At the beginning I suported the “arab spring” and in some way I continue to suport it but the development of the historical events conected with that revolution made me thought and doubt of the real intentions of some protesters. I’m writing this because of what is hapening in Egypt. At the present time, this arab country is living a new revolution after the one that thrown away Mubarak from the power. Now the egyptian people is demanding the exit of power by the army. In Egypt the army is controling the power since 1952 and after the fall of Mubarak a military junta took the control of the country, promising not to stay longtime, only until new presidential elections. But this was a many time ago and many egytians returned to streets by fear of see the military junta remain in power indefenitly. For the majority of foreigner vision this news riots are to search a true democracy, principaly for a left political vision so solidary with the “arab spring”. But is is true that many persons call for democracy is also true that this last manifestations in Egypt have behind them the “Muslin Brotherhood”, a islamic political party, and knowing what we know about countries with islamic powers it’s fair to ask if this party it’s really looking for a true democracy. They say they are moderates like for example the islamic party that is in power in Turkey but even Turkey is a moderate country in comparision with other islamic countries it’s far of be a real democracy. As I said before in others articles, religion and politics should never be uniteds and we see the errors of this union in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia or Turkey in a much minor level. So it’s reliable the search for democracy by a islamic party? Well I don’t know but in case of doubt I think that the “Muslin Brotherhood” could help in a much better way the egyptian people as a social organisation than as political party. As all the other islamic parties.
But the rise of islamic forces it’s not only in Egypt. Tunisia is a case still more curious. Before the fall of Ben Ali, this country was the most closer of the occidental way of life. For example, the womens had rights as they weren’t in any other islamic country. What happened after? The young blogers made the revolution but were the islamic forces that took advantage of this revolution as showed in the following election won by the Ehnada. In both cases it’s like a sense of dissapointment because if in the beginning the world believed in the establishment of democracy in Egypt and Tunisia, what we see now is the rise of power by islamic forces and this is not god for some human rights that can be put in danger. Of course the “arab spring” was a positive event because showed that democracy is possible in arab countries but at the same time if is a democracy that represents a retrocess and is weak, so it’s so strong as a dictature. For example what is hapening actually in Tunisia can be see as a threat for women rights. As example young womens are obliged of wearing the veil before enter at the university, also some womens teachers have been atacked by the students only because they used skirts and an elected women from Ehnada called Souad Abderrahim and considered as modernist shocked when she said that single mothers are like “freaks of nature”*. After this many tunisien womens begun to protest but the risk is very big of see the “arab spring” transformed in a triomph of the radical islam. And if I talked only in Egypt and Tunisia, the same is also happening in Siria where the riots are provoked more by islamists than democracy believers. The dificulty of those that are looking for a true democracy where all are treated equal is that the only two ways seems to be the a military dictature or a religion one and the consequences of this are very bad for that part of the world and neighbors. We hope that at least that Tunisia, Egypt and Syria would be as Turkey but for that is necessary more than a revolution.
* Metromonde, “Les Tunisiennes dans la crainte” (in french), November 23th 2011