Arab Winter update

14 December 2012

9:54 AM

14 December 2012

9:54 AM

Rachid al-Ghannouchi is a great British success story. This Muslim Brotherhood leader sought asylum in Britain in 1989 and stayed here throughout the reign of Tunisian dictator President Ben Ali. After the recent Tunisian revolution Ghannouchi returned to his native land, bringing with him the values of tolerance and democracy he learned in the UK.

Whoops – that last part is wrong. Since returning to Tunisia this Brotherhood leader and leading Hamas fan, has – through his leadership of the major Brotherhood party in the coalition – helped to lead Tunisia down the road of Islamic fascism.

The latest news on Great Britain’s export is that he recently took part in Tunisia in an ‘International Conference in Support of Palestinian Prisoners in the Jails of the Zionist Occupation.’ This event was such a bigging up of Hamas that the Palestinian Authority were invited as ‘observers’ rather than ‘representatives’ of the Palestinian people , and thus boycotted the conference.


Among the stars of the event was Ahlam al-Tamimi, sentenced for her role in the suicide bombing of an Israeli pizza restaurant, where she helped murder eight children. She was released under the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. Here she is on Hamas TV expressing her delight at her action, despite her initial disappointment when i hearing on the radio that she might have only helped to kill three Jews:

‘I admit that I was a bit disappointed because I had hoped for a larger toll. Yet when they said “three dead,” I said: ‘Allah be praised’…Two minutes later, they said     on the radio that the number had increased to five. I wanted to hide my smile, but I just couldn’t. Allah be praised, it was great’ etc etc.

Anyhow – at the enlightened Tunisian event alongside Ms al-Tamimi, Britain’s own gift to the region, Mr Ghannouchi announced:

‘Every day, the ummah is getting closer to the liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine…’

And he also added:

‘Allah, permit me to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque, or [grant] me martyrdom at Jerusalem’s doorstep.

As I keep on saying, if you were a Tunisian liberal in recent decades Britain did nothing for you. If you were a Tunisian fascist then we did everything we could.

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  • statman

    Yeah ,yeah the islamofascists are child killers(which they are),but the Israelis love Arab children .Thats why they killed over 100 of them in the Gaza incursion.The Fact is they are as bad as each other. But what really pisses me off is snivelling Zionist career greasers like you trying to involve our people in their mad wars and mad politics.

    • Simon Morgan

      -Who killed the children in the Gaza incursion? I’ll let you into a secret only a few don’t know yet – Hamas uses women and children as shields, and despite the ‘Zionists’ heroic efforts to avoid all civilian casualties, some were inevitable. I know, it’s not what you’ve been brainwashed with. But it is the truth. Wake up and smell the coffee.

  • Daniel Maris

    I think the fact that the Islamists only won a (dodgy) poll with 56% in Egypt has to be seen as encouraging. It also completely calls into question our policy of the last 40 years. If we had been backing democrats in Egypt rather than dictators, perhaps we might have seen a real majority for democracy in that key country by now.

    I still think it’s the only policy to pursue: radical support for democrats, up to and including military support for real democrats who have a chance of winning power.

    • Hosius11

      The principle fault of the Brits in Egypt was to turn a blind eye to Mubarak ruthlessly crushing moderate parties, whilst encouraging lucrative arms trade deals and resting content with encouraging the tourist trade. Had we lobbied harder for social justice, transparency and democracy, Egypt might not have taken as sharp a lurch to the past, as it has. The rocks are ahead for Mursi.

      • AY

        oh c’mon, there is no civil society there.
        no traditions of separation of powers, no individual freedom, no freedom of speech, even problems with trivial literacy.

        democracy == mob rule
        social justice == enslavement of minorities
        government == mafia
        economy == eating international aid
        education == islamic mythology

        these folks are hopleless.

        • Hosius11

          No, you greatly understimate the changes among and the openness of Arab youth. Many even of the Salafis are uniquely fascinated as much as appalled by Israel,and they feel the strength of its challenge. They are still bound by the iron cords of the prejudices of their parents and busy elaborating their own, but they are beginning to know and feel how flimsy and implausible they are. I write from my own discussions with Egyptian radicals in Arabic in Egypt.

          • AY

            yeah yeah openness of arab youth is our everything.

            in everyday car bombs in iraq
            in mass murder, beheadings in syria
            in genocides in sudan
            in slave-owning in saudi arabia
            in terrorism against Israel
            in riots in Egypt
            in gang violence in Marseille and Paris
            in rapes in Denmark, Sweden and Norway

            they are very open to the use of laptops and iphones for fast communication, to watch internet porn, and to learn how to connect electronic components of IED.
            progresssive youth, our future.
            hail them for this openness.

        • Mr. Blobby

          The Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘Freedom and Justice’ party is just another Islamic scam designed for idiot westerners’ consumption. Muslims themselves know it means ‘Freedom’ from man-made law, and ‘justice’ under Islamic shari’ah law. That’s all it means, and all it has or will ever mean. The full implementation of Islam IS ‘Freedom’, or perfect slavery. Why would they want western style government when they already have their own 1400 year old system of social, economic, and political governance?

    • T. Botham

      The history of Britain’s bungling in Egypt goes back more than 40 years. The same mistake is made over and over again: a thug is propped up in power on the assumption that he will be guided by Britain. It is nonsense to say Britain should have been backing “democrats,” whether real or not. It should have backed good governance – its own, until the institutions to continue that governance locally were in place – not the “nationalists” fighting to replace Empire with nationalist tyranny. America and Israel are making the same mistakes Britain did, infected by the same socialist historicism. Throwing away its imperial power was a costly error, paid for by millions of people in dislocation, dispossession, death and oppression. See Elie Kedourie’s “The Chatham House Version.”

      • Daniel Maris

        If you think a nation of 50 million could hang on to a far flung empire of 500 million in the modern age, you are deluded.

        • T. Botham

          That was the exactly the thinking at the time Britain threw off its empire. It suddenly became obvious to Toynbee and every right-thinking person that empire was passe and nationalism the inevitable future. So autocracies were created to rule over disparate populations, causing terrible harm.

          “Hanging on” until civil institutions were established was morally correct, a duty – burden – that was shrugged off irresponsibly.

  • AY

    arab winter update – breaking news, middle east is transformed into killing fields mixed with fascist fiefdoms and chaotic wastelands.

    what else could one expect from nations that reject rational reasoning, follow barbaric pre-biblical moral codes, raise tribal, religious and sectarian prejudice and supremacist fantasies above basic humanity – and proud of all of the above.

    • Trofim

      An excellent summary of events. But REAL Islam is different – it’s pink and fluffy.

    • Ron Todd

      I think the difference between them and the west is not pre and post biblical moral codes but pre and post enlightenment moral codes.

  • Andy Gill

    Gannouchi is typical of the Islamofascist ruler.

    Incapable of running a country, he sits on his fat arse waiting for Allah to deliver prosperity to his people. And when, despite all his prayers and piety, that doesn’t happen, he needs a scapegoat to divert the peoples’ attention from his failures. If it wasn’t Israel, it would be the Christians, or the Americans or the Kurds, or anyone at all except the bunch of religious fanatics actually responsible.

    This pattern has been repeated throughout the Middle East for decades.

  • Sguest

    I live in Tunisia. One needs to understand the worst swear words in Arabic to appreciate what is said of Ghannouchi whenever his name is mentioned!

    You are right about Hamas. Its leader was invited to Tunisia by Ghannouchi, along with various fundamentalist clerics. Ghannouchi also called tthe Salafists his “brothers”. He pretends to be reasonable and open-minded in public but he is the opposite – an extremely dangerous person for anyone who wants to see Tunisia as a free and prosperous country.

    He was imprisoned in the 1980s because he was trying to overthrow thie Tunisian government to install an Iranian style Islamic state. He was also the founder and leader of the Islamic Tendency Movement that was responsible for letting off bombs in hotels in Hammamet, Sousse and Monastir. Fortunately there were no deaths but a young English girl lost her foot at the Hannibal Palace Hotel. The then government offered to pay all her medical bills for the rest of her life.

    Fortunately, Ghannouchi’s political party, Ennahadha, has become so unpopular that it will not be voted in again, assuming that there will be any more elections! They are doing all the usual things to stay in power such as giving all important posts around the country to friends and family. For example, the Foreign Minister is Ghannouchi’s son-in-law!

    The worst thing that happened to Tunisia since its independence in 1956 was the return of Ghannouchi from the UK.

    • Daniel Maris

      Good but you said it: “assuming there will any more elections”. This is why Islamists, and Nazis and Communists (and Monarchists for that matter) shouldn’t be allowed to take part in democratic elections.