Friday, February 17, 2012
Egypt and the Arab Spring
Be Careful What You Wish For
Bill Maher is constantly reminding us of the blatant ignorance of the average American citizen. We have just experienced an Arab Spring and the overthrow of Mubarak in
; but the
American public, though encyclopedic of Dancing With The Stars, knows virtually
nothing about this world altering movement, nor cares. Egypt
Though the Arab Spring was a demonstration for freedom, the fall of the Mubarak government may have brought about undesirable consequences from an American point of view.
On January 25th young, educated, liberal protestors took over
in a demonstration for social justice and equal rights for all. Like most Liberal movements, theirs was a
lofty desire to see
move toward a more open and democracy society.
However, the protesters actually represent only a minority faction in a fundamentalist Moslem majority.
Although ‘free and fair’ elections have been held it was a forgone conclusion that the Islamist would have a dominant majority.
The Al-Nour Party would move
toward a total Islamic
theocracy, declaring women as chattel of their husbands, separating public
spaces to segregate men and women and require women to wear the veil in
public. The Moslem Brotherhood Party is
popular and seems to be the only moderating force against religious
Already article 2 of the new constitution declares Islam as the religion of state and confirms Sharia Law.
Mubarak, Egypt was a stable dictatorship that supported Israel’s right to exist and was a cooperative
player with the .
is in the hands of the military, and when power is turned over to the elected
Islamic majority government we must hold our breath and hope for the