Meanwhile ... in Sudan
Yemen Turmoil Gives Al-Qaeda a Free Hand
Over the weekend (21-22 May, 2011) the Sudanese Armed Forces bombed and captured the disputed border town of Abyei. Even the nearby United Nations' compound was shelled during the assault and the UN reported that the "vast majority" of the civilians in the region have been forcibly displaced by the fighting.
This attack is a blatant violation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and a reckless provocation in what has long been recognized as the most likely flashpoint for a return to full-scale war in Sudan. The Government of Sudan obviously believes that the United States and other international actors will respond with rhetoric instead of action to its flagrant disregard for humanitarian law. While failure to remove northern troops from Abyei should result in immediate suspension of the process to normalize relations with Khartoum, including stopping a review to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List and talks toward debt relief, the UN and USA are more likely to return to their usual posture of sitting on their hands instead of at least applying targeted sanctions against those responsible for violence in Abyei and the strengthening of peacekeepers' ability to protect civilians on both sides of the north-south border.
The White House and the U.N. Security Council have released statements calling for the withdrawal of Sudanese forces from Abyei and a return to the negotiating table, warning the South to refrain from any further measures that may provoke violence, but the lack of any real sabre-rattling leaves potential for a return to full-scale war. Fine words butter no parsnips!
The hotly contested elections in Abyei's neighbour, Southern Kordofan led to thousands of activists from around the world demanding the international community pay attention. Thankfully, their efforts helped prevent the election from sparking renewed fighting, but the attack on Abyei and the disputed victory of indicted war criminal Ahmed Haroun threaten to spread violence anew.
This recent violence on the north-south border is coupled with continued government attacks in Darfur and underscores the need for sustained international attention and clear consequences for Khartoum. U.N. officials have warned that the Sudanese government may be trying to "ethnically cleanse" parts of the north-south border and the bombing in Darfur, where some of the largest refugee camps in the world have no access to aid, such as food, water and medical supplies and, with less than two months left until the planned independence of oil-rich South Sudan, the situation is at risk of getting very much worse. While Islam continues to use political battles to further its aims of worldwide domination, it is the innocent civilians of Sudan - in both the South and North - who continue to suffer unspeakable acts of violence.
Slaughter in Syria increasing
Despite being engaged in two land wars in the Middle East against terrorists, the United State now faces al-Qaeda off-shoots in Yemen (May, 2011). The government and the already poor economy of Yemen make Yemen a prime environment for al-Qaeda and affiliated groups to operate and thrive. Yemen President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has been in a stand-off for nearly four-months with protesters, preventing the transition to a new, more functional government.
Yemen is the ancestral home of the late, unlamented, Osama bin Laden. It should therefore be unsurprising to find that an al-Qaeda franchise, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), exists in an active and lethal form. AQAP has been operating since at least 1992, when it bombed a hotel in Aden where American troops were staying and then, in 2000, attacked the U.S.S. Cole, killing 17 Americans. In September 2008, the U.S. Embassy was attacked and 19 people were killed, including 6 of the terrorists and, on Christmas Day 2009, AQAP attempted to bomb a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner using an operative who travelled to Yemen, joined an affiliate of AQAP, and was trained and equipped with an explosive device.
A January 2010 report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was titled, ominously, "Al Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia: A Ticking Time Bomb," and it described the plot as "a nearly catastrophic illustration of a significant new threat from a network previously regarded as a regional danger, rather than an international one." Later, in October 2010, a plot was uncovered to send explosives in courier packages from Yemen to synagogues in Chicago.
Typically, the U.S. Defense Department provided Yemen's security forces with $150 million worth of training and equipment for the fiscal year (2010). As in Pakistan, U.S. Special Forces have been pursuing and killing a number of senior al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen and the U.S. military would like to catch Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, suspected of creating the most recent explosive packages, and Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical U.S.-born cleric who has called for the slaughter of Americans and has become a senior leader of AQAP. At least one attempt to remove the latter terrorist, as recently as May 5, 2011, employed a drone strike but was unsuccessful.
Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad claims to have been inspired by Awlaki, and accused Fort Hood shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, was shown to have exchanged e-mails with Awlaki, according to the ABC News, May 6.
Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world, with nearly half the people living in poverty and its per capita income of $930 ranks Yemen at 166 (out of 174). Crucially, oil production has steadily been declining and petroleum makes up about 70 percent of government revenue. Yemen's estimated 24 million inhabitants are quite young, with a median age of 18, and also highly illiterate with 50 percent unable to read and write.
The demonstrations that have been labelled the 'Arab Spring' reached Yemen's capital Sana'a in late January and, within a month, had spread to the major cities. By March, the protesters had united behind the demand that President Saleh step down and retaliation was fairly swift: on March 18, over 50 protesters were shot and killed.
President Saleh has ruled in Yemen since 1978 and became the first president of the Republic of Yemen when the north and south unified in 1990. His central government's authority is being challenged by three insurgencies: a rebellion in the north, a secessionist movement in the south since 2007, and the AQAP group. Amnesty International estimates that over 145 anti-government protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces since May 11.
Egyptian Presidential Candidate Threatens War with Israel
The slaughter of demonstrators in the streets of Syria has continued without serious objection from the White House (May, 2011), and the struggles in Libya and Jordan to control their 'protesters', make it appear that the Brotherhood and its franchises are only winners. While the West is foolishly drawn into fighting battles for the ummah it is the anti-American and anti-Western forces that are stepping in to take control as the already despotic Muslim government control crumbles or fights desperately to hang onto their position.
While Egypt has been used by the US as a supposedly 'cheap' bulwark against Iranian expansion and Arab Islamic fundamentalists for 30 years (cf. the comparable situation in Pakistan) the departure of Hosni Mubarak after loss of support from Obama, has opened the door to the Brotherhood in a disturbingly naive fashion.
Many people apparently saw this coming but, unfortunately, they did not seem to include anyone with any influence in the White House! Even though Brotherhood leaders of the Muslim were clearly recognised discussing preparations for 'war with Israel' in January - and even sabotaging a natural-gas pipeline between the countries - Obama still allowed Mubarak to be ejected without any clear path for a suitable, or even desirable, succession being apparent. Saudi Arabia was another buffer 'ally' of the US that recognised the ejection of Mubarak as a betrayal and an invitation for fundamentalist Islamists (of the non-Wahabist type!) to make their move to take power.
Iran and Egypt were quick to begin re-establishing diplomatic relations and exchanging ambassadors and the Egyptian leader of the Islamist Labour Party, who was imprisoned under Mubarak, was also speedily released. He is also running for president and, in Tehran to meet the Iranian foreign leader, declared that the revolt against Mubarak was 'inspired by the Islamic revolution' in Iran. The Egyptian foreign minister has also admitted that he might visit Hamas leaders in Gaza whereas, in the recent past, Egypt has co-operated with Israel's battle against Palestinian terrorism to the point of building a steel wall on their border to help thwart the smuggling of arms via underground tunnels.
The Myrick Hearing on the Muslim Brotherhood
In an interview with an Arab-language newspaper, Egyptian presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei declared that, if Israel launches attacks on Gaza while he was president, "we would declare war against the Zionist regime." He also claimed he would open the Rafah border crossing (closed by Hosni Mubarak to prevent terrorists from smuggling weapons) and "consider different ways to implement the joint Arab defense agreement."
ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency who stonewalled efforts to stop the nuclear program in Iran and to find evidence of Saddam Hussein's nuclear ambitions, is considered one of the leading candidates for the office in this fall's elections for Egypt's new government. His use of the radical Islamist formulation for Israel, instead calling it "the Zionist regime" (a phrase constantly used by Iran's President Ahmadinejad), is a further indication of his viewpoint.
Doubtlessly, ElBaradei believes such inflammatory rhetoric will help him gain votes amongst the radicalized Egyptian population and especially supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic terrorist and anti-Semitic organizations. ElBaradei also made sure his rhetoric was loaded with other 'vote winning' phrases, declaring that Israel "controls Palestinian soil" and that his desire was to address "the imbalance of power in the region."
Egypt has been the largest and most important Arab country at least partially aiding both the United States and Israel, and its decision to move closer to Iran is potentially damaging to both. Saudi Arabia also appears to be trying to improve relations with Russia and China, causing belated concern to Obama's government. After initially dithering in response to the Arab upheavals the White House made belated noises in support of the protesters, even when allies were endangered.
Mutual statements of co-operation and common interests followed the decision by Egypt to allow two Iranian warships to pass through the Suez Canal last month - a first since the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. The Iranian ships included a massive supply ship which docked in Syria for a few days before returning to Iran. So far, every move Egypt's new governing powers have made has been anti-Israel and pro-Islamist. Christians and other minority groups are being persecuted while the three-decades-old peace treaty between Egypt and Israel is under attack and the news that Egypt is cozying up to the terrorists of Teheran signals a further threat to the Jewish state.
Such U.S. dithering over a real adversary, Syria, has allowed that evil regime to continue to shoot protesters while wading into Libya without any real plan is balanced by having no plan at all for Yemen, Bahrain and Jordan. All of this can only benefit Iran, which counts Syria as it most reliable ally and conduit for its terrorists and weapons, while it strives to perfect its nuclear threat.
Over a thousand civilians have been killed by the Syrian regime already as the anti-government protests increase. The gross human rights violations have been decried by international human rights groups and spectators in the West, in the usual way, while those who have been constantly criticize Israel for their supposed abuse and massacre of Palestinian 'refugees' have gone strangely silent! The Obama administration is apparently too toothless to undertake even non-military measures to speak out against the violence - especially against a nation that is one of Iran's closest allies and shares in the regional sponsorship of terror.
Protesters are now explicitly demanding an end to President Bashar Assad's rule and chanting for 'regime change' even as the security forces use live ammunition on them and then, again, at the funerals for the dead! Dozens of democratic activists have been arrested in raids on private residences by the secret police and the naïve notion that Assad is a 'reformer' that was 'floated' by half-wit Secretary Clinton is now looking as stupid as the Clinton's have ever looked, alone or collectively.
In Deir al-Zour, a statue of Bashar Assad's late brother was set on fire and destroyed and protests continued throughout the country, including Homs, Izzra, Latakia, Banias, Qamishli and the capital of Damascus. Citizens were shot by snipers in Jableh on Sunday and residents blocked the major highway from Tartous to Latakia in 'retaliation'.
Homs, the country's third largest city where Sufi sheikhs organise protests, ahs been warned that the city faces destruction if the protests do not end. A massacre on the level of Hama in 1982 (again, never mentioned by the anti-Semite protestors of the West!) has not yet taken place but the city is under siege and gunfire has resulted in empty streets while the food supply has apparently been cut off.
Internet videos show the savage attacks by the security services on unarmed protesters but the ejection of most foreign media makes it very difficult to get detailed information out of Syria. One reporter from Al-Jazeera was forced to exit the country when the government refused to renew his visa and threatened him with the 'full force of the law' if he stayed. Frequent reports that the families of those killed are being required to sign statements confirming their loved ones were murdered by 'terrorists' or 'armed gangs' before being given the bodies for burial are matched with accounts of forced burials of the victims at night to prevent day-time funerals becoming a rallying point for the 'rebel' opposition.
Not all of the security forces are willing to kill their fellow man and the shooting of the deputy commander of the 90th division outside Damascus, Jameel al-Assad, is said to have come at the hands of a soldier after his forces were told to open fire. In another incident, the body of an army officer was delivered to his family who were told that he was murdered by the nefarious elements behind the protests. His uncle, also an officer, reacted by blaming the regime and causing a protest in Tadmur. A Kurdish soldier from Amouda has also been executed for refusing orders. Notably, the regime has arrested Mansour al-Ali, who the Jerusalem Post describes as a 'prominent figure' in the Allawite community that the regime draws its ranks from.
The Assad regime continues to deny that its security services or military is responsible for the murders and continues to blame unspecified 'armed gangs' and radical Islamic terrorists. In reaction to these accusations, protesters in Homs chanted: 'Brothers we want freedom, not Salafism.' Hamas and Hezbollah have not endorsed the uprising and the Muslim Brotherhood has yet to put pressure on the regime or mobilize its supporters to back the protests. Farid Ghadry of the Reform Party of Syria wrote an article lambasting the hypocrisy of these groups and the Turkish government and said: 'When elections come, we will make the MB [Muslim Brotherhood] in Syria pay for [their] silence.'
President Obama has joined other Western leaders in condemning the 'outrageous use of violence to quell protests' but no substantive action has followed. The International Commission of Jurists and Human Rights Watch are demanding that sanctions be placed on the Syrian officials involved and for an international investigation into the acts. Senator Joe Lieberman is suggesting the enforcement of an arms embargo and the Washington Post has slammed the U.S. response in an editorial, stating:
'As a moral matter, the stance of the United States is shameful. To stand by passively while hundreds of people seeking freedom are gunned down by their government makes a mockery of the U.S. commitment to human rights.'
Meanwhile, the U.S. has been led by the clearly pro-Muslim Obama to do no more than posture toothlessly in the face of the anti-American dictatorship of Bashar Assad while remaining hostile or disinterested towards allies (Egypt, Israel) and inessential actors on the world stage, such as Gaddafi, yet treating American enemies and terrorist regimes with the proverbial 'kid gloves.'
Obama and Israel
The hearing in the House Select Intelligence Committee's Subcommittee on Terrorism, HUMINT (human intelligence), Analysis and Counterintelligence, or THACI for short, was to 'Examine Political and Religious Entities in the Middle East' -in particular the Muslim Brotherhood.
In her Opening Statement, Chairwoman Myrick noted that one of her primary reasons for holding the hearing was to shed more light on the Muslim Brotherhood, due to 'confusion about the nature and degree' of their threat. Further, the Congresswoman stated: 'I believe we must also look beyond tactics - whether they are violent or non-violent - and explore the root issue, their core beliefs and ideology. The 9/11 Commission Report states that 'our strategy must match our means to two ends: dismantling the al-Qaeda network and prevailing in the longer term over the ideology that gives rise to Islamist terrorism.' That is why I believe that when we talk about the threat the Muslim Brotherhood poses, we must not merely look at whether they are violent or non-violent. We must also look at the extremist ideology they espouse and whether it leads to radicalization, and ultimately, acts of terrorism.'
Congresswoman Myrick seems to see the wood and the trees very clearly when she states: 'Our government is playing checkers while the Muslim Brotherhood is playing chess.' She also highlighted the Brotherhood's Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood of North America - calling attention to the section that states that the organization:
' … must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions.'
Lorenzo Vidino commented: 'there is clear evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood is here and operating ... [and] the government really doesn't know who the Brotherhood is.'
Since the commencement of the 112th Congress there appears hope that some in the House of Representatives are slowly awakening to the threat of radical Islam to the USA and congressman Peter King has stated that he refuses to succumb to political correctness and intends to shed light on the issue of radical Islam in the USA. King held his first hearing on Muslim Radicalization on March 10th and he and his staff are gearing up for a second hearing in the near future on the issue of radicalization within the U.S. prison system.
Myrick has also said that she expects to hold subsequent hearings in her sub-committee on the Muslim Brotherhood and related matters, some 'open' to the public and some 'closed' - but the dialogue will at least continue which may just jolt a few into action, although attendance by sub-committee members was about par with the naiveté and apathy so prevalent among Western politicians.
Joe Public must become more vocal and let Members of Congress, or Members of Parliament (in the UK), know that current national security policies must improve rapidly.
Bahrain Next to Implode?
Obama's controversial book, The Audacity of Hope, includes the statement: "When the ill winds blow, I will always stand with the Muslims." This should reveal everything about this man who so many ignorant 'Christians' in the USA welcomed as the 'real deal' - instead they, and the world which stood with then for so many years, is getting a raw deal. And none more than Israel.
Just a few short months ago Obama made his position on Israel even clearer when he lectured and then ditched Israel's leader, Bibi Netanyahu, at the White House (for dinner with his family).
Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council reveals how (November 2010) Obama went to Indonesia specifically to harass Israel:
"In going to Jakarta, Indonesia, Obama literally went to the ends of the earth to give voice to his displeasure (over Israel). He emphasized his opposition to the policies of the elected government of Israel. He used his Jakarta platform to complain about Israel building apartments for her growing population. Where? In Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. To make matters even worse, Jakarta is a city no Israeli is allowed to enter! The symbolism of saying what he said in the country and city where he said it is simply atrocious."
Obama's intense rejection of Israel comes at the time when Israel is about to celebrate the 44th anniversary of her recapture of Jerusalem (June 7, 1967) - and Jerusalem is the heart of the issue.
Let me give you the key to unraveling the end-time code God has given us. Remember three things:
Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount, are key to understanding the essentials of Jesus' return to rule and reign out of Jerusalem. On June 7, 1967, outnumbered Israeli soldiers defied all odds to recapture both the old city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Moshe Dayan made a major mistake in giving back the Temple Mount to the Islamic world so that the hideous insult to the One True God of Israel that is the golden-domed mosque of the pagan 'moon god', Allah, still sits on top of that sacred place instead of being torn down, cf. the fate of the two Buddhas of Bamiyan in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, intentionally dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar who declared that they were "idols". We agree that these were 'idols' - just as the 'The Black Stone' that Muslims flock to in Mecca, and which formerly marked the Kaaba as a place of worship during early pagan pre-Islamic times, still forms the eastern cornerstone of the same Kaaba, the ancient stone building towards which Muslims pray, in the centre of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as part of the Tawaf ritual of the Hajj and many of them try, if possible, to stop and kiss the Black Stone, emulating the kiss that Islamic tradition records that it received from the Prophet Muhammad. If they cannot reach it, they point to it on each of their seven circuits around the Kaaba. That the Kaaba was dedicated to Hubal, a Nabatean deity, and contained 360 idols which either represented the days of the year, or were effigies of the Arabian pantheon seems to escape the logic of Muslims! Islamic tradition holds that this Stone fell from Heaven to show Adam and Eve where to build an altar, which became the first temple on Earth, and claim the stone was originally pure and dazzling white, but has since turned black because of the sins of the people.
Despite Dayan's mistake, Israel's survival is certain for God will always watch over His covenant land and people: "He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps" (Psalm 121:4). One hundred million Arabs have tried to annihilate her since 1948, and they have consistently failed despite massively outnumbering this little state. Perhaps it is too much to expect logic to invade the minds of those who God has caused to suffer 'massive delusion' (2 Thessalonians 2v1ff.), but true Christians should remain undisturbed as the time of the 'Man of Lawlessness' approaches:
1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? 6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. 13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 14 It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. 16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, 17 comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
One of the strongest delusions today is that, if there were just a two-state solution between Israel and "Palestine," there would then be world peace. Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post sees through Obama's flannel when she writes: "Conceptually and substantively, Obama has abandoned the U.S. alliance with Israel." While the most powerful man in the world has turned on the Jewish state and on God, we can only pray that Israel will begin to turn her eyes to the One who formed a covenant with her and promised in His Word that, in a future war known as the Gog-Magog invasion (Ezekiel 38-39), Israel will be forced to reach out to God for help. The passage indicates that there will be no earthly ally to help her and Zechariah 12 indicates her friendless position too. Of the world's leaders, Canada's Stephen Harper is one of the few who remains a friend, but the other leaders of the nations are almost universal in their apathy towards the only truly democratic nation of the Middle East!
Another "peace" flotilla to Gaza is apparently on its way in June while the threat of a unilaterally created Palestinian state is set for September and an open border from Egypt into Gaza has begun operating while al-Qaeda hopes the 'Arab Spring' will empower them further. Will the next major Middle East war lead to the Gog and Magog war?
The stage is set. The USA, under Obama, has lost her bearings, although many in that formerly great Christian nation do not share the views of their President and his actions against Israel. Believer's know that the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, Lord of lords and King of kings, is imminent and, despite the recent ranting of well-known heretic and false prophet Harold Camping (his recalculation of his false prophecy is as laughable as his previous attempts!), we know that (Philippians 4:7) 'the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Bahrain, the oil-rich chain of islands neighbouring Saudi Arabia, has also been rocked by violent anti-government protests. Though the kingdom is 75% Shi'ite Muslim the government is overwhelmingly Sunni, which is surely a recipe for problems and, from the estimates that crowds at recent protests numbered around 100,000 people (from a total population of ~700,000), a likely pointer to the concerns of the protesters.
Saudi Arabia sent troops into Bahrain to help quell the protests and keep the government from collapsing, fearing that a Shi'ite uprising in the neighbouring kingdom might spread to its own large Shi'ite population. Sure enough, protesters in Bahrain insist that Parliament be dissolved and that a more representative body take its place with meaningful social reforms also necessary. Apparently, intelligence reports indicate that Iranian agents affiliated with Hezbollah were active in promoting the spread of rebellion, not unexpectedly since Iran and Saudi Arabia have been seeking dominance over Bahrain for more than 30 years.
This appears to be the same pattern of allegedly pro-democratic movements being partially or thoroughly hijacked by radical Islamists bent on dominating the world, bringing about the institution and implementation of Shari'a law, and destroying Israel and the West by gaining control of the oil-producing Gulf States.
The footprints of Iran can be seen in comments by the head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, who refers to himself as the special envoy, not of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but of its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Shi'a radicalism in Hezbollah has resulted in an estimated 50,000 rockets trained on Israel, while Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza (with an estimated 5,000 rockets obtained by illicit smuggling activities) compete in the intensity of their hatred for the Jewish nation.
Hatred for the chosen people God has re-gathered to Israel in these End-Times over-rides all other factors and Satanic deception may one day sufficiently blur the lines between Shi'a and Sunni Muslims so that their desire to usher in an Islamic caliphate to dominate the world will cause them to brush aside all other differences in their evil quest to sweep the Jews into the sea.
God continues to use the U.S. as a firewall between radical Islam and the West while Iran continues to edge towards its goal of achieving a nuclear threat to use against Israel while trying to maintain the world trade market (with every power: China, Russia, and the European Union) it needs to sustain its economy. If Iran achieves its nuclear ambitions it will surely not be long before other Middle East countries, including Egypt, follow the same path and any nuclear arms race involving the Shi'a and Sunnis Muslims can only lead to a dangerously unpredictable state of affairs.
While Israel has been an underestimated bastion of democracy in the region and a strong military deterrent to the Islamic despots, if the U.S. fails to stand behind her attempts to deal with Iran's implied threats of nuclear attacks the results will be catastrophic. The Islamic countries, perhaps containing many seeking democracy and a better way of life, may yet be held hostage by the religious radicals who wish to control not only the Middle East, but the world.
The West's staggering ignorance, naiveté, and unrealistic appraisals of the area's driving forces strain the limits of comprehension and U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, made this manifestly obvious when he told a congressional committee:
"The term 'Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam."
Clapper is not alone in remaining deluded over the true nature of this 'Arab Spring' (more like, 'Arab Spring Time for Hitlerian Brotherhood' - with respect for Mel Brooks' satire!) and politicians and the media think it's all about being on the winning side when governments collapse. Which side is the "right side" - who will emerge as 'the new powerbrokers' - and 'can we do business with them'? No one questions that most oppressed people desire to be free, particularly in the heavy-handed totalitarian regimes of the despots of the Muslim lands of the Middle East. But there are no discernable democratic leaders in charge of the march toward change, so who is most likely organized to take control when the dust settles?
The Muslim Brotherhood is the group organized to rise to the top across the region. They are not a group of benign, secular do-gooders and Western attempts to sanitize this Islamist menace disgraces all obligations to honesty and to all people struggling for a free and democratic government. Brotherhood spokesmen initially proclaimed a disinterest in leading any new governments that might materialize from the chaos, but this is merely a ruse. At issue is the power to control, even if only behind the scenes, until the time is right to impose the Allah-vested regime they espouse.
Can such a bait-and-wait method succeed? If Westerners have learned anything from history we should already know. But we simply don't learn from history, or the recent evidence of the near identical scenario that transformed Iran into the tyrannical mullacracy now threatening us all would have opened our eyes instead of sending our militaries to defend more Islamic terrorists! In the Gaza Strip, after Israel's now belated widely-lamented unilateral withdrawal in 2005, jihadist Hamas went from being bit player to a daily threat to Israeli citizens by wresting power from the feckless Palestinian Authority - and the Hamas element now controlling Gaza claims to be an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hezbollah terrorists, helped by Syria and Iran, have grown from an Islamist nuisance to the power in control of Lebanon.
The strain of hatred for Israel still runs deep in the ideological minds of the new breed of Brotherhood leaders who may eventually become Egypt's head-liners. They assert that the peace treaty should no longer be recognized, which is another way of proclaiming the resumption of a state of war with the Jewish nation. The Brotherhood's goals are not confined to regional conquest; its objectives are global. In short, it seeks to convert Muslim countries into states ruled by Sharia (Muslim) law, reestablish the Caliphate, and ultimately dominate the world - as its slogan makes plain:
"Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Qur'an is our law; jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."
The imposition of Sharia law alone should repulse the entire civilized world. In January (2011) a 14-year-old girl named Hena was raped by a 40-year-old man outside her home in Bangladesh. Consistent with Sharia law, the local mosque in her village issued a fatwa ordering that Hena, though a rape victim, be given 100 lashes for "sexual immorality." The girl collapsed after 60 lashes and died six days later.
One of the foremost reasons chaos has descended on such large sections of the world is the well-founded perception that the West, led by America, has gone soft. The Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide, Muhammad Badi, has said the U.S. is on the threshold of collapse due to its immorality and 'is now experiencing the beginning of its end, and is heading towards its demise ... jihad will bring Americans and Zionists to their knees.'
Not too long ago there was a no-tolerance stance against terror. No negotiations with terrorist groups or nations giving them aid and comfort. Those attacking innocent civilians were given no quarter. But today, while Islamists daily announce their intentions to take us out, many of our moronic leaders insist on protesting that the Muslims don't really mean what they are saying. Western politicians still seem to believe back-slapping diplomacy and a few billion more in foreign aid will tame the savage beast. This is not only nonsense, but it imperils the lives of the citizens whom these leaders have pledged to protect. Obviously, Israel is in the epicentre of the coming storm. Inexplicably, many of those who should be first in line to stand with their one true friend in the Middle East, and perhaps the world for that matter - and the only true democracy in the region - side with her enemies.
Are we seeing the beginning of the last battle - Armageddon? Almost certainly not - but it certainly looks like the 'warm-up' stage. And while the world stands in confusion and uncertainty, staring at the ashes of societal demolition and waiting to see what will arise from them, only true believers have a sure hope in the Prince of Peace who will fulfil His promise and, one day soon, call us home.