A number of developments caused me outright amusement. First, Barak Hussein, and to a lesser extent the other Western leaders, suddenly discovered an intense interest in ‘giving the Egyptian people their voice’. Fine, but what about the last thirty years? And do they really believe that anyone in the Arab or Muslim world will be even slightly taken in by their new-found commitment to democracy and openness?
And the Swiss, you gotta hand it to them. They take their hypocrisy seriously. Just as they did when the Tunisian leader was overthrown, they have now frozen Mubarak’s ill-gotten gains housed in Switzerland. Why? It seems pointless from any perspective. If, like Barak, they hope to crawl a few inches closer to the moral high ground, well, they can't really believe that, can they? It also seems crazy from a practical and financial perspective (which is what they really worry about). Any self-respecting tyrant will in future surely not use Swiss banks to stash his ill-gotten gains? Hard to see then what the Swiss can gain at all from their actions.
Then we have the joyous celebrations everywhere. Freedom at last! A New Dawn for the Arab world! Things will never be the same! Well, actually, things will continue pretty much the same as they always have. A new dictator will emerge in due course who will rule the country with an iron fist, plunder it, and seek to have his spawn continue his dynasty. It will almost certainly be more Islamic that previously, but that won't make much difference either.
I say this because the overwhelming mass of Egyptians have no appreciation of democracy (as we understand it) or of religious freedom. I laughed out loud at the results of a fairly recent Pew Research poll in that country. I don't have the exact figures, but something like 90% supported the idea of ‘freedom to practice one’s religion’. Good. However, a similar percentage supported the idea that ‘apostates from Islam should be put to death’.
We may laugh, as I did. But there’s a deadly serious take from it. And that is, leave Muslim societies to themselves, and keep Muslims out of the West. We cannot fix the unfixable – we only make it worse by trying - and Muslims will never accept Western secular liberal norms.
Therefore, it’s truly beyond my comprehension as to why our ‘leaders’ continue to adopt what Steve Sailer calls the ‘invade the world, invite the world’ approach.
Truly, we are governed by our enemies.