Last month I asked whether Egypt and Tunisia might be headed toward Counter-Islamist revolutions. Now we may be seeing Arab Spring II.
It’s not just Egypt where the streets are full of protesters against the Islamist government that are reminiscent of the Arab Spring. It’s also happening in Tunisia, where the Arab Spring was born.
“I lost my eye because of the police, this is what Ennahda has done,” says Anis Omrani, 24, referring to the Islamist party.
“We don’t have jobs and we’re marginalised, but they attack us savagely … The police of Ennahda just add another problem,” Omrani says, with a patch over one eye.
Of at least 252 wounded, medical sources say 17 have been blinded through police use of birdshot, and U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay condemned the government on Friday for what she called excessive violence.
“You may have taken away our eyes but you can’t take away our voice!” reads a slogan daubed in red paint on a wall.
“The people want another revolution” and “Ennahda, go away! Game over!” say others.
The revolutionary graffiti recall Sidi Bouzid, the deprived town to the south where a street peddler burned himself to death two years ago in despair at the confiscation of his fruit cart.
His suicide provided the spark for an uprising in Tunisia that spread to Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain.
“Siliana will be the second Sidi Bouzid, we’re going to get rid of these Islamists who know nothing of Islam,” Omrani said.
Naturally Obama, who supported the Arab Spring, has been quick to get behind the protesters of Arab Spring II. And by that I mean there has been no acknowledgement whatsoever.
As I have said all along, Obama ignored the Iranian protests, while endorsing the Qatar backed Arab Spring, because he stands with Islamists, not against them. Obama supports democracy only where it benefits Islamists.