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Democracy Comes to Monash University

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IDr Daniel Pipesn the wake of an appalling tide of anti-democratic speakers invited onto our campuses,  (See for example
Brisbane Terrorist Talkfest, RMIT's Human Rights Centre, Catholic dhimmitude and treasonWaleed Aly – man of many talents!, The Academe Tip Toes Around IslamSurely RMIT doesn’t fund TERROR!
RMIT EMBRACES ISLAMInterfaith Dialogue on Campus) it was refreshing to finally hear a speaker who was on the side of democracy. What’s more, the audience was quiet and respectful, with no hecklers in sight. Let’s hope this signifies the return of civil discourse on campus.

On Thursday 17 April, Daniel Pipes , director of the Middle East Forum and Taube/Diller distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, spoke at Monash University on "Threats to the existence of Israel:  why it's back and how to deal with it."
He was introduced by Joel Burnie, AIJAC /Stand with Us student program co-ordinator, whose role is promotion of Israeli culture and raising awareness of Israel on Australian university campuses, with the aim of furthering constructive dialogue and increasing the number and quality of differing viewpoints available on campus.

This initiative is welcome and long overdue. For too long, Islamists and their enablers, who promote anJoel Burnie anti-democratic narrative and stifle dissenting voices, have dominated campus discourse. Academia and the media constantly bombard us with horror stories of the plight of the Palestinians (and indeed few would deny they suffer terribly), but ignore the Islamists’ role in this suffering. Many in the media rush to castigate Israel, none more eager to espouse the “good Palestinian/evil Israel” formula than Ed O’Loughlin from The Age, Hamas supporter par excellence. Palestinian support groups have long been active on campus, demonising Israel and the West. (For just one example of Palestinian propaganda, see “Australian government continues its love affair with Israel“ by Sonja Karkar. Women for Palestine. 28 February 2008 ... )

Dr. Pipes began by saying that Israel at 60 had much to boast of, with a stable democracy and liberal culture. But for all its accomplishments, the country lived under a curse – the threat of extinction, including Iranian weapons of mass destruction, conventional military attacks, terrorism and economic boycotts, along with a demographic assault, the ideological undermining of Israel, and the emergence of post-Zionism, which is in fact anti-Zionism. No other state in history has faced such assaults, with explicit calls for Israel’s elimination, including the call for a bi-national State, which would signal the end of a sovereign Jewish State. The Arab world ranged from overt calls for elimination by Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, to implicit ones, including the Palestinians claimed right of return and maps and guide books pretending there is no country called Israel, just Palestine. Dr. Pipes believes this stems from the increased power of radical Islam, which is deeply anti-Semitic, plus the re-emergence of Iran. The left has turned against Israel, influenced by Edward Said, George Galloway, Pilger and Chomsky, and professors and journalists can be heard saying Israel is a mistake.
 
Bastards United
Working tirelessly abroad and in Australia to destroy the state of Israel  -  (from Left to Right): Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Red Ken Livingstone, George Galloway, Bruce Baird, Tim Fischer, Sonja Karkar, Mal Fraser, Maria Vamvakinou,  Ed O’Loughlin, Julia Irwin, Kathy Kelly

But there is another factor– mistakes by Israel and the West. From 1948-93, Israel had a policy where victory was the goal, but from the early 1990s, they started trying to convince the enemy to leave them alone by making concessions, encouraged by their Western friends; in other words, appeasement.  So what war achieved, diplomacy undid. Israel is still in appeasement mode, as nobody today talks of defeating the Palestinians, whose goal of eliminating Israel remains, while Israel’s goal is to win the acceptance of its neighbours, rather than victory. But one side must win and one lose, as the conflict will end only when one side gives up. The conventional view that Palestinians have grievances gives them a sense of exhilaration; if they perceived things were going badly, they would give up. So Israel must make it appear to Palestinian that they can’t win, by crushing their will and getting them to give up their aim of destroying Israel. The Palestinians must first be defeated before there are any more Israel concessions. Israel and Western governments could assist this by withholding aid, arms and recognition, and discontinuing final status talks.

When asked if there was a parallel with the West and Radical Islam, Pipes said there was, and that we needed to identify the enemy - Radical Islam - before we could defeat it.  So what’s the lesson for Australia? Well, Israel is a paradigm of a functioning liberal democracy, under threat from Radical Islam. Australia’s democracy is also, albeit to a lesser extent, under threat from Islam, which demands privileges not given to other Australians, while legislation and political correctness prevents us discussing Islam.  We need to reassert our will and stand up for our culture before it is too late.
 
Bastards United 2
Radical  political groups have long been active  demonising Israel
 
Our former PM, John Howard, applauded Israel and was last year awarded the Jerusalem Prize at a JNF function in Melbourne. The radical left and Friends of Palestine staged a protest outside the venue, urging protestors to “picket John Howard and end all ties with apartheid Israel now.” (see Protesting for Racism). Luckily, support for democracy is bipartisan, with PM Kevin Rudd passing a motion for the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel-

That the House:
(1) celebrate and commend the achievements of the State of Israel in the 60 years since its inception
(2) remember with pride and honour the important role which Australia played in the establishment of the State of Israel as both a member state of the United Nations and as an influential voice in the introduction of Resolution 181 which facilitated Israel’s statehood, and as the country which proudly became the first to cast a vote in support of Israel’s creation
(3) acknowledge the unique relationship which exists between Australia and Israel a bond highlighted by our commitment to the rights and liberty of our citizens and encouragement of cultural diversity
(4) commend the State of Israel’s commitment to democracy, the Rule of Law and pluralism .”
Old and young idiots
Victims of radical brainwashing 

Sadly, he rather undid the effect by supporting “the ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority towards a final status agreement by the end of 2008, as launched at the Annapolis Conference” and pledging a $45 million assistance package!
 
Dr Pipes has had a busy time on his visit. Writing in The Australian, he posed the question "Europe or Eurabia?" speculating whether Europe would become part of the Muslim world, retain its cultural identify or achieve a creative synthesis of the two. He emphasised Europe’s future development would affect all humanity, especially countries such as Australia. Pipes felt Islamisation was not inevitable, arguing that as Indigenous Europeans make up 95per cent of the continent's population, they could resist it and reassert control should they see Muslims posing a threat to a valued way of life. He pointed to examples of this already happening, with the French anti-hijab legislation or Geert Wilders's film, Fitna and the rise of anti-immigrant parties, with mainstream parties likely to expropriate their anti-Islamic message. He warned that violence by indigenous Europeans, though unlikely, could not be precluded, but that Muslims were more likely to initiate violence. He surmised a European reassertion was likely to lead to on-going civil strife, perhaps a more lethal version of the 2005 riots in France, and although the ideal outcome would be indigenous Europeans and immigrant Muslims coexisting in a new harmonious synthesis, felt that prospects for this seemed dim.
“One can virtually dismiss from consideration the prospect of Muslims accepting historic Europe and integrating within it.” (source)
No future togetherDr. Pipes also took part in a debate in Sydney, speaking for the motion “Islam is Incompatible with Democracy”, chaired by author and broadcaster, George Negus, whose book, The World From Islam, was praised by the Hamas-supporting ICV. Interestingly Waleed Aly, who opposed the motion, is a spokesperson for the same ICV, as well as being a lecturer in the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University.

Dr. Pipes argued that Islam was undemocratic in spirit:
"It takes a lot of learning to have freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of association. These are things that are learnt over a period of time and it is that which the West has achieved and which Islam is a long way from learning. Yes, there are Muslim states which are democratic in form, but true democracy is yet to take root. The great obstacle to this change is the fact that in the Middle East the social system is fundamentally tribal and that obstructs the development of the key requisites of democracy."
Samina Yasmeen, from the University of Western Australia's Centre for Muslim States and Societies, rebutted this:
"How is it, though, that Muslims in non-Muslim societies are able to get on so well when Islam is incompatible? I would argue that Muslim majority states do show a lot of tolerance, not only of the Muslim community, but also of the non-Muslim community."
Amina Rasul followed the theme:
"What the West should not do is criticise states which are not democratic while supporting despots who suppress human rights because it is in their economic benefit…There are 800 million Muslims living happily and successfully in democratic nations - why is it that the extremes are always focused on?"
Waleed Aly complained:Islamic Tolerance well documented arould the globe
"My opponents have defined terms such as Islam and Sharia law to suit their arguments and in so doing have ignored the myriad interpretations of these terms."
A poll conducted as the audience entered found 38 per cent for the affirmative, 42 per cent for the negative and the remaining 20 per cent undecided. By the end of the night, the proposition was defeated by a narrow margin of 52 to 48 per cent. (see Islam Is Compatible!! )

Waleed Aly pursued his assertion that Islam is compatible in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald:
”The people are speaking: democratic Islam is no contradiction.” (reference)
Whilst admitting elections in countries like Egypt were not democratic, he felt the recent Malaysian election “suggested an improving democratic environment there”, that “Turkey, despite an authoritarian streak, has a reasonably well-functioning democracy… and Indonesia has made astonishing progress in the decade since emerging from the Soeharto dictatorship.

Waleed argues that as:
“Islamic consciousness is alive and well in these nations,” it follows that “religiosity does not compromise their democratic aspirations,” concluding “whatever prevents the great majority of the Muslim world from realising democracy, Islam is not that barrier.”
Waleed cites statistics to support his contention, with a 2007 Gallup poll of Muslims in 10 countries finding a majority in favour of democracy, including:
"freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion" and an "admiration of liberty and freedom of expression in the West".
Waleed admits Muslims think about democracy in slightly different ways to the West: – 
“they seek a democracy that reflects the Islamic values of their societies, but does not place power in the hands of clerics,” but argues we should “welcome the fact that most Muslims feel comfortable being both democratic and devout.”
Fredom Go to Hell
According to Waleed Aly Muslims are full of admiration for liberty and freedom of expression in the West.

Much as I would like to agree with Waleed’s conclusions, anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Islam would realise that the two are incompatible, as Islam mandates a superior position for Muslims and relegates others to a subjugated status. Moreover, voting does not a democracy make; it should be the last stage in the process, once the infrastructure for a civil society is set up.

To conclude, it was a privilege to hear a speaker of such a high calibre as Dr. Pipes, and we can only hope, for the sake of Australia, to hear many more quality speakers on campus. As for Waleed’s claims of Islam’s compatibility with democracy, I’m afraid I must agree with Dr. Pipes’ premise that Islam is undemocratic in spirit, and recent world events would certainly confirm this.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2008 07:04  

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