President Obama made a strong statement in support of the Libyan protesters today condemning Gaddafi's use of violence and affirming that the U.S. "strongly supports the rights of the Libyan people, including the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech and the ability of the people to determine their own destiny." He also spoke with satisfaction about "the peaceful transition to democracy in both Tunisia and Egypt" too and was pleased that "the change that was taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region. It represents the aspirations of a younger generation seeking a better life." He vowed that "during this time of transition, the United States will continue to stand up for freedom, stand up for justice and stand up for the dignity of all people."
The one thing the President didn't explain was his justification for believing that Libyan, Tunisian and Egyptian people actually care as much as he assumes they do about principles and rights such as freedom of speech and the dignity of all people, both of which are mitigated under Islamic law. Nor did Obama touch on why he assumes that they hold an understanding of freedom and justice that is remotely comparable to that of the American constitutional system and other highly civilized western democracies.
There are numerous signs that they don't. It isn't insignificant that Libyan protesters have marked Gaddafi's picture with the Star of David. Rather, it is an indication of the protesters world view, and of the pervasiveness of Islamic anti-Semitism. Egyptian protesters defaced photos of Mubarak in the same way. When Muslim protesters want to portray someone as a demon, they draw a Star of David on his picture. These Muslim-scum aren't about to change.
The demonstrators in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East may be pro-democracy insofar as they want the will of the people to be heard, but given their world view, their frame of reference and their Mohammad poisoned assumptions about the world, if that popular will is heard, it will likely result in huge victories for the Muslim Brotherhood and similar pro-Sharia Law groups. Hence the protesters chant we hear on the TV News, "No GOD but Allah!"
There are also clear indications that the protesters are decidedly anti-western. Covering the protest in crowded Tahrir Square in Cairo for US 60 minutes, CBS reporter, Lara Logan had her clothes ripped off, was kicked and punched and sexually assaulted by a mob of Islamic dead shits chanting, "Jew! Jew!." She went on to say that she would have been raped if a group of Egyptian women hadn't thrown themselves on top of her to protect her until soldiers finally intervened. Two hard-Left journalists from the U.S. who have repeatedly insisted that Islam is a religion of peace and that anyone who says otherwise is bigoted and racist were roughed up and threatened by the crowd. In Islamaland they deservedly ran up against the Buzz Saw of reality.
Also, before Muarak's resignation, one of the biggest crowds of the entire revolution thronged to the Square to hear Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. one of the most influential Muslim clerics in the world. This bastard is a genocidally minded anti-Semite who is barred from most western countries and has given theological justification to suicide attacks against Israeli civilians. He endorses the death penalty for apostasy, cross-religious marriages and has boasted that Islam would soon conquer Europe. The enthusiastic reception Qaradawi received in Cairo that day was an ominous sign that genuine democracy is not in the offing.
The Way I See It....while numerous western analysts praise the "pro-democracy" uprisings in these nations, no secular democratic leadership has yet emerged. The momentum is moving in the opposite direction -- that is toward the Islamic supremacists. I tend to be more realistic than Obama on the Middle Eastern situation and predict that it is quite probable that hard times are ahead, including the arrival of powerful fanatics that will hijack the hope that started these revolutions. This will mean further subservience to the edicts of the Koren and less justice for women, Coptic Christians, homosexuals and Israel until that DAMN book is burned and its ashes are swept up and thrown into the dustbin of History.