WASHINGTON, February 20, 2015 – “There is no power above people power,” Mohammed Morsi told a boisterous mob gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square shortly after his election as Egypt’s president in 2012.
Morsi’s democratic assent to Egypt’s highest office was the crowning achievement resulting from murder and violence perpetrated over many decades by the irrational, totalitarian grievance mongers of the Muslim Brotherhood.
As America’s failed Secretary of State for a failed administration wrote, “The Muslim Brotherhood consolidated its power but failed to govern in a transparent or inclusive fashion,” said Hillary Clinton in her memoir Hard Choices.
“President Morsi clashed frequently with the judiciary, sought to marginalize his political opponents rather than build a broad national consensus, did little to improve the economy, and allowed the persecution of minorities, including the Coptic Christians,” said Clinton.
When the Egyptian military overthrew Morsi and arrested Muslim Brotherhood goons one year later, President Obama noted, “We appreciate the complexity of the situation. We recognize that change takes time. There are going to be false starts and difficult days. We know that democratic transitions are measured not in months or even years, but sometimes in generations.”
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Morsi’s Muslim supporters did not direct their ire at Egypt’s government or military. The New York Times, an early Arab Spring booster, reported that attacks on “the Coptic Christian minority washed over the country as Islamists set upon homes and churches, shops and schools, youth clubs and at least one orphanage… as Christians were scapegoated for supporting the military ouster of Mr. Morsi.”
Morsi’s ouster was the work of Egyptian General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (a Muslim), who said in a speech few regarded in the West that Islam’s reform was needed so as to stop its’ “antagonizing the entire world.” He added, “Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants – that is 7 billion – so that they themselves may live? Impossible! I say and repeat again that we are in need of religious revolution.”
Doesn’t Gen. al-Sisi’s plea sound vaguely familiar?
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye,” asks Jesus in the New Testament book of Matthew, “but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”
Or as the father of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison, observed, “The religion, then, of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man to exercise it as they may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right.”
But there was something about Morsi’s governing style that struck Obama as familiar, which accounts for his urging the world to give radical, Islamic, totalitarian fanatics several lifetimes to work out the many kinks in their revolution.
Many of President Obama’s critics peg his affinity for Islamic totalitarianism, indicated by his administration’s adamant refusal to accept jihadist motives for mass murder as having to do with Islam, as proof of Obama’s devotion to Mecca. That’s nonsense, of course.
Obama is no more a Muslim than he is a Christian. His one, true God is grievance – and the community organizer is its messenger.
“Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies,” wrote Obama in a Los Angeles Times op-ed heralding his nebulous summit on “Countering Violent Extremism.”
The president fails to see that his prescription for countering violent extremism is precisely what grievance-driven Egyptians did by electing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi as their president in 2012.
Egypt’s descent into a Hobbesian state of nature was advanced by the democratic aspirations of its Muslim majority. One that did not feel constrained by the indispensable governing principle of a functioning “civil society” – respect for the unalienable rights of others.
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“Oh soldiers of the Islamic State,” read a statement from the jihadists, “Yes, by Allah’s will… We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women… then our children and grandchildren will… sell your sons as slaves at the slave market. Oh America… know that the matter is more dangerous than you have imagined and greater than you have envisioned.”
As Obama’s minister of two decades, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, preached, “We [the U.S.] bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands [who died] in New York and the Pentagon [on 9/11]… No, no, no, not God Bless America. God damn America.”
When you’re ruled by hate and grievance, you can look past sneak attacks, death marches, the burning of captives, sexual predation, and even slavery.
Whether they hail from the Syrian desert or Chicago’s inner city, grievance mongers won’t rest until civil society the world over submits to their unreasonable, totalitarian demands; even if it means burning the world, along with them, to a crisp.
Jihad, no matter its religious or political origins, always ends in suicide.