An Arab Spring: Corrupted by Islamic Theocracy

In his penetrating essay on the futility of Islam’s efforts to “reform” itself through revolution, “régime change,” or purification, “Springtime for Islam” (February 5th), Daniel Greenfield noted:

There is a peculiar tragedy to a religion which cannot escape its own destructive nature, each time it reaches for some form of redemption, its hands come up dripping with blood and it all ends in more bodies and petty tyrannies.

“Reform,” of course, means to change oneself or some institution for the better, from bad and corrupt to good and pure, or at least to the unobtrusive benign. But, as Greenfield points out and stresses, the Arab Spring is in reality a continuation of an ongoing “Arab Winter.” The “Arab Spring” was fueled by Islam, and Islam is, by its foundational nature, destructive and self-destructive.

Islam’s only redemption is in establishing a theocracy. Its commitment to power and the indulgence of the earthly and heavenly paradise of loot, slaves and violence, led to its own degeneration over and over again. Having no other spiritual form than the exercise of power, it has corrupted itself each time, and then attempted to exorcise the corruption through more of the same.

Any theocracy must be totalitarian. It can become totalitarian by default or happenstance or by negligence, or it can become totalitarian according to an instruction manual written by clerics and intellectuals friendly to what they know in their minds are dystopias for the masses and paradises for the rulers. Islam has its instruction manuals.

Islam governs an individual’s life from his sandals to his beard, from his diet to the number of times a day he must demonstrate fealty to his icons, to how he may lawfully (per Sharia law) treat his wives and children. It governs his social relationships with his friends and enemies, and his enemies are everyone who is not Muslim. The Koran, the Hadith, and the Reliance of the Traveler all command it. They are how-to manuals written chiefly in Arabic and translated into a dozen languages.

A Muslim accepts this state of submission – whether or not he’s read all the manuals from beginning to end – for a variety of reasons, none of them complimentary and too often those reasons become a Molotov cocktail blend waiting to explode: a repressed, unacknowledged fear of the mortal consequences of not conforming; mental inertia, encouraged by an unquestioning faith in non-evidentiary assertions; a delusional sense of superiority (qua Muslim, and qua Muslim male); a sense of predestination; an attitude of privilege and expectation of deference; and a borrowed sense of omniscience.

After all, the propaganda goes, Islam will conquer men, neighborhoods, cities, nations, and the globe. It is written. Fealty to Islam gives a rank-and-file Muslim the comforting confidence that he’s on the winning side. Why bother to think about it? Islam is like an advancing glacier, and he is but a lump of ice on it. He doesn’t mind. He knows that he’s just dross, a grain of ballast that helps to keep the Islamic corsair upright and afloat and its sails taut in the wind.

Islam cannot be “reformed” unless its caretakers repudiate its instruction manuals. But their repudiation would necessarily entail the repudiation of Islam. When the manuals go up in flames, so will Islam.

Writing about the turmoil in the Middle East over the past two years, Greenfield bursts the balloon, which has mesmerized Western leaders and the Mainstream Media, that the turmoil represents a kind of weird “jihad” among Muslims to find “democracy” and stability and a just society.

Apologists for Islamism like to portray those groups as liberation movements, but there is nothing liberating about terrorist groups run by millionaires and billionaires, doctors and other degree holders, and funded by the ruling clans of Kuwait, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. These ruling families have the most to lose from modernization, and though they build skyscrapers in their cities, they also helped orchestrate the Arab Spring to topple more modern governments and replace them with parties affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Turkey, which seemed to be sliding towards Westernization, has succumbed to the intrinsic malaise that Islam inculcates in any culture, and has rejected the West. It now has a leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who announced his Islamic fealty long ago:

In a public gathering in 1998, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, leader of the ruling Islamist party and current Prime Minister of Turkey, recited: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…” These words earned him a conviction and minor jail-term for inciting religious hatred.

He has made good on his poetry, and has accelerated Turkey’s collapse into an Islamic polity.

After an interminable wait to be admitted into the European Union (a rather dubious benefit, given the shaky economic and political condition of the EU), Erdoğan has now spurned the chance and wishes to join a cabal of authoritarian governments dominated by China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Totalitarian or authoritarian states will not automatically move in the direction of “democracy” or Western values unless they renounce their obsession with power. The Mideast, however, is now a battleground for power between Islamic factions. The “Arab Spring,” as Greenfield portrays it, was simply a rerun of past Mideast “rebellions” and “revolutions” and upheavals, only with different faces, mobs, slogans and weapons.

Islam in any country where it has reigned for decades will not let that country go. Like a tapeworm, it gnaws away at men’s minds and the culture until the men and the culture submit and accept Islam as a parasite by right.

Let us imagine that a work-a-day, average, devout Muslim permits himself a secret, muffled chuckle about his conundrum and how deep a hole he has dug himself into by just “going with the Islamic flow,” and is content with being a grain of ballast in the Islamic ship-of-state. He might laugh at himself, but what is it that he would really be laughing about when he’s brought to the brink of doubt or bothers to entertain speculation, especially about Islam? The ludicrousness of his beliefs, of his unquestioned assumptions, and the ubiquitous banality of the evil they foster, when they are brought into the unforgiving sunlight of reason and rationality.

A Muslim who still retains a shred of repressed rationality would think in a surreptitious manner it would be hard for any normal person to imagine: What? Why do I suspect in the darkest corner of my heart that Allah is really a psychopathic, whim-worshipping deity whom I would not want for a parent?

What? Was Mohammed, our faceless poster boy of virtue and goodness, really a brigand who founded a religion to justify his sociopathic habits, such as murder, pedophilia, rape, betrayal, dishonesty, and plunder? What? If Islam is so benevolent and peace-loving and magnanimous, why does it promise eternal hell and the most agonizing torments of apostates and non-believers?

What? That man over there has his own deity, and I have mine, yet I am expected to slit his throat for not believing in mine, while he would never think to slit mine for not believing in his? What? What have these children done that they deserve to have guns put to their heads and murdered? What? Why are young girls tortured by clitirectomies?

What? What possesses parents when they conspire to murder their own daughters? Where is the “honor” in killing them because they wished to escape the suffocating ethos and burqas? What? How is beating one’s wife for simple infractions or for disobedience an act of justice? How heinous a crime is it for a wife to glance at another man, and is it more heinous to murder her for it?

What? If infidel women who do not cover up are filthy whores, would it not make sense to not rape them, and not risk contracting their filth? What? If alcohol is evil, why does it make so many people happy? Is happiness evil? What? Why do I deny myself everything that seems to allow infidels and even Jews to enjoy living?

What? Can Allah be so pleased with having created so many unhappy, envious, and hateful beings – as we are?

Envy in a Muslim may not necessarily lead to crime. He would need to hide it from his fellows. Jealousy, another powerful emotion, however, can lead to hate and trigger the crimes and irrationality a Muslim may harbor doubts about. It’s up to him which way he goes.

The Muslim who asks himself those questions, becomes an apostate. But there aren’t very many of them running around, are there? That is because Islam is a nihilistic, totalitarian ideology, perfect for anyone who refuses to think. Those who choose to think are marked for a fatwa and termination. They know it. That takes courage and honesty, and a commitment to reality, actions possible only to an individual who chooses to think.

They, better than anyone else, more than any non-Muslim scholar who questions the morality and feasibility of Islam, know that Islam cannot be “reformed,” not in its doctrines, not through revolution or régime change or rioting in Tahir Square or fighting each other in Syria.

  • Brian Wright


    Of course, you are right about Islam but then how much different is it than the Catholic Church and its attempt to create obedient followers who give unquestioning obedience to the word of the Pope? I hope you were spared the horror of a Catholic upbringing but unfortunately I got it rammed down my throat from an early age. The big difference today between the two religions is that the Catholic Church in the U.S., and Canada faces open, affluent societies where Catholics are free to pick and choose what they want to do, while Islam basically operates in closed, authoritarian societies where they have little choice but to obey. The remnants of capitalism and technology have freed Catholics while Muslims are prisoners of their closed societies.

    I have traveled and spent time in Turkey, Dubai, UAE, Lebanon and Egypt. Istanbul and parts of Beirut are highly westernized and people ignore the strict dictates of Islam. In other parts of the Arab world, well educated people love the West and copy this lifestyle in their private life.

    While I agree totally with your conclusions and that of the author, I think the Islamic world will follow the plight of Catholics in many parts of their world, give lip service to religion while following a secular life. Most Catholics I know ignore the theology of the Church, going through the motions, and live their lives the way they want. Soon the massive corruption and abuse of Muslim clergy will see the light and their stranglehold on their societies will loosen. In Saudi Arabia today, a clergyman is being prosecuted for raping his five-year old daughter who he suspected was not a virgen. The fact that this is coming to light in a closed society is a consequence of the Internet and modern technology. The suppression of reality is becoming harder and harder to accomplish, and just as the Catholic Church has been mortally wounded by sexual abuse, the same will follow for the Islamic world.

  • Edward Cline

    Brian: I, too, was raised in a Catholic household (as an adopted child, a ward of the state until I graduated from high school), and attended a parochial school for eight years until sent to a public high school (where I learned very little). By the time I turned 14 or 15, I was an atheist. That got me handed back to the state and for my senior year in high
    school I was ensconced in a Jesuit-run “Boys’ Town” that was little more than a dumping ground for under-age criminals. I became an atheist because I thought the whole idea of God was not only fantastic and unbelievable, but
    evil. However, it’s doubtful that Islam will follow the same path as Catholicism. That religion is based on two main books, the Old and new Testaments. Islam has only the Koran (and companion texts, such as the Hadith and Reliance of the Traveler, the latter the basis of Islamic jurisprudence, and utterly barbaric), and it’s very similar in content and ends as the Old Testament, which is pure blood-and-thunder and slay thine enemies and take their women and let’s conquer that tribe over there, as is the Koran. There are no redeeming attributes in it whatsoever. Critics such as Dutch politician Geert Wilders have likened it to Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

    “Secular” Muslims who don’t practice Islam to the letter are halfway to becoming agnostics, although they will not largely invest the mental energy to repudiate Islam. Like Catholics and other Christians, they won’t contest the existence of God, either. You note, “Soon the massive corruption and abuse of Muslim clergy will see the light and their stranglehold on their societies will loosen.” That corruption is already known to the rank-and-file Muslims,
    but I don’t see the stranglehold loosening at all. Many approve of it, because it’s all part of the “grand jihad” and, don’t you know, Allah works in mysterious ways, too, just as God supposedly does. Turkey is rejecting the West and not only turning more Islamic, but it’s allying itself with authoritarian régimes such as Russia and China. Lebanon may have its free areas, but it’s dominated by Hezbollah. Egypt is gone, and the “revolutionaries” there against Morsi’s rule haven’t rejected Islam, they just want a “kinder, gentler” form of it – which is an oxymoron. Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the UAE are riding for a fall, economically, and will begin to crash if the U.S. ever becomes even semi-independent on OPEC oil. That may or may not make a dent in doctrinal Islam. Wahhabism is very, very strong in Saudi Arabia; women are whipped in public, men are executed (I recently watched a video of 10 foreign workers being hanged together in “downtown” Riyadh), and King Abdullah pretends to be “enlightened” but doesn’t dare contradict his priests, who enforce the theocracy throughout the whole Kingdom. So, I’m not as confident as you are
    about Islam being “pacified” or made benign.

    I wrote a suspense novel, “We Three Kings,” finished in 1980, that you might be interested in, that deals with Islam. It’s available as a print book and also on Kindle.

  • Brian Wright


    So you suffered like many of us and the fact that you have prevailed shows the great heart and courage of a warrior that you had to have. You probably know the great number of Catholics who fall by the wayside, used and abused by the clergy. Besides my years in Catholic school, I spent almost two years in a Catholic orphanage when my mother died and before my older brother rescued me. Although I am an hardcore Objectivist, I could never be objective about the corruption and perverse nature of the Church. One of the big problems I have with Fox News and some of their excellent people is the close relationship they have with the Church. To put a pretty face on one of the most evil institutions on the face of the earth is not something I can stomach.

    Your points about Islam as far as theology are duly noted and agreed with. The only thing I would say is my travels in the Arab world and Turkey influenced me greatly. Of course, they are all afraid to talk in public but behind closed doors the educated Arabs are very sympathetic to the West, and worship American culture. What amazed me is how much they dislike the stronghold the clergy has on their lives just as we hated the control the priests had on our lives when I was young.

    Of what I am told, the abuse of the religious authorities in Islamic countries is monumental, and highly resented by the young. As I child, I remember the stranglehold the Church had on our lives. I thought it would never end. Yet, today the stranglehold has been broken all over the U.S. In South Boston, kids openly defy the Church and openly make fun of the priests. The fear and terror has vanished.

    And who is responsible for this? The Church has done more to destroy itself with its perversion than anything else. No one has really opposed the Church or offered up theological opposition to their lies and dogma. The Church is self destructing and continues to do so because of their vile corruption. The whole structure is rotten and they can’t do anything to straighten things out. They are doing the job themselves because they are all psychological and emotional cripples, rotten to the core. Even the good clergy who try to do their best, know about the corruption and perversion, and are in collusion with the evil.

    Perhaps the same will happen in the Islamic world is the point I was trying to make, not by people confronting them, but by the collapse of their rotted system of abuse and hatred.

  • George

    I don’t think that being raised Catholic in America in the past century is much like being raised in an Islamic country like Iran, or Afghanistan, where Sharia law rules. I am sorry that you and others have suffered at the hands of corrupt priests or preachers. Let me tell you that they are not truly Christians if that’s what they do. They will give an account to God of what they’ve done one day.

    Yes, there have been plenty of corrupt priests, preachers, just as there have been plenty of corrupt cops, judges, teachers, businessmen, athletes, coaches, etc.

    Yet, we never say that we should do away with all cops, or judges, or teachers, etc., etc..

    Yes, ANY religion is bad when it is used by some to “force” their way on anyone else.

    Yet, Jesus never “forced” his way on anyone. There isn’t a single account in the New Testament where Jesus forced anything on anyone. In fact, people came to him, they sought him out. And what did he do? He healed them, fed them, forgave them, etc.

    Even if you believe that all religions are false, there is no denying that the true and real doctrine of Christianity as shown in the NT is far different, and far better than a religion like Islam.

    True Christian religion teaches “Love God and love others”. It teaches to “Do good unto those that hate you.” It teaches, forgive others as your Heavenly Father forgives you. True Christian religion is all about a right relationship with God, loving others. Even if you don’t believe that God exists, you can’t deny that what true Christianity teaches sounds pretty good.

    Islam on the other hand gives a very mixed message. There are passages which advocate killing someone if they won’t convert.

    There is a reason why the Bible says in Matthew 7:16, “By their fruits you shall know them.”

  • mkkevitt

    He who chooses to think doesn’t necessarily commit himself to anything of value, not even if he commits himself to reality. None of it means diddly-do unless he, 1st, & foremost, commits himself to human life, meaning, the life of the individual human & what that life needs for its keeping & betterment, as a matter of the very idea of right, as opposed to wrong, thus, of morality and the standard of morality. Without that, reality means nothing. Without that, existence simply exists, big deal. The thinker can, & might, commit himself to only death in the world, to the posited glory of the hereafter, whether he’s a religionist or a secular collectivist.

    Islam is perfect for he who doesn’t think. That makes it perfect for a thinker committed to death, to secure, keep & rule non-thinkers. It was such a thinker who concocted Islam. The Muslim who chooses to think doesn’t necessarily choose human life, natural, the only kind there is or can be. So, he might not be an apostate, marked for a fatwa and termination, whether he thinks he is or not. Thinking, 1st. & foremost, takes choice. Even if that takes courage, honesty and a commitment to reality (and it might not), THAT AIN’T DIDDLY-DO! without the commitment to human life, properly understood.

    The Muslim thinker who commits himself to the standard of death, thus rendering Islam his perfect cup of tea, knows maybe better than the rational thinker committed to human life, that Islam can’t be reformed. If it’s reformed, it ain’t Islam no more. A is A.

  • Redha Rubaie

    This article is rather crude within its interpretation of Islam as a religion and this really needs to be cleared up before this article can address the failure of Islam in terms of reform. Prior to my explainations to this, it has to be understood that, although I am a Muslim myself, I agree with some of the points which are posed in the following article. Islam has been very slow to reform itslef in any way, shape or form due to the lacking of different factions within Islam. This is due to the fact that Islam is 600 years younger than Christianity. Islam is about 1400 years old. If we travel back to the same point in the history of Christianity, Christianity was encountering very similar issues. It was equally as violent and oppresive as some sects of Islam act today. The Popes of the period could also be very much likened to the Ayatollahs of today. This foundational nature of Islam has not been explained within depth. No religion can be seen as self-destructive as numbers would be falling at a rapid rate. This is not the case. It is left to the individual’s interpretation of the Quu’ran, as is the case with any complex religious texts. It is not debated that Turkey has become more and more islamist. But that is a move which is supported by the majority of the population.

    This article, to some extents, is also flawed as peace is generally promoted within all religions. In Christianity, it is often quoted that ‘Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be
    called the children of God’. (Matthew 5:9). The Quu’ran says “O mankind! We created you from a male and a female and made you into nations
    and tribes that you may know and honor each other (not that you should despise
    one another). Indeed the most honorable of you in the sight of God is the most
    righteous.” Religion as a purpose, as an identity, is totalitarian as all religions will believe that they are right and all other faiths are in the wrong. This is where all the problems occur. If religious equality and tolerance was genuinely emphasised upon, then it could be possible. Remember, Islam and Christianity share a lot of common beliefs and the differences aren’t as numerous as would be first thought.
    The Arab Spring was similar in purpose to the French and American Revolution in how they wanted to remove dictaroral rule and replace it with a fairer society. The reason that the Muslim Brotherhood has increased in exposure is that when people become desperate, they will turn to more extreme measures to solve the issue. This is a generally accepted fact. This is one of the few flaws of democracy. What is popular may not always be right.
    PS. I am a capitalist through and through and normally agree with the stuf which is posted on this website. Caution just has to be taken when portraying certain facts.

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