When a radical, extremist Christian politician such as Rep. Allen West discusses any matters related to Islam we can’t help but laugh because West stands convicted, first and foremost of those allegations with which he would like to tar Islam and Muslims.
When West isn’t busy accusing 40% of Congress of being infiltrated by “Communists” (I thought such conspiracies had faded out of currency), his favorite topic is Islam, Muslims and the Middle East–sometimes all of the aforementioned are even combined in a grand conspiracy!
In the past West joked about what has been dubbed the “Arab Spring,” saying he prefers “Irish Spring,” a slightly racist, inappropriate and condescending remark for an elected politician to make. How do his Arab American constituents feel about such remarks? Obviously, he doesn’t consider himself as serving those who are Muslim or Arab within his constituency since West has distinguished himself as a purveyor of anti-Arab racism.
The talking points of the anti-Muslim right-wing has, from the beginning of the Arab uprisings, been to 1. support the dictators in place (you will recall that Spencer and co. all wanted Mubarak to remain in power, one JihadWatch writer even called on Mubarak to employ “Tiananmen Square” tactics and mow down Democracy protesters) and 2. after these dictators were toppled, to push the idea of a looming “Radical Islamic” takeover of these governments a la the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979.
The diverse complexities of social, external, regional and historical factors in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen are swept aside in favor of the convenient (and false) explanation that the uprisings are a frightening specter of masses of people who want to impose beheadings on blasphemers, and stonings on adulterers, in symbolic centers of protest such as Tahrir Square.
This quixotic and desperate attempt by the right is really a ploy to reinforce the support of their base while continuing the indulgent myths of Islamophobia in which they have so heavily invested. The truth is the Arab uprisings have in many ways shattered Islamophobic and Orientalist mythos that always insisted that passive Arabs and Muslims needed dictators, or that Democracy could only be brought to the region through outside intervention (Iraq), or that Islam was the impediment to any true sovereign, accountable, representative government.
A process has begun in many of these nations, and there will be very fiery, open and public debate, there will also be behind the scenes haggling and serious attempts by foreign powers to meddle in these countries’ internal affairs (there already are). However what has changed for the time being is the will of people, who no longer want to be controlled by small corrupt cliques of autocratic and repressive tyrants. The call for dignity, freedom, justice, and better living conditions has gained an irretractable momentum, but of course, it is too early to say what the outcome will be in the longterm.
One thing it will likely not be however is Allen West’s fantasy of a “radical Islamic nightmare“.:
Tea party favorite Rep. Allen West decried the Egyptian presidential election results as proof that the Arab Spring is a “radical Islamic nightmare.”
“A year ago there were those of us who warned the Obama Administration of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt,” the Florida Republican wrote on his official Facebook page. “We were castigated as alarmists and loose cannons. Today our predictions have come to reality and the ominous specter reminding us of the Iranian revolution is evident.”
“The Muslim Brotherhood claimed they would not run a presidential candidate. Clearly the Arab Spring is nothing more than a radical Islamic nightmare,” he added.
West said that the correct response to the election results was to reaffirm support for “Coptic Christians and Israel” and to cut off foreign aid to Egypt.
The congressman also called on President Barack Obama, whom he dubbed “the second coming of President Jimmy Carter,” to “denounce the results of this election, repudiate the Muslim Brotherhood, and all radical Islamist political entities.”
It was announced on Sunday that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi had won the election to be Egypt’s president.
Obama called Morsi on Sunday night, and a statement by spokesman Jay Carney said Morsi and the Egyptian government “have both the legitimacy and responsibility of representing a diverse and courageous citizenry.”
“We look forward to working together with President-elect Morsi and the government he forms, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States,” Carney said.