine barrack bombings in Lebanon, killing 241 of our beloved Marines. It has always been Iran. So what did Obama do? Nothing, but he helped remove American allies in the region. He aided and abetted the rise of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East, with the indispensable aid of a media so dangerous and deadly, their own reporters (i.e. Lara Logan) are fair game.
Reversals Challenge Hope of Arab Spring Washington Post, Liz Sly
When popular rebellions began erupting around the Middle East earlier this year, the outpouring of democratic fervor was quickly dubbed the Arab Spring, a phrase that captured the heady optimism of what appeared to be a new era of freedom and hope. But as spring turns to summer, events across the region are taking an altogether darker and more sinister turn, one in which the prospect of a brighter future no longer seems so readily assured.
But as spring turns to summer, events across the region are taking an altogether darker and more sinister turn, one in which the prospect of a brighter future no longer seems so readily assured.The swift toppling of the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt, in rapid succession, has been followed by months of deepening bloodshed and brutality across the Arab world, underscoring the power that autocrats still wield after decades of dictatorship.
“We’re rapidly coming to a fork in the road, where one path leads to change and reform and the other leads to retrenchment and repression,” said Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. “It’s going to be a long and bloody haul, and it could take us over a number of years.”
The tiny kingdom of Bahrain has been the first to point the way to a different outcome, having decisively crushed its popular uprising with the help of Saudi troops. Now, human rights groups say, authorities there are engaged in a systematic persecution of the mostly Shiite majority that dominated the demonstrations earlier this year.
In Syria, the government headed by President Bashar al-Assad is pursuing a remorseless effort to quell a pro-democracy movement, using tanks and artillery to pound neighborhoods that had participated in demonstrations, and detaining by the thousands whole communities of young men. A crucial test could come Friday, the usual day of protests, as authorities watch to see whether the extraordinary repression of the past week will finally succeed in suppressing the revolt.
In Libya, where Moammar Gaddafi was the first to unleash the full force of the state against his citizens, an all-out war is raging in which NATO fighter jets are taking the lead. In Yemen, a bloody stalemate continues to regularly claim the lives of demonstrators seeking the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is stubbornly resisting multiple efforts to persuade him to leave.
In Egypt, deadly sectarian clashes between Christians and Muslims in Cairo have come as a sobering reminder that negative as well as positive forces may be unleashed by the removal of dictatorial governments. And even in little Tunisia, which first heralded possibility of change when its president was forced to flee in January, elections promised for July are in doubt and street protests have continued as frustrations build because of the slow pace of change.