Yet another nail in the coffin of the dangerously delusional idea that the ‘Arab Spring’ is a step forward for freedom, democracy, human rights, et cetera. Earlier this month, in a development nearly two weeks old (as of this writing), approximately 192,000 rare books and manuscripts belonging to the Institute of Egypt in Cairo went up in flames, destroyed by rampaging Muslim mob.
This wanton destruction is a fresh reminder — as if we needed another — that the ‘Arab Spring’ does not just equal an Islamic winter for Muslims and any unfortunate non Muslims in the vicinity. This self-inflicted Islamic-inspired lobotomy equals a massive setback for the human enterprise and a victory for the forces of ignorance and darkness. In the wake of the silence from the West and other supposed voices of liberty and freedom, such forces can only grow stronger.
From “Burning books in Cairo”, by Ryan Jones, Israel Today Magazine, 27 December 2011:
Any number of political
analysts have tried to write off the electoral gains by Islamist parties
in Egypt, insisting that once in power, groups like the Muslim
Brotherhood and the Salafist al-Nour Party will take a pragmatic
approach to governing.
It is the same nonsense that was spouted as the Nazis rose to power
in Germany, when the Ayatollah Khomeini made his triumphant return to
Iran, when Yasser Arafat’s PLO terrorist organization was elevated to
the status of a national government, and when Hamas won the 2006
Palestinian legislative election.
On December 17, an Egyptian mob – presumably of the type that has
been voting for the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Nour – demonstrated that
they have no intention of “modernizing” or adopting Western-style
pragmatism when they torched the Institute of Egypt in Cairo.
Among the casualties of the Islamist assault were some 192,000 rare books and manuscripts.
The Institute of Egypt was established by Napoleon Bonaparte when he
invaded Egypt in the late 18th century. For centuries the Institute of
Egypt housed priceless chronicles of the nation’s history, as well as
the findings of hundreds of top scholars and scientists.
The Institute of Egypt symbolized Egypt’s connection to the West, and
for many its establishment was the start of the “modern era” in Egypt.
And that is why it had to go. Because Egypt’s Islamists have no
intention of modernizing, not on Western terms, at any rate. Like the
Ayatollahs in Iran and Hamas in Gaza, their ultimate goal is to return
Egypt to a medieval form of life where a strict interpretation of Sharia
Law governs the actions of all.
The first to suffer will be Egypt’s Christians. They are suffering already.
But most of this is being ignored by an international community
determined to paint the “Arab Spring” as a positive phenomenon. It is
certainly a positive thing to throw off the yoke of a repressive
dictatorship. But it is a negative thing to replace that repressive
dictatorship with oppressive theocratic rule.
That the world is championing this change in Egypt when just 30 years
ago the same scenario played out in Iran with devastating results just
goes to show that mankind is doomed to never learn from his mistakes.
“Where they burn books, so too will they in the end burn human beings.” – Heinrich Heine