Sunday, June 02, 2013

On Obama's 'Arab Spring' vs the Turkish Spring

Understanding the Administration's Alliance With Sunni Islamism: Why Washington Seems Squarely on the Side of Barbarism and Burqas

Understand, as President Obama likes to say, what is happening across much of what he insists on calling "the Muslim world"--the term itself being a dangerous concession to radical Islam by the supposed leader of the world's democracies.

The forces of the so-called Arab Spring--that is to say, the forces of Sunni radical/rightwing political Islam, or Islamism, and overlapping, organized Islam--including the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood, its Palestinian Arab offshoot, Hamas, Al Qaeda, and Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi sect--are ascendant, having taken control of the levers of power in Gaza,Turkey, Libya, and Egypt, and having destabilized Syria to a degree that makes it practically impossible for the country to continue as a single state.

Although Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas have at times transcended theological differences in order to cooperate with Shiite Islamist Iran and Hezbollah in the interest of destroying Israel and driving the United States from the Middle East, a power struggle is raging throughout the region between the main Islamist rivals. (Recall that even the Nazis had their internal struggles, so-called left and right factions, a bloody purge, etc., none of which was important or relevant from an anti-fascist, democratic perspective.)

The Obama administration is overtly aligned with Sunni Islamism, except for Al Qaeda, which the administration claims to have all but defeated. An early attempt by Obama to engage (collaborate with) Iran failed spectacularly; the missile-mad mullahs rejected Obama's overtures and accelerated their nuclear arms program. The failure encouraged Obama to engage the Muslim Brotherhood; he emboldened its takeover of Egypt and played a crucial role in the upheaval by betraying and abandoning Egypt's elderly president, Hosni Mubarak, a pro-Western leader who had kept the peace with Israel for three decades and had effectively suppressed domestic Islamists, including groups that were involved in the assassination of the country's historic, peacemaking, pro-Western president, Anwar Sadat.

Failure to engage Iran also encouraged Obama to turn to Turkey as a counter to the monstrous mullahocracy--meaning, to Turkey's Islamist regime, which is pursuing an imperialist foreign policy that aims to restore the Ottoman Empire. This foreign policy by definition makes Ankara an adversary or rival of Tehran, as its foreign policy is also imperialist.The term isn't isn't used in a Marxist sense; rather, imperialist, in this context refers to a foreign policy that seeks to overturn the status quo (power relationships among nations).

Suddenly, however, something completely unexpected happened--a Turkish Spring broke out. Secular Turks, mostly young people, rose up in anger against their Islamist oppressors. Risking their lives and freedom, demonstrators took to the streets in defense of the secular system, long safeguarded by the Turkish military. The manifestations have been stunning--incredible displays of popular discontent coalescing into a revolutionary moment. With barricades in the streets … and blood and fire … comes the possibility for liberation, the specter of revolution….

As of this writing, the struggle against clerical fascism rages on; and the whole world is watching … and waiting … for Obama's reaction. Will the President of the United States signal support for the forces of freedom, or will he throw them under the Islamist bus?

We'll soon know the answer. If recent history is any guide, there is little reason for optimism.

As for Americans and Europeans, will they demonstrate to show solidarity with secular Turks? Will American and European democracy-lovers call and email their political representatives to demand expressions of support for Turks who dare to fight for Western--as opposed to "Islamic"--democracy?

After all, if the West turns a blind eye and a deaf ear to demonstrations and cries for freedom in Turkey, then, what hope is there, realistically, for the West?

ENDNOTE:  A revolutionary moment in Turkey … and an international situation fraught with danger. The appeasement of radical Islam recalls 1939 and the run-up to the Second World War; Syria's civil war and proxy contests, 1914, and the intrigue and alliances that led to the First World War.

-André Pachter
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