The New York Times published an Op-Ed piece today written by Ex President Jimmy Carter. It seems Carter is very concerned about the human rights abuses he sees occurring around the world. Right up front in the second sentence the former president calls for an end to abuses against American citizens in particular.
In an article that is 753 words long there is only one nation in the world that he censures for having a despicable record on human rights. You guessed it. It’s the United States. There is not one word about China, Syria, the Taliban, Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Somalia or any other nation. In Carter’s eyes, the only bad guy on the planet is the US of A.
Jimmy, why don’t you go back to certifying elections in Venezuela. We don’t need you here any more. You have been replaced.
A rocket from Egypt hits Israel.
Obama administration officials are meeting with envoys from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
The White House – “We believe that it is in the interest of the United States to engage with all parties that are committed to democratic principles, especially nonviolence,” said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.
OK, but what does that have to do with meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood? Vietor’s statement qualifies as the non-sequitur of the week.
The Truth About the Muslim Brotherhood – Founded in Egypt in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has been an immensely powerful force in Middle East politics. Their Mission Statement is: “Allah is our objective; the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”
The Brotherhood’s founder, Hassan al-Banna, stated that the group’s goal was to assert Islam’s manifest destiny and create an empire governed by Islamic religious law and unified in an autocratic caliphate. He claimed “It is in the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”
Vietor again – “In all our conversations with these groups, we emphasize the importance of respect for minority rights, the full inclusion of women, and our regional security concerns.”
That would be all well and good if you knew who you are talking to, but it is obvious you don’t. And I am giving Obama the benefit of a doubt at that.
There is a lot of talk in both the liberal and conservative press about democracy coming to Egypt and other nations in the region. In some instances that may prove to be the case. But in large measure the demand is for self-determination, not for democracy. The two are not the same.
Democracy is a system of ongoing rule by the will of the people. Self-determination is the right to chose the form by which to be governed. The choice can be democracy or some other form of government. Following the revolution, the French exercise their newly won self-determination by choosing one man rule, Napoleon. In large measure, the choice in the Muslim world is to be ruled by God and not by man. It’s called shariah, and shariah is not democracy.