Monday, August 29, 2011

Quote of the Day

"This so-called ‘Arab Spring’ is less about a democratic movement, than it is about the early phase of the restoration of an Islamic Caliphate, the last being the Ottoman Empire... We are witnessing secular Muslim leaders being deposed in very volatile and unstable nations. This growing Islamic Totalitarianism manifested in militant Islam has had a modus operand of capitalizing on unstable political situations (Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia). Now we see these same types of instances occurring in Egypt, Libya, and Syria and the rose-colored glasses of some seek to portray this as a great awakening of liberty. History does not support this in the Middle East."

Allen West, in an email to his supporters.

West recites Glenn Beck's "Caliphate" conspiracy theory. Beck tied the defunct ACORN to Islamic Caliphate. For West to run with Beck's meme tells you that West bases his foreign policy worldview on bigotry. How else do you explain West defending dictatorship governments?

Side note: not that West knows or cares. Not all of the rebels and protesters are Sunnis. The majority of Islamic worshipers in Egypt, Syria and Libya are Sunnis. There has been no evidence that these people are voicing anger at their governments because they want to bring back an ancient form of Islamic governing. The Arab Uprising happened because these people are poor, oppressed and lack basic human rights. People will only live in poverty for so long while their leaders build themselves palaces. The fact that West identifies more with dictators who spend their wealth on themselves and screw their people says much.

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