Tuesday, July 10, 2012

West speaks with a forked tongue on the Arab Spring, Great, FREE Music Series in Culver City, starting this Thursday, July 12

From: Sid Shniad <shniad@gmail.com> Jul 09 01

            *Haroon Siddiqui Star Columnist* *

            Toronto Star: July 08, 2012

            We profess fidelity to democracy, especially in the Arab world. But our
            commitment seems to come with the caveat that the will of the people is
            acceptable only if it confirms our prejudices. If not — as in Egyptians'
            choice of the Muslim Brotherhood for both parliament and the presidency —
            some of our leaders, thinkers and media eminences get antsy and irrational.

            They begin to echo the logic of Algeria, Iran, Israel and the dictatorships
            and monarchies of the Middle East that have resisted democratic outcomes.

            In 1993, the Algerian military annulled the election of an Islamic party,
            tarring it as terrorist. In 2006, Israel did the same with the electorally
            victorious Hamas, with the full support of Stephen Harper. The Iranian
            clerical regime routinely rejects candidates it does not like, and fiddles
            with elections to favour those it prefers. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain
            and others hold elections for councils and parliaments that have little or
            no power.

            All these culprits are our allies, except Iran.

            In varying degrees, Barack Obama, Harper and other western leaders have
            paid lip service to the Arab Spring. They have failed to stand by
            pro-democracy forces at key times.

            They have been silent on the series of measures taken by the ruling
            Egyptian military junta to consolidate its power and even attempt to derail
            Mohammed Morsi's election as president.

            Yet Washington lectured *him* on the need to respect the rights of women
            and Coptic Christians.

            This is not surprising coming from a capital that was complicit in the
            crimes of Hosni Mubarak, who banned the Brotherhood and jailed and tortured
            hundreds of its members for years.

            Morsi himself was detained in 2006 for seven months. His sons Ahmed, Osama
            and Omar were detained during last year's pro-democracy revolt and the
            latter two assaulted, as were thousands of others. But the White House
            remained mostly silent — as it has for decades about violations of human
            rights by tyrannical American client states.

            When the West speaks up, it does so mostly on behalf of selected
            constituencies — non-Muslim minorities, in particular. When it advocates
            for the rights of women, it does so for certain types of women — secular,
            pro-western, often anti-Islamic. It did not go to bat for the women
            belonging to the Brotherhood who suffered for long periods under Mubarak.

            All this contradicts the West's cardinal position that there can be no
            cultural or religious exceptions to universal human rights.

            The double standards get more pronounced when it comes to defaming election
            winners we don't like.

            • Morsi and the Brotherhood are demonized for criticizing the Egypt-Israel
            peace treaty. But the treaty does not have popular legitimacy in Egypt.
            That's why even Mubarak never fully normalized relations with Israel, and
            had the state media spew poison at Jews.

            So long as Israel does not end the occupation of Palestinian land, Arabs of
            all political and ideological stripes will remain antagonistic.
            Anti-Israeli sentiment is not confined to "Islamists" and it is not all
            motivated by anti-Semitism.

            Morsi's position on Israel may be far more moderate than, say, that of
            those Americans, Israelis and Canadians who are advocating war on Iran. We
            treat the latter as acceptable political rhetoric or strategic positioning
            but go berserk at the far less radical positions of the Brotherhood.

            • Morsi and the Brotherhood are deemed dangerous radicals.

            Sure, Morsi and colleagues have made extremist statements in the past, such
            as that Christians and women be barred from the presidency (a proposal
            never adopted by the Brotherhood) or that sharia law be implemented.

            Arguably that's no worse than a significant portion of Americans saying
            that a Mormon or a black should not be president. Or leading Americans
            insisting that Christian principles should guide public policy.

            • It is said that the Brotherhood does not show sufficient commitment to
            liberalism. Does the Republican party? The Brotherhood is also accused of
            being too centrally controlled. Are the Harper Conservatives not?

            The Arab world is going through a historic transition. So are several
            religiously inspired groups, from Egypt to Tunisia and Libya. Emerging from
            oppression and moving into the democratic arena, they are learning to
            moderate their ideology, just as Christian and Communist groups did in
            Europe in another era.

            This is a slow and painful but peaceful process. If we hope to influence
            it, we need to be credible on democracy and human rights. We need to be
            more principled, less hypocritical.

            *Haroon Siddiqui is the Star's editorial page editor emeritus. His column
            appears on Thursday and Sunday. hsiddiqui@thestar.ca* 
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