Different kinds of Islamists are on the ascendency in Arab countries that chased away their dictators. There is little doubt that, to various extents, those Islamist parties are already trying to increase the influence of religion on their societies. Much of their program is reactionary, a wish for a return to darker times. When they declare that the fate of women will improve if they have their way, I don’t believe them. It’s that simple. The prediction several of my friends made that the forthcoming Islamist- dominated democratic governments would be more dangerous to Israel than were their despotic predecessors sounds right as I write.
That’s not the outcome I was hoping for. I thought there was a chance that secular democrats (like me but also including Leftists) would be in the majority. At this point, it’s not to be. I was too optimistic. This is a full confession. I can’t do any better. This being said, what are you saying? What are you thinking? That relegating millions of Arabs to endless tyranny was your preferred outcome?
The question seems to me inescapable.
PS to my Arab readers: Welcome.
I am concerned about the welfare of Israel for reasons that are in no way religious. I am not Jewish, never have been. (Look at my last name for sake!) I am not either one of those Christians who hold to a biblical prophecy where the state of Israel plays a role. I am pro-Israel, the same way I am pro-Turkey.