Resurrecting the Caliphate
By Ryan Maur
The Islamic Caliphate as it existed in 750 AD; the Caliphate eventually extended all the way to the gates of Vienna.
The US is desperately trying to co-opt the popular
uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa; in doing
so, they are hoping to seize control of what the American
media calls "secular, pro-democratic elements" —
which, to a very large extent, only exist in the imaginations
of America's liberal elites. [Please see our recent
article, "Libya: Is Washington
Pushing for Civil War to Justify a US-NATO Military Intervention;"
please also see our article, "What's
Happening Now in Egypt."]
In order to support what they are doing, the American
media cites recent polls that find only 15 percent of
the Egyptian population supports the Muslim Brotherhood;
but these polls only surveyed Egyptians in Cairo and Alexandria
- and only in the middle-class sections of those cities.
Outside these two cities — where most of Egypt's
population resides — Egyptians overwhelmingly support
the Muslim Brotherhood. It's the same in most of the other
nations of the Middle East and North Africa - which leads
one to believe that in the end the effort by the American
oil elites and the CIA to co-opt the uprisings against
America's puppet regimes in this area of the world will
end in failure.
As we indicated in our last "banner article,"
"Trying to tamp down the rage of the populations
of the Middle East and North Africa against America's
puppet regimes there is like trying to sweep back a
flood using a broom. It's impossible."
Both Egypt and Libya are mentioned in the prophecies
of Ezekiel and Daniel as nations that will be arrayed
against Israel and the United States in the Gog
/ Magog War; from this we can easily glean the fact
that both these nations will in the end be submerged
by the forces of radical jihadism. [Please see
Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers,
Gog / Magog War."]
The Islamist forces are enthusiastic about the uprisings throughout
the Arab world, knowing they will offer an opportunity to begin
gradually recreating an unofficial Caliphate. Oppressive pro-Western
governments, nationalist sentiments and secular forces stand
in their way, but the Islamists' organizational capabilities
and clerical support give them an advantage. The Muslim Brotherhood
suddenly has a chance to rapidly come to power throughout the
entire Middle East and have parties and governments able to
jointly reshape the region.
Egypt has received the most attention regarding a possible
Muslim Brotherhood takeover. A World Public Opinion poll
in 2009 showed that 69 percent of Egyptians believe the Brotherhood
is genuinely democratic and 64 percent give it a positive rating.
Less than one-fourth consider it to be an extremist group. A
Pew poll in 2010 found strong support for a judicial system
based on Sharia, including 84 percent supporting the execution
of apostates. The most recent poll found only 15 percent supported
the Brotherhood but it only surveyed Egyptians in Cairo and
Alexandria whereas the Islamist support comes from the poorer
areas of the country.
Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi
Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, who Robert Spencer has appropriately
dubbed "Egypt's New Hitler," led prayers on stage
at Tahrir Square. He used the moment to sideline Google executive
Wael Ghonim, an instrumental figure in the Nile Revolution,
refusing to allow him to take the stage. The Brotherhood's apparatus
has gone into high gear to prepare for elections by registering
to participate under the name of the Freedom and Justice Party,
beginning a monthly newspaper and various other publications
and announcing plans for a new satellite television show.
The Muslim Brotherhood is trying to modify its image by saying
it is a moderate force in favor of democracy and will not seek
a parliamentary majority or even participate in presidential
elections. This is a political trick. The group probably concluded
it would not win a majority in parliament and even if it could,
it will still be better to form a bloc with parties that arouse
less suspicion. The reason it isn't going to run a candidate
in the presidential elections is because it already has a candidate:
The alliance between Mohammed el-Baradei and the Muslim Brotherhood
is welcomed news in Tehran, as el-Baradei has said the Iranian
regime is reasonable and he may have received covert Iranian
financing. The Muslim Brotherhood, though Sunni, has allied
to Iran as the regime has sponsored Hamas. The Brotherhood recently
put any doubt about its extremism or stance toward Iran to rest
when one of its top officials spoke at a conference in Tehran
and said that Ahmadinejad is the "bravest man" in
the Middle East and that more "innocent, honest and brave
leaders like him" are needed ...
Baradei: a Muslim Brotherhood puppet
In Tunisia, the return of Rachid Ghannouchi of the Islamist
al-Nahda party was welcomed by thousands. In 1989, his party
won about 17 percent of the vote. He has preached much more
moderately since when he was a ferocious critic of secularism.
He now says he is nothing like Ayatollah Khomeini and that the
implementation of Sharia law has "no place in Tunisia."
There have been expressions of anti-Semitism since President
Ben Ali's fall but it is difficult to evaluate the strength
of support for Sharia-based governance. It is certain, though,
that al-Nahda has a base of support that it can use to effectively
campaign that the secularists currently do not.
The revolution in Libya is not religious in nature but anarchy
could permit terrorists to find safe haven. Al-Qaeda in the
Islamic Maghreb has endorsed the uprising. There is a report
that former members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group have
seized weapons and declared an "Islamic Emirate of Barqa"
in Derna but this claim came from an anonymous "security
official" and Qaddafi's deputy foreign minister. Residents
in the area say this is not true, but there is reason to be
concerned. The country has acted as a significant recruiting
ground for terrorists in the past as Saudis and Libyans made
up the largest portion of foreign fighters in Iraq. Over 60
percent of the Libyan militants came from Derna and about 24
percent came from Benghazi, two areas currently freed from Qaddafi's
grip. The Muslim Brotherhood has also been active in Libya
since the 1950s and Sheikh al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa for
Libyan soldiers to kill Qaddafi.
Algeria is another country in play for the Islamists in
North Africa. A bloody civil war erupted when the military
took over to prevent the Islamists from coming to power democratically.
The state of emergency that was put into place to clamp down
on the Islamists was lifted in February in response to large
protests and riots. Al-Qaeda has also established a powerful
branch in North Africa that has been very active in Algeria.
A main opposition group in Morocco is the Islamist Justice
and Development Party. Its unofficial newspaper has spouted
anti-Semitic and anti-Western rhetoric, such as saying that
a tsunami in December 2004 was a judgment from God upon disobedient
Muslims. The paper's website has linked to Sheikh Qaradawi's
Union of Good, a network of charities that finance Hamas. However,
the party does have competition as it came in second in the
2007 parliamentary elections, though foul play was alleged.
The Islamist party did not endorse large protests that were
recently held, showing an independent streak on the part of
Sudan may be the next country to become a thoroughly Sharia-based
state. President Omar Bashir has said that once South Sudan
secedes, he will make Sharia the only source of legislation
and Arabic the only language in the country. This is probably
a move to appease his Islamist opposition, led by Muslim Brotherhood
leader Hasan al-Turabi. Bashir arrested the cleric after he
called for an uprising following the Jasmine Revolution and
protests immediately formed to demand his release. Nearby in
Somalia, the Al-Qaeda-affiliate al-Shabaab controls the southern
and central parts of the country including parts of Mogadishu.
The Islamists are also in a good position in the Gulf. The
majority of the population in Jordan is Palestinian and polls
show a high level of extremism. The Muslim Brotherhood is the
dominant opposition force, though it is currently protesting
alongside various other parties and organizations. The protests
in Iraq are not aimed at overthrowing the government and the
pro-Iranian parties lost in a landslide in the last elections,
but Moqtada al-Sadr has returned to Iraq and may benefit from
the government's declining support. The government of Qatar
supports the Muslim Brotherhood and has grown closer to Iran
and Syria but still hosts a major U.S. base. Protests are being
organized now to demand the resignation of the Emir, the cutting
of ties to both Israel and Iran and the removal of the U.S.
The Yemeni President has taken an anti-American turn in his
rhetoric since facing his own uprising. The main opposition
bloc is the Joint Meetings Party, of which the Islamist Islah
Party is the strongest component. Islah is an affiliate of the
Muslim Brotherhood and it has won support from tribal chiefs
and Salafists. It supports creating a religious police like
that in Saudi Arabia to "promote virtue and combat vice"
and is critical of Yemen's relationship with the U.S. The Treasury
Department has designated one of its top leaders, Sheikh Abdul
Majidal-Zindani, as a terrorist for his ties to Al-Qaeda, Hamas
and Sheikh Qaradawi. He continues to have significant support
and recently spoke in front of thousands of protesters. He does
not hide his goal, saying "an Islamic state is coming."
Even if Islah does not come to power, instability in Yemen will
benefit the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and Al-Qaeda in the
The situation is less clear in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The
younger Saudi population is in favor of reform but a very strong
Wahhabist clergy and elements of the Royal Family like Prince
Nayef oppose them. Kuwait's Islamist forces suffered a major
defeat at the polls in 2009 but remain a potent force, especially
the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate called the Islamic Constitutional
Movement and the Islamic Salafi Alliance. There is a Salafi
religious network in Kuwait to be concerned about, such as a
popular cleric named Sheikh Hamid al-Ali who has been designated
by the U.S. as a financier of terrorism.
In Bahrain, 70 percent of the population is Shiite, which one
would presume would benefit Iran. However, the Shiite opposition
says "We are not looking for a religious government like
Iran's" and another opposition leader said, "We want
genuine democracy, not clerical." Cables released by Wikileaks
show that Bahrain told General Petraeus in 2008 that the Shiite
opposition was being trained by Hezbollah in Lebanon but the
U.S. had "seen no convincing evidence of Iranian weapons
or government money here since at least the mid-1990s"
and Bahrain was unable to offer proof.
Radical Islamic anti-Western governments
are already in power in Iran, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip and
Turkey has moved decisively in a pro-Iran, Islamist direction.
Syria, though governed by a secular regime, is a strong ally
of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah. Ironically, the Assad regime's
most organized opposition force is the Muslim Brotherhood. The
latest protests by Palestinians threaten the Palestinian Authority
in the West Bank more than the Hamas regime in Gaza. It is not
inconceivable that Hamas could control both Palestinian territories
as the terrorist group is viewed favorably by 47 percent of
those in the West Bank.
As these governments become unstable, a struggle will ensue
between those who favor secular democracy and the Muslim Brotherhood
and other Islamists that view separation of mosque and state
as a heresy and jihad against the West as a command from Allah.
The stakes could not be much higher.
This article was emailed to us by Jorge Schneider.
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