The H-Files

by Hesperado on September 14, 2012

in "Arab Spring", Algeria, Hesperado (team member), history of jihad, Islam, jihad


by Hesperado

Algeria in the 90s — a premonition of the “Arab Spring”

This is the second installment of my new series, originally titled “From the Hesperado Files“.

For an overview of what it’s about, see my essay on my blog.

Let’s get to it, then, shall we?

Here follows some facts about the recent history of Algeria, as its Muslim population continued to wrest control over a country in shambles after they waged a Jihad (throughout the 1950s and into the early 60s) against the only people — the French Colonialists — who gave them and their miserable society an ephemeral breeze of Western progress, and a brief respite from the hell-on-earth that is Islamic rule:

Algeria gained independence from France in 1962 and was governed by the Socialist party the National Liberation Front (FLN).

The government’s repressive secularism, failed socialism, and one party rule fed a fundamentalist backlash which gave rise to widespread rioting in 1985.

The Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) gained public support in the early 1990s. The rise of Islamic activism swept the FIS to an overwhelming victory over the government in municipal and provincial elections in 1990. The goal of the FIS was to transform Algeria into an Islamic state.

The vast majority of Algerians embraced fundamentalist Islamic FIS doctrines and led the party to a first round victory over the government in the December 1991 general elections. The secular and military elite halted the electoral process and suspended parliament. In effect the FLN (the government party) nullified the victory and banned the FIS, which only radicalized the fundamentalist extremist Muslims.

[And what did this “Islamic” victory bring about?]

Since 1992 Algeria has been crippled by political violence, with over 80,000 deaths resulting from massacres, assassinations and bombings.

The FIS and other Muslim extremists (including a splinter group, the GIA) launched a campaign of terrorism which shocked the world.

Armed Islamic groups since 1992 have carried out attacks on key economic points and secularists of all types including journalists, academics, intellectuals, military and government figures, artists and scholars.

Between 1992 and 1998 the GIA conducted a campaign of civilian massacres, sometimes wiping out entire villages by slitting the throats of men, women and children.

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