Slavoj Zizek's analysis of the recent events in Egypt and Tunisia is brilliant, as usual: "The rise of radical Islamism was always the other side of the disappearance of the secular left in Muslim countries." If you aim to destroy progressive leftist movements in developing countries, you can guarantee that in case of your success the void will be filled by fanatical religious groups.
There is hope that what's happening right now can fortify progressive movements in the countries where civil unrest is getting stronger daily: "And it is crucial to read the ongoing events in Tunisia and Egypt (and Yemen and … maybe, hopefully, even Saudi Arabia) against this background. If the situation is eventually stabilised so that the old regime survives but with some liberal cosmetic surgery, this will generate an insurmountable fundamentalist backlash." Zizek is absolutely right, in my view, when he points out that a fanatical religious backlash is the main danger in Egypt and Tunisia right now. And this is something that the international community needs to help avoiding.
Zizek takes to task Western liberals who fail to rally behind secular revolutions in these countries: "The hypocrisy of western liberals is breathtaking: they publicly supported democracy, and now, when the people revolt against the tyrants on behalf of secular freedom and justice, not on behalf of religion, they are all deeply concerned. Why concern, why not joy that freedom is given a chance?" I agree with Zizek in that the worst thing that can happen is the proliferation of fanatical fundamentalist regimes in the region (or anywhere else in the world). That is something to be avoided at all costs.
Read the entire article here: http://www.zcommunications.org/why-fear-the-arab-revolutionary-spirit-by-slavoj-zizek
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