Last year, when so many on this board were delighted with the possibility of democracy in Egypt, I pointed out that a PEW research poll of October 2011 had shown that over 80% of Egyptians favour of stoning a woman taken in adultery as well as executing apostates from Islam. (Of course, you know crazy old Islamophobic Valteron – soft as a grape!:p)
Now, strictly speaking, if democracy means majority rule, there is no reason we could not give the name to a country in which the majority choose to implement what we would consider gross violations of the rights of the individual and brutal punishments that should outrage any civilized human being.
But now that we are starting to see the shape of the future “democratic” government of Egypt, it is obvious that the Muslim Brotherhood and their candidate Mohammed Morsi will be in the driver’s seat. Here is what Morsi said in a mid-May speech before students at Cairo University:
“The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal. Today we can establish Sharia law because our nation will acquire well-being only with Islam and Sharia. The Muslim Brothers and the Freedom and Justice Party will be the conductors of these goals.”
Now take a look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI3wG3loKlA of an Egyptian cleric, Safwat Higazi, campaigning for Mohammed Morsi on May 1. Does this remind you of a newborn democracy or of a Nazi rally with Hitler screaming that he will exterminate Poland?
Instead of the promise of “Lebensraum”, we are being promised a Caliphate with its capital in Jerusalem. One guess as to what happens to Israel.
Take a look at what has been happening to the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt. They have been fleeing the country in terror.
Quite simply, is this what you imagined when the world rejoiced in Egypt becoming a democracy last Spring? Is it not time to help the only REAL democracy in the middle east, Israel, will weapons and funding so they can defend themselves against this religious fascism?