Because they know that pro-Sharia Islamic supremacists enjoy broad popular support in the Islamic world — contrary to the Western assumption that they constitute a Tiny Minority of Extremists.
“Hamas, Islamic Jihad applaud popular uprising in Tunisia,” from Ma’an, January 15:
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas and Islamic Jihad on Saturday expressed their respect for the Tunisian people, whose uprising led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ban Ali.
Ben Ali fled Tunisia on Friday with members of his family and his inner circle to escape deadly protests against his 23 years of authoritarian rule.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri applauded the Tunisian people’s expression of their right to choose their leadership democratically without foreign intervention.
Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad congratulated the Tunisians on gaining their freedom “through blood, sacrifices and the expression of free will.”
The Tunisian uprising was a message to hegemonic powers that a nation could restore its freedom, the Islamist movement said.
“It is also a message to Arab and Islamic countries to pay attention to the aspirations of their people that are rejecting hegemony and tyranny before it is too late.”…
In Kuwait, only the opposition Islamist MPs reacted, saluting “the courage of the Tunisian people.”…