U.S. Rep. Allen West says in his weekly address to constituents that the movement to overthrow dictatorships in several Arab countries in the last several months is an “early phase” of a move to a broader Islamic theocracy in the region and that seeing it as pro-liberty is to see it through “rose-colored glasses” reports the News Service of Florida.
West, who returned from a trip to Israel on Sunday, wrote a long post-trip note to supporters in which he called Israel his “spiritual homeland,” and criticized the demonstrations that have removed leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and threatened the regimes of Bahrain and Syria. “This so-called ‘Arab Spring’ is less about a democratic movement, than it is about the early phase of the restoration of an Islamic Caliphate, the last being the Ottoman Empire,” West wrote in the emailed missive. “We are witnessing secular Muslim leaders being deposed in very volatile and unstable nations. This growing Islamic Totalitarianism manifested in militant Islam has had a modus operand of capitalizing on unstable political situations (Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia). Now we see these same types of instances occurring in Egypt, Libya, and Syria and the rose-colored glasses of some seek to portray this as a great awakening of liberty. History does not support this in the Middle East.”