INTRODUCTION: PASSING OUT
This is what happened in Germany between September 1930 - when the Nazis won a surprising victory in the elections of that year, a victory that seemed to presage their immediate ascent to power - and January 1933 when the Nazis finally seized power once and for all; an interval of about two and a half years when, as Walter Laqueur writes,
"The vote for Hitler and his party was at that stage (i.e., 1930) essentially the expression of a mood ... It was a vote which expressed the conviction that Germany was badly governed, that the established political parties and parliament were incompetent, that new men and ideas were needed to cope with the crisis."
Yes! - the Nazis offered answers, but these answers would come at a price.
But - and this is important - THEY WERE NON-THREATENING: they menaced no one; they frightened no one. On the other hand, the Nazis were threatening and intimidating.
Yes! - the Nazis offered answers, but these answers would come at a price: heads would roll if they gained control of the state, and so ordinary Germans, after being tempted in 1930, drew back again to the comfort and safety of the center parties.
And isn't this so with regard to the ESTABLISHMENT wings of both the Republican and Democratic Parties today? What the American people are searching for are answers, and they sense intuitively that the "moderates" have no real answers for the dilemma they face; still, they shrink back from the RADICAL answers that Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Michelle Bachmann and other right-wingers offer.
The ESTABLISHMENT wings of both the Republican and Democratic Parties have run out of answers.
Eventually, however, as Germany's position both domestically and abroad worsened, it became increasingly impossible for "moderate" measures of any kind to work; AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY IN THE UNITED STATES.
We have on numerous occasions discussed the economic crises the American people are confronting at present - a crisis that is plunging countless numbers of heretofore solid members of the middle-class into poverty. [Please see our articles, "No Escape from Poverty," "Still Underemployed," "The US Economy Is Stuck in Misery," "Social Decay and Destruction," "New Jobless Era," etc.]
We turn now to the crisis that is confronting the US abroad; specifically to the growing collapse of the American Client-State System in the Middle East. [Please see our article that describes this system, "Algeria: A Study of the Dreadful Two-Tiered Economic System the US Is Promoting among Its Muslim Client-States;" please also see "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order System."]
At present, America's Client-State System in the Middle East and North Africa (see map above) includes most of the nations of that area - beginning with Morocco on the western extreme of North Africa and continuing east in a large arc through the nations of Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, all the nations of the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait), Jordan and Turkey.
NOTE: Excluded from this list are Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian enclaves in the Holy Land, and Iran; also excluded is Iraq, which is currently held as a captive of the American New World Order System only by BRUTE military force.
THIS SYSTEM IS NOW UNDER CONSIDERABLE STRAIN AND IS BEING THREATENED BY REVOLT FROM THE MASSES THAT ARE SUFFERING UNDER ITS BRUTAL OPPRESSION. THE RECENT COLLAPSE OF AMERICA'S PUPPET-GOVERNMENT IN TUNISIA COULD VERY WELL PRESAGE THE COLLAPSE OF MORE CLIENT-STATE GOVERNMENTS IN THE AREA.
Indeed, Arab journalist Alaa Shahine writes:
"The regime model that kept Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in power for 23 years is shared by many of the region's rulers, exacerbating their discomfort at his violent ouster last week."
If the crisis in Tunisia spreads, America's dominant position in the Middle East and Central Asia could be threatened - which would have very grave consequences both prophetically and geo-politically.
Ben Ali with US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice
THE COLLAPSE OF AMERICA'S CLIENT-STATE SYSTEM IN NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST IS SIGNIFICANT IN A MOST OMINOUS AND THREATENING WAY BECAUSE IT IS PRECISELY THESE NATIONS (TOGETHER WITH IRAN) THAT CONSTITUTE THOSE NATIONS THAT ARE PROPHESIED AS ARRAYING THEMSELVES AGAINST ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES IN THE GOG / MAGOG WAR. [Please see Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."]
NOTE: In this connection, it is important to take note that -
THE PROPHECIES OF EZEKIEL:
The Bible calls Israel’s alliance with the US her “Covenant with Death and her Agreement with Hell” (Isaiah 28:14-15, 18)
The Arabian Peninsula
[Again, we URGE you to read Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War;" otherwise it may be difficult for you to follow along with what we are saying here.]
All this gives evidence to the idea that America's present client-state system in the Middle East and Central Asia is going to collapse - and sooner rather than later. Moreover, the inclusion of Iran in the list of nations that will oppose Israel and the United States in the Gog / Magog War cannot help but lead one to the additional conclusion that most of these nations will soon fall victim to the fires of RADICAL ISLAM, much as Iran did more than thirty years ago; after all, one can hardly imagine that Mubarak of Egypt, Abdullah of Jordan, Bouteflika of Algeria, etc. would ever make common cause with the Islamist regime of Iran. [We urge you to read our articles, "Radical Islam" and "Iran: Breaking the Seals."]
THIS CANNOT HELP BUT PUSH UP THE TIME-TABLE CONSIDERABLY FOR THE GOG / MAGOG WAR - WHICH MEANS THAT WE MAY FIND OURSELVES LIVING ON "BORROWED TIME" AS IT WERE.
In an article entitled "Tunisia: Triumph or Prelude to US Disaster," journalist Barry Lando writes:
"Officially, the Obama administration greeted the 'Jasmine' revolution in Tunisia with open arms, calling for free and fair elections as the U.S. scrambled to get aboard the democratic bandwagon.
"But unofficially, Washington is worried. There's serious concern about who will take the place of the corrupt, 74 year-old Tunisian dictator, who, until the end, was considered an important American ally in the War against Terror."
"Jasmine-type uprisings across the Middle East and Central Asia could spell disaster for American policy."
It's in the light of this realization that Lando says the US is acting like -
"... a deer frozen by on-coming headlights ..."
And this is because, as journalist Alaa Shahine reports,
"The security grip and the repressive apparatus of Ben Ali were unmatched [by any of America's other client-states in the area].
It's for this reason that the "biggies" in Washington who are charged with reacting to the crisis in Tunisia seem "immobilized."
Egyptian journalist Nehal El-Sherif writes:
"Activists across the Middle East are now calling for change in their countries following what they term the 'Tunisian uprising' ...
"Opposition groups in Egypt announced their support for Tunisians, and hundreds staged a protest near the Tunisian embassy in Cairo; shortly after many posted online messages congratulating protestors in Tunisia for the 'uprising' and 'victory' after a month of escalating protests led former Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine ben Ali to give up power and flee his country."
Ben Ali’s midnight flight from Tunis to Saudi Arabia
And there can be little doubt that the Egyptian government of Hosny Mubarak has reason to fear what's happening in Tunisia. Activists in the streets of Cairo could be seen carrying posters saying:
"Mubarak, there is an airplane waiting for you to leave too ..."
- referring to Ben Ali's midnight escape on a plane from the Tunisian capital of Tunis.
Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, reporting in Egypt for the Los Angeles Times on the danger the Tunisian revolution poses for America's puppet-regime there, write:
"Hours after riots forced Tunisian President Zine el Abidine ben Ali to flee his country, hundreds of Egyptians poured into the streets of Cairo with a warning to their own authoritarian president, Hosni Mubarak.
"We are next. Listen to the Tunisians; it's your turn, Egyptians!
"The slogans were a burst of envy and elation in a country where people have protested for years but have never ignited a mass movement to threaten Mubarak's nearly 30-year-old police state. Dissidents were finally daring to contemplate the possibility that public anger really could explode and bring dramatic change."
Mubarak as a useful sycophant (bootlicker) to American presidents
LEFT: Mubarak with President Bush; RIGHT” Mubarak with President Obama
Fleishman and Hassan continue:
"'I believe we can do here what happened in Tunisia', said Ahmed Maher, leader of the April 6 youth movement in Egypt. 'But activists need to gather large numbers of people without any interference from opposition politicians with their own agendas'.
"Camaraderie among protesters has swept cyberspace, creating a lively tableaux of opinions and strategies on Internet social networks. It's almost as if for a fleeting moment, Egyptians, Jordanians, Moroccans and others have vicariously become Tunisian. Facebook users changed their profile pictures to the Tunisian flag and uploaded riot videos from the North African country."
Egyptian revolution against the British in 1919
"Some have suggested ... that images of the fleeing Tunisian president amid tear-gas-shrouded streets being broadcast nonstop on Al Jazeera could be the seeds of rebellion for a new era.
"'Tunis today may well go down in history as the Arab equivalent of the Solidarity movement in the Gdansk shipyard in Poland in 1980 that sparked wider protests that a decade later ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and its empire', wrote Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut ..."
- the implication being that the unravelling of America's client-state system in Tunisia could very well presage the eventual collapse of the American Empire not only in the Middle East and Central Asia, but also in the world.
The two continue:
"Ben Ali's fate is evidence of the dangers that autocrats such as Mubarak face by ... losing touch with the aspirations of their citizens.
"'Tunisia and Egypt are very similar', said Ayman Nour, who was jailed after running against Mubarak in the 2005 presidential election. 'We are talking about two police states ruled by tyrannical regimes that have presented themselves to their own people ... as the only possible choice for financial development, maintaining security and fighting terrorism. I don't think that we need nationwide protests to reach the same results as in Tunisia. We only need demonstrations to erupt in a few main cities like they did in the 1919 revolution against the British'."
So serious do many consider the threat against Egypt to be that Alia Khalil, a senior equity trader at Cairo-based Pharos Holding for Financial Investments reports that -
"People are selling because they think the same might happen here."
Moreover, it's not just in Egypt that America's puppet elites are trembling at the implications the Jasmine Revolution holds for them. For example, America's puppet elite in Algeria - which has been sitting on a powder keg of unrest - are very concerned about what has happened in Tunisia - AND SO ARE MANY OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST OIL COMPANIES. [We urge you to see our article, "Algeria: A Study of the Dreadful Two-Tiered Economic System the US Is Promoting among Its Muslim Client-States."]
"Energy companies are among those with a stake in the region's stability. BP is the biggest investor in Algeria, according to its website, with stakes in the Rhourde El Baguel oil field and two natural gas sites ..."
Exxon Mobil Corp and ConocoPhillips are among international companies with interests in Libya, whose proven oil reserves of 44.3 billion barrels are the largest in Africa according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy.
His fear of the United States was reinforced by the Second Gulf War where Hussein was captured and hanged.
But Gaddafi now has reason to regret his decision; after all, if America was unable to control "the mobs" in Tunisia, what makes anyone sure that it will be able to successfully back up its regime in Libya.
Moreover, if it's true that mockery of a dictator is the worst thing that can happen to a tyrant, then Gaddafi has something to be concerned about as the WikiLeaks revelations make their way around the country via Twitter and Facebook; and it appears that mockery is having its affect on the image of the Libyan despot amid "... reports of unrest on the streets of Libya." According to Brian Whitaker of London's Guardian newspaper,
"These reports were backed up by video evidence, of protests in the Libyan city of al-Bayda where protesters clashed with police and attacked government offices."
King Abdullah II of Jordan with George Bush; Samir Rifai is Abdullah’s hand-picked choice for prime minister; all this gives evidence as to the puppet-like relationship that Jordan has with the US.
"Jordanian activists staged a sit-in before the Tunisian embassy Saturday expressing support for the Tunisian people one day after thousands protested, demanding the resignation of the [Jordanian] kingdom's prime minister, Samir Rifai.
"The protests came despite measures adopted by the government earlier this week to ease price hikes which had spawned an initial wave of protests."
Fleishman and Hassan echo what El-Sherif has been reporting:
"In Jordan, thousands of demonstrators marched Friday in several cities against rising food prices and unemployment ... Arab news reports said that King Abdullah II has set up a military and intelligence task force to contain any unrest."
NOTE: The CIA is at the center of the king's efforts here (see above) at combating the kind of unrest that has toppled the government in Tunisia. Originally, Abdullah invited the CIA into Jordan to set up training camps for CIA-operated death squads destined to be run by the agency in Iraq. Abdullah has now asked the CIA to run similar operations in Jordan. Interestingly, America's top commander in Central Asia and the Middle East, General David Petraeus, designed and ran these death squads early on in America's effort to squash Iraqi resistance to America's occupation of Iraq.
Rioters in the streets of Ilhaddaden in Algeria: These kinds of street riots are the “stuff” that create nightmares for America’s puppet-elites around the world.
"It is 11:30 p.m. in Ilhaddaden, a popular quarter in the new center of Béjaïa, a city in the Kabyle region situated in the east of Algiers, the confrontations between protesters and riot police have not abated. Not more than 20 years old, these young people - who didn't experience the other grand popular revolt for an independent Algeria, in October of 1988, nor had they taken part in the uprising which gripped Kabylie in 2001, when there were 129 deaths - are not ready to go home. [Please see our article on the 2001 Algerian uprising, "Algeria: A Study of the Dreadful Two-Tiered Economic System the US Is Promoting among Its Muslim Client-States."]
"Their revolt is accompanied by "applause from residents, and ululations and shouts from mothers standing on balconies and in windows. To the provocations of protesters who shout for them to approach "if you are men," the assembled police retaliate by emptying their tear gas canisters, forcing the inhabitants to take refuge in their homes.
"But the young people aren't impressed. For hours, they confront the riot police, constructing barricades with random objects, burning tires, broken road signs. They continue to play cat and mouse with the forces of order, armed with only rocks and their hatred for the despised Algerian regime, a hatred shared by all the Algerian people.
"In fact, today, these scenes aren't limited to the rebellious Kabylie region. From east to west, all of Algeria is rising. From Tebessa, on the Eastern border, only a few kilometers from the city of Sidi-Bouzid where the Tunisian revolt is taking place; to Oranie and the western borders, a region perhaps not so used to these sorts of popular expressions of dissent; and passing by Guelma, Djelfa and Laghouat cities in the south.
"As if word were spread beforehand ... just after the big Friday prayer, thousands of young people occupied public spaces and the main arteries of their towns, determined to fight. The clashes between the population and the riot police took place in no fewer than 20 departments of Algerian territory.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, America’s “Man” in Algeria
"This wave of youth is launching its cry of revolt against the leaders it did not choose. In first place, against Bouteflika, the immovable president who changed the constitution to be able to obtain a third mandate and keep power. Against the generals, who sowed war and terrorized the population with impunity, and who hoard the riches of the people by directly tapping the coffers of Sonatrach (national hydrocarbon company) and public goods as if they were their own...
"The insurrectionists of Algiers, of Tizi-Ouzou, of Oran and Annaba are all united in declaring they've had enough of a system that is deaf and blind to their legitimate demands. Endemic unemployment, housing crises, corruption, abuses of authority, diminishing purchasing power, lack of opportunities, favoritism, injustice at each turn, ill-gotten gains, inequality and perpetual contempt. There is no shortage of reasons to be angry."
Finally, there is Turkey: Gökhan Kurtaran reports from Istanbul:
"The 'Jasmine revolt,' if confined to Tunisia, is not likely to hurt local Turkish commercial interests, but if it spreads to the region [as a whole] things could change, according to a top businessman ...
"Speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review, chief of the Turkish-Tunisian Business Council of the Foreign Economic Relations Board, or DEİK, said Turkish businesses have not been hurt - yet. However, if the unrest spreads to other Arab nations, such as Algeria and Egypt, '... things might go very wrong quickly [for Turkey]', said Levent Soylu, chairman of Ekopons ..."
When we think of terrorism, our minds may go to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and nuclear ambitions, Osama bin Laden or the Taliban. But we wouldn't think of Turkey, the NATO member considered for full integration into the European Union. Yet this could be a serious mistake.
This is the message of Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist ... In a recent interview with WorldNetDaily.com, Shoebat warned, "Turkey is the biggest threat. Turkey is the strongest military power in the region, and it's the second largest army in NATO." He also says that Ankara is making statements that allude to Turkey's intentions and that should serve as a red flag.
And Turkey's actions are speaking just as loudly. Writes WorldNetDaily:
"... Turkey's increasing disinterest in the European Union combined with its efforts to re-establish its influence in Turkic countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and its outreaches to Russian [sic], Syria and Iran are cause for concern.
"... the shift by Tayyip Recep Erdogan, Turkey's leader, from West to East was obvious, because Turkey announced [some months ago] it was cutting Israel out of annual military exercises involving NATO forces while it sought out military exercises with Syria."
As for Turkey's statements, Shoebat told WND,
"Erdogan is saying 1.5 billion Muslims are waiting for the Turkish government to arise. This is pretty scary. Turkey rules only 70 million people so why are they talking about 1.5 billion Muslims?"
Erdogan is well known for his Islamist sympathies and values. In his youth he attended an Islamic school, he cut his political teeth in the Islamist "Welfare Party," and as mayor of Istanbul in the 1990s he banned alcohol in city cafes. In fact, so great is his Muslim chauvinism that it won him a ticket on the Midnight Express. As BBC News wrote in 2002, "his pro-Islamist sympathies earned him a conviction in 1998 for inciting religious hatred. He had publicly read an Islamic poem including the lines:
"The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers . . ."
And many Turks share the popular Erdogan's leanings. Not only is the frequency of anti-American feeling in supposedly Western-oriented Turkey among the highest in the world, there is an even more shocking barometer of Islamist sentiment: Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf has become a national bestseller.
At July 21 conference at the Heritage Foundation, James Philips warned that Islamism is on the rise in North Africa, where Sudan's Islamic regime cooperates with Iranian efforts to spread Islamic radicalism abroad, Egypt is fighting violence with violence, Algeria is engaged in "a slow-motion civil war" and Tunisia, Morocco and Libya nervously watch developments. [And all this six months prior to the current crisis in Tunisia.]
In his discussion of "Iran, Sudan and Export of the Islamic Revolution," Kenneth Katzman argued that despite Iran's present difficulties, the Ayatollah Khomeini's dream of Islamic revolution "from Morocco to Bangladesh" is beginning to be realized. Particularly significant are Shi'i Iran's growing ties with Sunni Islamists.
Naturally enough, American interests in the Middle East are pinning their hope that these uprisings have nothing to do with any Islamist threat. For example, Olivier Roy, a professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and is the author of Holy Ignorance and The Failure of Political Islam, writes:
"The novel characteristic of the first peaceful popular revolution to topple a dictatorship in the Arab world is that there is nothing Islamic about it.
"The young Tunisian street peddler who triggered the revolt by publicly burning himself reminds us of the Vietnamese Buddhist monks in 1963 or of Jan Palach in Czechoslovakia in 1969 - an act of precisely the opposite nature from the suicide bombings that are the trademark of present Islamic terrorism.
"Even in this sacrificial act, there has been nothing religious: no green or black turban, no loose white gown, no 'Allah Akbar,' no call to jihad. It was instead an individual, desperate, and absolute protest, without a word on paradise and salvation."
But in saying so, Roy seems to be echoing a blindness endemic to secular elites everywhere: An almost "studied" blindness to the power of religion in the Islamic world - a blindness that Prof. Nikki Keddi, at the time one of the most distinguished scholars and observers of Iranian society, exhibited more than thirty years ago regarding the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Just five short years before the Islamic Revolution there, Keddi wrote the astonishing words:
"... one may also surmise that the leadership position of the ulama (the Mullahs) has been eroded (as the result of the continuing economic modernization of Iran). The position of the ulama (Mullah) seems bound to continue in general decline as literacy, secular schools, and scientific education spread; as Islamic practices regarding the relations of the sexes and other matters are increasingly ignored; and insofar as some of the ulama can be identified with a self-seeking opposition to reform." [Keddi is a Professor Emeritus of history at the University of California, Los Angeles.]
Secular nincompoops: Prof. Oliver Roy (left); and Prof. Nikki Keddi (right)
And all this GIBBERISH just five short years prior to the Islamic Revolution in Iran, arguably the most powerful religious transformation that any modern nation has ever suffered through. The signs were there for Keddie to see; she was simply predisposed to ignore them. Such a predisposition of mind on the part of Keddie defies adequate explanation; but it is, unfortunately, a "mindset" which she shares with most other members of academia, for example, Oliver Roy. [We urge you to see our article, "The Tribulation: Part 6 - The Gog / Magog War and the Prophecies of Daniel and Isaiah" for information on the role of Islam in the upcoming Gog / Magog War.]
The re-creation of a united Islamic Caliphate toward which Islamic fundamentalists are pressing, a caliphate that will give Islamists control of the world’s major oil regions – something that the American oil elites will never allow to happen.
Should the revolt of the Tunisian people presage the slow-motion collapse of America's other client-states in the Middle East, this collapse would carry MASSIVE implications for the United States, both internally and abroad, GIVEN THE FACT THAT IT IS INCONCEIVABLE THAT AMERICA'S FINANCIAL ELITES - AND MOST ESPECIALLY ITS OIL ELITES - WOULD COUNTENANCE SUCH A COLLAPSE, EVEN IF IT MEANT STAGING A COUP D' ETAT. [We urge you to see our article, "An American Coup d' Etat;" please also see "A General's Revolt against the Obama Presidency."]
More next time.
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