Many Western analysts have welcomed the demonstrations currently roiling Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere in the Middle East as an outpouring of democratic sentiment against repressive authoritarian rulers – and that they are. But it is no coincidence that Islamic supremacist pro-Sharia leaders and groups are also applauding these demonstrations. They know that if the people truly rule in the Middle East, so will Islamic law (Sharia). For belying the widespread assumption in the West that Islamic supremacists, whether violent or stealthy, represent only a tiny minority of extremists among Muslims, in reality the imperative for Islamic rule (which is also the ultimate goal of jihad terror attacks) enjoys broad popular support among Muslims.Capiche naifs? It's the sharia. Always has been. Always will be.
And if you don't believe me, check out the aptly named and fore'er in effect Cairo Declaration. (Variation on old riddle: What's black and white and blood red all over? Answer: The Cairo Declaration for Human Rights in Islam.)
Update: Eric Margolis (why, oh why does AM640 continue to employ this apologist for Islamism as a regular pundit?) tries to allay fears about the Muslim Bro's and their agenda:
The Brotherhood is not an Iranian-style extreme Islamic movement, contrary to alarms being spread by neocons and the often poorly-informed US media.Au contraire. The Muslim Brotherhood's raison d'etre has always been the installation of sharia, which, as they see it, is mankind's one and only acceptable--being God's perfect--law. We should not--we should never--allow ourselves to be misled by the likes of Eric Margolis.
In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood has long eschewed politics to concentrate on social, religious and educational issues. If anything, it has been ultra-conservative, even stodgy and timid. But it also represents the Washington’s best potential ally if Egypt’s military regime falls. We should not be misled by self-serving warnings about Islamic bogeymen.
Update: How--and why--the Muslim Brotherhood's Egyptian strategy is succeeding. A non-Margolis comments:
"They [the Muslim Brotherhood] don't want to appear as if they're using this revolt to seize power," said Wahid Abdul Magid, an analyst at the Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo. "What they want is free and fair elections to allow them to take power transparently. This would show their real popularity in the Egyptian street."