The Arab Spring has been hijacked, corrupted and sabotaged.
From Tunisia, the birthplace of the popular revolution that came to be known as the Arab Spring, through Libya and Egypt, the mass uprisings that swept aside decades of dictatorships and stagnation have turned into a devastating cyclone, destroying every semblance of progress and modernity in its path.
Nowhere is this clearer than in Syria, where the popular revolt of ordinary Syrians seeking their inalienable civil and political rights has turned into a maelstrom of backwardness and reaction. What began as a mass uprising has turned into a deadly pitched battle between a fascist, murderous, sectarian dictatorship on the one hand, and ultra-reactionaries and primitives on the other.
In Tunisia and Libya, the momentum of progress has been lost and turned into a paralysis punctuated by random acts of terrorism. And in Egypt, those who hijacked and derailed the 25 January revolution have met their match, and are now languishing in prisons, where they belong.
Who is to blame?
Without a doubt, the criminals, the thieves, the hijackers of the popular will are the Muslim Brotherhood, a far-right religious cult that is no less warped than David Koresh’s Branch Davidians, which was responsible for the Waco siege in the United States in 1993.
With a pretence of moderation and commitment to democracy, the Muslim Brotherhood is the sewer filling in the rotten swamp in which the likes of Al-Qaeda, Ansar al-Shari’ah, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and other jihadis grow, like deadly viruses.
The common objective of the Muslim Brotherhood and its virus offspring is to establish shari’ah, or Islamic law. That is, they want to apply a 1,500-year-old law to all predominantly Muslim countries.
Aside from the absurdity of wanting to establish an ancient law in countries whose peoples aspire to catch up with the 21st century, a major problem is that no one knows what shari’ah law really is. Because it is not formally codified, there are various methods of interpretation and scholars can sometimes reach wildly differing conclusions.
So, what to do?
I am fairly confident that, after much bloodshed, the bearded, ugly, misogynist, genitalia-obsessed perverts and charlatans of the Muslim Brotherhood and their virus offspring will meet the bloody end they seek for everyone who’s not exactly like them.
As for shari’ah, there would seem to be only one thing that the Muslim Brotherhood and its proteges can do with it, as illustrated in the diagram below.