Mohammed Morsi of Hasan al-Banna’s pan-Islamic Muslim Brotherhood is the new president of Egypt. United States must welcome him.
Four groups of considerable import in Middle East and North African politics have played a significant role in shaping the region since the birth of Theodr Herzl’s Zionist Israel in 1946: Muslim Brotherhood, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hezbollah, and Hamas. All four, at some point, were designated as terrorist groups by the United States.
All four groups are distinct from Al Qaeda, a stateless Frankenstein, created by the United States in the crucible of the Afghan proxy war with the former Soviet Union.
Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are grassroots political movements in Egypt and Palestine. Hezbollah is a Shiite proxy of Iran in Lebanon, but politically viable and represents its constituents in the parliament. PLO made the transition from its known and targeted anti-Israeli offensives to a major Palestinian political party, the Fatah of Mahmoud Abbas, and rival of Hamas, after Yasser Arafat.
Hamas had won a recent election in the West Bank but annulled by the West and it is strong in Gaza, West Bank and Gaza separated by Israeli land. United States and Israel have voted in the UN against recognizing Palestine as a state, despite Mahmoud Abbas retaining control of the West Bank.
After September 11, 2001, institutional tolerance in the United States for secular faith has considerably diminished because its politics is confusing its people by substituting the classical liberal secular faith, the founding doctrine of the country, with the godless neo-liberal secularism of 19th century European modernity.
By Constitution, America is a country, akin to modern secular India, born in faith, not in atheism: many faiths co-exist peacefully under law, protected from state intervention.
Arab Spring, the revolutionary movement similar to those in Eastern Europe after 1989, had spread from Tunisia to Egypt and later to Libya, displacing proxy governments put into place by the United States to protect the territorial integrity of Israel.
America now has democracy on the ground in Arabia but one that is not secular in the image of the United States. Non-secular democracies also resulted in Europe after World War II.
Europe after World War II remains largely officially Christian though in tolerance of other faiths. Likewise, Israel is Zionist, yet co-exists with a sizable Arab Muslim population.
Arab Spring is Islamist. Arabia can co-exist with minority faiths within the borders of Islamic countries as Europe and Israel do with their minorities.
Without the direct bilateral involvement of either Europe or United States, nearly 70 years after Israel’s establishment as a modern state, it’s Islamist neighbors must all formally recognize the Zionist Israel’s right to exist. In reciprocity, Israel must resolve Palestine, engaging in bilateral, regional or international diplomacy, as necessary, at the United Nations.
It would be a mistake for United States to prematurely blame Islamism-at-large for attacks on the Jewish people in Bulgaria. United States has little to be concerned with the rise of Islamist democracies in Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The Islamist renaissance, reestablishment of Ummah or the Caliphate, is in Ibn Khaldun of Tunis and Cairo (in Turkish, above, from me to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan).
Israel’s future is in, Arap Bahar, Arab Spring, albeit Islamist.