Sunday, January 22, 2012

Human Rights Watch Tells The West To Stop Hating On Islamists

Human Rights Watch has just told the West to stop hating on Islamists, because political Islam is so much more palatable than the autocracies it's replaced in the Middle East.

In its annual report, HRW's Kenneth Roth, executive director, said

“The international community must ... come to terms with political Islam when it represents a majority preference,” he said. “Islamist parties are genuinely popular in much of the Arab world, in part because many Arabs have come to see political Islam as the antithesis of autocratic rule.”

“Wherever Islam-inspired governments emerge, the international community should focus on encouraging, and if need be pressuring, them to respect basic rights ─ just as the Christian-labeled parties and governments of Europe are expected to do,” he said in the introduction to the report.

He added that the international community “should adopt a more principled approach to the region than in the past. That would involve, foremost, clearly siding with democratic reformers even at the expense of abandoning autocratic friends.”
Yes, we have to come to terms with Islamism because the West has no other choice when stupid people choose one equally if not more repressive/oppressive system over another, but we don't have to like it. Nor should we.

He advises the international community to encourage or pressure Islamist-led governments to respect basic rights?  Well Mr. Roth, that's worked very well in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan (to name a few), hasn't it.

The Arab Spring movement in the Middle East gave those people who fought so fiercely for major change the perfect opportunity to usher in democracy, but it's something they've obviously squandered.  The Tunisian and Egyptian majority Islamists have said they will remain moderate, but what guarantee is there that they will.

I'm not saying that autocratic/totalitarian leaders are preferable, but Islamic theocracies are far worse. 


Cranky White Woman said...

I don't hate anybody, but I sure do have an issue with their totalitarian political ideology masquerading as a religion. Heck, Muslims (especially female Muslims) are the number one victims of Islam, the so-called"religion of peace."

Incognito said...

Me too. But you'd be surprised how many women have no issue with the rules and regulations, including wearing the hijab, niqab etc. Granted, many of them are converts (or reverts as they like to call converts, since they believe we are all Muslims). Frankly, I don't get it, but I guess ignorance is bliss.

Durotrigan said...

The seemingly paradoxical thing about 'Human Rights Watch' is that whilst it is willing to ignore the intrinsic contradiction between 'human rights' and Islamism, it is unwilling to allow European countries to protect themselves from Islamism and is calling for them to open their borders to mass Muslim immigration:

If we carry on doing as they say, there'll be no human rights anywhere for anyone. This organisation was founded with the best of intentions, but nowadays it has become a different beast altogether.

Incognito said...

Durotrigan, Indeed. It *is* ironic that an organization purportedly created to monitor human rights has no problems with a religion that has no respect for human rights.

I will check out your blog post tomorrow night.