or some reason, the story about Salafists in Tunisia trashing an art exhibit for being blasphemous continues to unfold. To get caught up before reading about the latest twist, click here and then here.
A group of armed gunmen stormed the Tunisian consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday to protest against an art exhibition in Tunisia which they said insulted Islam, a security guard who works inside the building said.
Kamal al-Gehani said the group of about 20 young men carrying Kalashnikovs forced their way into the building and burned the Tunisian flag inside.
“They knocked on our gates and pushed into the building. It was a holiday so no one was working inside except security,” he told Reuters.
Suleiman al-Gehani, an official with the foreign ministry who was called to help defuse the situation, said security officers had to negotiate with the group until they were convinced to leave.
He said no shots were fired and no one was injured.
“We had to convince them this wasn’t the civilized way to protest. They were very angry over the art work from Tunisia,” he said.
Conspicuously silent are the leftists in the West who have no problem with submerging a Crucifix in urine and calling it art.
This post is basically a continuation of this story, about Salafists in Tunisia raided an exhibit and destroyed artwork.
As the city of Tunis recovers amid tensions from the wave of Salafi violence of the past days, a video is doing the rounds of the web in which Cheich Houcine Laabidi, the Imam of the Zitouna mosque, the most important mosque in the Maghreb, states that artist who create blasphemous works are “infidel” and therefore should “be killed and their blood be spilled”.
The wave of Salafi violence was triggered by an exhibition in an art gallery in Marsa (a municipality in the North of the capital), of works considered to be insulting of Islam and an attack on correct behaviour. The request to kill the artists involved was reiterated three times by Mr Laabidi during a sermon he delivered yesterday.
The mosque of Zitouna has only recently been authorised to recommence its teaching activities, after its school was marginalised first by Bourghiba and then by Ben Ali.(ANSAmed).
Did you catch that last part? The dictator Tunisians ran out of the country kept this mosque shut down. Once again, the broken record gets played. Leftists align with Islamists to overthrow dictators who are replaced by Islamists who discard the leftists.
As for the part about this Imam belonging to the most important mosque in all of the Maghreb, what’s the Maghreb, you ask? Here is a map of it, via Middle East Studies Online Journal. Note that Maghreb includes Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania. By advancing the ‘Arab Spring’ CNN and its liberal media colleagues are helping to facilitate the extinguishing of religious freedoms, as well as freedom of expression all over the Middle East.
Tunisia is now home to another in a long line of anecdotes which demonstrate that when leftists and Islamists align to defeat a common enemy, Islamists always seem to overpower the leftists once that enemy is defeated. In the case of Tunisia, that common enemy was deposed dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
Protesters have damaged several works of art at an exhibition in Tunisia, in what appears to have been the latest in a series of attacks by Islamic religious hardliners on liberal or secular targets.
A group of men broke into the venue in the northern suburbs of Tunis overnight Sunday-Monday, slashing several canvases and dismantling one art installation, said the show’s director Luca Luccatini.
There is a difference between leftists in the Middle East and leftists in the West. The former eventually wakes up to the threats inherent in Islam and makes attempts to expose it. Leftists in the West are still cozy with Islamists (think CNN and CAIR), which segues into what the leftists in the Tunisian art exhibit apparently did to provoke these unhinged Islamists.
Supporters of the art exhibition later faced off with a group of bearded men dressed in the style of Salafists outside the gallery, which was broken into after it had closed for the day.
As well as the paintings that were destroyed, one installation, called “The Ring” — which showed the faces of Tunisian women, Jewish and Christian, painted on punching balls — was dismantled and removed, Luccatini told AFP.
He said he had filed a formal complaint over the incident, which he said smaks of “fanaticism”.
The interior ministry said police had seized four works that were attracting controversy in order to keep them safe.
Once again, we learn that the first amendment is incompatible with Sharia law. How many examples does CNN, for example, need?
It looks like “Democracy” in the Middle East paradoxically (and not so surprisingly to those who employ critical thinking and intellectual honesty) gives birth to tyranny whenever it’s tried.
This is a much more significant development than what it might appear to be at first blush. That’s because it’s just another checkmark along the way to the rise of the Ottoman Empire. Regular readers to this blog know that Walid has been warning people about the rise of Turkey for well over a decade.
As regimes in the Middle East fall to the Muslim Brotherhood, those territories will be conquered by Turkey; it’s a conquest the Brotherhood is eager to facilitate. Tunisia was the first such regime to fall last year and the fact that Turkish language courses are slowly being introduced into Tunisia’s public school system should indeed be cause for concern.
Camel nose, meet tent.
Via Tunisia Live:
Tunisian Minister of Education Abdellatif Abid announced yesterday that for the first time, the Turkish language will be taught at a number of Tunisian high schools in the upcoming academic year. The decision was announced during a “Reading Day” ceremony in Carthage.
Hamida Hedfi, the director of secondary schools at the ministry, said that this is an introductory step, and that the language will be taught only in a few schools. “This is just a preliminary experiment, and it will be offered only in some schools in Tunis, Bizerte, and Nabeul,” he said.
Hedfi explained that there have been a number of requests for Turkish to be taught in high schools. “Some students asked for the Turkish language to be taught in their schools,” he stated.
Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of Tunisia’s Islamist Party – Enhada – is intimately involved with groups headed by Muslim Brotherhood leader, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. Perhaps more interestingly, Ghannouchi spoke glowingly of Turkey’s Prime Minister and his Party just last year.
Again, via Tunisia Live:
When defining his party to the Algerian newspaper, Ghannouchi said that he compares his party to the leading Islamic party in Turkey AKP (Justice and Development Party) and that he, personally, has a great relationship with the Turkish Prime Minister and AKP leader Mr. Erdogan.
Would you like to know where else the Turkish language is taught?
Right here, in America, at approximately 150 charter schools, inspired by Turkish Imam Fethullah Gulen.
It’s a formula leftists simply don’t seem capable of comprehending. It happens every time. After aligning with Islamists to overtake a government or power structure they view as repressive, these leftists are always shocked when the Islamists cast them aside once they’re no longer useful. Just take a look at Iran; leftists aligned with Islamic radicals to overtake the Shah and once the Ayatollah came to power, leftists were executed.
A similar strain of this disturbing tendency appears to be unfolding in Tunisia. The leftists who aligned with the Islamists to overthrow Zine El Abidine Ben Ali are now beginning to realize what they’ve done; it’s really an amazing phenomenon. There’s a new twist in Tunisia, however. The leftists view Obama as being too friendly with the Islamists.
Yeah, I know. Duh! It’s not like we talked about this outcome until we were blue in the face before the Arab Spring began to blossom.
Anyway, via World Affairs, h/t to IPT:
TUNIS – Radical Islamists are making inroads in the Arab world’s most advanced, liberal, and tolerant country. And the secularists think the United States is helping them do it.
Thousands took to the streets of Tunisia’s capital Tunis yesterday to celebrate the end of French colonial rule in 1956. As one might expect on independence day, most were in an anti-imperialist mood. Who are the “imperialists” in the Tunisian imagination today? Not the French. Not anymore. The “imperialists” of today are the United States and, oddly enough, Qatar. Both are seen, fairly or not, as the backers of Tunisia’s Islamists.
“No to America, no to Qatar, the people of Tunisia will always be free.”
IPT’s Steve Emerson expounds on the World Affairs piece by Michael Totten:
Washington has courted the new government, baffling secularists in Tunisia, Totten writes. That’s because Ennahda is viewed as a moderate party in American media and government, an assessment with which Tunisians on the street strongly disagree. “No to America, no to Qatar, the people of Tunisia will always be free” marchers chanted Tuesday during rallies to commemorate Tunisian independence.
“People here are against the United States helping Ennahda,” a journalist told Totten. “All Americans who come here are against the Islamists, but the American government is supporting them. I wish we had a good, modern, respectful Islamic party. I’m a Muslim and I’m proud of it, but I’m not proud of this party.”
The government is seen as far too cozy with radical Salafists, looking the other way as the radicals stake a claim to the new society. Ennahda members joined the Salafists in a recent rally calling for Sharia law in Tunisia.
Perhaps this excerpt from Emerson’s piece sums it up best:
Politically “We made the revolution and they got the power,” complained one student, identified as an Amnesty International volunteer. Ennahda is “a fascist party,” he said.
Amnesty International is a left wing organization that is proven wrong time and time again. It is we on the right who have been warning against these revolutions. As for the Ennahda Party, all anyone had to do was call us here at the Shoebat Foundation. We know this stuff, you know?
The leftists over there are right about one thing though. The Obama administration has definitely implemented policies that have been beneficial to the Muslim Brotherhood.