Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The West Prefers Secular Fascism Over Islamic
Democracy in the Middle East
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 5, 2015
In light of the conspicuously duplicitous attitudes adopted by the
West toward the cause of liberty in the Arab world, it is amply clear by
now that the West is explicitly more comfortable with secular fascism,
with all its brutal ugliness, than with Islamic democracy.
is the inevitable conclusion that any honest observer of western
behavior in the Middle East would reach.
There are those who
would argue that Islamic democracy is a contradiction in terms. But this
argument is largely disingenuous and likely to be driven by a
combination of Islamophobia, ignorance and ill-will as such critics
would voice no problem with other religion-based democracies such as the
Hindu democracy and Israeli democracy.
Indeed, the embrace by the West of brazenly
murderous regimes as in countries such as Syria and Egypt has become
quite plain. Even the notoriously half-hearted western reservations
about human rights violations by tyrannical Arab regimes have become
more infrequent and utterly scant and insincere.
example, the hundreds of recently-passed death- sentences issued by
Egyptian "courts" against the bloody coup's political opponents,
especially members and supporters of the biggest political group in
Egypt, namely the Muslim Brotherhood.
Reactions by western
capitals to these draconian theatrical sentences have been terse and
minimal to say the very least. This gives the impression that western
governments are more or less comfortable with virulent secular fascism
standing behind this shameless vengeance.
To be sure, the West
doesn’t lack the required accurate data to know the truth about the
situation in every Arab country from Mauritania on the Atlantic to
Bahrain in the easternmost part of the Arab world. But the West does
lack the necessary rectitude, honesty and good will to pursue a
consistently moral policy that is detached from historical vengeance,
overwhelming greed and parochial imperialistic expediency.
are numerous legitimate questions any ordinary Arab would raise about
the western approach to the cause of liberty in the Arab world,
questions that western leaders and spokespersons would either dodge or
So why is the West backing, actively
supporting, abetting and enabling the cause of virulent dictatorship and
fascism in the Arab world?
Why is the West watching, passively
if not gleefully, as a manifestly evil and self-absorbed psychopath is
murdering his own people and destroying his own country for no reason
other than wanting to extend the rule of his clan or sect for a few more
Why is the west endearing itself to and propping up a
murderous dictator, who carried out a bloody coup against democracy and
concocted all sorts of false measures, including using the country's
justice system to give his criminal acts a façade of legality and
Why is the West completely apathetic to decidedly
criminal regimes that routinely and consistently violate the basic human
rights and civil liberties of their citizens?
Doesn't the West
realize that the police-state apparatuses in the bulk of Arab countries
generate powerful destructive boomerang effects that seriously damage
The answer to such questions is abundantly
clear: The West is malicious, and knowingly so. But that is the way it
is, as the late CBS News anchor Walter Chronkite used to say.
the final analysis, western officials, who choose to be honest, would
tell you rather brazenly that "we are strong, and you are weak, and that
the strong can subjugate the weak. We are rich and you are poor, and the
rich can dictate and force his conditions on the poor. We do what we
want because we can."
The ball in the Muslims' court
light, it would be an expression of crippling gullibility and endless
naïveté for Muslims to continue to appeal to western morality in the
hope that the West would amend it moral compass in deference to the
legitimate aspirations of Arab masses. This wishful thinking or
day-dreaming is tantamount to seeking justice inside a thieves' den or
seeking safety in a snake hole.
Have we forgotten that the West
that is now watching rather gleefully Bashar el-Assad exterminate the
Syrian people and Abdul Fattah el-Sissi install an anti-Islam fascism in
Egypt is the very same West that created Israel in Palestine and
provided it, and is still providing it, with all the necessary means to
liquidate the Palestinian people in order to create a pure Jewish
Talmudic state where non-Jews are treated as water carriers and wood
Have we forgotten that the West that is now bombing
Muslims in many lands is the same West that exterminated millions of
innocent native Americans, and then celebrated the genocide as "manifest
The West has always behaved in such manner, which
prompted Samuel P. Huntington to admit that "The West won the world not
by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion…. but rather by
its superiority in applying organized violence."
earned not granted
We Muslims need to fathom the timeless
principle that liberty is earned not granted. The West or the entire
the world will not do the job on our behalf. We must also not lose
direction as we pursue our legitimate goal. To put it more bluntly, we
must not lose Islam and democracy in our efforts to establish Islam and
Likewise, we must not strive to please and appease
the West. They won't accept us, no matter what we do. Only if and when
we abandon our faith will the West alter its approach to us.
Arab poet, I think Imam al-Shafie, may God be pleased with him, said:
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“Wala Tarjo-ssamahat min Bakhilen Fama- finnari lithmaani Maao
(Don't expect kindness from a cruel man, for the thirsty won’t find
water in fire)
In short Muslims, individuals and political
movements, should stop counting on the West, especially the U.S., UK,
and France, to help Muslims attain liberty and true independence. This
is because the West is a great part of the problem and can hardly be
part of the solution.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran
Palestinian journalist and current affairs commentator living in
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