Have the Islamists won after all?
I accuse myself of being a Pollyanna. Call it faith, hope, or positive thinking, but sometimes I still wonder if I’m just an ostrich with my head buried in the sand. I hear the suggestions, predictions & innuendos, but I don’t let them penetrate. Forging (or floundering!) blindly ahead, I walk smack into that proverbial brick wall. They told me it was there, but I barely considered that it might really be there. On the other hand, “Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger…as the Lord’s servant?” (Isaiah 42: 19)
We were warned. Many suggested that the Arab uprisings for freedom may really be the result of seeds carefully sown by Islamic radicals, a power ploy. ‘Once governments are destabilized, then toppled, we’ll move in for the kill’ – that kind of scheme…well, that made sense. After all, we are talking about the Middle East. Yet, though such manipulations may very well have taken place, they could just as well have been part of the tool God used to bring about such regime-shaking revolution. He intervenes in the affairs of men. To everything there is a time and season…
So, for a brief while we were in limbo. Who started all this? With what motives? Exactly who are the players? Then, there is an accusation that the United States was involved in stirring up the dissension, planning to remain stand-offish, let chaos ensue and then, let radicals rule. I forget what our purpose for supposedly pulling all this off is. (I read this accusation in a comment on a site I don’t usually visit, and I haven’t been able to figure out which one it was.) It is true that the United States did not rush in, boots-on-the-ground with a long-term strategy! but my understanding was/is that Iraq and AfPak were enough already…
A Washington Times editorial advocating more active U.S. involvement in Libya, points to the damaging potential of a ‘U.S. leadership vacuum’, and states that the Obama administration has ‘subtly promoted’ the rise of Islamist parties there by not supporting the more pro-Western ones. This analysis certainly seems to partially mirror the above accusation. Whatever the reason for a lesser American presence in regards to today’s Libya, that void does allow for another presence to occupy. “The working assumption should be that every faction will seek opportunities to expand their power and increase their influence over whatever system emerges.” concludes the Times editorial. In this scenario, the “the Islamists will play to win.” Though I myself have read previous rebuttals to such intent, downplaying ambitions & plans, specifically Muslim Brotherhood-related, my skepticism has remained. The rebuttals seemed too white-washed. “Islamists are more than willing to dupe credulous westerners by telling them what they are eager to hear”, advises the Times,and Raymond Ibrahim, Islam specialist, writer for Jihad Watch and on his own site ‘pundicity’, adds
“…conniving Islamists who spoon-feed the world what it wants to hear.”
Ibrahim posits that we Westerners are being duped by the use of the “d” word – democracy – paired up with the Arab rebels, and assume it means to them what it means to us. Well, to some of them, it does. They, the liberals & secularists, are the ones who are concerned about an Islamist, shariah law-producing takeover in these Middle Eastern countries that are supposedly being liberated. And now that the Tunisian elections have produced an Islamist winning party…well…are we seeing the handwriting on the wall? Tunisia, as it turns out, is the country least likely to have been influenced by Islamist parties, so, if they took the plunge…some predict that is evidence of “…the victory of Islamists in future elections in Egypt and Libya.”
There is an abundance of related material all over the net. I could read nothing else but that, and end up with eyestrain every day. Enough…I am sufficiently convinced that the Arab uprisings sparked, then fueled by long-denied personal liberty, dignity & freedom of choice (and whatever other propellants may have been present) is very much in danger of an Islamic hijacking. Eden was not without its serpent. And though God created the Eden into which that reptile slithered, point is, He allowed it access. We should not be surprised that it shows up in other potential Edens.
So where do we go from here?
Deep and fervent prayer should be the first step. Much is at stake.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”