"The secular western world is incapable of fully understanding the threat of a “reawakening of Islam” in the Middle East, according to an Iraqi bishop beset by radical movements in his own archdiocese.
In an interview with the Italian bishops' SIR news agency, Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, Iraq, called the Middle East a “scary volcano” because of the possible consequences of widespread unrest.
“There are Islamic forces and movements that wish to change the Middle East, creating Islamic States, caliphates, in which Shariah (law) rules,” he warned.
Radical groups present in Iraq such as al-Qaida and Ansar al Islam are calling on citizens in other Middle Eastern nations to inject an Islamic influence into otherwise general protests in places like Tunisia and Egypt.
For Archbishop Sako these calls have “the clear intention of fueling ... a total religious change” in the area...
...In practice, the goal of these fundamentalists is “to create a void to be able to fill it with religious themes, convinced ... that Islam is the solution to everything.”...
...Because unrest could be manipulated by fundamentalist opportunists, Archbishop Sako called the Middle East “a scary volcano.”...
...According to the archbishop, Europe and North America are blind to the possibility of such an “Islamization” of the Middle East.
“The western mentality does not allow it to fully comprehend this risk,” he said.
He explained that politics and religion are interwoven in the Middle East, whereas there is “a tremendous void” between them in western nations.
This results in two extremisms, he said. The Middle Eastern mentality is dominated by Islam, while a secularism that denies its Christian roots and relegates Christian values to the private sphere reigns in the West.
Although “material violence” does not appear in the West, the general privatization of Christianity is “against democracy,” he said. “In the East, however, it is the opposite: religion pervades all.”"
Catholic News Agency
I believe that what he says is true and we just don't get it. Islam is everything in the Middle East. It's completely interwoven in government, society and the military. It informs every decision, even those made for purely personal profit.
Because of this Islam will fill any void opened for any reason. It's the nature of the region and the people to always turn to Islam before anything else. That's why I believe that the instability created by all of the riots in the region will work to the advantage of the Islamists and it's for this reason that I believe the riots are being organized and fueled by radical Islamist groups such as, but not limited to, the Muslim Brotherhood.
But these groups are not alone. The demonstrations in Cairo have gone, in a heartbeat, from focusing on political freedom to issues of wages and working conditions. Is it any wonder that the American left and the AFL-CIO have been tied to the effort to cause these riots in Cairo?
Organized labor and our happy bands of leftists are playing with fire. They think that this marriage of convenience between them and radical Islam will work out in their favor. They're wrong, DEAD WRONG. They haven't factored in the nature of the people or the historic nature of the region. They haven't factored in the power that Islam holds in the Middle East. Once the unions and Code Pink are no longer needed the Islamists will turn on them and we'll be treated to pictures of union leaders and other lefties losing their heads in the streets, "Allahu Akbar!" ringing in the air.