Arab spring to reshape the Islamic world

April 25, 2011 - 0:0

Three months after the Arab spring set in amidst the Middle East winter, the people of the region are still struggling to establish a fair system of government based on the principles of social justice, freedom, democracy and Islamic teachings.

The people in Tunisia and Egypt have succeed to topple the decades-old regimes of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak but the protesting masses are in the middle of a long struggle in Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
In 2006 the U.S.-backed Zionist regime attempted to beat the Lebanese Islamic Resistance Movement Hezbollah once and for all in a 33-day war but the Lebanese people confronted the enemy in a fight that will always be remembered in the Arab and Islamic world history. Before the war, the then U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice predicted that the change in the Middle East would take place and the U.S. would push for a wider Middle East makeover, but this did not happen.
Former U.S. president George W. Bush, who led the invasion against Iraq on March 20, 2003 on the pretext of inculcating democracy in the Arab world, proved the fact that the Americans actually were after their own interests in the region. Such blatant U.S. moves in the region have awakened the Islamic world to the extent that the people have risen up against the puppet regimes. They now say that those days are over when the imperialist U.S. along with its allies could dictate whatever they wanted to the spineless Middle East regimes.
According to many political analysts, the change now is coming from within, and from the grassroots levels. Common people are taking to the streets and are staying there up to the last time until they sweep away the regimes, like they did in Tunisia and Egypt. Anyhow, two Arab regimes of Ali Abdullah Saleh and Muammar Gaddafi are still fighting for the survival.
Some Arab rulers will ride out the storm -- the monarchies seem slightly less vulnerable than the republics so far, the Reuters analyst Alistair Lyon wrote recently.
Lyon added, “The region’s mostly Muslim citizens are at last proving they are no exception to the democratic trends that have transformed eastern Europe, Latin America and much of Africa and Asia in recent decades.”
In a new development, according to Press TV, Iran’s Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli has expressed concern over the crimes committed by Saudi-backed forces against the Bahrainis, declared Saudi and Bahraini rulers as infidels.
“This bitter report that you presented is concerning for us,” Fars News Agency quoted Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli as saying in a meeting with a number of Bahraini clerics who produced pictures documenting the desecration of mosques and the Holy Quran by Saudi and Bahraini forces.
Saudi mercenaries were deployed in Bahrain on March 13 to help Bahraini security forces quash protests demanding the ouster of the ruling al-Khalifa family from the Persian Gulf island nation.
Meanwhile, in other states such as Bahrain, Libya, Sudan and Yemen the political situation is rather different with Iraq and Lebanon.
In countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan the rulers have promised to implement reforms. But the people should not be deceived to wait and see whether their leaders will stick to fulfill their promises or not, rather the people must continue their massive protests until they achieve their rights. The fake offers embattled regimes are presenting to the protestors are likely to put an end to their ongoing revolutionary struggle.
Moreover, some political analysts express pessimism that such changes were not easy in countries where past regimes relied on patronage and allocations to buy support.
Egyptian political parties and politicians at this sensitive juncture should apply the experiences of other revolutions, so as not to fall in the trap of opportunists, who are trying to divert the real demands of the people.
According to an Iranian journalist, “The Egyptians have an extremely good chance of moving toward a democratic Islamic system.”
He said, “The idea that Islam plays a pivotal role within politics is highly promising for all the Muslims around the world, otherwise it may divert to a secular system.”
The Islamic Republic of Iran as a friendly and brotherly country awaits the new positive developments within the framework of Islamic unity among all Arab Muslim states, apart from any political considerations and respects every single vote of Egyptians for selecting an independent and popular government like Iran as Egypt is considered one of the most important strategic Islamic countries.
Israeli Zionists are fearful of the formation of Islamic system in the heartland of Islamic world, because they consider such a development as a symbol of “calmness prevails before storm,” which could eradicate this illegitimate regime in the coming years.
Photo: Bahraini anti-regime protesters take a rest from demonstrations in central Manama, February 16, 2011. (Reuters photo)