Treaty or DemoCrazy

February 11, 2011

It’s getting real tough at Israeli borders lately. First it was Hezbollah backed Mikati pointed as the next Lebanese prime minister to the north. Then soon this Egypt crisis to the south. I find myself far from eligible to form an opinion if not for the various subscriptions. Frankly I don’t have an opinion even if I have read my subscriptions carefully.

Like most people out there, the initial reaction toward Egyptian protest was a rush of full support. I’ve been forced to see Mubarak as leader of Egypt since childhood, a sheer dictator. He could expect nothing but disgust from any modern human being. Protestors were immediately depicted as a group of brave young man who cherish freedom heartly, rallying against authority. And yes look, they are in a square! That more or less evokes memories hidden. However I was taught a lesson by the “twitter revolution” regarding 09-10 Iranian election. Things couldn’t be that simple.

Then ACT! for America ‘s factsheet about Muslim Brotherhood (aka Ikhwan) arrived in my mailbox. (Well I know it’s weird for me to act for America. But I read it since Ground-Zero mosque controversy.) Gee, before this I didn’t even know the protestors’ political background, not to mention this organization. I gasped when seeing its logo– it’s all the same with Hamas’ through my untrained eyes- two swords and a koran. Then another gasp for its motto. How could I support protestors like that? If they come to the power, anything remotely related to peace will be threatened. The dilemma here is, both sides are bad guys. The corrupt and tyrannical vs. the radical and fanatical. It disgusts me to see almost every tweeple pointed their fingers at Mubarak (I could tell that by watching real-time tweets), not caring any consequence may follow if a Islamic Egypt was really to come.

This isn’t the first time the US got in trouble with its tyrannical allies. Hussein Sadam, Al Qaeda, Iran and probably the recent Lebanon. In each case, the US poured in money and weapons, only to find them turning into anti-western hardcores. If everything goes as bad as what it now indicates, not matter it’s now or nine months later that Mubarak eff off, according to polls Ikhwan will win in a democratic election. That means the most formidable army in the Arab world would be under control of a bunch of religious fanatics. You know then the 70’s peace deal is in danger. They’re proud to show their historical hatred toward zionist element.  They are “nuclearly” ambitious. They seek to impose shariah law, first in their own country, then in the entire Arab world. Oh yes, they said they gave up violence long ago – as you may believe, do you really?

With compassion for the American government, I hope someday they come to the same conclusion as I draw: although sometimes their tactics work well in some other parts of Asia (like in the northeast and in the southeast), they’re not a least bit effective in regions where muslims dominate.

But dad’s warning gave me a hard braking, preventing me from going further. He pointed out the tweeple tweeting for Egypt might not agree with the ultimate goals of Ikhwan protesters, but they stand united in defense of the right of protesting. Like a great man once said: I may not agree with what you say, but I defend your right to speak. I so withdraw my criticism against the tweeple- though it remains highly suspicious if they’re well-informed.

Dad then insisted that it takes time for Egypt to develop into a mature democracy. We should hail at least at every beginning of process like this, even if there’s a high price to pay. We actually bumped into this topic before. Back then I was asking for dad’s comment on Hamas’ triumph in Gaza. I’m afraid I still can’t agree. In Hamas’ case, in my honest opinion, it’s not legitimate for a terrorist group to take part in a democratic election. As for Ikhwan, I reckon it’ll be unlikely for democracy to develop when the country is controlled by Islamic fanatics. They may take over the government through legal means, but their tyrannical nature will soon reveal. I say this because that nature is literally part of Islam itself. We may wait for Islamic reformists to get popular. But Ikhwan is apparently not what we’re talking about.

Shalom Life quoted a Tel Avivian as saying “Democracy better than any treaty“. This sounds like wisdom. True democracy based on freedom of choice, freedom of speech, tolerance etc will inevitably leads to peace. A kind of peace that is much stronger and more solid than any treaty could guarantee. This is common-sense for liberals. Oh yea, maybe, just maybe if we wait long enough, the democracy process in Egypt will finally come all the way down fruitfully. But that feels like some centuries later when energy runs out and civilizations face total destruction (Too many Islamists=> No world government=> Energy and population crisis can’t be resolved=> The end). That’s why I call it democrazy! OK, I may sound disturbed. Then let me ask a serious question on the ground, a biiiiiig one. Is Islam really really compatible with modern universal values?

Sharia law is basically in conflict with modern universal values through any perspective. How can we assume this is going to be a beginning of a positive change?

Yet, on a second thought, if there’s no beginning there’s no change. No matter how powerful Islam’s control of people’s minds is, humanity will eventually prevail. I just hope this will take place before human extinct. And for now, Israel is preparing for the worst.

Yet yet, what if the “universal values” are actually not universal? I mean, what if these muslims are simply going to be blind forever? What if the price is too high we can’t afford?

Yet yet yet, I don’t know. I now only have a small wish, very small. I wish Mubarak will transfer all the American weapons back to America during his last period, in order that Israel will need to face a little less military threat. Am I crazy?

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  • February 13, 2011 @ 4:09 am

    I have read Samuel Huntington’s book “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order”. In the book, Huntington mentioned a dilemma: America wanted to promote democracy in the Middle East, but the ppl often elected anti-western government. I believe in the universal values, but why does Muslim fundamentalism still exist in modern world. What about the ppl? Do they have natural fanaticism? If the answer is yes,does the fanaticism come from Islamism?I must admit I have no idea what Islamism is all about.

      February 13, 2011 @ 7:09 am

      Exactly the same logic with which I came all the way down! And exactly the same question I have with you! What the heck is within Islam?? Why is it so difficult to reform and overcome itself? Why can’t it evolve just like other major religions did? Why does it feel so desperate that they’re going to be like that forever? Clueless!
      I’m discussing this issue also with my friends. Will keep you informed and welcome to join us 🙂
      -p.s- I assume it’s Islam itself, rather than the political Islamism the prob.

        February 15, 2011 @ 5:43 am

        Ok. Could you recommend me some books abt the Middle East?

          February 15, 2011 @ 6:19 am

          I’m afraid I’ll let you down. So far I only read Israel Israel Israel…. one book about Lebanon and another about Jordan. Haven’t read any book on the whole Middle East yet. History of the Middle East can be pure boredom except for Israel, I bet! What more can we expect from the ages of ignorance.


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