Tunisian Elections and the Road to the Caliphate

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Tunisia, where the 2011 Arab uprisings began, remains an ominous model for where these uprisings will end.

The nation’s first round of elections are in, and, as expected, the Islamist party, al-Nahda, won by a landslide, gaining over 40% of the seats in the national constituent assembly.  As usual, the mainstream media, interpreting events exclusively through a Western paradigm, portrayed this largely as a positive development.

Thus, a Washington Post editorial, “Tunisia again points the way for Arab democracy,” asserts how “the country’s leading Islamic party claimed victory—and that, too, could prove a positive example.”  Other reports, perfunctorily prefixing the word “moderate” to “Islamist”—an oxymoron to common sense, an orthodoxy to the MSM—gush and hail “democracy.”

Such sunny depictions are not mere products of Western projection but augmented by conniving Islamists who spoon-feed the world what it wants to hear.  Thus, an MSNBC report, “Tunisia’s Islamists Seek to Reassure Secularists,” optimistically talks of how the Islamists “said they would share power and would not try to push through radical measures.”

Of course they did.

Meanwhile, despite these fantasies, the mood among seculars on Tunisian ground is one of dread and urgency.  Wael Elebrady, host of the popular show Al Haqiqa, speaking to a corresponded in Tunisia soon after al-Nahda’s “sweeping victory,”  confirmed that the Islamists have immense grassroots support, that they will have a major say in the formulation of laws (Sharia), and that, if the Western MSM is eating up Islamist talk of “sharing power,” the apparently outnumbered “liberals and secularists” are not.

Some reflections: First, among Arabic speaking nations, Tunisia has long been recognized as an especially “Westernized” nation, secular and liberal—at least in comparison to other Arab countries, and not unlike traditional Lebanon.

Now, if Islamists have risen to power in onetime “moderate” Tunisia, through the usual conduits—grassroots support, lip-service to democracy, promises of “sharing power,” and a complacent West—is there any doubt that Islamists will also takeover in those nations where they are especially entrenched, like Egypt and Libya?

Ali Akbar Velayati, top advisor of Iran’s Supreme Leader, accurately predicts that “the result of the election in Tunisia will positively affect regional developments. We will observe the victory of Islamists in future elections in Egypt and Libya.”

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  • Jim

    They had a caliphate long ago and it broke up. Every one wants to be boss. They will teach their grade school students the Koran 75% of the time. The liberals would have been more dangerous as they would have the students study math and science. They would still hate America.

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      This phenomenon would differ in no way whatsoever from the total war doctrine employed by muslims for fourteen centuries. At the same time other religions are prohibited from any type of religious activity or even allowed to have their religion acknowledged at all.

  • Rick_D

    Peaceful islam in your country is a Trojan Horse. Wake up. If they aren't fighting westerners or jews, they will even fight eachother. Wake up. Know history and act accordingly.

  • StephenD

    Someone recently posted here a comment (similar to this) that stuck with me and remains relevant:
    "They are marching headlong and straight…into the 7th century."

    When we finally realize this and deal with them on those terms, then we may have a chance in surviving them. Remember, this mindset is from a 7th century trade route bandit. They understood raw power only with no respect for persons or life.

  • Brujo Blanco

    The problem is that he Muslims have been identified as a priority minority and provided with special privileges. In fact in certain public schools are allowed special privileges to engage in religious worship during the school day such as prayer and foot baths. At the same time other religions are prohibited from any type of religious activity or even allowed to have their religion acknowledged at all.

  • AntiSharia

    The idea of a moderate Islamist party is as idiotic as the idea of a moderate Nazi party. The Tunisian Islamists cite Turkey as their model, and look how well that's working out. Whoever the next President is, he will have to deal with a more Islamist Middle East, cooperating with Iran, and giving safe haven to terrorists and waging Jihad. The only way to deal with these people will be through force. It's all these illiterate bedouins can understand.

  • N. Albert

    This is the price of Obama's 3 generational hatred of colonialism. Choosing to play golf instead of actively promoting a blueprint for democracy for Arab revolutionaries is a mistake greater than Carter installing Khomeini in Iran. I would also venture he withdrew funding for any democratic movement upon taking office, as he did in Iran and Egypt (to impress Arab dictators).

  • Hatta Yathrib

    For many years the OIC has acted as a caliphate in all but name, but the official declaration of an empire encompassing the entire ummah would, according to islamic doctrine, herald the onset of global offensive jihad. This phenomenon would differ in no way whatsoever from the total war doctrine employed by muslims for fourteen centuries. However, and to their great relief, it would liberate the globalcommunityofbelievers from their tiresome duties of taqqiya and kitman and would likewise spare the rest of us from the tiresome duty of listening to them. The installation of a pan-islamic leader would, furthermore, provide the globalcommunityofqufars with an address to which to send our non-negotiable terms of surrender to the survivors of islam's cataclysmic defeat. None of this is likely to transpire, however. The muslims require the destruction of the Nation of Israel as the signal event to unify their horde for the final push. Their defeat in this enterprise will be complete and permanent, won by the few, blessed by the many and will mark the onset of an infinitely more pleasant, postdeluvian epoch.

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