One other thought on the Arab Spring…

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One other thought on the Arab Spring...

Mark Steyn’s bril­liant piece on the Arab spring con­tains a para­graph that is likely oft passed over but deserv­ing to be high­lighted.

What­ever one feels about the sharia-​enforcing, Jew-​hating, genital-​mutilating enthu­si­asts of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, they do accu­rately reflect a sig­nif­i­cant slice — and per­haps a major­ity — of the Egypt­ian peo­ple. The prob­lem with the old-​school dic­ta­tors was that in the end Mubarak, Ben Ali and Gaddafi didn’t rep­re­sent any­thing other than their Swiss bank accounts.

This is the wild card, in Egypt, Libya, Syria and the rest of the Arab world. The axiomatic truth that peo­ple should have the right to gov­ern them­selves directly classes with the real­ity that what the peo­ple want doesn’t include what we would con­sider basic human rights.

Let us not for­get that the rea­son why Japan is a coun­try that respect these same rights, is because they were imposed by a vic­to­ri­ous United States and allies.

Let us not for­get that the slave trade inter­na­tion­ally was sup­pressed by the might of the British Empire not by the altru­ism of Spain or their for­mer colonies or the Arab world.

Let us not for­get that the rea­son why India is the largest demo­c­ra­tic nation in the world is because those demo­c­ra­tic tra­di­tions came from their colo­nial mas­ters and those same prin­ci­ples only have any bear­ing in many spots world­wide because the sun never set on that British Colo­nial empire.

The days of Kipling and colo­nial­ism are over. We are not going to invade their coun­tries, kill their lead­ers and con­vert them to Chris­tian­ity, nor should we, but that doesn’t mean we should be silent about the val­ues that we believe in, assum­ing we actu­ally DO believe in them nor give finan­cial and mate­r­ial sup­port based on those values.

It’s up to the Arab World if they want to live in the mod­ern world or not, but if they choose to live in the mid­dle ages, per­se­cute Chris­tians and treat their women like chat­tel, they should not expect our sup­port or succor.

And if they choose to make war against Israel or sup­port those who would kill us and do so as the will of their pop­u­lace they should be pre­pared to meet the con­se­quences of a free people’s free decisions.

Rights come with respon­si­bil­i­ties, lets hope the lead­ers who rise from the Arab spring selected by the pop­u­lar will choose to be responsible.

Their call.

Mark Steyn’s brilliant piece on the Arab spring contains a paragraph that is likely oft passed over but deserving to be highlighted.

Whatever one feels about the sharia-enforcing, Jew-hating, genital-mutilating enthusiasts of the Muslim Brotherhood, they do accurately reflect a significant slice — and perhaps a majority — of the Egyptian people. The problem with the old-school dictators was that in the end Mubarak, Ben Ali and Gaddafi didn’t represent anything other than their Swiss bank accounts.

This is the wild card, in Egypt, Libya, Syria and the rest of the Arab world. The axiomatic truth that people should have the right to govern themselves directly classes with the reality that what the people want doesn’t include what we would consider basic human rights.

Let us not forget that the reason why Japan is a country that respect these same rights, is because they were imposed by a victorious United States and allies.

Let us not forget that the slave trade internationally was suppressed by the might of the British Empire not by the altruism of Spain or their former colonies or the Arab world.

Let us not forget that the reason why India is the largest democratic nation in the world is because those democratic traditions came from their colonial masters and those same principles only have any bearing in many spots worldwide because the sun never set on that British Colonial empire.

The days of Kipling and colonialism are over. We are not going to invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity, nor should we, but that doesn’t mean we should be silent about the values that we believe in, assuming we actually DO believe in them nor give financial and material support based on those values.

It’s up to the Arab World if they want to live in the modern world or not, but if they choose to live in the middle ages, persecute Christians and treat their women like chattel, they should not expect our support or succor.

And if they choose to make war against Israel or support those who would kill us and do so as the will of their populace they should be prepared to meet the consequences of a free people’s free decisions.

Rights come with responsibilities, lets hope the leaders who rise from the Arab spring selected by the popular will choose to be responsible.

Their call.