News and Analysis (5/12/12)

The course had “been teaching that America’s enemy is Islam in general, not just terrorists, and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following [WW-II] precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima or the allied firebombing of Dresden”:

“Ghannouchi … had promised that Salafi parties would be licensed as long as they embrace democracy, offering them a stake in the new system rather than locking them out as Ben Ali had done.” Opening the doors for Salafi participation in the political process is consistent with democracy and appreciative of the radicalizing consequences of suppression:

An 18-month-old girl ordered off a plane at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after her parents say officials told them her name was on a no-fly list …

… underscores the merits of other Muslim-Americans suit to get off the no-fly list:

“I believe this bill is unconstitutional (and) intolerant…. I think this bill will set Kansas out as a place not to go if you believe any other way than particularly a very small religious-right perspective … This country is based on freedom. And it isn’t ‘You can only be free if you think like me’” — Sen. Tim Owens, R:

Among the Salafi reasons for support of Aboul Fotouh are his relative strength among “Islamists in the running; … that Egypt is ready only for baby steps toward their puritanical goals; … [fear of] Brotherhood … control of both the presidency and the Parliament; and … [of] the Brotherhood’s demands for obedience from its members, even in politics”:

“The defeat of the Islamist coalition is likely to exacerbate the already-widespread view that power in Algeria remains in the hands of a predatory elite detached from the needs of the vast majority of the population”:

“[T]he jockeying to succeed him has quietly begun, and Iran is positioning its own candidate for the post, a hard-line cleric who would give Tehran a direct line of influence over the Iraqi people, heightening fears that Iran’s long-term goal is to transplant its Islamic Revolution to Iraq”:

“The former adviser, 81, sparked an uproar in 2010 when he said that a woman could be alone or even appear without her veil in front of an unrelated adult male if he drinks her breast milk because it establishes a mother-son bond…. That reasoning is rejected by most Islamic scholars”:

 

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