Egyptian Bloodbath: This is What Democracy Looks Like

America’s “Occupy Wall Street” movement has compared itself to the Arab Spring, a social media driven revolt that caught fire earlier this year. Both “democracy” movements were lauded repeatedly in the mainstream press, even as conservatives warned time and time again that such praise was misguided.

While the Occupy movement has turned into a festival of arrests for petty crime, radical Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and even Al Qaeda have rushed in to fill the anarchic power vacuum resulting from the uprisings. Now that the fruits of democratic destabilization and resulting Islamization are becoming clearer, it would behoove us to examine the mismatch between the left’s laudatory rhetoric and the visual reality of the situation.

The left may cry foul and allege that such comparison is unfair, and that to make a democratic omelet, it is necessary to break a few eggs (eggs being human skulls).  But it is well-known in political science that democracy is an unstable political system and rapid democratization is a very unstable and often bloody process.

Lest anyone should forget, in the midst of the Egyptian uprising, the CBS reporter Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a crowd in Cairo. Below is a picture of Ms. Logan moments before the brutal and despicable attack:

An anomaly? Not hardly. More recently, this is how those chivalrous, “misunderstood” Egyptians have treated women who dare express their “democratic” rights.

Get the picture?

And with the rise of Islamist groups in the Middle East, the rights of women and homosexuals are only going to degrade further. Perhaps it is time for the left to support individual rights and the rule of law, rather than the false seduction of democracy for the sake of democracy?

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2 thoughts on “Egyptian Bloodbath: This is What Democracy Looks Like

  1. Excellent post and thanks for drawing attention to the plight of women. There’s a huge difference between the crowds in Tahrir Square back in February and now. Crowds are much smaller and tend to attract young men (probably unemployed) – just a few thousands, far from the millions that had joined the protesters in the Arab Spring. Actually the Arab Spring looks dead as suddenly women have become targets for harassment and sexual assault..

    Coupling this with the election results that so far have shown massive victories of Muslim parties (the Brotherhood) and movements (the Salafis), there is really reason to worry as democracy fades away, the way a dream disappears when one wakes up.

    And the Egyptians are waking up to a harsh economic reality: the economy is in shambles, tourism is in the doldrums, people are losing jobs and income. A perfect recipe for the restoration of strong dictatorial governments that promise stability and jobs…

    2011 looked like a good year for democracy but that was a long time ago, in the Spring. We are now looking at a probable return to the previous system (minus Mubarak) if the army gets its way. If it doesn’t, then Egypt will become a Shariah-governed State!

    1. Thanks for the reporting, Claude. Your story actually made me quite sad for the people there. They are being manipulated, I fear, or at least, are misguided. Something that tipped me off is when the former IAEA head Mohamed Elbaradei almost literally parachuted in and tried to take over the country. The Egyptians, having seen this play before in some ways, rightfully revolted. But pivoting from an authoritarian government to one more accountable to the electorate is not easy, especially with religious charlatans swooping in to hijack the government for their own purposes. THere has to be a concept of separation of church and state in the Middle East for such democratization projects to really take effect, and that will take more than a revolution in the streets, it will take a revolution in thinking. Happy New Year! Kyle

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