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THE PHONEY ARAB SPRING WAS ALWAYS DOOMED TO FAILURE
Egyptian protesters surge into Cairo’s Tahrir Square
Saturday September 15,2012
By Chris Roycroft-Davis
YOU can generally tell the worth of an idea by the company it keeps. That’s why many of us knew the Arab Spring was a disaster waiting to happen once it had the unstinting support of both Nick Clegg and the BBC. Tragically but so predictably the Arab Spring has turned into an Islamist Autumn with the prospect of a winter of even more violent discontent ahead.
Those who watched the rolling 24-hour news channels last year and believed the revolution sweeping North Africa and the Middle East would usher in a golden era of peace and democracy are now shown to be hopelessly misguided.
The weapons of mobile phones, text messages and Twitter posts that broadcast the downfall of a string of dictatorships have been replaced by guns, bombs and the rule of the mob.
Ironically we are now watching the flames of hatred burning bright in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sudan, Morocco and Tunisia through the very same technology that only last year supposedly showed us the birth of peace.
An anti-Islam video on YouTube inflames mobs around the world with the speed of a bushfire while Western leaders have the baffled looks of people whose log-in to reality has failed.
If we meddle we are seen as aggressors
History teaches us many valuable lessons but sadly politicians remain incapable of learning them. We saw very clearly what happened in Iraq after the West deposed Saddam Hussein but hadn’t prepared for the consequences.
With no democratic institutions in place to govern and no home-grown army or police able to enforce the rule of law it was open season for terrorists and fanatics.
Did that deter the West from attacking the mad dog Gaddafi in Libya without a properly thought-out end game in place?
No, Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy went ahead and bombed Gaddafi’s regime into submission and offered the hand of friendship to the “rebels”. Now it’s plain the “rebels” were also dogs who were just as mad as Gaddafi, just as ruthless and just as bloodthirsty. Far from transforming the regime from oppression to freedom, everything the West has done has created more oppression, more bloodshed, more hatred.
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The American people are rightly horrified by the assassination of their Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff. With the presidential election only weeks away they should also be horrified at the naivety of those who govern.
Hillary Clinton says of the Libyan assassination: “Today many Americans are asking how this could happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction.” Simple: the same reason it happens in Iraq and Afghanistan. Where there is a vacuum of legitimate power it is swiftly filled by extremism. Islam is not a dangerous religion any more than Christianity, Judaism or Hinduism.
What makes it more powerful is the hold it has over its followers, many of whom freely accept all edicts that are handed down. If the mullahs continually preach anti-Western messages to their congregations, many of whom are barely literate and unable to form opinions of their own, it’s inevitable that the predictable path is followed.
The trouble with poking your nose into other countries’ business is that you suddenly find it becomes your business. The more we meddle with Islamic countries the more we are seen as aggressors. There is no gratitude for the billions we have poured into their countries, only anger that we dare try to impose our values on them.
The warning signs have been apparent in Libya for some time. First there was the desecration of British war graves and then the rocket attack on our ambassador Sir Dominic Asquith, which mercifully failed.
Yet Nick Clegg’s view of Libya was that supporting Gaddafi’s opponents was “in the UK’s clear self-interest because of our values but also our prosperity and security”. He insisted: “We remain determined to help the Libyan people build a country that is safe, free and fair.”
Well you’ve scored nought out of 10 so far, Mr Clegg. Those who cheered at the downfall of Gaddafi and Egypt’s president Mubarak overlooked one thing: under both dictators the fanatics were thrown in jail and the key conveniently lost. All the Arab Spring did was free them to attack the West. Whom will the West try to depose next?
Probably President Assad of Syria. What will it achieve? Nothing. The Russians and Chinese will be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of getting an even greater foothold in Syria, which would be warmly welcomed by Iran.
Will the people of Syria welcome Western intervention? Not a hope in hell. Why should we expect them to be grateful that a regime most of them hate has been replaced by a regime backed by a culture almost universally despised by Islam?
The West must understand that Islam sets standards which most of us would find hard to uphold. The fact that many disagree with those values is our problem, not Islam’s.
Oppressing women, pillorying homosexuals, banning alcohol and praying day after day may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it’s the way they have chosen and we have no God-given right to stamp our culture on them. Particularly when we know how corrupt and venal our own culture can be.