Tunisia and Egypt are a blow to Islamophobia

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By Enrique Tessieri

The joy and the historic day celebrated this evening in Egypt after the resignation of Hosni Mubarak can be felt everywhere.  The emancipation of the Egyptians, after thirty years of rule by an autocratic and corrupt regime supported by the West, is contagious and will certainly spread to other parts of the region. People power in the Arab world will also be a long-term blow to the pet topic of far-right parties: Islam.

Building a country from the rubbles of a corrupt and autocratic regime will not be easy. But if the Egyptians, Tunisians and other countries succeed in the region it will not only bolster their national self-esteem but win further admiration of the Europeans and people throughout the world.

Like Latin America in the Cold War, the US and the West has had the same goal in the Arab world: Have a key say in the internal affairs and control vital resources.

The biggest losers to democracy in the region will be the Islamophobic far-right parties of Europe and radical Islam.  It will also force Israelis to rethink their relationship with their neighbors.

    • Enrique

      –No doubt the dirty tricks department is already whispering in the generals’ ears.

      I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

  1. Klay_Immigrant

    I watched a documentary called ‘Dispatches: Lessons in Hate and Violence’ on Islamic faith schools in Britain and it showed scenes that didn’t suprise myslef and others you know exactly what Islam invloves. The programme is presented by reporter Tazeen Ahmad so this isn’t some Right-Wing conspiracy production. She said the footage was evidence of a “hardline, intolerant and highly antisocial version of Islam” taught in independent Islamic schools.

    ‘The Birmingham footage was obtained by an undercover reporter posing as a volunteer, using a hidden camera. It showed a preacher at Darul Uloom, a fee-paying school in Small Heath, making offensive remarks about Hindus, ranting about non-Muslims and telling pupils they face torture in the afterlife if they adopt western customs such as dancing or listening to music. He tells them to avoid more liberal Muslims. “The person who’s got less than a fistful of beard, then you should stay away from him the same way you should stay away from a serpent or a snake.”

    ‘Another group are told in an assembly: “The disbelievers, they are the worst of all people. The Hindus do, they drink piss, I’ve told you this. Do they have any intellect? No.”

    Here’s an article on it.

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/articles/lessons-in-hate-and-violence-feature

    and the video

    • Enrique

      Good going, Klay. Thank you for pointing these problems out and which should be addressed by the law. However, there is a major flaw in your “reporting:” You are using this footage to incite hatred and label a whole group of people.

      I checked out Youtube and found many clips on domestic violence by WHITES. I did not want to post them here because they may offend some. However, I am not going to label ALL men as criminals or this group or that. This is the difference and if you study in university you should at least know better.

    • Enrique

      –‘Another group are told in an assembly: “The disbelievers, they are the worst of all people. The Hindus do, they drink piss, I’ve told you this. Do they have any intellect? No.”

      OK, fine, but what is your point? Where are you leading us with all this? That is the question your clips and you do not want to answer. But what you are trying to do is label and ostracize a whole group because of this disturbing video. Change your strategy. It is too obvious to many. Deal with the issue don’t start labelling whole groups.

    • Enrique

      –That was just the 1st of 5 parts of the documentary. They all can be found on youtube.

      Do you want me to show you some very disturbing behavior by white Brits? What about Germans? USAmericans? White Latinos? It’s easy. But I will not throw labels at whole groups.

      Tony asked me if the case of rape by a black man of a white woman was “racism.” It isn’t. It’s criminal activity, a felony.

  2. Klay_Immigrant

    -‘I checked out Youtube and found many clips on domestic violence by WHITES.’

    The key word in that is DOMESTIC ie. acted by individuals on their own accord in their own homes. The difference is these Muslim schools are funded by Islamic organisations who some in turn are funded by the tax payer and these acts are performed under the roof and employment of these institutions without any reservations.

    • Enrique

      –The key word in that is DOMESTIC ie. acted by individuals on their own accord in their own homes.

      Is it? I went to a Catholic School in Los Angeles and many of the scenes in the clip could have taken place at our school. I was slapped in the face by an IRISH nun in front of the class because I did not address her as sister. One father at our school was a pedophile. Three students got $1 million compensation for his crimes. The name of the school is Blessed Sacrament School of Hollywood. Do you want me to go on?

      The issue is that physical and social abuse as well as bullying in school should never be accepted. Society has a responsiblity to act against such crimes.

  3. Klay_Immigrant

    -‘Is it? I went to a Catholic School in Los Angeles and many of the scenes in the clip could have taken place at our school.’

    When was that Enrique? The 50’s, 60’s or even 70’s. Times have changed. In Britain caning school kids was normal back then. Does that happen now? Ofcourse not. That’s the difference. Here you are again comparing the past with the present or future and is just is not a logical way to view matters.

    • Enrique

      –When was that Enrique? The 50′s, 60′s or even 70′s. Times have changed.

      I don’t think pedophilia was normal back then. What happened then happens today. But we cannot go around labelling whole groups as a result. It’s wrong. That is not the way it works unless you are making a hit-below-the-belt political statement.

  4. Klay_Immigrant

    What was considered normal behaviour back then would be shocking now such as caning in schools and what was taboo back then would be fine today like homosexuality. So to compare the same events now to yesteryear is completely inaccurate as minds and perceptions have totally changed.

    • Enrique

      –So to compare the same events now to yesteryear is completely inaccurate as minds and perceptions have totally changed.

      I disagree. What you saw yesterday you see today.

  5. JusticeDemon

    A few more qualifying expressions: ritual, ecclesiastical/monastic, Masonic, military, recreational/sadomasochistic, DSH.

    Let’s start with the three that you nominated.

  6. Tony Garcia

    Ok, let me see if I get this right. The situation in Egypt is a blow to all of us who have been saying that Muslims hate us and the only way for a Muslim country to have a western friendly government witch accepts the Israel’s right to exists is by undemocratically enforcing it. So now the Egyptian undemocratically enforced western friendly government witch accepts the Israel’s right to exists will be replace by a democratically elected government led by the Muslim Brotherhood and mentored my Iran… Hmm… How wrong we are, aren’t we?

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