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Springtime for Arabs and Arabia (The Guardian’s glorious revolution loses some of its luster)


A guest post by AKUS

Like many others, I am getting tired of the glowing references to “the Arab Awakening” and “the Arab Spring” by naïve Western media happily ignoring the absolute mayhem and hatred that has burst forth in Arab countries.

In light of the thousands that have been murdered as a result of this “Springtime”, with its uncomfortable echo of the famous song from the movie and play “The Producers”, for their own sakes it looks like it would be best for the Arabs in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere to turn the clocks back to winter time and return to their dormant state. You can probably add Iraq and Afghanistan to the list.

Here’s a rough score so far:

Tunisia:  Where the first buds of this inglorious spring broke through. The Guardian, which was avidly publishing articles by Islamic extremist Rachid Ghannouchi’s daughter, Soumaya Ghannouchi, predicting the new world order, has gone quiet. At least 219  killed in the January period, a Catholic priest murdered, and various small-scale shooting of demonstrators continuing from time to time. Elections due on July 24 – and violence expected.

Egypt:  Another Guardian favorite. Islamic militants have been out in force as the supposedly secular army stands by. 12 Copts killed this weekend, 11 or 12 in January. Of course, there was also the brutal attack on Lara Logan, which she recounted on “60 Minutes”, and the calls for war with Israel and death to the Jews.

Libya:  Who can count the dead among the pro-and anti-Gaddafi forces? Hundreds? Thousands? We’ll never know. From the Huffington post: Libya Death Toll Could Be As High As 30,000: U.S.

Bahrain:  Modestly claims a mere 30 dead and 21 activists to be tried.

Yemen:  Who knows? Probably at least 100, maybe many more.

Syria:  At least 800 dead, probably more – the tanks have been sent in

Iraq:  The daily Moslem-on-Moslem slaughter continues – 35 on Thursday or Friday last week to demonstrate the bomber’s distress over the demise of Bin Laden. Thousands killed by Islamic extremists in bombings, shootings and abductions.

Democracy, “springtime”, and “awakening” in the Arab countries appear to reveal that there is a reason why Arabs have always lived under despots. It was simply safer for everyone.

If this is “Springtime for Arabs and Arabia”, what will summer bring? Perhaps there’s a clue from “The Producers”?

6 replies »

  1. “Spring” and “Arab awakening”

    Are the media merely naive or just plain lazy?

    Whichever they are they are masters of this particular category mistake.

  2. Well, they define “Arab Spring” as “Arabs having liberated themselves from their Western colonialist oppressors or puppets of the latter.” As for the incidental Arab-on-Arab, not to mention Muslim-on-non-Muslim, violence, it’s incidental to the whole matter. Can’t make an Occidentalist* omelette without breaking a few eggs, can we?

    *Occidentalism is the antonym of Orientalism and the true intellectual sin of which Edward Said and all his supporters have been guilty.

  3. Get your helmets on….blue ones ….because you gonna have to duck the flying pigs.

    I am going to defend the Guardian here.

    Not because this article is wrong. It is brilliant and spot on.
    But because the Guardian this time around did not stand alone as the deluded paper peddling Arab Muslim loving delusional nonsense.

    In this story the Guardian was just like 99% of the media on both sides of the Atlantic.
    The delusion was universal.

    The Arab spring story was the greatest farce since probably when NYT’s Walter Duranty came back from the Ukraine under Stalin and declared that the streets are filled with trucks transporting food, milk and other good stuff to a happy and content population loving their great leader and looking forward to a great future.

    Aside from the so called right wing blogs, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer…the so called racist Islamophobic bigots….and the evil Fox news, all media celebrated these riots as if this was 1989 all over again.

    Goes to show how much high regard they had for Eastern Europeans back then…. anyways….that was a side note..

    The delusion was installed like a puppet regime and protected by the elites and leaders who peddled it day after day as they suppressed reality.

    I am sure Lara Logan is not deluded anymore…

    But Columbia University is as they just awarded a prize to Al Jazeera for their heroic journalism … worth noting that AJ refused to report the Logan affair but that didn’t stop the school who hosted Ahmadinegad and condemned him only for homophobia, from calling them heroes of media.

    In this story the Guardian was just another brick in the wall…

  4. It is my understanding that the term Arab spring is applied by analogy to the current uprisings with those of 1848.

    Can you please provide a similar list of casualties/outrages for 1848 so we can see just how poorly the Arabs are doing compared to the Europeans?

    I seem to remember very clearly that nearly five thousand were killed in Paris alone.