The crowd chanted, “Islamic, Islamic. The right of our prophet will not die.” Some shouted, “We are all Osama,” referring to al-Qaida leader bin Laden. Young men, some in masks, sprayed graffiti on the walls.
That’s the scene from Cairo, the glorious culmination of the Arab Spring, that Obama curiously isn’t even trying to run on.
Maybe for once we should take the protesters at their word. They are all Osama. The Arab Spring was the Osama Spring. Osama bin Laden is dead but he won in Egypt and Libya and Tunisia thanks to American intervention.
Democracy in the Muslim world is Osamacracy. In Benghazi, the city that Obama declared we must protect from Gaddafi, the people we came to protect murdered four Americans, including the ambassador. Because Benghazi was a city of Osamas. The new Cairo is full of Osamas.
Muslim democracy is a victory for Osama bin Laden. The attacks on US embassies and consulates should be a wake up call that Obama’s soft power has only empowered the Osamacracies of the Arab Spring.