Egypt and the Death of the ‘Arab Spring’

Nearly two years after the “Arab Spring”  began in Egypt, the nation’s Muslim Brotherhood president has arrogated to himself dictatorial powers, and is ramming through a new constitution that will effectively extinguish the last vestiges of Egyptian democracy and establish Egypt as a Sharia state. Just as I said back in January 2011, when the uprisings against Mubarak began, for the people in Egypt who had real power to affect change, the “Arab Spring” was never about democracy and pluralism, despite the ululations of the Western press; it was always about imposing Islamic law upon Egypt. And now, with the new constitution, here we are.

The Associated Press reported that the draft constitution “largely reflects the conservative vision of the Islamists, with articles that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities and civil liberties in general.” They have every reason to fear, for the constitution reflects in numerous particulars Sharia restrictions on their rights.

AP reports that the constitution’s wording “could give Islamists the tool for insisting on stricter implementation of rulings of Shariah,” and that “a new article states that Egypt’s most respected Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, must be consulted on any matters related to Shariah, a measure critics fear will lead to oversight of legislation by clerics.”

Al-Azhar is the foremost exponent of Sunni orthodoxy. Its characterization of what constitutes that orthodoxy carries immense weight in the Islamic world. It hews to age-old formulations of Islamic law mandating second-class dhimmi status for non-Muslims, institutionalized discrimination against women, and sharp restrictions on the freedom of speech, particularly in regard to Islam. Al-Azhar’s having a role in the government of Egypt and its administration of Sharia spells the end of any remaining freedom in Egyptian society.

Notably, the constitution omits an article banning slavery. While it may not at first glance seem necessary for a constitution drafted in 2012 to contain such a ban, in Islamic countries this is still an issue. Egypt’s Al-Ahram Weekly observed several years that in neighboring Sudan, “slavery, sanctioned by religious zealots, ravaged the southern parts of the country and much of the west as well.”

“Religious zealots” indeed: anti-slavery crusaders never made much headway in the Islamic world, because slavery is rooted in the Qur’an and Muhammad’s example. Muhammad owned slaves, and like the Bible, the Qur’an takes the existence of slavery for granted. The Qur’an even gives a man permission to have sexual relations with his slave girls as well as with his wives: “The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame…” (23:1-6). A Muslim is not to have sexual relations with a woman who is married to someone else – except a slave girl: “And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you” (4:24).

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have noted the problem of Islamic slavery. In light of this, for the Egyptian constitution not to ban it bodes ill.

And that is by no means all. According to AP, “the draft contains no article specifically establishing equality between men and women because of disputes over the phrasing. However, it maintains that a woman must balance her duties toward family and outside work, suggesting that she can be held accountable if her public role conflicts with her family duties. No such article is mentioned for men.”

The implications for women’s rights are as obvious as they are unsurprising in light of Sharia’s reduction of women to the status of virtual slaves of men, little more than commodities.

Then there are numerous articles heralding the introduction of Sharia restrictions on the freedom of speech. Islamic law forbids criticism of Islam, Muhammad and the Qur’an, and the constitution duly contains an article that “bans insulting or defaming the prophet and messengers.” But the constitution doesn’t stop there. Another article bans “insulting humans,” suggesting authoritarian restrictions on criticism of political leaders, and yet another “underlines that the state will protect ‘the true nature of the Egyptian family … and promote its morals and values,’” about which AP notes: “phrasing that is vague and suggests state control over the contents of such arts forms as books and films.”

Finally, still another article “maintains that the state supports the arts, science and literature and works to implement them in a way that serves society. That has raised concerns that some arts deemed not in the service of society may be restricted or censored.”

Egypt always faced a Hobson’s choice: Mubarak’s repressive regime, or the stifling oppression of Sharia. The Western analysts who hailed the “Arab Spring” were always whistling in the dark. The new constitution realizes what was always the destiny of the uprising against Mubarak, though hardly any Western commentators realized it at the time, and those who did were dismissed as “fearmongers.”

It isn’t “fearmongering” if the threat you’re warning about is real.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Repeat as many times as needed – there has never been an 'Arab Spring', but an Arab Nightmare! Even though there are some – few and far between – secular leaning protesters, the fact of the matter is that they are a TINY drop of the Egyptian populace.

    This IS the real 'Arab Spring' -http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/27/northeast-intelligence-network-examining-the-origins-the-ruins-of-the-arab-spring-its-aftermath-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • JacksonPearson

      In Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is responsible for creating a monster. Realizing his mistake, however, Victor becomes horrified of his own creation. Victor grows even more despondent with the knowledge that the monster he created is guilty of murder.

      This is the point in the story where the similarities between Victor and Obama, who have both created monsters, end. One is horrified and remorseful over the monster he created. The other feels no remorse. It is left to the reader to decide if this lack of remorse is due to Obama's inability to recognize that he has created a monster. Or is remorse missing because the monster is exactly what Obama intended to create in the first place?

      The civilized world was horrified, yet not surprised to see the monster Obama created rear its ugly head in Egypt and in Libya. Many were equally disturbed by the actions of an administration bent on convincing people that the monster is tame and wouldn't hurt a fly if if only people would quit prodding it with the stick of religious bigotry. After all, a Caliphate monsters have feelings too.

  • Deep Space

    I have watched the various events across the Middle east starting with Tunisia and I confess that at first I thought it would be something positive( Iguess it is something positive for the Brotherhood LOL). As Americans we have to stop believing that our model of democracy is a simple template because I, like most of us, don’t really understand these cultures. It won’t be long now until we’re longing for the ‘good old days’ of Muburak and Khaddafy.

    • mcwrath

      Well now deep space you might grasp a real understanding of what these cultures i.e Islam, is all about and listen to voices – crying in the wilderness- like robert spencer, bill warner, andrew bostom etc. Who are so often castigated by msm and islamic apologist ‘academics’ as ‘fearmongers’ and ‘ islamophobes’.
      As john sturt mill pointed out democracy by the majority can create a tyranny worse than any tyrant in the absence of liberty and equality before the law. Shaira by its very nature is the antithesis of freemen in a free society. – what America was born out of .

  • kafir4life

    No surprise here. As the bulk of egyptions follow the model of the pedophilic warlord mohamat, inventor of allah, creator of the gutter cult islam, and shatter of the terror guide the koran, the current situation was to be expected. Our own President Stinky (BO) would LOVE to be able to rule like his new buddy, and I suspect He's on His way!

  • Guest

    Constitution comparisons: old v new
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20555

  • Steve Chavez

    "DEMOCRACY" in many parts of the world is used only to satisfy the West's "It's the will of the people." They can then get aid to "help the people" but in most countries in the UN, they win through "DEMOCRACY" and quickly DISMANTLE ALL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS that they used to win.

    "HAMAS WON THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE."

    "MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WON AND NOW THEY CAN PUT THEIR AGENDA FORWARD SINCE THEY NOW HAVE A MANDATE BY THE PEOPLE."

    "HUGO CHAVEZ… "

    Now Obama and Hillary are negotiating with "THOSE WHO WERE DULY ELECTED BY THEIR PEOPLE."

  • Coptic John

    The Copts withdrew from this constituent assembly and yet I have never heard a crystal condemnation from the US administration, UN, Europe… is that the part of the deal?

  • ronjon

    (2 con't)
    sad – but the more i see of their innate inablitlity to stabilize and elect groups that WILL NOT ABUSE POWER – the more i believe it….

    electing hamas the MB the islamist parties in tunisia and other north african nations – not to mention the MOTHER of ALL MISTAKES – empowering the imams in the iranian revolution!! etc etc etc…

    just one case in so many was pakistans mushariff – he was actually good for ALL ppls in pakistan and even tried to protect minorities and DRAG sharia rape laws into the realm of DNA PROOF – not just someones word that it "happened" – but the islamoidiots shouted him down…. he gave it up in frustration and said let them all killl themselves "i'm done" – and he now lives in england last i heard.

    and now with the case

    • ronjon

      3 con't )

      and now with the case of egypt, they are SCREWED unless someone takes it into their hands to do something DRASTIC to get the attentions of the "powers that be" – like start KILLING the ppl that are taking over such as morsi and alot of the so called "elected constitution writers" – if they know people are mad enough to KILL THEM over what they are doing then they might get STRAIGHT REAL QUICK! bc if the people of egypt don't get them to PLAY FAIR and get them a constitution like TURKEYS – then egypt is destined to be no better than pakistan in the way it is always trying to straddle the "religious fence" by incorporating sharia and islam into the "political workings" of everyday govenment ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!

      and if they get THAT CRAP – then they are not going to have only ONE DICTATOR – but THOUSANDS – all dressed in the robes of religious so called "holy" men!!!

      people like to believe

      • ronjon

        4 con't)
        people like to believe they can TRUST their "holy men" – but as we in the west found out HUNDREDS of years ago – NO U CAN NOT TRUST ANY MAN – holy or otherwise – to judge ALL THINGS FAIRLY. and thats why we went through a HUGE FIGHT and establised a constitution with a separation of STATE AND RELIGION – with a nation of BLIND LAWS for ALL MEN – regardless of color creed race or religion!

        …but it just don't seem like they get the picture…. and even if they DO – unless they get nasty with the idiots that have HIJACKED their "spring" – they are doomed….

        • JoJoJams

          The islamic world CANNOT have a separation of "mosque and state". It's impossible because their religion forbids it…..Islam/sharia is to rule only, and it's "from god". You can't argue with it – there can be NO separation. Sharia even tells you how to wipe your arse!!! It's total controlling system – political/spiritual/and life in general. Total control — which is one of the factors in why the loony left fascists (who don't believe in "religion", other than an "opiate of the masses") like it so much – -because it's a way of controlling the "gullible" populace in totality. …..And the wh0re of babylon is riding the ten-headed beast….

  • Asher

    We now have another Pharoah in Egypt! How many Pharoahs and Caesars will arise?

  • curmudgeon

    when 99% of the population of a country desires evil, they are certain to get it. islamic theocracy is the only way imaginable to make the governments of the ME worse than they already were, so islamic theocracy is an idea whose time has come. the amazing thing is that the majority of people of non-islamic countries do not want muslim invaders to occupy their countries, yet they stand by while their traitorous governments import muslims for the purpose of enslaving and genociding them. it is no surprise that the people of the ME are rising up against there evil governments to install new arch-evil governmets. the question is, why are not the people of non-islamic countries rising up against their evil governments to install less evil governments?

  • R.C.

    THERE NEVER WAS AN ARAB SPRING–AND I KNEW IT EARLY ON!

  • Chaim from The Bronx

    If anyone still wants proof that elections don't necessarily equal democracy, but can very well mean tyranny instead, to the election of Adolf Hitler in Germany we may now add both the election of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt and, yes, the election of Barack Obama in the United States.

  • Mike in VA

    And so the Islamist Winter begins…

  • Stuart Parsons

    Everyone seems to have missed he point. Dear Mr Morsi must be right. Is he not a faithful follower of the Mighty Infallible Allah and is it not likely that like that other guy he is receiving message from him via one of those things the Mighty Infallible Allah created from the purest light. Please, Please ladies and gentlemen, remember the mightty Mythical Allah knows best.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The so-called Arab Spring never was an Arab Spring, instead it was always an Islamic Renaissance. It's the fruits of what the House of Saud and the Gulf State Emirs have been sowing for years.

    • Nick Shaw

      And the House Of Saud has a much better foothold to cause havoc throughout the world than the whole rest of the muslim countries, OYM.
      If you're looking for the brains and money behind nearly every single act of terror carried out by muslims, SA is where anyone with a clue would start.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "And the House Of Saud has a much better foothold to cause havoc throughout the world than the whole rest of the muslim countries, OYM."

        This is precisely the strategy. The MB and Saudis are frenemies of a sort. They each bind together against all others, hoping or expecting to win the regional and global Caliphate when the time comes for each.

        "If you're looking for the brains and money behind nearly every single act of terror carried out by muslims, SA is where anyone with a clue would start."

        If you're looking for the brains and money behind nearly every single act of terror carried out by Sunni Muslims, SA is where anyone with a clue would start.

        If you're looking for the brains and money behind nearly every single act of terror carried out by Shia Muslims, Iran is where anyone with a clue would start.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Freedom-Obama style.

    I remember Chris Mathews needing Depends in his exuberance over the Arab Spring. Now he needs Toilet paper for having a weak Bladder for the wrong side.

  • Ghostwriter

    Things are going as President Obama hoped they would. He thought the Egyptians would like Morsi. Turns out that many of them don't.

  • Nick Shaw

    I know it's been said before but, democracy in any muslim dominated country comes down to one man, one vote, one time.
    And even if they get to vote again, it's one party.

  • armyguy1

    Just your standard socialist progressive marxist playbook sell yourself as a man of the people & for the working man then get democratically elected then cease power by dividing the people by race/economic status/ideology. If this sounds familiar it's because obama is using the divide & conquer playbook because it works & allows power grabs & allows government to violate various groups of people's rights because the division of the people creates hatred & loathing so govt can do anything they want with the support of the people.

  • ShipoftheDessert

    This ain't the 7th Century anymore. All prophets are obsolete.

    good luck with the sand.

  • Ghostwriter

    I should have said "aren't" in my previous post.

  • N. R. Ringlee

    We are in denial about the Middle East and have been for 45 years. We were in denial about the threat of National Socialism and Shinto Fascism in the 1930's until it was almost too late. And here is the connection: Islam is a totalitarian ideology. Read the texts. Islam speaks to political, economic and social domination and totalitarian domination of thought. It has far more in common with 20th century totalitarian ideologies that any of the major world religions. 
     
    Islam cannot exist in an environment of critical thought and diversity of opinion. Islam can only exist at the point of a sword and that sword is pointed at anyone who questions Islam. You reference moderate Muslims. There is no such thing. There are Muslims who keep their mouths shut and do not question authority, and who probably do not even believe the dogma, but they are far from moderate in any theology or ideology. They go with the pack. Islam is based on crowd psychology and exploits fear and a desire to be a part of the pack in lieu of individuality and critical thought. 
     
    And yes, we in the West are not perfect. Throw up the Crusades, Inquisition, Slavery, etc etc. The fundamental difference is this. Those are all transgressions against our ideals and theology. In kuran, siri and haddith in Islam, they are all clearly and emphatically prescribed as the fundamental duty of Muslims. Big difference. Abolitionists appealed to Judeo/Christian theology to justify ending slavery and liberating black people. Islam celebrates and prescribes slavery, genocide and murder of those who do not go along.  
     
    Ethical duality is also a huge problem. We view all people as equal in the eyes of our Creator and the state and do our best to enforce that in our societies. Under Islam, we are all contemptible infidels. Not a lot of diversity going on there. 
     
    Where the Islamic world is excelling is in forcing increasing masses of people to actually live the tenets of Islam. That has created a state of war, and no manner of denial by our diplomats and political leaders can obscure that fact. Note how local security personnel melt away when the crowds show up at our embassies and consulates. They know where history is going, and they are dumping their obligations to the infidels in those embassies and in their own governments and they are jumping on board the fundamentalist (true Islamic) tide.  
     
    So we now watch the much celebrated, and wrongly celebrated Arab Spring turn in to a bloodbath Arab winter. So how is that "Islam is a religion of peace" thing going for you now? Semper Fi"

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    Anyone who has spent tme in the middle east as I have (30 years) would know that their (the Arabs) version of democracy means rule by the mosque. I always LOL when I hear US and Western leaders and intellectuals baying with joy about 'democracy' coming to the arab world. Its all nonsense. What you are getting is the marxists dream of a real dictorship of the proletariate but in Islamic form and you wont get rid of it in the way that the communist states fell. Once its in place it is there forever!!

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