Monday, June 25, 2012

Morsi's Commitment to Clerical Fascism Belies Liberal Myth

God is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations. 
-Muslim Brotherhood credo

Egypt's fundamentally anti-American, clerical fascist (Islamist), new president, Mohamed Morsi, has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, was an assistant professor at California State University, and two of his five children were born in the United States and are U.S. citizens.

So much for the liberal myth of peace through cultural exchange. Like peace through free trade, the notion that exposing America's enemies to America will make them love America and appreciate democracy is just that--a myth. And a dangerous one to boot, because it is commonly believed to be true--and assiduously promoted by legions of liberal educators, pundits and politicians.

In fact, the opposite is often the case. Islamists who visit or study in the U.S. typically hate the country even more than those who only know the "Great Satan" from afar. For example, many Iranian students who embraced the Ayatollah Khomeini and were instrumental in overthrowing Iran's Shah, a pro-Western, modernizing monarch, studied in the U.S. And Hani Hanjour, the Saudi Al Qaeda pilot who flew American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon on 9/11, lived in the U.S. off and on throughout the 1990s, taking flying lessons at several different flying schools.

The late Egyptian author, Islamist theorist and leading Muslim Brotherhood member Sayyid Qutb, whose writings shaped the views of Al Qaeda, was famous for his intense hatred of the United States, a country he knew from firsthand experience. Wikipedia explains:

The turning point in Qutb's views resulted from his visit to the United States, where he aimed for further studies in educational administration. Over a two-year period, he worked in several different institutions including what was then Wilson Teachers' College in Washington, D.C., Colorado State College for Education in Greeley, as well as Stanford University. He also traveled extensively, visiting the major cities of the United States and spent time in Europe on the return journey to Egypt. 
On his return to Egypt, Qutb published an article entitled "The America that I Have Seen." He was critical of many things he had observed in the United States: its materialism, individual freedoms, economic system, racism, brutal boxing matches, "poor" haircuts, superficiality in conversations and friendships,  restrictions on divorce, enthusiasm for sports, lack of artistic feeling, "animal-like" mixing of the sexes (which "went on even in churches"), and strong support for the new Israeli state…. 
Qutb noted with disapproval the sexuality of American women:
The American girl is well acquainted with her body's seductive capacity. She knows it lies in the face, and in expressive eyes, and thirsty lips. She knows seductiveness lies in the round breasts, the full buttocks, and in the shapely thighs, sleek legs—and she shows all this and does not hide it.
He also commented on the American taste in arts:
The American is primitive in his artistic taste, both in what he enjoys as art and in his own artistic works. “Jazz” music is his music of choice. This is that music that the Negroes invented to satisfy their primitive inclinations, as well as their desire to be noisy on the one hand and to excite bestial tendencies on the other. The American’s intoxication in “jazz” music does not reach its full completion until the music is accompanied by singing that is just as coarse and obnoxious as the music itself. Meanwhile, the noise of the instruments and the voices mounts, and it rings in the ears to an unbearable degree… The agitation of the multitude increases, and the voices of approval mount, and their palms ring out in vehement, continuous applause that all but deafens the ears.
Qutb concluded that major aspects of American life were primitive and "shocking", a people who were "numb to faith in religion, faith in art, and faith in spiritual values altogether". His experience in the U.S. is believed to have formed in part the impetus for his rejection of Western values and his move towards Islamism upon returning to Egypt. Resigning from the civil service, he joined the Muslim Brotherhood in the early 1950s and became editor-in-chief of the Brothers' weekly Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin, and later head of its propaganda section, as well as an appointed member of the working committee and of its guidance council, the highest branch in the organization.