Aug 29 2013
Before I address the issues in Syria and America’s foolish war drums, I want to focus back on the spark that started much of the unrest and turmoil in the Arab/Muslim world: Egypt.
The turmoil in Egypt has been intriguing me for some time, mainly because it looks a lot like the pivotal event many outside the Muslim world have been waiting for. It looks like Egypt is will be where moderate Muslims are making a stand against the Islamo Fascists. I understand there has been a lot of politicizing and finger pointing, but in reality Egypt’s turmoil looks to be a huge turning point, and one for which the West needs to keep a low profile.
There has been a lot of reporting on the events in Egypt, but let me select just one to illustrate the opportunity we may be seeing:
The Egyptian government has had to react fast to events over the last few days and it now appears they had no prior strategy about what to do with the Muslim Brotherhood as an organisation at this stage.
Initially their position was that they welcomed dialogue with the Brotherhood and it was conceivable that in time they could even be allowed back into government, as long as they did not have blood on their hands.
But under pressure from the Egyptian media, this position appears to have hardened. Foreign intervention has complicated the situation further, as any sign of leniency on the part of the government is now seen as caving in.
In recent days the government has indicated the Brotherhood will be banned and on Monday the Egyptian authorities were quoted as saying the Freedom and Justice Party – the political wing of the Brotherhood – will have its licence to operate as a political party revoked, which in effect will dissolve it.
Such a ban would satisfy many Egyptians who view the Brotherhood as a fascist terrorist organisation. It would also force the Brotherhood back underground, where it used to be.
Emphasis mine. The article goes on to claim this may not be a good idea, but from where I sit it would be a very positive result.
How many times have the West and Non-Muslim world wanted to see moderate Muslims stand up to the radical Islamo Fascists? How many pundits have lamented how moderates have allowed the radicals to over run the Muslim religion?
So now when we see Egypt stand up to the Islamo Fascists, we waste this opportunity with finger pointing and political opportunism?
When it comes to Egypt, the West (and America’s political industrial class) should shut up and show unity and support. They shouldn’t focus on the imperfections of the moment, but look at the sea change we could be witnessing.
This is not much different from when the Soviet Union collapsed. It took time for the world to stop hyperventilating and wringing hands before they realized a momentous event was upon them.
Syria could be the diversion that could derail Egypts fight against the Islamo Fascists. Or it could be the next domino to fall. All I know is Western intervention is not a good idea at this point. Let the Muslims work out which segment will take the lead into the future. It may be bloody and messy, but it could also be very good and needed. America’s revolution for Independence was no less bloody, yet look at what it brought to humanity?
Before we fall into the loose-loose game of political gotcha, maybe we should stand back and unify our support for the moderate Egyptians.
For a good assessment on Syria, this Hot Air article sums up many of my views quite nicely.