Way back at the beginning of February I wrote concerning the supposed Arab Spring, “We can be glad that ruthless dictators have fallen. To imagine that they will be replaced by democracies based upon Western progressive values is ludicrous.” Unfortunately I have been proved correct. This was no flash of prophetic insight on my part, rather it was what was obvious to any who were willing to peer behind the progressive media rhetoric.
Stability does not grow from mobs. Progressives who dream it does are influenced by the same infantile romantic wishful thinking which causes countless nice, middle class students to wear T shirts emblazoned with the image of the murderous sociopath Che Guevara. Just because someone attacks a policeman that does not automatically make them a good person. Just because a mob tries to overthrow a dictator that does not automatically make it a worthy movement.
Throughout the Middle East there is only one nation which provides any semblance of democracy as we would understand it. Unfortunately the various revolts which have occurred and are still taking place in Muslim countries are hardly going to look to Israel for a role model.
It was argued that the Arab Spring was a move towards a freer and more humane society in the Muslim countries of the Middle East. After all, they couldn’t be any worse than the dictatorships which they overthrew. If only that were so.
In Egypt last week we found state broadcasters loyal to the military junta urging ‘honourable Egyptians’ to help the army to put down the ‘sons of dogs’ (Coptic Christians) protesting the destruction of their churches. The ‘honourable Egyptians’ soon obliged, roaming the streets armed with rocks and sticks and, with the connivance and active participation of the police and army, attacking and even murdering Christians.
At the funerals of 17 of those killed by army and police in Cairo last Sunday night Muslim onlookers pelted the funeral procession with bricks and Molotov cocktails. The mourners were also attacked on their way home afterwards. The police failed to intervene and stop the attackers.
The Copts who constitute the oldest faith group in the country are now leaving Egypt en masse. Since May 90,000 Christians have fled Egypt, if this rate of departure keeps up a third of the 8,000,000 Coptic population will have left within a decade.
The Arab Spring has not, as predicted by progressive politicians and media, led to a flowering of democracy and an atmosphere of toleration and mutual acceptance. It has led to the unleashing of the hard line Islamist mob.
In Tunisia a television station was attacked by 300 Islamic hardliners. The station had shown the animated film Persopolis concerning the fall of the Shah in Iran and the rise of the ayatollahs and the attackers thought it disrespectful towards Islam. Their solution, they tried to burn down the television station. Cartoons and Islamic fundamentalism do seem to have an unhealthy relationship.
Also in Tunisia the university of Sousse, about 93 miles south of the capital, refused to enrol a student who insisted on wearing the niqab, the full face veil. The university was attacked by a two hundred strong fundamentalist mob wielding stones, knives and batons.
Tunisia has a long history of secularism and liberal attitudes. With the main point of tension in the upcoming elections being the place of Islam in the state it is doubtful that Tunisia is going to know stability for a long time.
Elsewhere, can we seriously imagine that Libya after undergoing such a violent revolution is going to be transformed into anything recognisable as a representative democracy?
From the French Revolution onwards it is evident that mob revolts do not lead to democracy, only to further despotic rule. Throw in autocratic Islam and you have a recipe for theocratic influenced despotism.