By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
The word “Democracy” has become increasingly and deceptively powerful. It has come to be seen as something on par with “freedom” and “justice.” It has been the fuel for the very inaptly named ‘Arab Spring.’ Democracy and freedom are not synonymous terms. They don’t mean the same thing at all. The forces at work that support the ‘Arab Spring’ know this but they don’t want the world to know it. After all, war is deception.
The now infamous ‘Bush Doctrine’ evolved from a policy that gave the United States the right to preemptively defend itself to something that sought the promotion of Democracy all across the Middle East. This policy of Democracy was applied to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Gaza Strip. The result has been far less than spectacular. Afghanistan has written a Constitution that identifies Islamic law as the law of the land. Ditto Iraq, which has also, essentially, become annexed by Iran. Gaza, after being handed over to the Palestinians, democratically elected Hamas to lead it.
Democracy birthed religious tyranny. Does that sound like a formula for freedom and justice?
Since George W. Bush left office, the Middle East has eagerly co-opted and embraced his doctrine, implementing it on its own terms. In Egypt, the country overwhelmingly elected the Muslim Brotherhood to have more seats in Parliament than any other Party and will soon decide if the country will have a Muslim Brotherhood President or one who was Prime Minister under Hosni Mubarak. The “Democratic” uprising that took place in Egypt will give them more of the same or something much worse. Perhaps this offers some insight into why Bush recently doubled down on his doctrine in a Wall Street Journal Op-ed, in which he wrote positively about the ‘Arab Spring’ while encouraging people to ’embrace freedom’ in the Middle East.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has laughably identified its political arm as the Freedom and Justice Party. Like the ‘Arab Spring,’ the term does not in any way, shape, matter or form accurately identify the Party. On the contrary, ‘Freedom and Justice’ is antithetical to what the Brotherhood stands for, especially for those who are not Muslim.
In Democracy, the majority rules but what if the majority wishes to subjugate or persecute the minority? It’s still Democracy but is that freedom and justice for all built on a foundational belief that all men are created equal? Hardly. Conversely, what if a minority is in power that seeks to control the majority, in part, to prevent its own subjugation or persecution? This was the case in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and it is the case in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria.
When Kurds in the Qamishli Province rose up against Assad and the Arabist Ba’ath in the spring of 2004 and were slaughtered, Syrian Arabs of all stripes remained quiet. What about the Libyan Berbers, black African Sudanese and the Kurds in Turkey and Iraq? Hundreds of thousands have been massacred. As Gadhafi was fending off rebels in Libya, US Senator John McCain walked past the main courthouse in Benghazi to cheers from Libyan rebels. Two weeks earlier, rebels had hung a black man upside down and beheaded him at that very site. It was during this visit that McCain referred to those rebels as his ‘heroes,’ presumably because they were clamoring for Democracy.
Apparently, it’s easier to get away with beheading black Libyans if you do so in the name of Democracy. Since then, there has been an overwhelming abundance of Al-Qaeda flags flying all over post-Gadhafi Libya.
Let freedom ring, right Mr. McCain? Does calling it ‘Democracy’ help you sleep better?
Where was Senator McCain, a staunch advocate of supporting the Sunni rebels in Syria (he obviously hasn’t learned from his mistake in Libya), when Syria was against freedom in Lebanon?
Is it only freedom for Sunni Islamists? The majority? If the Assad regime is toppled, non-Arabs such as Kurds in Syria and the Copts in Egypt, will be massacred by Arabists/Islamists. Perhaps these massacres will be the desire of the majority but it is a self-evident truth that there will not be freedom and justice for all. The Arab Ba’ath in neighboring Iraq killed hundreds of thousands of Kurds under Saddam over the years as well.
According to a new report in Germany’s leading daily, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the recent Houla massacre in Syria was in fact committed by anti-Assad Sunni militants, and the bulk of the victims were members of the Alawi and Shia minorities, which have been largely supportive of Assad. For its account of the massacre, the report cites opponents of Assad who declined to have their names appear in print out of fear of reprisals from armed opposition groups.
According to the article’s sources, the massacre occurred after rebel forces attacked three army-controlled roadblocks outside of Houla. The roadblocks had been set up to protect nearby Alawi majority villages from attacks by Sunni militias. The rebel attacks provoked a call for reinforcements by the besieged army units. Syrian army and rebel forces are reported to have engaged in battle for some 90 minutes, during which time “dozens of soldiers and rebels” were killed.
Democracy is not an end in itself but this is what leftists and Islamists want the world to believe. In reality, Democracy is a means to an end and in the Middle East, that end inevitably involves religious tyranny.
As Bill Wilson explains at the Daily Jolt, Islamists have a formula that follows a consensus that Democracy is inherently and exclusively good. We have inserted a couple of steps into Wilson’s formula. Ours are in bold:
- Muslims begin protesting their evil leader
- Evil leader cracks down
- Muslims gain worldwide sympathy
- Evil leader is deposed
- US leaders suggest democracy
- Muslims use Muruna to suggest the Turkish Model of Islamic Democracy
- US / Western leaders oversee the transition to Islamic “Democracy” (moderate Islam)
- Islamic Sharia Law leaders are elected
- Democracy is abandoned
- Sharia Law is established
The Turkish Model is really the trojan horse the west continues to welcome. It allows western leaders to fool themselves into believing that there is a moderate version of Islam which embraces western values. This deceptive perception is so effective because it begins with a premise that eschews Islamic fundamentalism. In reality, that Islamic fundamentalism lays dormant as non-Muslims embrace it.
That is what makes muruna so effective; it is a technique very similar to the Shiite tactic known as taqiyya. Muruna is the Sunni / Muslim Brotherhood version. When practiced, it allows Muslims to abandon the very tenets of their faith if it lowers the guard of others. As a result, Islam is advanced. Turkey has also been very successful at minimizing the tumultuous change that has taken place within its walls over the last ten years. The very secular Kemalist government has been overthrown through… you guessed it, Democracy.
Every one of the countries that have seen dictators fall as a result of the ‘Arab Spring’ subsequently began to look glowingly at the example set by Turkey, which has basically watched as these nations have essentially come to them, all in the name of Democracy. An undeniable fringe benefit is that the West has facilitated much of it, particularly in Egypt and Libya, as Turkey has expended little capital while reaping what it no doubt believes will be huge, future returns.
Walid Shoebat is author of For God or For Tyranny
Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the upcoming book, Unsung Davids