So, about that "Arab Spring" we were promised...it might not be as great as we thought, after all. At least, not if this video by Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi is any guide:
Higazi, apparently speaking at a campaign rally for Muslim Brotherhood Presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi, spends much of the video predicting that Mursi will help reform what he calls the "United States of Arabs" - a highly ironic shorthand for what, it gradually becomes clear, is meant to be a second Caliphate. In fact, Higazi even uses the word "Caliphate" to describe his ambitions:
More frightening still, Higazi isn't some crank with a microphone. After he vows that the capital of the Caliphate "will be Jerusalem," a titanic cheer goes up from the crowd, which looks to contain thousands of people. He continues on in similar fashion:
"Martyrs" could mean any number of things, but it's safe to say it's a euphemism for military might at the very least, and possibly an incitement to suicide bombing. If only we had some way to tell which...oh, wait:
The "Arab Spring," ladies and gentlemen.