About Daniel Shayesteh
Dr Daniel was born into a Muslim family in Northern Iran. He became a radical Muslim leader and teacher of Islam in the militant Free Islamic Revolutionary Movement, closely supporting Ayatollah Khomeini. However, after falling out of favor with Khomeini’s political group, he escaped to Turkey where there began an amazing journey to faith in Jesus Christ.
Daniel's mission is to help others understand and lovingly respond to those who do not know Christ. He is also deeply concerned for the future of Western societies, their loss of confidence in Judeo-Christian values, and their persistent naivete about the implications of the world-wide Islamic revival.
In our last update, I expressed my concerns over Carter’s and Obama’s positive views about the revolutionary movement of the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Islamic group in Egypt. They held the view that the Muslim Brotherhood was a powerless minority, with no major influence in Egypt, and a friendly and peaceful opponent to the ruling government. President Obama placed considerable pressure on the Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, to step down and hand over the leadership to various opposing parties for the establishment of a democratic Egypt. He believed that if Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Egypt would have a healthier political future. The majority of American media supported Obama’s approach to Egypt. Some western politicians were even a step ahead of Obama, expressing their desire to build a positive relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood for the establishment of a peaceful Egypt. Now, we can see the result of such ignorant optimism; it has been paving the ground for the pro Hamas and al-Qaida radicals to penetrate the future government and destroy the remainder of peace in the area.
Similar foreign policy was also pursued by the West concerning Gaza and Lebanon, which both fell into the hands of terrorist groups of Hamas and Hezbollah! Now, Egypt is preparing itself for a theocracy and alliance with Hamas, thus establishing itself as a direct threat to Israel and the West. The same scenario is looming in various Islamic countries and the ground is ripe for radicals to take over.
It is greatly perplexing to see the decisions of our leaders in the Middle East throughout the past few years. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, they have served their enemies, granting repeated opportunities for the establishment of more radical Islamic governments. It is such politicians as these who are the navigators of our societies. They have closed their eyes to the radical president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has turned Iran into a slaughterhouse and a serious threat to Israel and the West. They did force the government in Sudan to step down, despite massacring Christians and countless innocent victims for thirty years. Yet, the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, who had been a friend to the West, fought radical Muslims, and was a barrier to Iran in equipping the terrorist governments of Hamas and Hezbollah, was compelled to leave.
This irresponsible foreign policy will go down in history as a shameful Western failure. Unlike Ahmadinejad, Mubarak had not oppressed his own nation to the same extent as Iran’s and Sudan’s dictators. It is truly mind-blowing that in the name of democracy our leaders are putting pressure on the less dangerous leaders in Islamic countries and creating space for vicious leadership to seize power!
Since the rise of Islam, the leadership in the Middle-East has always been either a totalitarian nightmare of radicals, or a nationalistic military dictatorship of moderate patriots who opposed radicalism to some extent. Maybe our leaders are not aware that in Islamic countries there can be no third option such as democratic leadership. Democratic leadership has not worked in the Islamic countries because Islam is not compatible with democracy. You cannot establish democracy in a community that is founded on totalitarianism in every aspect of life.
How can our leaders here in the West place their trust in revolutionary Muslims, who believe that democracy belongs to hell, while standing against less radical Muslim leaders? Are they willfully disregarding the fact that revolutionary Muslims have turned Iran, Lebanon, Gaza (Palestine in general), Sudan (now northern) and Somalia into hubs of terrorism? Why are they pushing the relatively secular Islamic governments to step down and make way for their radical Muslims citizens to seize power. In the name of equal opportunity and a so-called humanitarian approach, our leaders have been supporting radicals and even pouring millions of their tax-payers’ dollars into radical Islamic states (one example is Gaza), only to have that support turn against our societies.
Not only do our leaders lack an effective policy in fighting revolutionary and terrorist Muslims, but with their irresponsible words and actions, they have even been the cause for the continued growth of radicalism and increased unity among radicals, who are preparing themselves for a major war against Israel. The war, as the Bible has predicted in Ezekiel 38 & 39, is unavoidable, but, it is heartbreaking to see that some of our leaders have served the cause of this war rather than fighting against it.
Middle-Eastern countries are preparing themselves for such a destructive war. Sadly, the destructive nature of this war will come back to haunt those countries whose leaders have, intentionally or unintentionally, been opening more space for radicals to establish themselves in ever stronger positions.
Let us cry to the Lord to anoint Christ-like leaders for our societies, leaders who do not compromise with evil people, and do not conceal them from the attention of their people for the sake of political correctness or personal gains.
Let us cry to the Lord so that He comes and protects our lands from the destructive war of Islam. Let us humble ourselves in the presence of God, as He says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).