Islamists claim win in Tunisia’s Arab Spring vote
The Arab Spring began in Tunisia when one man set himself on fire because he could no longer feed his family due to rising food prices. His actions set off a chain of events that resulted in Egypt and Libya, toppling their despots with Syria, Yemen and Bahrain perhaps next in line. Now we see the first results of the Arab Spring as elections were held in Tunisia. One thing is for certain, while some pundits are hailing this election as a victory for democracy, I would point out that the newly formed government in Tunisia is a far cry from the Jeffersonian democracy that we enjoy in the United States.
At the heart of the Tunisian elections is what is being called a moderate Islamist party. However, further scrutiny reveals that these so-called moderates are embracing Sharia law which is a far cry from the freedoms that we enjoy in the west. Sharia means that women will be deemed second class citizens and minorities will have Dhimi or second class status, which means that they will more than likely have to pay a special tax known as the Jhiza. What will happen to the Christian and Jewish minorities is anyones guess, but I would imagine that most will leave the country.
The new government has also sanctioned polygamy which again synchs with Islam’s allowing up to four wives. How does that benefit women? The Feminist in the west are strangely silent….
The picture above shows a group of cheering women all covered in Hijabs. My question is this, will they still be cheering let’s say a year or two from now?
In closing today’s post: I believe that Tunisia will set a precedent for the MIddle East in that Egypt and Libya may more or less follow suit. If we are honest, there is no spring-board to true Jeffersonian democracy in the Middle East, as all they have known for 1300 years is Islam and Sharia. A strong case can be made that Jeffersonian democracy sprang from the Protestant reformation. How do we arrive at phrases that declare, all men and women are equal and have certain inalienable rights? These concepts are based on the Judeo/Christian Bible. The recent elections do not surprise me in the least and in fact, it is what I expected. How will Tunisia treat Israel? How will Tunisia govern its minorities? Will the newly elected government be one of fairness and equity to all its citizens or will it favor only Moslems. The world is watching…..
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