Friday, February 11, 2011

Now It Gets Interesting...

The Mubarek government has fallen and power taken by the military.  It is said that the military is a stabilizing force, and friend to the US - at least at the highest levels where they have the most experience with our military trainers.  It has been widely reported they are a very large recipient of our military aid in the region, and their elite forces have been trained by our elite forces. 
Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Higher Military Council that took control of Egypt on Friday after President Hosni Mubarak was swept from power, has spoken with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates by phone five times since the crisis began, including as late as on Thursday evening.

Now it gets interesting.  This has been, as best I can tell, a true open source revolution - a group of groups fighting together with only one common interest, the removal of the regime.  The riots were not spontaneous.  Visitors a couple of months ago say it didn't seem to be a place on the brink of revolution.  These protests were organized by leftists such as Code Pink, The Muslim Brotherhood, and - very strangely - Google.  Srsly.
"Google executive Wael Ghonim, one of the principal organisers of the massive anti-Hosni Mubarak protests "
I suppose we could just lump Google in with the random leftists/statists involved; after all, they have been tight with Obama since the early days.  So we have leftists, trade unions, Islamists, and regular folks who just want the freedom to make a better life for their children.  Where does Mohammed El Baradei fit in all this?  Is he an Islamic radical or Islamic Socialist?  I'm not entirely sure, but I lean to "B".  Anti-western for sure, after the lies he propagated as head of the IAEA.  But before I leave the causes, don't overlook the effect of the inflation in food prices exported by Bernanke's QE2 and the administration's policies (or this policy).

So now what?  What do communist organizations have in common with fundamentalist Islam?  Remember the phrase "Godless commies"?  Communism places the state above all else.  Religion is the "opiate of the masses".  It just doesn't seem like they should get along.  Throw in conservative military like General Tantawi, and the mix gets interesting. 

When does the next round of shooting begin?  Do you bet on the commies, or Muslim fundamentalists?  The questions come down to not only who is the nastiest, most ruthless fighters, but who has the most infrastructure in place, and the deepest "bench", to borrow the sports analogy.  If the killing gets really severe, who has the best second and third string?   

In the best case, Egypt falls, the region shudders, then rights itself.  Yeah, right.  In the worst case, the Mideast regimes all collapse like dominoes.  If that happens, expect regional fighting that turns into a new Caliphate under the leadership of (potentially) Iran; possibly Saudi Arabia or the new Egypt, whatever that might be.  Expect it to spread.  In the last several months, Angela Merkel of Germany, Nicolas Sarkozy of France and the UK's David Cameron have all said that multi-culturalism has failed.  Multi-culturalism is Politically Correct speech for allowing Muslim immigrant communities to live as islands, with their own laws and not integrate into the culture of the community (Lodon or Dearbornistan). Expect this to mean that the Muslim communities in Western Europe will ignite in attempt to become part of the Caliphate.    

And I have to admit I need to smoke some of what they've got going up on Wall Street.  We have the Suez Canal in the hands of, well, who knows whose hands it will be in by Monday?, protests going on in Jordan, Yemen, and Syria; protests planned for Algeria, Iran, Tunisia - did I miss someone? the IMF calling for a replacement for the dollar, and the stock market is up, the dollar is up, while oil, gold and silver are all down today. 
(source)  Peaceful now; it's halftime.

3 comments:

Reg T said...

Is halftime the same as the eye of the storm?

I refused to vote for McCain, last time around. I told those willing to listen that Obama would be so bad that Americans would have to decide NOW if they wanted to be free or slaves. I don't think I was too far off the mark.

I think the world may soon face the same choice. Free or dhimmi? My greatest fear is that Israel and millions of Jews - real Jews, not the limp, liberal pretenders here in America - may be destroyed by Iran or perhaps Pakistan. I am less afraid that the world will embrace a new Caliphate. It may be attempted, hell they are attempting it as we write.

But I think enough of us remember what freedom was supposed to be like that we will terminate Islam if they destroy Israel and try to enslave the rest of the world. Mecca, Medina, and Qom will be erased from the face of the earth, either by Israeli retaliation or other means. I'd like to think Iran and the others realize this, but we know Islam is not a ration ideology. It is a death cult. So, all bets might be off.

Graybeard said...

Halftime = eye of storm - yup. I started to write intermission, but somehow halftime just came out.

I'd like to agree with your view that we will terminate Islam if they destroy Israel and try to enslave the rest of the world, but I don't see our current administration as having the spine to do it. The armed services are nothing if not good at following orders and with orders to stand down, I find it hard to believe they'd take out Tehran on their own.

Here's a thought: if you were Iran, would you strike the US first, or Israel? A few nukes smuggled across the borders, or by shipping containers into major cities and you could cripple the US so badly, we'd have to bring all the troops home to help restore order, and rebuild everything. With the US out of the picture, it would be easy for Iran to wipe out Israel and then take control of the whole region. I think it could be done with less than a dozen good-sized nukes.

Reg T said...

I agree on both counts - our current administration would not respond militarily if Israel was attacked, even if it was wiped off the map. (On a side note, same for Taiwan, and you'd better believe China knows this.) However, Israel certainly has plans for the Middle East and Iran if they are nuked. It won't be pretty, but I believe it will be effective.

It would make more sense for Iran to attack us, both because of what you describe and because I can't imagine we will ever be weaker than at this moment in our history -unless socialism is allowed to completely destroy our country. Tehran would probably prefer to see us go under in our own fashion, plunged into economic disaster and socialist disruption by our own government.

If Tehran does realize how weak and poorly led we are, they _might_ forgo an attack upon us, knowing our muslim-loving Pretender-in-Chief will not respond in a military fashion if they attack Israel. They may realize that our "leaders" will call for sanctions, wring their hands and rend their shirts, but will not retaliate against them.

When I say "we" would terminate them, I meant that, should Israel be unsuccessful in doing so, there are those Americans who have fought in foreign wars, like Chennault in China with the Flying Tigers, who might step up to the plate. I think even some old, tired, fanny-pack wearing veterans might decide to offer their services in such a case. Skills like rotorcraft ratings, familiarization with a variety of weapons, and a willingness to emulate the Divine Wind. Folks who value Israel enough to respond if she were destroyed. ["By other means."]

I certainly didn't mean our government. It never knew what freedom was like. I should have been more clear ;-)