Monthly Archives: December 2011

Egypt – why we should be afraid

It is not the Muslim Brotherhood that makes me shudder, although they are bad enough. The Muslim Brotherhood have cast themselves as moderate, not so extreme and that they do not want to impose strict Sharia. I am not sure that I believe them, but for the moment will give them the benefit of the doubt. However the way I see it, the real threat in Egypt comes from the Salafists.

There are two parties that have won seats in the new Egyptian Assembly that are way more extreme than the Freedom and Justice Party of the Muslim Brotherhood. These are Gamaa Islamya (sp) Party and the Nour Party. The next most popular party belongs to the liberal bloc, which is a blow to the university elites who fought to get rid of Muburak.

This report from the UK Telegraph has some rather important information and I do think that you should read it, with an open mind… and then shudder about what has taken place.

What bothers me so much is that the man who masterminded the assassination of Anwar Sadat is now poised to take on a political role in Egypt. This man is an associate of the current Al Qaeda leader Zawahiri. Did you get that? The Gamaa Islamiya Party has links to Al Qaeda and they drew 20% of the vote in Egypt.

This is the stuff that causes people to have nightmares. These two Salafist parties are extreme in their views, and the kind of Sharia that they want to implement is on a par with that found in Saudi Arabia, and is probably even worse.

What then are the implications of them having power?

1. Israel’s situation is looking sicker.

2. Egypt will likely align with Iran

3. Christians will be persecuted in a much worse fashion than is already the case.

Any alignment with Iran will be a disaster for the world at large. These men mean business. For Egyptian women to have these Salafists gain any sort of power would spell disaster.

The only way that such a disaster could be prevented would be for Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party to spurn the more radical parties and to ally themselves with the liberal parties instead. Only if that happens could there by any guarantee that Egypt will not end up being like Saudi Arabia (where the imams believe such nonsense as letting a woman drive a car will lead to more prostitution, homosexuality, and gasp fewer virgins!!)

Keep your eye on Egypt because developments in that country are going to be critical for the rest of the world. Thanks Østupid, you did a great job on this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My jaw just dropped!!

Does the name Qassem Sulemeini ring a bell? It should do so because this is the name of the man who has been indicted in a New York court over the plot to kill the Saudi Arabian Ambassador, as well as the Israeli Ambassador as well as sundry Congress critters that might be in a local D.C. restaurant when it was being blown to pieces by a Mexican cartel… at least that was the plot!!

As you should be aware the British Embassy in Iran was attacked, in a manner that was reminiscent of the attack upon the American Embassy in Tehran back in 1978 or 1979 (the hostages were held for a very long time). At the time of the US Embassy attack it was students from the University of Tehran who stomed the compound. One of those students involved in the attack is now the President of Iran. Yes, that is correct, Ahmanutjob was identified as being one of those students (and he has never been arrested for his role in the attack). 

When I saw the picture of the attack, the first thing that sprang to my mind was that this was not the work of ordinary students from the University of Tehran. I had that feeling that these were the Basijj pretending to be students. Sure enough, that first thought has been more or less confirmed, that the attackers were the Basijj and not the Tehran University Students. (sorry no link and I forgot to save the story).

However, I have just seen a report in the Age Newspaper (Australia) which is stating that Qassem Sulumenei and the Quds force were behind the attack on the British Embassy:

Some of the rioters at the embassy held aloft pictures of the Quds Force commander, Major General Qassem Suleimani, around whom a personality cult is developing. There are claims that a known Quds commander was in the crowd.

A day after Britain expelled all Iranian diplomats in response, the European Union stiffened sanctions against Iran but stopped short of halting oil purchases.

The sanctions specifically target additional members of the Revolutionary Guard Corps and businesses controlled by its members.

The US Senate also moved against Iran and on Thursday unanimously approved harsh new economic sanctions. Senators voted 100-0 to include the measure, which aims to cut off Iran’s central bank from the global financial system.

In his statement to Parliament, the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said the damage to the embassy and the residential compound was done by 200 student Basij militia but diplomats say that, according to a recent restructuring by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, the Basij is a youth arm of the Revolutionary Guard.

An Israeli-Iranian analyst, Meir Javedanfar, said: ”Basij members don’t turn up in front of embassies, unless they have permission from the [Revolutionary Guard].”

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Please read the link to get the whole story, because the analysis is interesting. That analysis is something that is going through my own mind at a rate of knots. As soon as I saw that name it was like… no wonder my jaw dropped!! 
If this is correct, then it seems that Sulemeini is also in some kind of power play. The question is whether this is a power play within Iran or it is a world-wide power play. First, the Quds are in Iraq. The Iranian ambassador in Iraq is a member of the Quds. Second, the Quds are active in Syria and have been responsible for the deaths and injuries to thousands of Syrians in Homs and elsewhere.  Third, since the Quds take care of the foreign things, it is a clear sign that Sulumeini is going after both the British and the USA. Fourth, Sulumeini is the name of the man behind the plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador. The man who was captured and indicted in New York is a relative of Sulemeini. 
Could it be that this action is a prelude to something that is far worse? The first of the Egyptian elections have been held, and with a 62% turnout, the MB via the Justice Party and the Salafists via the Nour (sp) Party have gained control of the assembly. The worst part is that the Salafists want to impose a strict state version of Islam upon the Egyptians. What is perhaps even more frightening is that one or other of these groups has a very close relationship with Iran. On top of that Hezbollah have been trying to spark a confrontation with Israel but letting off rockets that have landed in Israel.
The situation here is quite complex because Iran is the enemy of Saudi Arabia. Iran wants control of Mecca. Sulemeini, by plotting to kill the Saudi Arabian Ambassador (a man who is in fact the anti-terrorist chief of Saudi Arabia), as well as plotting to kill the Israeli Ambassador and as many Americans as possible, has shown his hand.
Could it be that Sulemeini has other ambitions, such as taking over control of Iran, and then launching against what he perceives to be the enemies of Iran? Food for thought.