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Radical Extremist Christian Politician Allen West on Egypt: “Radical Islamic Nightmare”

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Allen West with Pamela Geller

Radical Extremist Christian Politician Allen West on Egypt: “Radical Islamic Nightmare”

When a radical, extremist Christian politician such as Rep. Allen West discusses any matters related to Islam we can’t help but laugh because West stands convicted, first and foremost of those allegations with which he would like to tar Islam and Muslims.

When West isn’t busy accusing 40% of Congress of being infiltrated by “Communists” (I thought such conspiracies had faded out of currency), his favorite topic is Islam, Muslims and the Middle East–sometimes all of the aforementioned are even combined in a grand conspiracy!

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In the past West joked about what has been dubbed the “Arab Spring,” saying he prefers “Irish Spring,” a slightly racist, inappropriate and condescending remark for an elected politician to make. How do his Arab American constituents feel about such remarks? Obviously, he doesn’t consider himself as serving those who are Muslim or Arab within his constituency since West has distinguished himself as a purveyor of anti-Arab racism.

The talking points of the anti-Muslim right-wing has, from the beginning of the Arab uprisings, been to 1. support the dictators in place (you will recall that Spencer and co. all wanted Mubarak to remain in power, one JihadWatch writer even called on Mubarak to employ “Tiananmen Square” tactics and mow down Democracy protesters) and 2. after  these dictators were toppled, to push the idea of a looming “Radical Islamic” takeover of these governments a la the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979.

The diverse complexities of social, external, regional and historical factors in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen are swept aside in favor of the convenient (and false) explanation that the uprisings are a frightening specter of masses of people who want to impose beheadings on blasphemers, and stonings on adulterers, in symbolic centers of protest such as Tahrir Square.

This quixotic and desperate attempt by the right is really a ploy to reinforce the support of their base while continuing the indulgent myths of Islamophobia in which they have so heavily invested. The truth is the Arab uprisings have in many ways shattered Islamophobic and Orientalist mythos that always insisted that passive Arabs and Muslims needed dictators, or that Democracy could only be brought to the region through outside intervention (Iraq), or that Islam was the impediment to any true sovereign, accountable, representative government.

A process has begun in many of these nations, and there will be very fiery, open and public debate, there will also be behind the scenes haggling and serious attempts by foreign powers to meddle in these countries’ internal affairs (there already are). However what has changed for the time being is the will of people, who no longer want to be controlled by small corrupt cliques of autocratic and repressive tyrants. The call for dignity, freedom, justice, and better living conditions has gained an irretractable momentum, but of course, it is too early to say what the outcome will be in the longterm.

One thing it will likely not be however is Allen West’s fantasy of a “radical Islamic nightmare“.:

Allen West: Egypt is an ‘Islamic nightmare’

(Politico)

Tea party favorite Rep. Allen West decried the Egyptian presidential election results as proof that the Arab Spring is a “radical Islamic nightmare.”

“A year ago there were those of us who warned the Obama Administration of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt,” the Florida Republican wrote on his official Facebook page. “We were castigated as alarmists and loose cannons. Today our predictions have come to reality and the ominous specter reminding us of the Iranian revolution is evident.”

“The Muslim Brotherhood claimed they would not run a presidential candidate. Clearly the Arab Spring is nothing more than a radical Islamic nightmare,” he added.

West said that the correct response to the election results was to reaffirm support for “Coptic Christians and Israel” and to cut off foreign aid to Egypt.

The congressman also called on President Barack Obama, whom he dubbed “the second coming of President Jimmy Carter,” to “denounce the results of this election, repudiate the Muslim Brotherhood, and all radical Islamist political entities.”

It was announced on Sunday that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi had won the election to be Egypt’s president.

Obama called Morsi on Sunday night, and a statement by spokesman Jay Carney said Morsi and the Egyptian government “have both the legitimacy and responsibility of representing a diverse and courageous citizenry.”

“We look forward to working together with President-elect Morsi and the government he forms, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States,” Carney said.

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10 Comments »

  1. Speaking against the Muslim Brotherhood does not make one an extremist.

  2. Irish Spring refers probably to a soap of the same name. his opinions are premature. i think Morsi will be restrained by the military. Lots of people in E. don’t want islamic gov.

  3. even islamophobia today fails to mention that Morsi isn’t even a member of the Muslim Brotherhood anymore…He’s about as much a radical islamist as Mit Romney is some ultra-Christian theocrat. In otherwords, not really at all. Invoke Christian values, and people just assume you’re conservative. Invoke Islamic values, and suddenly you’re some jihadi nightmare. If that’s not a double standard, i don’t know what is

    and no, speaking against the brotherhood does not make you a radical. Demanding that we cut off aid to a nation and condemn it based on it’s election results is another story

  4. “and stonings on adulterers,” “being is the will of people”

    siyajk’ak,

    what do you think of these numbers?

    http://pewresearch.org/databank/dailynumber/?NumberID=1184

    the muslim brotherhood may not be the problem but 82% of egyptians. well unless you think that the hadiths of muhammad stoning people to death for adultry are a good thing. then maybe the egyptians are the most enlightened people on earth.

  5. “One thing it will likely not be however is Allen West’s fantasy of a “radical Islamic nightmare“ so is iran or saudi arabia a “radical Islamic nightmare“? if he is “a radical, extremist Christian politician such as Rep. Allen West”, then what would constitute a radical islamic state?

  6. Mike,

    Surely speaking against MB does not make anyone a terrorist. Remember they were banned during the Whore Mubaraq’s era. And they have also been declared as Kaffirs by Saudi Arabia.

  7. Mike,

    The stoning and beheading clauses are mentioned in the Bible. Why are you after our Prophet alone?

    You claim to be an atheist. So, why do you see faults with only Islam and Muslims? Judge all faiths with their negative and positive features. If you do not, I suggest you to take a pair of glasses.

    Rodenstock, Tiffany, Carrerra, Ray Ban, Police may be good. If they do not work for you, please go to your enlighted government and request to give you the Hubble telescope.

  8. and what do you propose we do? Invade and force every Egyptian to change their opinion?

    besides, i’d like to see how those questions were worded exactly

    anyway. you can’t change the people’s opinion. Give them elections, expose them to western culture, and hopefully, like every western nation had to do on its own, they’ll develop as a population towards a more liberal, tolerant attitude

  9. dongo,

    “The stoning and beheading clauses are mentioned in the Bible. Why are you after our Prophet alone?” i didn’t think i was. i often mention the abrahamics in the same breath. what do you want me to say? fuck jesus. ok i’ll say it. fuck jesus. jesus didn’t disallow slavery. shows he was no prophet and certainly not god. see i can say that without being worried about a christian cutting my head off. now if i said fuck muhammad i would have to be worried.

    oh shit.

    “You claim to be an atheist.” so why do you think it is a “claim”?
    “So, why do you see faults with only Islam and Muslims?” i see faults in all religions. see above.
    “Judge all faiths with their negative and positive features. If you do not, I suggest you to take a pair of glasses.” well my memory may be failing but my eyesight is still pretty strong.

    “Rodenstock, Tiffany, Carrerra, Ray Ban, Police may be good. If they do not work for you, please go to your enlighted government and request to give you the Hubble telescope.” now that is funny. i would never claim the american government to be enlightened. perhaps i got the first set of mirrors put on the hubble. there where imperfections in the glass.

    looks like it was only the primary mirror. my bad.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubble_Space_Telescope

    “Analysis of the flawed images showed that the cause of the problem was that the primary mirror had been ground to the wrong shape.”

    you do know that einstein and hubble were in disagreement about the expansion of the universe for like 20years? einstein eventually said he was wrong. thanks for equating me to hubble. lol.

  10. sy,

    “and what do you propose we do? Invade and force every Egyptian to change their opinion?” i’m not proposing we do anything. it just strikes me as funny when people say democracy is the answer. yet 82% of the population belives in stoning people to death. also it strikes me as funny when people say that islam is the religion of peace, yet it seems very violent. it strikes me as funny when people says islam is perfect.

    “besides, i’d like to see how those questions were worded exactly” i would too.

    “anyway. you can’t change the people’s opinion. Give them elections, expose them to western culture, and hopefully, like every western nation had to do on its own, they’ll develop as a population towards a more liberal, tolerant attitude” wow, you sure you want to say that. makes you sound like a bigot to say western culture is more advanced than islamic culture.

    “they’ll develop as a population” does that mean they are currently not developed? how racist is that???????????????? dude maybe you didn’t get the memo. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO QUESTION OTHER CULTURES?

    you bigot.

    always good to hear from ya’ll.

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