Saturday, February 25, 2006

Clergy Power is not only in Iraq but in Egypt too


Iraq was attacked severely in a very barbaric way last week in an attempt to cause a civil war. It has been noticed lately that the number of explosions and suicide attacks in Iraq have declined in comparison to last year. Suicide attacks have been considered a big obstacle towards democracy in Iraq. Their decline meant a lot to the Iraqis and international community, and particularly the US. However, enemies of freedom and democracy could not take it. They just had to plan an attack to hurt and wound the very core of the Iraqi society. Those enemies of freedom could have never had a better choice than attacking a Shiite Holy Shrine. They knew how important those shrines are to all Muslims especially Shiites and that reprisal attacks will destabilize the fledging democracy of Iraq.

First, rumors in the Middle Eastern neighboring countries accused Israel and the United States for being the main perpetrators behind the attacks on the Holy Golden Dome Shrine. The Zionist conspiracy theme does not stop pumping smart ideas as usual. The notion of freedom is not yet established in the Middle East countries. So many cannot see that many countries in the western world including the U.S. realized that peace the Middle East cannot be achieved without democratic governments and that the world will not be safe from the evils of terrorism without peoples enjoying the fruits of democracy and freedom.

The clergy power emerged as the sole mediator to calm down the Iraqi people. The state or the Iraqi politicians are still enjoying a fragile position. Of course, enemies of freedom know this very well. They placed a very timely attack on the Holy Shrine, believing that the new national unity government is weak to contain the anger over such an attack. The Iraqi politicians still need time to prove themselves and win credibility among Iraqis. That will take sometime.

When I look to Egypt, where the current regime has been in power for more than 25 years, I find that the government is also seeking the Sheikhs (men of the cloth) for guidance of people. That only shows that time did not make a difference for the Egyptian regime to influence the people to trust the regime. The government is seeking the Sheikhs in the mosques to give advice to the people and raise awareness on the Bird Flu calamity during Friday prayers. This proves that the government is definitely acknowledging the power of the Sheikhs and conceding its failure to advice people directly, due to a lack of credibility.

I do understand the clergy power in Iraq. It is a fledging government, and politicians need time to prove themselves, however there is no for the excuse of the Egyptian government to resort to Sheikhs to talk to the people.

4 Comments:

At 2:00 AM, Blogger Cosmic Duck said...

"So many cannot see that many countries in the western world including the U.S. realized that peace the Middle East cannot be achieved without democratic governments and that the world will not be safe from the evils of terrorism without peoples enjoying the fruits of democracy and freedom".

It is an oversimplification to make the situation in the ME a question of friends and enemies of freedom. It is also a question of peoples' right to selfdetermination. And that was violated when Americans and Danes started a war in Iraq and thereby violating international law. Americans don't do it solely out of blueeyed naïvity for "freedom and democracy". They do it because freedom in their view is primarily an economic term. They want a free playing field for their multinational corporations. Freedom for the big oil companies, Ronnie McDonald, Coca Cola, etc. When it comes to Arabs entering their country, the love of freedom vanishes in mysterious fashion.

 
At 5:27 AM, Blogger Tomanbay said...

cosmic duck?
how about "lame duck"?
I agree with your point on oversimplification, but "Americans and Danes started a war in Iraq"???? what is that??, whoever said anything about any Danes, before this last made up outrage????you're a laughing-stock out of otherwise a good point!

Anyhow, I agree with freedom on the government not having to resort to clergy power, but I'd like her to notice, and again solely for the sake of discusiion, that it is not only Muslim clergy the government listens to.
Apparently they listen to the coptic church also. The banning of the arabic edition of the da vinci code is the best example.
Now, I'm not saying that its ok this way, its not...I'm not saying also that copts are taking too much rights, as some like to say (this is so ironic!!)...my point is far from this. My point is that the government is so weak and feeble, that it practically kneels down for whoever gets the religion card out of the pocket...
that is just pathetic!!

 
At 5:34 AM, Blogger Cosmic Duck said...

Tomanbay.

The Danish parliament made a decision by majority vote to join the war in March 2003. Denmark is a member of the "coalition of the willing", as Colin Powell called it, because it was not legitimized by either the UN or NATO.

This war has not brought much good to Iraq. It is not a fight for "freedom and democracy", but rather for dominance of the ME oil fields.

 
At 6:14 AM, Blogger Tomanbay said...

aiwa...bas whats amusing in ppl like you...is that they seem to find out this info only now!
where were you 3 years ago??

 

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