Tunisia’s Islamist Leader

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“We must wage unceasing war against the Americans until they leave the land of Islam, or we will burn and destroy all their interests across the entire Islamic world,”  Ghannouchi said in Khartoum, one of the major hubs for terrorists at that time.

The environment on the ground in Tunisia shows how deep the intolerant influence of Islamist ideology runs. On June 26, a cinema was attacked after it showed a film about persecution of critics of Islam. In October, about 300 Salafists tried to burn down a TV station that aired a debate about religious extremism. The home of a TV director who aired a film showing God as an old man with a beard was firebombed. These actions not only intimidate those opposed to Islamic extremism, but also allow Ennahda to portray itself as a comparatively “moderate” force.

Ennahda had a huge advantage in resources over its secularist rivals, resulting in suspicions that it took money from Gulf sources, which Ghannouchi denies. Ennahda also re-branded itself. It ran a female candidate who didn’t wear a hijab and said it won’t impose Islamic values, such as by banning alcohol or legislating what type of clothing is appropriate for women to wear.

The success of this political strategy can be seen in a statement by one voter for Ennahda who said, “This morning I voted for Ennahda and this evening I am going to drink a few beers.” The secularists failed to convince the Tunisian masses that Ennahda is not as open as it portends to be. The Secretary-General of the Ettajdid Movement, Ahmed Ibrahim, warned of Ghannouchi’s “double-speak” and said Ennahda threatens the “modern war of life.”

The Ennahda Party will now be the dominant influence when the interim government drafts the next constitution. Nothing will get passed without its approval. Its ambitions will be limited by political considerations, as it has to form a unity government and must be careful not to shatter its image as a “moderate” force. However, the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategy has always an incremental, practical approach towards establishing Sharia-based governance. The West and Tunisian liberals must hope that the Tunisian secularists can make a comeback, but the Islamists are now in the driver’s seat during a defining moment in the history of the country.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    The images of Tunisians taking part in their first free election are inspiring…

    Maybe inspiring for a moronic Wilsonian neo-con blinded by PC multiculturalism like the writer of this article, but with all due respect free elections in the Islamic world are recipes for the reinforcement of Islam. Indeed, that's why we call it the Islamic world. As a matter of fact, Western-style democracy in the Islamic world is absolutely impossible in the long run in any event, as the freedom and liberties it embodies leave the doors wide open to its ultimate demise, as Islam will not allow any other form of governance unless it is totally suppressed.

    It is led by Rachid Ghannouchi, a pseudo-moderate…

    Is there really any other kind? Indeed, not even this writer's celebrated model of moderation, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, who is a self-proclaimed so-called “moderate” Muslim (the only kind), is what he claims to be. Indeed, I hate to rain on this writer's very naïve parade again, but Jasser is either a non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadist exploiting this writer's idiotic adherence to PC multiculturalism to the hilt, or otherwise he is a blasphemous apostate. Nevertheless, the last thing he is, is a moderate Muslim as the existence of so-called moderate Muslims and a moderate Islam is a hideously false PC multicultural myth, and in the case of Jasser, given the publicity that he constantly seeks, he is very obviously the former, a non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadist. In fact, Jasser's taqiyya has been laid bare and exposed by many in the anti-jihad movement already such as Robert Spencer, Debbie Schlussel, and Pamela Geller. Yet, nonetheless this naïve writer holds Jasser in such high regard that he writes articles for him praising his fraud.

    He praised Erdogan in a visit to the IHH in Turkey, the extremist group behind the Gaza flotilla.

    Actually, IHH is not an extremist group at all. Instead, it is an ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIM group. Indeed, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS wholeheartedly support the Islamic world's permanent jihad being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel, and any that don't are blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam should be executed.

    Ghannouchi sides with Hamas over the Palestinian Authority because he feels that Fatah has “given up the choice of jihad,” while Hamas is “maintaining the resistance.”

    The word “resistance” in essence really means jihad. Indeed, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MULSIMS support the resistance, i.e., the permanent and perpetual jihad being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel, as they also support the permanent and perpetual jihads being waged against the Hindu unbelievers in Kashmir, Jammu, and India, the Buddhist unbelievers in Thailand, the Christian unbelievers in the Philippines, the atheist and Orthodox Christian unbelievers in Chechnya and Russia, the animist and Christian unbelievers in Cote D'Ivoire, Nigeria, Sudan, and Somalia, the Orthodox Christian Serb unbelievers in Bosnia and Kosovo, etc., etc., etc. Including the stealth and deceptive non-violent jihads being waged against the West mainly via mass Muslim immigration for the purpose of demographic conquest.

    He supported Saddam Hussein​’s invasion of Kuwait and condemned Saudi Arabia for hosting forces from “Crusader America.”

    I wish the USA had supported Saddam's invasion of Kuwait too and had further urged him to oust the Saudis, as Saddam was also threatening to do, especially since Saddam was secular. Indeed, had the first Bush administration not been so incredibly incompetent or worse thanks a lot to James “F—k the Jews” Baker, who was and still is a moron, it could have easily used Saddam as a convenient proxy to severely harm the global jihad, as the Saudis are still the biggest lynchpins of the global jihad in the world today. They are also James Baker's law firms biggest clients, which further explains why James Baker and the Bush family have always been the Saudi's biggest lapdogs.

    These actions not only intimidate those opposed to Islamic extremism, but also allow Ennahda to portray itself as a comparatively “moderate” force.

    You really mean those opposed to Islam, as Islamic extremism is MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX ISLAM, as the fundamental mission, sole purpose, and main goal of MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX ISLAM is to make Islam supreme throughout the world via the imposition of Sharia.

    In any event, what is happening in Tunisia today is what the inevitable outcome of Wilsonian neo-con fantasy based delusions of democratizing the Islamic world would end up becoming.

  • StephenD

    “Ghannouchi… called on Muslim nations to refuse to sell oil to the U.S. He preaches that the West “implanted” Israel as part of a scheme to divide and dominate the Islamic world.
    We must wage unceasing war against the Americans until they leave the land of Islam, or we will burn and destroy all their interests across the entire Islamic world,”

    Does anyone still think we can “win hearts and minds?” There is no dealing with Islamists. We can do business with them but that is it. Trust them? NEVER! Invest in them? For what? When a country shares our values and has a Constitutional system of laws equal to all in its society which values Personal freedom and Idividual responsibility, THEN we can deal with them as equals. Otherwise, they want to see us as their enemy…we should do no less toward them.

  • A.R Momen

    You should expect the worse (for you) to come.Just remember how the US and the colonial Zionists in Palestine have been warmly embracing the corrupt tyrant Ben Ali -in spite of the continuous rhetoric speeches on equity and human rights- .Haven't the European observers told the press about the transparent elections in Tunisia ,so why are you angry .Tunisians know who is Ghannouchi and why he has been expelled by the hero of the Great Escape .Who are you to teach the Tunisians what to do ?You have the right to feel unrest ,now as you feel your dear tyrants collapsing one after another .It's time to ask the root question WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING IN THE MUSLIMS" TERRITORIES?

    • ObamaYoMoma

      It's time to ask the root question WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING IN THE MUSLIMS" TERRITORIES?

      I just wanted to run this by you to see if you approve. How about the USA occupying the Mideast oilfields and confiscating the immense unearned oil wealth of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf State Emirs in order to stop them from using those resources perpetually to wage jihad against the West per the dictates of Islam. Approve or disapprove?

  • Anonymous

    This Article is so Biased no to mention the “Save Israel” banner on the side.

    What ever happened to the neutral Press?

    • StephenD

      This isn't "The Press" as in a Newspaper you dolt. Do you expect a Gay and Lesbian Web Site to post stories lauding the benefits of traditional marriage? How about CAIR’s web site advocating for co-ed bathrooms or for the recognition of Israel by the so called “Palestinians?” But you're right, there is a "bent" to the stories here. They tend to be in favor of the truth.

  • xlent

    "moderate isslime" is an oxyMORON