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Signs of the downfall of a regime

Whilst the situation in Yemen has not yet been resolved (and Al Qaeda has taken over one town in the south), and the situation in Syria has been escalating, all eyes have remained on Libya. The so called Arab spring seems more like a springboard for Islamists to gain control of the Middle East. Whilst I still believe the National Transitional Council with regard to their motivations, I have always remained sceptical about Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Yemen and a number of other M.E. countries where there have been uprisings. One could say that most of these people have been useful idiots. Libya remains a standout because of the nationalism that is involved (however, should the Salafists raise their ugly heads, then we will know the actual direction that things will take).

The example of the end of the Pavli  (sp) regime in Iran remains an example of what is normally expected when a dictatorship style of regime is about to fall. The Shah of Iran will be remembered for his secret police and the murders, imprisonments etc that occurred at the end, rather than the blossoming of the people. The same is true of Saddam Hussein – if he did any good, then that is forgotten by the fact that he secretly killed thousands in his dungeons.  Therefore when applying those standards to the situation that we are witnessing this year we can indeed show that in order for the regime to fall the following needs to happen:

1. Mass defections of the leadership

2. Mass defections of the military

When Pavli was sent into exile, the final step had been the defection of the military and his personal guard.  We also saw this when Muburak was hounded from office – the military told him to go. In the coming weeks I think we will see it in Syria and Yemen. Right now we are witnessing the defections in Libya.

In the past few weeks there have been some more high level defections. One of them was the man in charge of the Libyan oil company. Today there is an announcement that more than 100 people have defected including some generals and other army officers. One of the generals in this last group estimates that the strength of the armed forces remaining is about 20%. These officers have denounced the violence against women and fellow citizens in the various cities within Libya. They have called upon the remaining officers and military to do the same and abandon Gadhafi.

This abandonment by top military personnel should be the writing on the wall, but Daffy Duck in his mental state is being extremely stubborn. The head of the African Union, Zuma from South Africa, was engaged in talks yesterday. Nothing has changed because the African Union roadmap to peace had already been rejected by both NATO and the rebels. Gadhafi has lost all legitimacy to remain as leader in Libya. His military and his ambassadors have abandoned him. He needs to exit whilst he has the opportunity.

Once Daffy Duck has gone, we will then know more about the Libyan direction. The people in Benghazi do seem to be more pro-western. I assume that is because many of them have been educated in the U.K. or the USA. However, there are pockets of people who are Islamists and have associations with Al Qaeda. Will they try to take over the government? They might be too weak to have much influence, and only time will tell whether or not the Islamists will gain a foothold.  If the National Transitional Council is true to its word, then Libya will set the future standard for a Middle East style democracy.

However, there should be warning bells in regard to Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood have been very crafty in that they have pretended that they will not seek election, yet they have formed a political party. There is also evidence of a rise in the activity of the Salafists. Egypt is following very closely the path of Iran prior to the takeover by the Mullahs. Stupid people like the present WH regime cannot see that there is a very real danger and that should MB become successful that Egypt will align itself with Iran. This is very much on the cards.

Other very worrying signs come from Tunisia, where the revolution had come from the people, but the Islamists and Salafists have been gaining a foothold in the towns, imposing their will on the people, and seem determined to take power and then force women to wear the black sacks of nothingness.  They are doing this by forcing out those imams who are what I would call moderate, and replacing them with hardliners.

Whilst I have not been dealing all that much with Yemen and Syria, there are some developments, especially in Yemen. Saleh is also on the ropes, and he refuses to leave power in Yemen. Over the weekend Al Qaeda successfully took a town in the south of Yemen. However, there are some who believe that this happened with the consent of Saleh so that he could try to prove that without him in power Al Qaeda would take over the country (more Arab spring). I do not know if that is true. Yemen is another country where the military have been abandoning the regime and are sticking up for the people.

In 2009 when there was an uprising in Iran because the election was stolen by Ahmahnutjob, the world turned its back on the people. There were protests, which from the point of view of those involved were peaceful, until the basijj showed up and started up the violence. Hundreds of Iranians were killed, and thousands were injured. It was not until Neda was gunned down that there was any real world focus on the events. Even then Angela Merkel had to prompt Østupid to say something and to denounce the regime violence agaisnst the people, and then he went back to doing nothing, turning his back on the Iranian people because he wanted to be friends with the regime. The human rights abuses in Iran are shocking. People were dragged from their homes, many were beaten in the prisons, forced to sign false statements, and many young women and young men were raped (some never recovered from their injuries, with at least one being dumped in a ditch at the side of the road). Then the hangings behind closed doors began, and even now we do not know how many have been killed by the Iranian regime since 2009.  If the military had sided with the people perhaps we would have seen the end of the regime, but you have to keep in mind that the Grand Pooh-bah, expecting trouble, had imported members of Hezbollah to do his dirty work. Syria is using the same tactics, using the basijj to do the dirty work.

A chilling message

If you think that the world is safe now that OBL is dead, then you better think again. The fallout over his death is continuing. The latest fallout is a renewed threat from AQ groups in Somalia and Yemen. They are warning of a bloodier jihad to come. 

I doubt that the West actually understands the full nature of Islamic Jihad, especially as it has been interpreted by those loyal to OBL. It is necessary to read the history of OBL and his companions, and that includes their links to the Muslim Brotherhood. For example al-Zawahri is not only connected to MB but to the violent wing of MB (probably includes the Salafists). On top of that Zawahir is linked to the assassination of Anwar Sadat. We have to understand the full implications of that history. We also need to understand that OBL had those leanings when he was still a teenager, and that when he went to Afghanistan to fight the Russians, he took those ideas with him, thus converting mujahdeen to his way of thinking. Not all Afghan mujahdeen followed the philosophy of OBL. However, the Taliban is a direct descendant of OBL’s thinking and philosophy. This explains why the Taliban sheltered OBL in Afghanistan prior to the declaration of war on the USA when the twin towers were hit, and the Pentagon was attacked in 2001. That war has not ended by any stretch of the imagination.

The Australian Age reports:

Pakistan Wednesday saw the first possible violent reaction to bin Laden’s May 2 death in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, as drive-by attackers threw grenades at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Karachi.

The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasir al-Wahishi, said in a statement posted on an Islamist website that the “ember of jihad (holy war) is brighter” following the May 2 killing of bin Laden.

The Yemen-based fugitive warned Americans not to fool themselves that the “matter will be over” with the killing of bin Laden, the Saudi-born architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

“Do not think of the battle superficially…. What is coming is greater and worse, and what is awaiting you is more intense and harmful,” Wahishi said, according to a translation by the US-based SITE monitoring group.

Top Shebab Islamists in Somalia, including Muktar Robow, Sheikh Hasan Dahir Aweys and US-born Omar Hamami — better known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki — said they also planned revenge for bin Laden’s killing “very soon.”

“We are sending a message to (US President Barack) Obama and (Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton that we will avenge the death of our leader Sheikh Osama bin Laden very soon,” Hamami said.

“Osama is dead but the holy war is not dead. Mujahedeen fighters all over the world are fully prepared to revenge the death of our leader.”

The Shebab, who control much of Somalia, pose a serious security threat in the region where Al-Qaeda operatives bombed US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

The United States has warned of the threat posed by Islamist militancy in Yemen, the homeland of bin Laden’s father, and has warned of the potential for the country to become a new staging ground for Al-Qaeda.

AQAP was born of a January 2009 merger between the Saudi and Yemeni Al-Qaeda branches. It claimed a failed attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound US airliner in December 2009 and was accused in October of sending parcel bombs addressed to US synagogues that were disguised inside computer printers.

Four days after bin Laden was killed in the US raid on his sprawling compound about two hours’ drive from the Pakistani capital Islamabad, a US drone attack targeted US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi in southern Yemen.

The imam, who Washington says has strong links to Al-Qaeda, survived the attack but two AQAP members were killed.

In Karachi, two men on a motorcycle threw two grenades at the heavily fortified Saudi consulate and escaped despite coming under fire from security guards, officials said.

“We are seeing this incident in the present context,” provincial government official Sharfuddin Memon told AFP. “It could be a reaction of the Osama incident.”

“We fear that desperate elements are planning to launch a big attack. We are taking precautionary measures in this regard,” he warned.

the death of OBL does not change the F grade given to Østupid for his foreign policy failures

Yes, it is true, I am a very harsh critic of the Østupid regime.  There are few amongst them that deserve any accolades. However, I will give special mention to Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, David Petreus and John Brennan for their persistence in going after OBL. They deserve the accolades for the death of OBL, not Østupid.

In the week since it was announced that OBL was dead, there has been so much spin coming out of the White House that it has been enough to make a person go dizzy. The stories have been changing daily, and there has been a lack of consistency about those stories. Even that story about waiting 16 hours before giving the final go ahead sounds like cow dung. It is a story that does not show decisiveness, but instead shows virtual cowardice when it comes to facing the realities of a war situation. It sounds like the truth lies somewhere between the Ulsterman report on the matter, and the cow dung fodder that came out of the press. I have a hard time imagining that the fey pResident could hammer his fist on a table to give the go ahead on something this important, and then head off to parties and playing golf, whilst it is all going down.

The fallout from the action is still very nuclear at the present time. The relationship between the USA and Pakistan is deteriorating rapidly. What is worse, the Pakistanis have released the name of the top CIA agent in Pakistan, which has put his life in danger. This is partly caused by the spin that has come from the White House, as well as the refusal to release the pictures of the body of OBL or of the video that showed him being fed to the sharks.

There should have been a very real psychological advantage in showing those photographs, but the image-obsessed pResident has told the world that he is “afraid” of any ensuing outrage. Well, the fact is the outrage is going to happen anyway, and why should the USA be concerned about the sensibilities of a bunch of very brain deficient individuals who go crazy over the slightest thing?

However, it is not just the handling of finding OBL that keeps that grade as an F, but it is the way in which he has handled other Middle East issues.  For example, when the Iranian regime crushed the protests of the people with bloodshed, Østupid said nothing until prompted by Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. If it had not been for those two, Østupid would have totally ignored the human rights abuses in Iran. It was the death of Neda that made a difference, but the difference was short lived. The notion of extending a hand has been proved to be fruitless, and on the other hand it has shown to the Iranians that the USA has been weakened by having this man as pResident.

Then there is the attitude over the uprising in Egypt. The strategic concerns for the region were overridden out of some other underlying beliefs that Muslim Brotherhood be allowed to control Egypt… oh what a web we weave!!! Now it seems that the Salafists are on the loose in Egypt and the uprisings that are about to take off again are going to get extremely bloody unless the army is willing to stop the slaughter of the Copts. Muburak at least kept these Salafists (allied to AQ) under control. The demands that the pResident made to Muburak to step down were totally ill-considered.  Tunisia is also troubled, but it is a far more settle nation for the time being.

Since there have been several uprisings, and with brutal crackdowns by the regime in question, this leaves open further accusations of inconsistency in policy. As an example here, look at both Libya and Syria. I do see the differences in that Syria was slower to crack down on the population, and in Syria the situation is becoming more and more bloody. It has been the slow build-up. On the other hand, in Libya, Gadhafi planned his reaction in advance of any protests. At first Østupid made some noises, but only after Sarkozy and Cameron were insisting that action had to be taken. The UN no-fly zone enforcement is justified in Libya because Daffy Duck was bombing his own people, pretending that he was combating AQ elements. I have discussed at length that much of the claims about the involvement of AQ in Libya has been exaggerated, and is mostly coming from regime propaganda. This does not mean that some AQ associated individuals are not present, it just means that the vast majority are not associated with AQ, and that they are fighting for their lives against a wounded bull. That being said, the issue here is the manner in which Østupid stepped back, leaving a gap that had not been filled in the mission to take out Daffy’s means of killing Libyans. The attack on Misrata is outrageous and it needs to be stopped.  It needs strong leadership from the US and instead, the leadership has been totally wimpy. I commend both Sarkozy and Cameron, and I give a special mention to the Turk Erdogan for their efforts in attempting to protect the citizens of Misrata and Zintan.

To these concerns about Libya, I add here that the pResident had plenty of time to go to the Congress before the UN resolution, and to put to Congress the possible actions that would be required. The fact that he was spending his time on vacation, playing golf and giving parties, indicates that he is not serious in being a leader of the world. The fact is that without Congressional approval, the participation of the US in the Libyan action is not illegal, but certainly illicit. 

For these reasons… and counting…. an F grade on foreign policy and international relations is still very appropriate.

Who is next? – and please do not go on about this one being an American citizen

There has been drone action in Yemen, where two militants were killed as a result of a CIA drone strike. The next most dangerous member of the AQ network is not so much al-Zawahri, but the American born Yemeni imam who goes by the name of Awlaki.

Awlaki is probably more dangerous than OBL because Awlaki used his position as an imam to preach jihad and to turn “believers” into jihadists. It is a well-known fact that Awlaki ran the Virginia mosque where members of the “19” who participated in the mass murder of American citizens and international individuals on September 11. Awlaki was very much a part of the plot and the planning. Also, Awlaki was imam for Nidal Hasan the Ft. Hood murderer or jihadist.

What is most disturbing about Awlaki is that he has been spreading his influence via the Internet. In fact Nidal Hasan was communicating with him via the Internet. The incompetents who were supposed to have been monitoring Nidal Hasan ignored the basis of the communication and did nothing to prevent what has become known as the Ft. Hood terrorism massacre. It was absurd that some petty official claimed that Hasan was conducting research instead of alerting those higher up that something was wrong.

Awlaki lives in Yemen where he is part of the Yemeni branch of AQ. This group is now the one to watch because they have been responsible for several failed plots, including the Nigerian underpants bomber, and the ink-cartridge bombs. These people are very active and they mean business.

Then of course Awlaki is not the only “American” involved with AQ. There is also Adam Gadahan and at least one other who has gone to the Middle East to commit crimes against the USA on foreign soil.

***** UPDATE*****

HotAir has an interesting perspective on this action in Yemen. It has to do with the fact that the Salafists and AQ in particular have been behind the protests in that country. It seems that the pressure on Saleh has been enough for him to provide information on the whereabouts of Awlaki which allowed the attempted strike:

The attack appears to be unrelated to intelligence information taken in the raid that killed bin Laden, whose death was confirmed by al Qaeda Friday in a statement that vowed to continue attacks on Americans…

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been more forthcoming with information on Mr. Awlaki since he has faced major protests in his country, a U.S. official said. Mr. Saleh has sought to use that information in a bartering effort to gain more support from the U.S., the official added. The White House has backed an Arab proposal that would ease Mr. Saleh from office…

Yemen officials said the U.S. fired twice at Mr. Awlaki in two attacks spread over about 45 minutes. In the first, the U.S. fired three rockets at a pickup truck in which Mr. Awlaki and a Saudi national and suspected al Qaeda member were traveling outside the village of Jahwa, located some 20 miles away from the Shebwa provincial capital, according to local residents and the Yemeni security official.

Two Yemeni brothers, who were known by local residents for giving shelter to al Qaeda militants, rushed to the scene of the attack. Mr. Awlaki switched vehicles with them, leaving the two Yemenis in the pickup. A single missile from the U.S. rocket then hit the pickup truck, killing the Yemenis inside.


BRIC and the Middle East

Brazil, Russia, India and China are the emerging countries that will be the likely winners if the economy of the USA was to collapse. It is not just in relation to the economy that we find these countries being busy little bees, especially in regard to Middle East policy. I wonder how many noticed that this bloc was solidly against UN resolution 1973 in regard to Libya. I am speculating that this is something that slipped past a number of pundits, but it is something that needs to be explored for the simple reason that the emergence of BRIC as a bloc ties in with the activities of Iran since Østupid became POTUS.

Reza Khalili has an excellent article up at the American Thinker which explores the points that I want to make, especially with regard to the activities of Iran, as well as touching on a subject that I have already raised, that of encouraging the Middle East Armageddon in the hope of the return of the 12th imam. It is very important to understand what is happening in the Middle East in light of the perception that the USA has a weakling or quisling for a President (just like Jimmah Carter, only worse).

Russia and China have been actively assisting Iran to achieve the aim of having the capacity to manufacture nuclear bombs. The abysmal White House approach to attempting to stop this development in Iran has been nothing more than an attempt to appease the Mullahs – you might call it a bend over and sniff some odour effort. This form of appeasement – the extending of a hand – was never going to work with these mullahs, but it did invite further contempt for the USA. Iran has been laughing in the face of the efforts of the Østupid Administration to stop them building nuclear weapons. As a result of the odour sniffing weakness of the Østupid administration, countries such as Germany, India, China and Venezuela have been using back-door cooperation with the Iranian regime that has in effect helped to embolden Iran with its efforts to be a nuclear power.

As Reza says:

The Iranian leaders have detected total confusion, weakness, and incompetence from the White House and have picked up their activities. Iranian agents, who have long infiltrated the region, are helping to incite uprisings in Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, and other countries in the Middle East. As I revealed recently, there is a secret documentary, “The Coming is Upon Us,” which will be distributed shortly in the Middle East among the Muslim population, that is calling for the unification of Arabs, the overthrow of U.S.-backed governments, and promising the destruction of Israel and the demise of the U.S.

In the last couple of months there has been an increase in arms shipments that have been seized en route to the Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza strip as well as to Africa.  Several ships have contained nuclear material destined for Iran have also been seized. These containers were loaded in China and they were labelled as boiler parts.

It is not just Iran that is sensing the odour-sniffing weakness of the Østupid administration, because China has been sensing the same thing. China has been helping Iran with its nuclear program, just like China helped Pakistan to create and possess nuclear weapons. China is helping Pakistan to create more nuclear plants.

It seems that the world is underestimating China’s ambitions in the Middle East. The perceived weakness of the USA has given China the incentive to attempt once again to become a super-power. The attitude of the White House, if it remains the same over the next few years will ensure that China will realize its dreams of becoming that super-power.

China and Iran have a common goal – the destruction of the USA and the West. Iran has been working secretively on the overthrow of Middle East regimes that are friendly to the USA, especially in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt.  It is highly likely that Iran is backing Daffy Duck against the UN and NATO (I would not be surprised to learn that Iran had been secretly sending weapons to Daffy Duck). Iran’s actual goal is to create chaos in order to bring on the imaginary 12th imam. China, on the other hand retains its long term goal of world domination.

This goal of China is also being achieved from an economic point of view, and again the Østupid Administration has not fully understood the economic dangers of allowing China to control the financial sector via its holding of U.S. currency.

The BRIC bloc is working in many ways to undermine the USA and the West. Brazil, is yet another country that is led by a Marxist. The way in which Østupid has behaved towards Brazil, in giving loans for oil drilling is absolutely appalling. Brazil has also been working to undermine the US in the Middle East. Yet, the Østupid administration has not been able to identify the dangers that are being presented.

Finding out who is behind the “Arab spring”

We have all had our suspicions about who is behind the “Arab Spring”. I think it is multiple groups. In Egypt, for example, it really does appear to be a “people uprsing” until one looks at the method of organizing. One report that I read earlier in the week pointed to some who have adopted the Ghandi method of peaceful protests, and the flash mob. This seems to be somewhat correct, because the protest started small, and then when the protesters were attacked, the mobs got bigger. I see the same process working in Yemen.

That report told me a little bit about the methodology but tells me nothing about who else might be involved. Again, in Egypt there are some shadowy figures who have a background of involvement with Communism. It must be kept in mind that Egypt had leanings towards Communism before they were beaten by Israel. Anwar Sadat led Egypt away from Communism, and Hosni Muburak followed the Sadat path (even though he was corrupt and imperfect).  So we have some shadowy figures associated with Communism.

We also know that William Ayers, Bernadine Dorhn and Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin spent time in Egypt. The question is: who did they meet and when? Wer they sent by Østupid on a mission to help sow the seeds of a revolt? That question remains largely unanswered.

The movement is supposed to be a “youth movement”, and further questions arise: were the youth being fooled by elements of Muslim Brotherhood? It is true, that some of those protesting stated that they had nothing to do with Muslim Brotherhood, yet in their foolishness they seemed to accept Mr. Potato Head or El-Baradei (who is involved with Muslim Brotherhood) as some sort of leader figure. Such acceptance suggests that this “youth” are in fact Islamists, and that they allowed themselves to be used by Muslim Brotherhood.  It is something that needs further exploration, but with the LSM supporting what took place it is not going to be easy to find out the truth.

A few things that have worried me about the Egyptian Revolution including the comments and activities of Iran. It seems that Iran is in the background no matter how we look at the affair, for example, El-Baradei’s wife is an Iranian. Then there is the issue of the Iranian warships being allowed to move through the Suez canal, which is something that Muburak would never have allowed to happen. There are many unanswered questions, but we have to sit and wait and hope that Egypt does not become the second Iran.

This leads me into looking at Yemen, Jordan, Syria and Bahrain. Once again Bahrain has gone quiet, but that means nothing. What is clear in Bahrain is that the Shia majority are under the thumb of the Sunni minoirty. Around the time of the crackdown which involved the use of Saudi troops, Bahrain expelled Iranian diplomats, claiming that one of them had been having secret meetings with those who were doing the protests. This is probably true – I suspect that Iran has had a hand in stirring up trouble in Bahrain, since Iran wants a Shia takeover.

Yemen has also been witnessing a savage crackdown, but Yemen is also an example of the flash mob. It started small, but when the Yemen leader said things that upset the women, as an example, the women then organized themselves into a big protest.  In the report that I read (with women in the burkas) the women felt insulted, and in one case, a female student stated that her father did not want her to protest until he heard the offending remarks. Also, remarkably, the men formed a line at the side of the street to protect the women. The protests are getting bigger, so Yemen is not over just yet.

Now it is the protests in Jordan that has provoked me to write this piece, since it is in Jordan that I see a clear example of who might in fact be behind some of the unrest. What has sparked my interest in this report is that the people doing the protests are Salafists – an extreme Islamist group aligned with Al Qaeda. I also note that it was the Salafists who killed the Italian who was kidnapped in Gaza, and who are the ones behind the recent shellings of Israel. 

It seems that we have at least two groups of interests at work in the Middle East – those aligned with Iran, and those aligned with Al Qaeda. It is a complex issue, and from the western point of view we have to pray that neither Al Qaeda aligned individuals, or Iran aligned parties gain the ascendancy in any of these Middle Eastern countries.

In that same article on Jordan, there is also information about unrest in Amman. This is the first report that has been more specific about who is behind the unrest. In this case it is Muslim Brotherhood (surprise, surprise) and its political arm, Islamic Action Front (I think we need to look for mention of IAF in future reports on the region), and what is so very ironic is that the protestors are demanding “social justice and democracy”. How on earth would democracy be achieved with Muslim Brotherhood in control?

So it seems, that one has to look at the make-up of the religious and ethnic groups within the M.E. country where there is unrest to determine whether the agitators are Sunni or Shia. If they are Sunni, then there is the likelihood that the Salafists are the ones stirring up the unrest. If the Salafists were to win in Jordan (and they want the release of some very dangerous prisoners) then the country of Jordan would be turned into yet another hell hole just like in Gaza. It is worth pointing out again that the Italian who was killed in Gaza was kidnapped by the same Salafist group that is behind the trouble in Jordan. If the Shia are successful with their agitation then Muslim Brotherhood is on the ascendancy. On top of these ethnic groups there are the Communists. A good question to ponder is whether or not Russia is also playing games behind the scenes (again).

Although I have not mentioned Libya in this article, I do want to contemplate the possibility that Russia is aiding and abetting Daffy Duck. The bloc that has remained against the NATO action in Libya – Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) have had a special relationship with Daffy Duck over the years. Prior to the start of the NATO and UN enforcement of the UN resolution 1973 it appears that Daffy did some sort of deal with these countries. It also explains why they have been pushing the Daffy propaganda. Daffy had imposed Communism in Libya and seemed to align himself with Russia. I think that the actions of the BRICS countries in relation to Libya might be worth watching. I do not trust any of them.


Middle East and Africa Roundup

Since the President of the United States of America has held a prominent position in the world, up until the election of the fraud and usurper Barry Soetoro, there is as much a need to focus on the international aspects of his Presidency, as there is a need to focus on the more narrow internal matters.  Since the 2nd World War the United States has played a pivotal role in world affairs. As a result of this role the USA has quite often come under attack from various quarters including the Middle East, Africa, the Soviet Union, Central and South America. President John F. Kennedy made his errors with the Bay of Pigs disaster, and the topped it off by getting the USA involved in the Vietnam War. Likewise, Australia followed LBJ into the Vietnam War. The slogan at the time was “All the way with LBJ”.

The USA has been a target for covert attack for a number of years, including the attack on the Murrah building in Oklahoma City (John Doe #2), the first and second attacks on the World Trade Centre, as well as sundry other attacks. For those of us who remember the late 1960s to early 1970s there were many attacks on Pan Am aircraft as well as the attack on the Achilles Lauro and sundry other attacks.  Many of the attacks can be traced to Islamists of one sort or another.  They can also be traced to the leaders of Libya, Iran and yes even Iraq – Gadhafi for example was well known as a sponsor of terrorism, Iran used Syria as a Satellite to bring down the Lebanese government through Nasrallah and Hezbollah, plus there is a very high probability that Saddam Hussein might have sponsored the attack on the Murrah building as well as having a possible sponsorship role in the first attack on the World Trade Centre. These sponsors of terrorism are still very active.

There is a very good case to be made about the probable consequences of having porous and open borders with Mexico. Those borders are a good way for jihadists to enter into the USA by stealth. Who might those jihadists be? Palestinians? Take your pick on the country because it might be Palestinians or even Afghanis or any other Middle Eastern nationality.  It can happen very easily. This is why there is a real need to “know the enemy” and try to neutralize the enemy.  FYI , I see Libya as the enemy so long as Gadhafi remains in charge. He is not to be trusted. The proof is there with his activities prior to the second invasion of Iraq, because when that happened Gadhafi knew that he would be next.

One thing that can be learned about the Middle East leaders is that they do not appreciate weak leaders. The latest comments from Ahmahnutjob relating to Barry Soetoro were very telling as far as how the man is disrespected in the Middle East.  There are many things happening in the Middle East and it would be very bad if the same mistakes were made over Egypt, that were made over Iran. Carter made some really classic mistakes in Iran, and one of them was his underestimation of the Ayatollah Khomeini who had been living in exile in Paris up until the fall of the Shah of Iran.

In fact, with the latest developments in Egypt, it is more than likely that MB will gain a foothold in the ME and that is highly undesirable. Should the Muslim Brotherhood be successful and end up controlling Egypt there will be further destabilization in the world.   The wars in the Middle East are disrupting oil supplies throughout the world, causing the price per barrel to escalate. Saudi Arabia is trying to take up the slack. Of course if the USA was allowed to produce more oil, this would not be a problem, because the USA has plenty of oil but the present Administration is preventing the mining of this particular mineral resource. It is actually acting in a criminal fashion.

On another front, something that worries me happens to be the escalating drone attacks in the border region of Pakistan. If there is one thing that could point to criminal action it is the killing of civilians in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Another reason to be concerned about Pakistan in particular is that they have nuclear weapons. Pakistan is the country to watch in the near future.

@@@update on Pakistan@@@

The rift between Pakistan and the USA is becoming more serious. I have just been reading this report from the BBC, where it outlines the more controversial issues that are at stake. About 335 people who are officers, CIA and other personnel are being asked to leave the country. Plus Pakistan wants restrictions on the drone operations. From what I am reading the relationship with Pakistan has deteriorated significantly in the pas t2 years.


If the USA had a strong leader as President then these things would be of less concern. However, with the usurper Barry Soetoro at the helm, there is every reason to be concerned, especially when he is constantly siding with jihadists against United States citizens. If he is not siding with jihadists then he is telling the leaders of M.E. countries allied to the USA to leave. He has done this with at least 2 leaders where he has sided with the Opposition. The exception here is Libya which was not allied to the USA… and yes Daffy has to go!! That weakness that is on show for the whole world to see is actually quite dangerous for world peace. The weakness is sending out signals to the enemies of the USA that those other countries once allied to the USA are now fair game.  One of the biggest enemies is Iran, and they are busting a gut to control the Middle East. Ahmahnutjob is obviously perceiving the Barry Soetoro weakness as an opportunity to create the Middle East version of Armageddon.  However, Barry keeps talking about “extending a hand”, to talking but Ahmahnutjob is not really listening and his boss the Grand Pooh-Bah is laughing behind Barry’s back – it is the price for not speaking up against the crimes against humanity that occurred in Iran during 2009.

In order to reduce the daily posts I want to try something new with regard to news from the Middle East and Africa. The turmoil continues in Libya, Syria and the Ivory Coast. There is nothing new from Bahrain, Morocco, Oman and several other countries. Keep an eye on Chad and Mali (both are Daffy allies). Also watch for new stirrings in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


The Syrian forces are now firing indiscriminately upon the citizens in two villages. The Human Rights people claim that more than 200 people have been killed since the protests began.  I wonder if Østupid will now demand that Assad depart the scene.  What will it take for the current  POTUS to start acting in a more consistent and credible fashion? His silence and refusal to condemn the violence only encourages the regime in Syria to continue to violate the human rights of its citizens.


The following are links that give some insight on the latest from some of these countries:

Syria appears to be fuelled by sectarian or at least tribal violence. The latest killings have come from Assad loyalists but police have also been shot. You can read the Reuters summary here.

Libya: the African Union leaders have met with Daffy Duck and have proposed a peace plan. They claim that Daffy has agreed to the plan which allegedly includes a ceasefire. The President of South Africa, Zuma wants NATO to stop enforcing the no-fly zone, “to give the ceasefire a chance”. However, if this ceasefire is like the others, then NATO should put more aircraft in the air and bomb the Daffy forces until there is nothing left!!  In other words do not trust Daffy Duck because his words and promises are meaningless. You can read more on Libya here.

Egypt: More than 1000 protesters attempted to demonstrate at Egypt’s Tahrir Square. I would love to know who it is that is egging these people on. The latest demand is to topple Tanatawi. You can read more here.

Ivory Coast: The French forces and the UN continue the effort to force Gbabgo to quit. You can read about what is happening in the Ivory Coast here.

Yemen: protests continue with a few more deaths. The numbers are not as bad as the deaths in either Syria or Libya. Once again it is not clear who is behind the protests in Yemen, but it seems to be a Shia vs. Sunni affair, with the Yemeni govt. also fighting against Al Qaeda which is strong in the region. You can read the latest here.

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Ivory Coast: Laurent Gbagbo has been captured. He and his wife are under house arrest. There has been a call for the end to the violence.  You can read the report on the surrender of Laurent Gbagbo here.

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It looks like the Ivory Coast could become another Somalia. The news in this report is not very positive. It looks like the Outattera supporters are out for revenge and there are reports of them going house to house hunting down the Gbagbo supporters.


Libya: As I expected, the National Council which represents the rebels has rejected the African Union peace plan. Despite the alleged willingness of Daffy to enter into a ceasefire, there has been an increase in the shelling of Misrata. One thing that I have noticed is that Østupid has disappeared into the background with not a word being uttered about the intransigence of Daffy and his goons. There is silence. I wonder if that has anything to do with the love letters that Daffy sent to Østupid, or whether it has anything to do with Louis Farrakhan who was not at all pleased that Østupid agreed to push for the no-fly zone. Stay tuned for more fireworks.

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Morocco: I thought that Morocco had settled down. It seems that I am wrong. I just saw this report filed on the BBC news site. It looks that the young men of Morocco are organizing themselves through Facebook to continue their protests for reform. The report does give some background information about Morocco.

If this one turns nasty and violent, I wonder whether Østupid will demand resignations like he did in Egypt and Tunisia.

UPDATE 14/4/2011

There have been meetings between NATO countries regarding Libya. Another meeting was held with the National Transitional Council.  You can read about the latest here.

Something I noted is that the French have stated that they are not supplying weapons. The British are supplying satellite phones and body armour (that might cut down on some of the severe injuries), but it seems that Qatar is the go-between for the supply of weapons. Please draw your own conclusions.

Something else to note and that is be wary of any stories that claim Hezbollah is helping the National Transitional Council, unless the story has come from that source. The reason is that it is Daffy goons spreading the story. This is just like Daffy goons claiming that much needed weapons were being supplied to Hezbollah and being set through Chad and Mali (which does not compute with the relationships for those particular countries – as in Daffy is more than likely the supplier if there are weapons heading into either Chad or Mali).

If I find news to the contrary then I will also report on that news, providing it has come from reliable sources and not just hearsay.


Syria – Will Barry start insisting that Assad has to go?

I have been watching the protests in Syria. I am still not certain who is behind them since Syria is more or less a satellite of Iran.  It could be displaced Kurds, but I guess I have not been following the story close enough.

Assad has been in power for several years, and during the reign of his father there was a very brutal put down of a civilian revolt. Assad is also an ally of Iran, and he has been sponsoring Hezbollah in Lebanon. In other words Assad, a Ba’aathist is yet another M.E. tyrant who is a sponsor of terrorism.

The number of deaths in Syria is probably a lot lower than elsewhere, with the latest report indicating that 37 were killed after the Friday prayers. So far there has been no aerial bombing by Assad, but could it be a matter of time before he follows in the same footsteps as Daffy Duck?

There are a few things to note here:

1. Ban Ki Moon is being consistent with his criticism and his demands regarding the firing upon an unarmed civilian population. I salute Ban Ki Moon for at least being consistent.

2. Once again I note Barry’s silence. It seems that he is happy for Syrian protesters to be killed. This again is probably consisted with Barry’s morality (or lack thereof).

In Egypt where few protesters were killed, Barry Østupid got on his soapbox and demanded that Mubukarak step down and go. The same thing happened with Tunisia. There has been silence over Bahrain, Yemen and Syria… and in fact the silence is deafening.  Yet if Barry was being consistent he would have been at least stepping out in front and condemn the killing of civilians. I guess the golf game and the vacations come first.  The exception has been the mouse that roared approach to Libya and the way in which Daffy Duck has been bombing, shelling and killing his own people, especially the people of Misrata.  It  was just like a small yappy dog with a big bark but not much in the way of bite. Despite participating initially in the implementation of the no-fly zone in Libya, Barry has chosen to be a non-performer instead of getting the job done. I guess he must have been worried about the content of those letters that he received from Daffy Duck. There have been some weak demands telling Daffy to go, but there has been no persistent demand, which is typical of the conduct of this particular POTUS.

****UPDATE**** I just saw this story regarding troops firing upon protesters at a funeral procession. This is ominously like the story in Libya. It would seem that Assad has decided to take the Daffy Duck route and that he is becoming more violent towards those who are protesting his regime.  So once again I question whether or not Østupid will say anything such as demanding that Assad leave, like he did with Hosni Muburak and the dude in Tunisia, or whether he will remain silent. It seems to me that Østupid remains unwilling to make a moral stance on these matters. I had initially stated that Østupid only acted over Libya and agreed to say yes to the no-fly zone because he was pushed into making the decision. I personally suspect that he would have said and done nothing if it had not been for other people shaming him into making some kind of a stand against the wilful murder of civilians. Now it is Syria’s turn and Assad is one of the rogue bunch….

*****UPDATE2***** Check this link from the BBC for some background on trouble and dissent in Syria. I remeber hearing about the Druze but I thought it was in relation to fighting in the Lebanon war back in the 1970s.

@@@ On the Libyan front, I have found yet another story regarding the methods used by Daffy Duck. This time it is the commander of NATO, General Bouchard who is stating what has come from other sources.

The use of civilians as human shields is nothing new to Muslims. HAMAS use that method in order to discredit the Israelis. It was also used by Hezbollah in Lebanon during the last war where a house was hit and the Israelis were blamed for killing civilians.  However, Daffy has been doing it in a way that makes HAMAS and Hezbollah look like amateurs. He is actually using tanks and placing them near the homes of the citizens of Misrata which makes it difficult for NATO forces to protect the civilian population. I note here that one again Østupid has been relatively silent about this abuse of the population of Libya.

Britain had supplied arms to Daffy Duck

In a new report, just released, it has been revealed that over the last three years Great Britain had supplied tear gas and shotguns to Libya, machine guns and sniper rifles to Bahrain and military technology to Yemen.

It seems that successive governments in the UK ignored the risks involved in supplying arms to these tyrannical regimes in the Middle East. They ignored the risk of the possibility that these regimes would use such arms against their own people. 

It should have been obvious that the supply of arms to those nations carried great risks, yet it seems that the desire for arms sales actually outweighed the impending risks. In my view, the supply of arms to these tyrannical regimes was a very bad thing, and that is especially how I feel about the supply of arms to the Gadhaffi regime. It was always bound to be a very bad thing.

To give you an idea of the gravity of those arms sales, here is a snippet from the report that has been tabled:

In 2009, licences were approved to sell combat shotguns, military cargo vehicles and communications equipment to Libya.

A year later, ministers sanctioned the sale of infrared and thermal imaging cameras, tear gas and crowd control ammunition.

Licences to sell assault rifles and aircraft cannons to Bahrain were approved in 2009, and clearance for the sale of smoke grenades, submachine guns and sniper rifles granted the following year.

Defence firms also were given the go-ahead to sell electronic warfare equipment and machine guns to Egypt, ammunition to Tunisia and body armour, night-vision goggles and military camera components to Yemen.

Read more:

In each of these countries those weapons have been used against civilians. The excuse being used by Daffy Duck that he is fighting street thugs and Al Qaeda is a joke.  Sadly there are many people who have believed this story, and who really think that all of the rebels are members of Al Qaeda when this is very far from the truth.
When the protests first began, and Daffy started his suppression, he had already hired mercenaries from neighbouring African nations. He uses these mercenaries as snipers in Tripoli, Misrata, Zawiyah and other cities around Libya. The snipers have been killing and wounding anyone who steps onto the street, including children. In Misrata for example 3 children and their mother were killed in a car when the car was hit by sniper fire. Also in Misrata, the snipers are aiming at the entrance of the makeshift hospital so that no one can enter or leave the premises. The wounded are being left in the streets to die because of the sniper fire.  This is what Daffy Duck is doing with those weapons that were sold to him by the UK.

The Mahdi is coming or the covert operations of Iran

Tunisia,Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Syria, Libya, and Bahrain all have one thing in common – each country has seen what is described as a popular arising or as some state, “an Arab spring”.

Now quite frankly I am very distrustful when it comes to this “Arab spring”, and at the back of my mind is a question: “who is really behind these protests”. I am one person who did not celebrate the downfall of Hosni Muburak, even though I know that he acted as a tyrant, that he had political prisoners etc. etc.  If it had not been for the timing I might have had a differing opinion, but I continue to have my doubts about who is behind the Egyptian uprising.

To explain further, delving into Egypt’s modern political history, one finds that Nasser, who was President before Anwar Sadat, was in fact a Communist and that Nasser had ties to the Soviet Union. It was Nasser who took Egypt into war with Israel (and lost). Anwar Sadat, although not perfect was the man who brought peace between Israel and Egypt. As a result, Anwar Sadat was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood, and thus Muburak came to power as the President.  My suspicion had been that Muslim Brotherhood was behind the uprising,  but someone involved in the protests, Egyptian Sandmonkey, claimed that MB were not involved. However, even though he might have thought it was the case, my suspicions have remained. I think that those suspicions are justified. At the same time, there are other elements at work, including Code Pink, William Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn. It is still not clear if they were present during the unrest, but they had been in Egypt and had made contact with people who have Marxist inclinations. For this reason the role of the Marxists in Egypt cannot be overlooked when it comes to who was behind the ousting of Muburak. 

Even with these elements, there is another man, who had links to Iran, El -Baradei, a man who saw himself as a future Egyptian President, who deserves a little bit of attention. El- Baradei, or Mr. Potato head was in charge of the program that was to ensure that Iran did not develop nuclear weapons, except that El- Baradei deliberately lied about what was taking place, and he assisted Iran with their program through his tactics. El Baradei is married to an Iranian woman who has political connections in Iran. It is quite obvious therefore, that if El-Baradei was to gain the Presidency then Iran would end up with an unexpected Middle East ally. Well, thanks to the recent referendum on changes to the Egyptian Constitution, El-Baradei is blocked from becoming President (because of his foreign born wife). However, that does not overcome the dangers of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Whilst the Iranian influence is not so clear in most of the Arab states, there is one exception – Bahrain.  The gulf states have their own little league, a coalition where they will call upon another state to help when it is needed. Bahrain has been facing protests from its Shiite population. It is highly likely that Iran has been behind those protests. Whether I agree with the methods used to put down the protests is immaterial with regard to the points that I want to make – that is, did Iran have a role in the protests in Bahrain? Around the same time that the no-fly zone was declared in Libya, Bahrain called upon her neighbours to help put down the protests, and thus Saudi Arabia sent help into Bahrain. Iran objected and there was a diplomatic row, which ended in an Iranian diplomat being expelled from Bahrain.

I doubt that it has entered the heads of too many people that Iran has been in the background, helping to stir up the conflicts, with the express aim of creating chaos in order to hasten the arrival of the Mahdi.

The Shiites believe in the legend of the 12th imam. This is the story of the boy who fell in the well, and the Madhi sect within the Shia believe that this boy will return as the 12th imam. This Mahdi sect had been banned, yet in Iran, the usurper Ahmadinejad (aka Ahmanutjob) and the mullah Grand Poohbah Khamenei believe in the fairy story of the imminent return of the Mahdi or the 12th imam. In fact Ahmahnutjob believes that it is necessary to create chaos in the world in order to hasten the arrival of this mythical figure. He has even built a road from the well that is situated in Qom.

The fact that Ahmahnutjob believes in the imminent arrival of the Mahdi is a good reason to have doubts about who is behind all of these uprisings. Probably the most vital point to consider is the background of the people doing the protests. In Syria, Bahrain and Yemen it is the Shiite population that has been the most vocal with their protests. They seem to be extremely vocal with their demands, refusing to back down as they demand that the tyrant leaves. This is also true in Jordan. It is a little bit surprising that there are protests in Syria since Assad has been an ally to Iran, but the point is that there have also been bloody protests in Syria, just as there have been protests in Jordan, Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. 

The question that I have, therefore, is what role, if any has Iran been playing in each of these Arab nations? If Iran is backing the protests, is the reason due to the odd believe that a boy who fell down a well and drowned is going to return?  You can read about the response of the Gulf States and the interference by Iran here: