Attack on US consulates signals rise of Islamists = Arab Winter

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    Arab Winter is here

    9/14/12
    Author: pioneer

    Attack on US consulates signals rise of Islamists

    As it becomes increasingly evident that the vicious attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi that killed the American Ambassador to Libya was indeed an act of terror, the writing on the wall is clear: The Arab Spring has given way to a cold and dark ‘Islamist winter’ that threatens to envelop countries which are in a state of transition following pro-democracy movements.


    Those still in doubt should look to the violent protests in Yemen and Egypt that have happened simultaneously to understand the larger picture. Of course, apologists will point to the tacky video that some found defamatory to the Prophet as the reason behind the attack. But that was just a trigger for an angry mob which went on a violent rampage. By no means was it a spontaneous outburst. Spontaneity may have have been there to some degree in Cairo, where hours before the Benghazi attack, protesters demonstrating outside the US Consulate against the same video breached the security cordon. But in Benghazi it was almost certainly a carefully planned, pre-meditated assault that was carried out by Islamists armed with rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft weapons. That the attack happened on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks is, quite possibly, no coincidence. Additionally, it is also hard to ignore the fact that only hours before the attack, Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri had issued a call to avenge the death of his Libyan-born colleague Abu Yahya al-Libi, in a US drone attack early this year.

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    Hopefully, the tragic death of Ambassador J Christopher Stevens at the hands of Islamist militants in the city that he once helped ‘save' from the excesses of a brutal dictatorship, will guide the West into the real world.



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    The whole fucking thing was an Arab winter from hell. It never was going to be good for the middle east.
     
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    Five Lessons from Egypt and the Arab Spring

    August 2, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield

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    1. Don’t Believe Anything You Hear

    Egyptian liberals allied with the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow Mubarak and challenge the military. In those heady Tahrir Square days, they ridiculed the idea that Mubarak’s overthrow would benefit the Muslim Brotherhood.

    ...

    2. It’s Not Democracy, It’s Permanent Chaos

    Democracy in the Middle East is just another means of political change. It’s not any different than mob action, a coup or an invasion. It’s just a way that one government replaces another.

    The voting booth depends on a sense of law and order. It carries very little weight in lawless societies.

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    3. Everyone Will Always Hate America

    The one thing that everyone in Egypt can agree on is that they hate America. And this time around they almost have a valid reason.

    Obama did help overthrow the Mubarak government, but both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian liberals wanted him to do it. They were happy to have him tamper with their politics to remove Mubarak. Now the Egyptian liberals blame him for aiding Morsi, but they were the ones who opened the door.

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    4. Fanatics and Democracy Don’t Mix

    One of the fondest myths of democracy promotion is that bringing terrorists into the political process moderates them. It doesn’t.

    Fanatics don’t compromise because their goals require purity. They feint compromise only long enough to get to power. And then they turn on their former allies.

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s goals were obvious from its motto. “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

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    5. The Muslim World Has No New Ideas

    The Muslim Brotherhood has a lot of modern polish, but underneath is the same old message that Mohammed came roaring out of the desert to deliver.

    Despite the social media and memes, the Arab Spring unrest was part of a familiar cycle that begins when empires, whether it’s Rome or Great Britain, withdraw from the area leaving the local fanatics, intellectuals and military men squabbling over how to put their perfect society into place.

    There’s no progress being made. All the new things that were injected into the process come from outside and are used to serve ancient goals. The election machine and the social media account are new tools being used to settle old scores.

    And the outcome of the struggle is a reversion to the old familiar patterns of a broken society.

    ...

    Without new ideas, new processes are doomed to fall into the old cycles and patterns. That is how the Arab Spring became the Islamist Winter and the Army Summer.

    Five Lessons from Egypt and the Arab Spring | FrontPage Magazine
     

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