August 18, 2011
Re: Annals of the Arab Spring: Obama Administration Backs Muslim Brotherhood in SyriaTopics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam
Andrew C. McCarthy, on President Obama's latest embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood ... this time in Syria:
Before running off on his latest vacation, at the conclusion of his three-day, publicly-funded campaign swing, President Obama boldly called for Bashar al-Assad to step down -- in the midst of what is the Iran-backed Syrian president's brutal, months long repression of his opposition, a campaign in which thousands have been killed and are missing.Take the time to read the whole thing.
As John Bolton observes, calling on Assad to step down doesn't tell us what Mr. Obama is prepared to do to make that happen. John suggests that the answer is nothing, and that this will expose the U.S. to the "charge of just being a rhetorical power" -- in this instance, sounding off but "giving Assad and his Iranian cohorts license to continue the brutality[.]"
I wish that were all there was to it. At the Hudson Institute, Herb London takes note of various reports that the State Department is backing the Muslim Brotherhood's efforts (supported by the Islamist regime in Turkey) to replace Assad, just as the Brotherhood will soon be replacing Mubarak in Egypt.
This underscores, yet again, that the phenomenon we are seeing in the Middle East is not "the Arab Spring" but the Islamist Ascendancy. The unavoidable fact is that there is not a robust democratic movement in the region -- not in the sense of Western democracy. Yes, there is a faction seeking secular democracy ("secular" in the sense that they want real pluralism, not sharia). The Brotherhood and other Islamists say they want "democracy," and many Americans (particularly in media and government) are taken in by these claims. But the Brothers don't want democratic culture -- they want sharia. What they suddenly like about democracy is popular elections. Democracy, as they construe the term, is just a route to power, which would enable them to Islamize their societies.
While we should support authentic democrats in sensible ways, we must not overestimate their strength. The movement makes up less than a quarter of the public in the region. That's why real democrats were so decisively trounced in the Egyptian referendum (78 - 22 percent), and why the Brotherhood is now poised to become the power center of Egyptian politics.
Still, it is one thing to be realistic about what our friends can accomplish. It is quite another thing to side with our enemies at the expense of our friends. That is what the Obama administration appears to be doing.
As McCarthy goes on to point out, the Muslim Brotherhood wants to destroy America, the West, and Israel, yet the Obama Administration continues to help the organization acquire power. The Administration maintain that the Brotherhood is "moderate," and "largely secular," and apparently believe it would become even more moderate and secular by being given the responsibilities of governance (one need only look to Hamas and Egypt to see how this idea works out, bit what the hell ... the Administration is just a really slow learner - or doesn't care).
One has to wonder, Is the Administration really so inexperienced and naive as to make such a decision that can have dire consequences for the region and the world, or has the Muslim Brotherhood so penetrated the Obama administration that their influence has blinded the Administration to who the moderates really are and the truth of the Brotherhood's history and agenda (the Brotherhood has openly stated that their agenda is to Islamize societies, to ultimately establish a global Islamic caliphy, to destroy Israel and to expand Sharia throughout the West as well as the proven fact that their agenda matches exactly the agenda., and of those radical Islamists who have committed unspeakable terrorism against America and with whom America is at war).
Posted by Hyscience at August 18, 2011 2:51 PM
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