Mark Steyn updates us on Arab Spring II—which is going about as well as Recovery Summer IV (thanks to Aggie for keeping count):
So how’s that old Arab Spring going? You remember — the “Facebook Revolution.” As I write, they’re counting the votes in Egypt’s presidential election, so by the time you read this the pecking order may have changed somewhat. But currently in first place is the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, who in an inspiring stump speech before the students of Cairo University the other night told them, “Death in the name of Allah is our goal.”
In second place is the military’s man Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister and a man who in a recent television interview said that “unfortunately the revolution succeeded.”
In third place is moderate Islamist Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, a 9/11 Truther endorsed by the terrorist organization al-Gama’a al-Islamiya. He’s a “moderate” because he thinks Egyptian Christians should be allowed to run for the presidency, although they shouldn’t be allowed to win.
As I said, this thrilling race is by no means over, and one would not rule out an eventual third-place finish by a rival beacon of progress such as Amr Moussa, the longtime Arab League flack and former Mubarak foreign minister. So what happened to all those candidates embodying the spirit of Egypt’s modern progressive democratic youth movement that all those Western media rubes were cooing over in Tahrir Square a year ago? How are they doing in Egypt’s first free presidential election?
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As ever, how can we top that?
Well, we can’t, but others can try:
The following are excerpts from a rally which aired on the Internet on May 20, 2012.
Crowd: “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama…” (continuous cheer, the slogan rhymes in Arabic obama, obama, kuluna osama) [...]
Speaker: “Some Tunisians and some Muslims are afraid of the jihadists
We must ask, How come?
Because the enemies have distorted the image of the jihadists, presenting them as the enemies of the Muslims.
We say: no! Every Muslim is a jihadist
Every Muslim is a jihadist [...]
The enemies of Islam want us to be like sheep, to act like women.
They want to deprive us of our will.
They plundered Palestine and other lands and holy places.
They want the jihadists behind bars
Why? So that the holy places will not be liberated?
We are all jihadists, supporting Jerusalem, and elevating the word of Allah. [...]
Let us all cry ‘Allah akbar’ together, so that Obama the ape can hear us. All together now!
Say ‘Allah Akbar!’”
Crowd: “Allah Akbar”
Speaker: “Say ‘Allah Akbar!’”
Crowd: “Allah Akbar” [And so on, ad nauseam.]
I stand with my president against these racist Islamofascists: we are all apes now.