Will the media still credit Obama when the first woman is stoned as an adulteress in Egypt?

Maybe CNN will cover that, too, as another historic moment in the making.

I’ve been awed by the naive comments tossed about in the media, from the White House, and on my Facebook feed.  “Oh, yeah! Egyptians will finally get to vote in a real democracy!”

But that’s not what they want. 

This is a Carter moment.  And that isn’t a good thing, y’all. 

Via Rush this afternoon, a reality check from IBD:

Romantics in Western media expect “democracy” to flower from the anti-Mubarak rioting in Cairo. But polling shows Egyptians actually seek strict Islamic rule.

According to a major survey conducted last year by the Pew Research Center, adults in Egypt don’t crave Western-style democracy, as pundits have blithely trumpeted throughout coverage of the unrest.

Far from it, the vast majority of them want a larger role for Islam in government. This includes making barbaric punishments, such as stoning adulterers and executing apostates, the law of their country. With the ouster of their secular, pro-American leader, they may get their wish.

 • 49% of Egyptians say Islam plays only a “small role” in public affairs under President Hosni Mubarak, while 95% prefer the religion play a “large role in politics.”

• 84% favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim faith.

• 82% support stoning adulterers.

• 77% think thieves should have their hands cut off.

• 54% support a law segregating women from men in the workplace.

• 54% believe suicide bombings that kill civilians can be justified.

• Nearly half support the terrorist group Hamas.

• 30% have a favorable opinion of Hezbollah.

• 20% maintain positive views of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.

• 82% of Egyptians dislike the U.S. — the highest unfavorable rating among the 18 Muslim nations Pew surveyed.

So when the media trumpets the it’s-all-because-of-Obama meme, will he still take credit when a brutal theocracy takes over?  When gays are murdered in public?  

 [the] media elite have it exactly backwards: Egyptians are revolting against Western-style democracy. The Pew poll reveals they do not, in fact, value our principles of individual freedoms, human rights and separation of religion and state.

Egyptians would rather live in an Iranian-style theocracy.  The Iranians, after 30 years of oppression, yearn for democracy and freedom.  And our Dear Leader doesn’t get it, doesn’t care, or won’t help.  What a great day to be an American.  We don’t export democracy, we cheer oppressive regimes.  God help us all.

UPDATE: Steyn’s take:

This is not a happy ending but the beginning of something potentially very dark. The end of the Mubarak regime is the biggest shift in the region in 60 years, since Nasser overthrew King Farouk’s dissolute monarchy and diminished London’s influence in Cairo. We are witnessing the unraveling of the American Middle East – that’s to say, of the regimes supported by Washington in the waning of British and French imperial power after the Second World War. The American Middle East was an unlovely place, and perhaps the most obviously repellent illustration of the limitations of “He may be an SOB but he’s our SOB” thinking. It’s “our” SOBs who are in trouble: After the fall of Mubarak, what remains to hold up the Hashemites in Amman? Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood is more radical than Egypt’s, the regime is less ruthless, King Abullah’s Arabic is worse than his English, and pretty westernized Queen Rania, who seems so cute when CNN interviewers are fawning all over her, is openly despised outside the palace gates.

Read the rest.

UPDATE: linked by Pundette.  Thanks!

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4 Responses

  1. Great post!

    Great title, too.

    The answer, I think, is that the media will have no trouble crediting Obama because they will not report the stoning.

    Lib feminism is not only officially dead, it is, like Marley’s ghost, dragging around chains, made of the suffering of ignored women and girls, that get heavier every day.

    • Apt comparison to Marley’s ghost. And thanks. ; )

      And I don’t know if the media will be able to ignore the stonings and the thieves missing hands. Unless the MB decides to roll the economy back to the stone age (that will help with the unemployment problem, no?) by tightening the grip on the internet.

  2. Great summation, PJ. I read of at Instapundit the other day that 9 out of 10 Egyptian women have the genital mutilation. Pardon me if I look at all these statistics and feel wary about Egypt’s progress towards “democracy.”

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