Gaza: Democratic Awakening
Whenever you meet uneducated pseudo intellectual street preachers, more likely than not they will be acolytes of the cult of HT (Hizb ut-Tahrir), or indoctrinated by the Saudi movements in rejecting democracy as an article of faith. And that strain of disenfranchisement is now more than ever proving a difficult argument to maintain. Yet they cling like idolaters holding on to a false idol to justify their stance. I can hear you ask, what is the false idol they cling to? Well seeing as you asked, the false idol is a metaphor for an article of their faith. Their argument is that Abraham Lincoln said Democracy is a "Government of the people, by the people, for the people," meaning man made laws are paramount over God’s laws, thereby accepting man as the ultimate legislator...blah blah, dogma, shirk, bida..etc.etc.
While they quote Abraham Lincoln, the anti-democracy argument has been dealt another logical body blow, if not a death blow, at least another crushing rib breaking reality of the flaws of their insidious anti-democratic and in fact anti-Islamic ideology. Parts of the Muslim world which have thrown off the yoke of their tyrants have responded in a much more positive and constructive way than their despotic forbears. Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia along with the still totalitarian (but benign) Qatar, have led the Muslim worlds stronger than usual condemnation and open support for the Palestinians. We are still yet to see the result, but regardless of the result the intentions are pure, and should be supported.
In previous times, Israel could rely on the nod and wink from the Sphinx headed pharaoh Mubarak, who was the anvil to the Israeli hammer, however Israel now finds itself under intense pressure from Egypt. And be under no doubt that pressure isn’t coming solely from the Egyptian government which is still grappling with the post Mubarak blues of chaos, unemployment, poor security, and corruption. That pressure isn’t just coming from the party members, it is coming from the people. Any elected government, if it wants to stay elected, needs a mandate from the people.
When the Egyptian President Morsi said "Egypt today is not the Egypt of yesterday, Arabs today are not the Arabs of yesterday," he was indicating a change in strategic relationship with Israel, and a strategic change in the peoples’ mindset; that the people will no longer accept such blatant Israeli aggression, while its government condones it.
When the Tunisian foreign minister went to Gaza, he, and an elected official representative of his people, demonstrated in one flight what the Ben Ali government failed to do for two decades; a solidarity with the Palestine. And don’t forget the activist government of Turkey, which has solidly supported the Palestinians in words and deeds, representing the will of the people.
Everywhere the democratic movement has won over from the tyranny before it, the Muslims have had the freedoms of worship in private, public and politically that they never had before. The democratic movements have pushed the Islamic agenda and empowered and politicised Muslims far and beyond anything since the early dawn of the misguided and ultimately damning Arab nationalism, and the tyrants that went with it.
But before you read this and think, nice put down of HT and the anti-democracy knuckle dragging cave Muslims, but what about the quote?. Why haven’t you rebutted their quote?
MPACUK is dismissive of the (mis) quote. Either the people who spout this are ignorant and don’t know how to use the internet, or are liars and are happy to lie to deceive Muslims. They have to be one or the other. Because the real quote, easily found and easily understood is: “That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Funny how they never mention the “this nation, under God” part...Liars or just ignorant you decide?
Note: The Gettysburg address is reproduced in its entirety, reaffirming the principles of the War of Independence against the British Monarchy, and fought to keep the abolitionist Union whole and integral against the secessionists and Slave owning Confederacy. The place was the Gettysburg cemetery just after the famous Battle of the same name.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.