First Algeria,now Egypt......is this the clash of 'civilisations'?

2013-07-27 13:59

Having read Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilisations", the book and not the Foreign Affairs version, it seems to me that this 'clash' is being stage managed and choreographed by vested interests who don't want democracy, or people's power to take root in the Muslim world, especially those countries ruled by iron fisted dictatorships. Huntington's thesis was published around the same time as the Algerian tryst with democracy was still born.

Algeria's first democratic general election in 1992 was interrupted by the army to prevent a win by the Islamic Salvation Front and ever since the hidden powers-that-be in Algeria have not left national elections to chance With the FIS in the ascendancy in the very first democratic elections in that country, those same powers banned it, arrested its leaders and effectively aborted democracy in its embryonic stage in Algeria. It's beyond doubt that the intervening country here was France with official US blessing.

Now we see the same pattern emerging in Egypt. In 2012 following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood endorsed candidate Muhammad Morsi became Egypt's first democratically elected President only to be ousted in a military coup one year later. Allegations, as bizarre as they come, have been levelled against Morsi, as they had been against the FIS leadership for allegedly avowing to introduce Shariah law in Algeria.

There seems to be a pattern emerging. Let the people speak through the ballot and if the outcome is unacceptable to the West, intervene.

Morsi, just in case you missed it, has been accused of , inter alia, espionage for Hamas and murder and it seems that the interim government, with western supported Muhammad El Baradei the effective head of state has been enthroned. Its beyond doubt that the intervening country here was the US with official blessing of Saudi Arabia.

What is it with the US particularly? It extols democracy and when Islamic movements accede to power through the ballot,supervening retribution is swift. It seems, to me at least, that the US support for democracy is a sham. Like Algeria, the Muslim Brotherhood, responds through its angry supporters .

Yes, it seems to me that this 'clash' is being staged, managed and choreographed by vested interests who don't want democracy, or people's power to take root in the Muslim world and that Morsi's ouster is the clearest manifestation to date.

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay

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