Last week I read about an apparent constitutional coup done by the Egyptian judiciary to outlaw Islamist dominance in the newly elected parliament. David D. Kirkpatrick reported on the internet outlet livemint.com of Wall Street Journal that
Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that the Islamist-led parliament must be immediately dissolved, while also blessing the right of Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister to run for president, escalating a battle for power between the remnants of the toppled order and rising Islamists.
That rang a similar bell to what happened in Palestine when back in 2006 Hamas got more seats in the Palestinian parliament than Yasser Arafat Fatah Movement. The West threatened to cut its funding to Palestinians if they allowed democracy to prevail.
And they did. Then Palestinians found themselves divided because of their rather strong dependence on external countries for their official survival.
It is true there may be fundamental elements in Islamist movements. But the outcome of their extremism may in reality be relatively less deadly than foreign policies of capitalist superpowers in pursuit of their economic interests.
Here is one simple example to illustrate the argument. In the Great Lakes Region of Africa, almost 10 million people have died since 1990 because of Western multinationals backed by their respective governments want to secure access to strategic minerals in these countries.
On the Egyptian case, Reuters reported that
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States, long wary of Islamists and which provides $1.3 billion a year in military aid to Egypt, expected the military to fully transfer power to a democratically elected civilian government.
But everyone aware of the hypocrisy of politics and politicians [saying publicly one thing and doing the opposite through a backdoor] would understand what the worried West is trying to do probably working unofficially with Egyptian military forces to outlaw Islamists.
On another note, ICC staffs were upheld in prison in Libya while they were visiting Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in Zintan.
The incident seems ironic knowing that NATO which destroyed the country’s infrastructures and 30,000 lives and 50,000 more wounded could have its judges [that’s the impression ICC investigations into crimes against humanity by leaders gives so far] work and walk free in a country devastated by their bombs’ sponsors.
As one would put it, the West is only interested in the so called democracy when it is convenient for its interests. Otherwise, nobody would understand unconditional support notorious dictators across Africa and elsewhere continue to receive from the same advocates.