For the Muslim Brotherhood and kindred spirits, implementing discrimination against women and non-Muslims is not a “hijacking” of the revolution; it’s a charter flight. And we’re back to Square One: A democracy is only as good as the values that inform its participants.
The most dismal aspect of this story is that anyone is surprised that intolerance and discrimination rooted in Islamic texts and teachings are actually playing a role here. But those are the fruits of fantasy-based policy. “Clinton warns intolerance threatens Arab revolts,” by Matthew Lee for the Associated Press, April 15:
BERLIN — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning that rising intolerance toward women and religious minorities threatens to hijack democratic transitions around the Arab world and spread violent extremism.
Clinton told an award ceremony in the German capital on Friday that she was disturbed by recent developments in post-revolt Egypt in which women and Coptic Christians were singled out for attacks and abuse. She said such incidents test the unity of pro-democracy demonstrators whose peaceful protests ousted Egypt’s authoritarian president and could fracture the reform movement.
Clinton said she feared similar backsliding elsewhere in the Mideast and stressed it was critical for Egyptians and other Arabs whose nations are in the throes of change to resist intolerance and demand that their new leaders embrace open and inclusive governments.