From The Gathering Storm

Randy Wyrick in an opinion piece at the Vail Trail pondered whether Islam and democracy can co-exit. His conclusion: it’s already working in – guess where? Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is holding its first municipal elections. King Fahd is promising to “broaden popular participation in the political process.” It’s raising eyebrows in the conservative kingdom and elsewhere across the Arab world. King Fahd is said to be a fan of constitutional monarchies and sees these municipal elections as a baby step in that direction.

So, can Islam and democracy play nicely together?

As Ronald Reagan would say “There they go again”.

The fuzzy headed thinkers on both the Left and Right believe that democracy is some kind of silver bullet that once installed will automatically create a society of personal freedoms and civil rights. Of course history shows better. Democratic elections in Palestine, Lebanon, and 1930s Germany both produced an erosion then a abrogation of personal freedoms and civil rights. Hamas, Hezbollah and the Nazis used the democratic mandate to impose a tyrannical form of government on its peoples.

Saudi Arabia as a beacon of democracy in the Muslim world? Such a ‘democracy’ under Shari law, just as Hamas is doing in Gaza, is happening as we speak. When will the elitist pinheads learn that democracy is no guarantee against tyranny?

Meanwhile the American model of democracy is not looked upon too kindly by religious leaders in the ‘baby democracy’ of Saudi Arabia.

In a lecture that touched on the meaning of jihad, a leading Saudi cleric declared the United States is collapsing and Muslims must patiently await their ultimate victory. Referring to sacred Muslim writings that accompany the Quran, the sheik said, “Whoever is familiar with the Sunna and the Hadith knows that a battle against the enemies of Allah awaits on the horizon, in which the Muslims will be victorious. This is confirmed by the reliable hadiths, as well as by reality.”

Jihad is now taking place in Afghanistan, “Palestine,” Iraq, Chechnya, Kashmir and the Philippines, he said. Meanwhile, the sheik asserted to his audience, love for America is “now disappearing from the hearts, within America itself and elsewhere, whereas Islam is growing even within America, my brothers.”

“Islam is making steady progress in America,” Al-Omar said. “Twenty-five thousand people have converted to Islam every year since 9-11, and an even larger figure was mentioned in the New York Times.”

The New York Times, that bulwark of objective journalism.

The sheik added: “There is no doubt that it is Islam that will bring peace, and not the U.N., America, Russia, or anyone else.”

Behold the Peace of Islam. Latest Offerings from the Religion of Peace.

6/28/07 ( Yala, Thailand ) – Two teenagers are shot to death by Muslim terrorists. 6/28/07 ( Kabul, Afghanistan ) – Two American civilians are killed by a Fedayeen suicide bomber. 6/28/07 ( Mogadishu, Somalia ) – Islamic terrorists target a security convoy along a busy road, killing two members. 6/27/07 ( Mosul, Iraq ) – Two Christians are murdered by Sunni radicals. 6/27/07 ( El-Berde, Somalia ) – Two humanitarian workers, one a doctor, are brutally gunned down. 6/27/07 ( Mogadishu, Somalia ) – Two civilians are killed when Muslim terrorists toss a grenade into a market.

Gag me with a spoon.

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