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MODERATION IN ALL THINGS

By David Vance On November 16th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

We all know that the NEW regime in Tunisia is MODERATE…after all the BBC tells us so here.

How then to explain this?

“Tunisian Islamist party Ennahda invited Houda Naïm, a Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council based in Gaza, to speak at a rally in Sousse, a coastal Tunisian city, this past Sunday. The event marked the first time in known memory a member of Hamas has addressed the Tunisian public. Naïm praised the victory of the Tunisian people in establishing democracy, and stated her hope that the “liberation” of Tunisia would lead to the liberation of Palestine.

The event also saw a speech from Ennahda’s general secretary Hammadi Jebali, recently proposed by the party to be the new Prime Minister of Tunisia.

Jebali declared that the occasion was “a divine moment in a new state, and in, hopefully, a 6th caliphate,” referring to the historical system of Islamic monarchies. The tone of this last comment is in sharp contrast to many of the party’s public statements, where it has denied any intention of instituting Sharia or Islamic law in the nascent democracy.

The general secretary also echoed Naïm’s words, stating, “The liberation of Tunisia will, God willing, bring about the liberation of Jerusalem.”

What’s to fear from the “Arab Spring”, right?

A NEW DAWN, OR A SUNSET?

By David Vance On October 28th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Looks like things are working out real well in Tunisia.

“Tunisian troops have fired in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters in the town of Sidi Bouzid, reports say. Violent protests erupted in the central town on Thursday after the results of the country’s first democratic elections in decades were announced. The protests flared after candidate lists of a party contesting the elections were disqualified because of alleged financial irregularities. Islamist party Ennahda, which won the poll, is holding coalition talks. The BBC’s Chloe Arnold, in North Africa, says the protests have marred what was otherwise praised by international observers as a peaceful, free and fair election last Sunday.”

Yes, the road to Sharia hell is paved with “peaceful, free and fair elections”

Enjoy the dawn of the new Tunisia, under the jackboot of the Religion of Peace.

MORE ON THAT ARAB SPRING…

By David Vance On October 26th, 2011 at 8:53 am

Ennahda supporters in Tunis, 24 October

So, Tunisia chooses ISLAM.

Partial official results from Tunisia suggest victory for the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, in the first democratic elections prompted by the Arab Spring uprisings. The electoral commission said Ennahda was well ahead in the vote for a new assembly that will write a constitution and appoint a caretaker government.

I am always amused at the term “moderate” Islam. Where does this wonder of the imagination exist?

As ATW reader Colm has pointed out, it is the free choice of the people of Tunisia to vote for Islam, for Sharia. But we also have the right to point out that welcoming such a development would be as stupid as was the hailing of the ascendency of  Khomenei in 1979. That didn’t work out too well, did it? Is there anyone suggesting that an arc of revitalised Islam across North Africa is a GOOD thing for those of who prefer not to live under the Caliphate? Egypt, Libya….they will follow this path and we will see millions of people embrace Islam as the sole method of Government. There will be consequences and they will not be good ones, yet amazingly ForeignSec William Hague goes around claiming this is all marvellous news? Does he think that those wise old coves at the Foreign Office can control what will happen when the Religion of Peace gains power? If he does, he is mad. If he doesn’t, what on Earth is he hailing?

TROUBLE IN TUNISIA?

By David Vance On October 23rd, 2011 at 9:48 am

Now WHO would have thought this?

Islamists are expected to do well in Tunisia’s first democratic election on Sunday, 10 months after the ouster of autocratic leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in a popular uprising that set off protest movements around the Arab world. The Ennahda party will almost certainly win a share of power after the vote, which will set a democratic standard for other Arab countries where uprisings have triggered political change or governments have tried to rush reforms to stave off unrest.

But relax. Although Ennahda are Islamist, they are MODERATES. When Sharia is introduced, it will be minority accommodating, gay friendly, nothing to worry about….honestly…

THAT TUNISIAN SPRING…IN THE AUTUMN…

By David Vance On October 17th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I know, I know. Some of us right wing types were criticised when we suggested that the fall of Tunisian tyrant-in-chief  Ben Ali would auger in something that was very far from an Arab Spring but something that would be very close to ISLAM resurgent. So. how’s it going?

Tunisia Islamists set for big election gains Huh! Surely not? I thought we were assured burgeoning neo-Jeffersonian democracies – not Islam by the coast? Ever get the feeling you’ve been conned?

THAT ARAB SPRING – TUNISIA STYLE

By David Vance On May 17th, 2011 at 7:18 am

Yes, the world celebrated the downfall of Tunisian tyrant-in-chief President Ben Ali back in January. Liberty was coming to this land and we had nothing to fear….except fear itself. And that’s where the Ennahda Party comes into things.

“Despite repeated assurances of their tolerance and moderation, their rise has touched off frenzied rumors of attacks on unveiled women and artists, of bars and brothels sacked by party goons, of plots to turn the country into a caliphate. With crucial elections scheduled for July 24, Ennahda’s popularity and organizational strength are of growing concern to many activists and politicians, who worry that the secular revolution in this moderate state — the revolt that galvanized the Arab Spring — might see the birth of an Islamic government.  (Surely not?)

And just as the protests in Tunis heralded the revolt in Cairo, analysts are looking to Tunisia as a bellwether for the more broadly influential developments to come in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood enjoys similar advantages and has stirred similar misgivings. “How do you want us to go up against Ennahda?” asked an exasperated strategist for the Republican Alliance, a secular party. “They’re prepared to do anything.”

How indeed. Just like the Brotherhood in Egypt. What the media calls an Arab spring is more accurately defined as an Islamic spring tide, sweeping all in front of it. Secularist notions that all will be well once elections are held are not just naive but dangerous. If you want to see the template – think Gaza. Think Iran.