Ever since Islamists took office in
But now we can see that these Islamic groups are taking us for fools.
Defending that broken promise, one Muslim Brotherhood leader after another explained that they changed their mind to save
If that is so, then how do you explain the speech Shater gave in
So are we to believe that Shater, if elected, would abandon the life philosophy he espoused last year and follow Western examples that he abhors?
Today, Shater is not advertising his actual views. But another candidate, an ultra-conservative with a large following,
Think for a moment about what has actually happened. Youths with modern ideas, resulting in part from what they've learned online, were the engines of the revolts that threw the dictators out of office. But when elections came, most people voted for what they knew. That's not democracy; none of those states have any significant history of that or exposure to it from their neighbors. For Egyptians, Tunisians, Libyans, the haven from brutal dictatorship has been religion. So, not surprisingly, they elected religious leaders.
But now all of these countries are in one way or another beholden to the West.
Imagine if an American politician -- a mayor, a governor, a congressman -- was thrust suddenly into a leadership position in a deeply Islamic state. The American would find he had to talk the talk. But in his heart would he ever be able to abandon the democratic ideals that have served as the foundations of his life? Certainly not.
That set off a furor. Nonetheless, a short time later he said his views are "moderate" but then added: "As a Muslim country, we have adopted the Islamic Sharia as the main source of law. Accordingly, any law that contradicts Islamic principles with the Islamic Sharia is ineffective legally."
His interviewer asked him whether those comments were simply "a means to evade using the word 'Sharia.'"
"I disagree with this insistence on sticking to specific words," he retorted.
We should never have believed them.
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