With protests in Madison, Wisconsin topping the headlines, it appears that the news in the rest of the world has become eclipsed. The media decides it isn’t worthy of headlines, but that isn’t so.
Ever find yourself flipping through the TV channels or “channel surfing” as kids today call it and you say “seen it, saw it, watched it before”? Yes, the dreaded “there is nothing on but re-runs” situation.
Lately, as I watch what is currently going on in the Middle East via the internet, I feel like I am watching a re-run. Déjà vu of the late 1970’s all over again.
1979, President Jimmy Carter, Iran, the Shah, the gas crisis.
2011, President Obama, Egypt, Mubarak, the impending gas crisis.
But now it’s much worse.
In a May 2002 article, NewsMax's Chris Ruddy explained,
"Remember Carter's human rights program, where he demanded the Shah of Iran step down and turn over power to the Ayatollah Khomeini?” No matter that Khomeini was a madman. Carter had the U.S. Pentagon tell the Shah's top military commanders – about 150 of them – to acquiesce to the Ayatollah and not fight him.
"The Shah's military listened to Carter. All of them were murdered in one of the Ayatollah's first acts.
"By allowing the Shah to fall, Carter created one of the most militant anti-American dictatorships ever."
America doesn’t make other countries domestic policy but it certainly can influence it. Just as we saw in 1979 Iran with the Shah and the Ayatollah, we have just now witnessed the same mistake, a re-run in Egypt.
As explained in the article appropriately titled “Obama flip flops on Egypt” on the website Whitonline,
Obama’s message on Egypt has changed multiple times and he is severely compromising the United States’ credibility in the region. He is trying to ride the political wave and develop his message on what will score the most political points, but is at the same time making the United States look confused and weak.
Now what is happening throughout the Middle East is bound to not only effect the entire region, but the U.S. and the world. Although, the way the media here in the U.S. is covering this story, you would think it’s less important than the price increase of Girl Scout cookies, which by the way was a larger story on one news outlet then the Middle East.
It started in Tunisia on January 3, when Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself on fire in front of the government building in the town of Sidi Bouzid. Bouazizi was a 26-year-old university graduate forced to become a street vendor, who had had been prevented from selling and making a living. Now those flames have spread like a wild fire. From Egypt to Lebanon, Bahrain, Algeria, Yemen, Djibouti, Libya, Kuwait, Jordan, Western Sahara and yes, Iran once again riots are happening and people are dying. Other smaller incidents have occurred in Iraq, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.
Egypt is currently in a situation it has never experienced with the military. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is in control. The military has to transfer power to a new president, if the Egyptian constitution is followed. This would mean an election would be held within 60 days of Mubarak's resignation.
As the Lebanese Daily Star reported Friday, Lebanon is also still in limbo,
Attempts to bridge the gap over Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun’s tough demands for Christian representation in the new government and his insistence on the Interior Ministry portfolio have failed, raising fears of a prolonged Cabinet crisis, political sources said Friday.
Bahrain, a country only 3 ½ times the size of Washington D.C., only 257 square miles large has had riots in its main square as well since the fall of Mubarak. The amount of dead and injured varies according to the sources, but most put the number at 6 dead and hundreds wounded since the start.
The latest incident came on Friday when riot police stormed people sleeping in tents in Pearl Square. According to one witness, 37-year-old Fadel Ahmad,
"They attacked the square, where hundreds of people were spending the night in tents.”
Before the latest clashes, the White House said on Wednesday it was watching the developments "very closely".
Algeria has had at least 3 killed with hundreds injured since January 8 when riots started there as well.
Yemeni riot police shot and killed a protester and injured five others on Saturday when they opened fire on thousands marching in the 10th day of unrest rocking the Yemen capital of Sanaa.
Authorities in Djibouti have arrested three top opposition leaders the day after a rally to demand regime change that erupted into violence.
The death toll in Libya is the worst outside of Egypt, as Al Jazeera television reported according to Focus Information Agency,
About 200 people have died and 800 more have been injured in the riots in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
Kuwait, Jordan and Western Sahara have all had uprisings as well. Iran as we all know has no issue with killing their own citizens in the street when they attempt to protest as we saw in 2009.
So what do all these countries have in common and why or how does this unrest affect us here in the U.S.?
Although not all of the countries in turmoil are members of the Arab League, they are all Muslim majorities with governments run by either a monarchy or a dictator. Even in the case of Mauritania which calls itself a Democratic Republic, they are actually governed by a combination of Islamic law and French civil law as noted by NationMaster.com.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been waiting for an opportunity like this for over 60 years and it is not something they are going to let slip by. Since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1924 and the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood only 4 years later in 1928 there has never been an opportunity such as this for a return of a Caliphate and you can bet your life the Brotherhood is working harder than any other group or government to see that this happens.
As I stated the other night on my radio show “America Akbar”,
“Right now the Middle East is like a book of matches with sparks flying all around it, sooner or later a spark is going to hit the matches and the whole thing will go up in flames”.
In the midst of all this Iran is taking advantage of the fall of Mubarak and has already started what can only be described as a “provocation” towards Israel. Although it has gone from yes to no it is now back to yes again and Iran plans on taking two of its war ships through the Suez Canal this morning.
As the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported yesterday, this is the first time Iran has had any vessels pass through the canal since the 1979 Islamic revolution,
The passage of two Iranian naval vessels through the Suez Canal has been delayed by 48 hours, a canal official said on Sunday.
The frigate and supply ship had been due to enter the canal at 6 A.M. on Monday with the northbound convoy that moves daily.
Prior to the 1979 revolution Israel and Iran had diplomatic relations. Israel even had a permanent delegation in Tehran which served as an unofficial embassy. Trade between the countries was heavy. Israeli construction companies and engineers in worked in Iran and Iran supplied Israel with a significant portion of its oil needs. Even military contracts and sales occurred between the two countries and although many projects were kept secret, one example was the joint military ‘Project Flower’ between 1977-‘79, during which Iran and Israel jointly worked on the development of a new missile system.
Now after the revolution of ‘79 Iran is a supplier and military trainer of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria. The two war ships are supposedly going to dock at Syria which Iran is hoping will show Israel and the world that they are a naval superiority in the Middle East as well.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman last week called the planned crossing of the canal "another provocation" by Iran against Israel. And as also noted by Haaretz,
However, during recently ousted President Hosni Mubarak's regime, the Iranians did not make such a move, apparently due to clear opposition from Cairo.
Now that Mubarak is no longer in charge this shows Israel and the rest of the world how different things will be under the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces rule in Egypt.
Giving Iran access to Lebanon and Syria via the Suez means that they will have free movement of arms and troops without having to cross through the U.S. controlled Iraq.
As the current administration and White House “watches developments very closely” the entire region is ripe for a takeover by groups like the Muslim Brotherhood or theocracies like Iran.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what will happen to the price of fuel in the near future. On April 5, 1979, the average price of crude oil was $15.85 per barrel. Over the next 12 months the price of oil shot up to $39.50 per barrel.
But what is more worrisome than the cost of gasoline at your local pump is the thought of another Islamic Empire rising up out of the ashes. The number of Muslims throughout Europe and the U.S. was nil in comparison to today.
Over the past six months leaders throughout Europe have spoken out on Multiculturalism's failure. In October of last year Chancellor Angela Merkel from Germany declared that multiculturalism has “utterly failed”.
Prime Minister David Cameron of England stated this month,
“We have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream. We've failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We've even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values.”
The French president Nicolas Sarkozy, explained just last week in a television interview when asked about France’s policy which advocates that societies welcome and foster distinct cultural and religious immigrant groups,
“My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure. If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France.”
Former Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar said in 2006 that multiculturalism “divides and weakens societies”.
Let’s not forget the outspoken Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders who has said time and again in speeches and lectures on Multiculturalism that “the lights are going out all over Europe.”
With the population of those that call Islam their religion at their highest in history throughout Europe and the U.S. everything that occurs in the Middle East will be sure to have a huge effect on us here.
Just yesterday British extremist Anjem Choudary stated his plans of a White House protest calling for Muslims to ‘rise up’ and establish sharia in U.S. As Creeping Sharia reported on their website,
British extremist Anjem Choudary – who once said ‘the flag of Islam will fly over the White House’ – has announced he will lead a demonstration calling on Muslims to establish the Sharia law across America.
The rally is planned for March 3.
Mr. Choudary, 43, called Americans “the biggest criminals in the world today.”
The former leader of outlawed group Islam4UK told the Daily Star “we expect thousands to come out and support us.”
Mr. Choudary said the March rally was organized by the Islamic Thinkers society, an extremist group based in New York.
Two other British extremists, Abu Izzadeen and Sayful Islam, have also been asked to speak at the demonstration.
Just another coincidence? I think not. The timing of this is just part of the fallout of what is happening all across the Middle East. Choudary also sees this as an opportunity.
Like Carter’s administration in 1979, the Obama administration should wake up and do more than just demand that these government leaders step down. The administration should also do more than merely watch the developments as they unfold, or the matchbook of the Middle East will be a full blown inferno.
Just as NewsMax's Chris Ruddy wrote about Carter, Obama could similarly create one of the most militant anti-American dictatorships ever.
While the riots that are occurring throughout the Middle East are not as close to us as Wisconsin, they are certainly more important than the price of Girl Scout cookies.
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