The usual neocon chickenhawks in the media have been using the revolutions in Egypt and across the Middle East to once again bring out the "radical jihadist Muslims are taking over the world and establish a worldwide Islamic Caliphate" bogeyman (Juan Cole has a great article on the anti Muslim Brotherhood paranoia).
My first response to this nonsensical fear-mongering is usually: what about the American Caliphate? For decades, the US government has used bombs, bribes, sanctions, coups, and assassinations to influence and control Arab governments and to get Muslims to bow down, kiss the ring, and submit to the might of the American military empire.
All of this is done, of course, in your name and with your tax dollars.
Muslims, like all of us, just want to be free and have a stake in the future of their own communities, cities, and countries, not live under the heel of a foreign power. As Laurence Vance at the LRC blog writes:
I note that the cry of the Muslim masses in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere in the Middle East is not for Islamofascism, global Islamic conquest, a global Caliphate, the worldwide establishment of Sharia law, a new holocaust, suicide bombers, and terrorists attacks, but for more freedom—something they supposedly hate us for.
But, some would say, their idea of freedom is not real freedom. Oh, then they must be Republicans. Like Republicans in the United States that claim to believe in freedom as long as it is not the freedom to use incandescent light bulbs, smoke marijuana, and purchase Sudafed over the counter.
Instead of fretting over some nonexistant global Islamic conspiracy, we Americans could actually take a lesson from these Muslim (and Christian) protesters in Egypt. They gathered by the hundreds of thousands in peaceful protest, sick of Mubarak's torture-police-state.
Meanwhile, here in "the land of the free," our torturers and police statists get standing ovations and book deals, our government runs up trillions of dollars of deficits, and Congress re-extends the PATRIOT (haha) Act with barely a whisper.
Islamic Caliphate? We need to end the American Caliphate, DC's domestic and international killing, taxing, and looting empire.