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MENAFN - Jordan Times - 17/09/2012

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(MENAFN - Jordan Times) It is unfortunate that the current Arab Spring is turning in many Arab countries into extremism. The entire region is caught between the provocativs, planned acts of some irresponsible extremists and fanatics in the West, and some militant and political Muslim extremist groups who dominate the new regimes in the Arab world and react in a violent way.

Western extremists, influenced and financed by Zionist groups, intentionally intensify hatred, misunderstanding and hostility between Western Christian communities and governments, and the Islamic world.

Insulting the Prophet Mohammad and Islam is a recurring process; it happens almost every year to serve the prevailing Islamophobia and to tarnish the image of Islam and Arabs in the West. It is a new crusade, carried out by the media and through political means, meant to serve Zionism and Israel, especially when it is countered by Muslim or Arab violence against Western embassies and personnel.

The new Arab regimes in Libya, Tunisia, Yemen and, to some extent, Egypt are under the influence or the control of extremist militants and political groups who take the law in their hands and purposely drive their countries into total anarchy.

Extremists ignore their authorities and prefer to run their show using violence while Arab countries face the anarchy resulting from this situation and the dangerous reaction of the international community to the developments in the region.

This, in the end, will affect the security of the Arab world.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which is dominant on the political scene in many Arab countries, but especially in Egypt, and which is considered a moderate religious group, is accused of allying itself with and protecting extremist and militant religious groups. If it continues this way, it will pay a heavy price as no state accepts to have its interests endangered by lawless extremist groups.

The more this situation it is ignored the more it damages national interests.

Running a state needs more responsibility than running an opposition party for, the interests of the nation are at stake. Campaigning for or allying oneself with extremist groups that take the law in their hands whenever they like, ignoring the state, will lead to a political situation similar to Iran's, where extremism and terror are used as a political card to export the Iranian revolution.

The interests of Egypt and the Arab world do not lie in that direction; on the contrary, extremist groups serve the enemies of the nation through the damage and weakness they cause in the Arab world.

Anarchy does not build a nation, it breaks it down.

The angry reactions to the film insulting the Prophet Mohammad and Islam in the Arab world are justified and expected, but turning the issue into a confrontation with the West or the Christian countries is madness, especially if violence is intentionally planned to attack Western embassies, personnel and interests.

This took place at a symbolic time, while the Americans were mourning the September 11 attack. The insulting film meant to revive the hatred towards Islam and to draw violent reactions that would enable the world to accuse Muslims of terrorism.

This will definitely lead the Western world, especially countries that supported the Arab Spring, to reconsider and make political re-evaluations of the new developments in the Arab world that turned to be more hostile to their interests.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton alluded to this, saying that it seems the Arab Spring, led to exchanging tyrant regimes with a tyrant street, which makes thing worst.

This definitely will reflect badly on the way the Western countries will deal with the Syrian revolution and other developments in the Arab world.

The insulting film, shown on YouTube, is a very poor and unprofessional piece of work; it is amateurish, and an insult to those who produced it and those who are behind it. It conveys hatred, as well as ignorance. It was produced by agents of Israel.

Muslims and Arabs should develop a strong stand and take responsible measures to pressure the international community, especially the West to adopt international laws and measures to prevent all kinds of insult of or attack on creeds and religions.

States should take the lead, not militant extremist groups that inflict more damage on Islam than the enemies of Islam.

What happened should lead the West, the international community and the Arab world to deal seriously with such acts, which pose danger to international relations and peace.

The writer is former minister of information and media expert. He contributed this article to The Jordan Times.

 






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