The nature of the Benghazi disaster is now clear. Ambassador Stevens was engaged in smuggling sizable quantities of Libyan arms from the destroyed Gaddafi regime to the Syrian rebels, to help overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.
Smuggling arms to the so-called “Free Syrian Army” is itself a huge gamble, but Obama has been a gambler with human lives over the last four years, as shown by the tens of thousands of Arabs who have died in the so-called Arab Spring — which has brought nothing but disaster to the Arab world.
Not only are we seeing the White House and State Department call more attention to the Mohammed-mocking “Innocence of Muslims” than any terrorist network ever could’ve hoped for, but the President’s indefensible scapegoating of the film and filmmaker to draw attention and blame away from U.S. security failures apparently knows no bounds.
December 31, 2011
In many ways, America’s and Israel’s much-anticipated war against Iran has already begun. It is not the type of war that was expected — an Israeli textbook style surprise and swift attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, followed by a sustained U.S. and NATO air campaign — but a covert war with quite an unexpected feature. The covert war, which has seen increased U.S. drone activity over Iranian skies and an increase in suspicious explosions at Iranian military facilities, has been coupled with American support for destabilization efforts against all of Iran’s allies and friends, including Syria, Russia, China, North Korea, and Venezuela…
This multi-pronged attack strategy has sent a clear message to Iran, it is not safe from covert sabotage at home and it cannot look to its friends abroad for help as they deal with their own U.S. and Israeli-inspired domestic strife.
Although Libya under Muammar Qaddafi was no friend of Iran, the coming to power of pro-Saudi Wahhabi Salafist-Sunni elements in Tripoli and Benghazi increases the phalanx of Arab states actively opposing the Shi’a government in Tehran. The success of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parties in Egypt’s parliamentary election also spells problems for Iran.
However, it is the potential loss of power by the Bashar al Assad regime in Syria that poses the worst immediate defeat for Iran. Syria has been Iran’s closest ally in the Arab world. The West and the Saudis and Qataris have been supporting Salafist elements, including terrorists, who have committed their own share of atrocities in Syria, much as the same ilk conducted massacres of pro-Qaddafi, as well as black African guest workers and black Libyans, during the Libyan civil war.
On Iran’s borders and adjacent waters, countries hosting U.S. military forces — Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Turkey, and Afghanistan — are being prepared for a military conflict with Iran. Although the Obama administration proclaimed the end of the U.S. military occupation of Iraq, some U.S. forces remain in the country, as well as a group of para-military private security contractors.
With news that Iraq that the predominantly Shi’a and pro-Iranian Nouri al Maliki government in Baghdad has forged a military alliance with Iran and that Iraq’s Sunni Vice President, Tareq al-Hashimy, has sought protection from arrest by Maliki’s government in Iraqi Kurdistan, the U.S. can be expected to increase its own covert and overt military presence in Iraqi “Sunnistan” in the west of the country, as well as in Iraqi Kurdistan. The first front lines in a U.S. and/or Israel military showdown with Iran could be along the Shi’a-Sunni front lines in Iraq, a nation already so weary and decimated from war.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces could end up…..
Islamist: We sparked violent protests in America
WND ^ | November 19, 2011 | Bob Unruh
Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 1:45:05 AM by Just4Him
“We can say with full confidence that the latest spring in Africa and the Arab world and the uprising in Europe and the United States is the effect of Afghan jihad on [an] international level and all these revolutions have gotten inspiration from our [faithful] mujahideen and their resistance,” he wrote.
WHO LOST THE ARAB WORLD? DICK MORRIS TV: LUNCH ALERT! (video)
Dick Morris ^ | 11/7/2011 | Dick Morris
Posted on Monday, November 07, 2011 2:40:55 PM by Signalman
In this video commentary, I discuss the question: Who Lost the Arab World? The Arab Spring is turning into a nightmare — a combination of Shariah extremism, anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism, and pro-terrorism.
This question always elicits different opinions. Obviously, in part, the answers depend on one’s definition of “friend” or of “enemy.”
We don’t need Israel for influence in the Arab world. On the contrary, Israel does us more harm than good in the Arab world[.] … We can’t negotiate about the existence of Israel but we can reduce its size to historical proportions[.]
Before the ’67 War, U.S. policy was mostly hostile in that the U.S. imposed an embargo on arms to Israel for 20 years, from ’47 to ’67; was passive during the War of Independence, expecting Israel to be defeated in short order; and ordered Israel out of Sinai after Israel conquered it in the Sinai Campaign.
Obama may preempt PM’s Congress speech with his own plan (0′s New “Outreach” Effort to Muslims)
Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/11/2011 | Unattributed
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:11:32 PM by mojito
US President Barack Obama could deliver a major policy speech as early as next week laying out his new Middle East strategy following the US killing of Osama bin Laden and amid ongoing upheaval in the Arab world, US officials said on Wednesday.
A key sticking point is whether Obama, who gained a boost in global stature with the death of the al Qaida chief last week, will use also his coming address to present new proposals for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, a source familiar with the administration’s internal debate said.
Obama, who will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on May 20, is considering giving the speech before he leaves on a trip to Europe early in the week of May 22, a senior administration official said.
(Excerpt) Read more at jpost.com …
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee argued against implementing a no-fly zone over Libya on Thursday, and also said that Congress must pass a formal declaration of war if the Obama administration decides to take that step.
“Clearly, the United States should be engaged with allies on how to oppose the Qaddafi regime and support the aspirations of the Libyan people,” said Sen. Richard Lugar R-IN at the start of the committee’s Thursday morning hearing on the Middle East. “But given the costs of a no-fly zone, the risks that our involvement would escalate, the uncertain reception in the Arab street of any American intervention in an Arab country, the potential for civilian deaths, the unpredictability of the endgame in a civil war, the strains on our military, and other factors, I am doubtful that U.S. interests would be served by imposing a no-fly zone over Libya.”
Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com …
Summary: Friday might be an important day, perhaps the most important day of the decade. It’s the Day of Rage in Saudi Arabia. The Princes have mobilized their vast security services to prevent or disperse the protests. Will anybody dare to show up? Will the Princes order the use of force? Will the crowds resist? The consequences could send oil prices skyrocketing, shaking the world. Many have guesses but nobody knows the outcome.
That Charlie Sheen has been the biggest national story, while the Arab world is aflame with revolution and the U.S. marches toward ever more war and economic disaster, is not the most remarkable thing.
What is most striking is how easily so many line up behind a consensus that someone ought to be the butt of all jokes and the focus of everyone’s mockery and outrage. Why is the public so obsessed?
Does the public’s obsession fuel the media’s, or is it the other way around?Indeed, the main mystery is why so many entertainers have jumped on the bandwagon to belittle the actor.
Why are so many glitterati pointing their fingers and laughing, judging, and psychoanalyzing Sheen from afar? And even if it was kind of funny the first time to compare his eccentric quips to the ranting of the dictator Qadafi, isn’t it a bit unseemly for so many to be piling on with such insults?………………………
As predicted in Revolt! Dick’s and Eileen’s new book – States Lead the Way Toward ReformIt is not only the Arab world that is in turmoil! Reform Governors like Scott Walker Wisconsin, John Kasich Ohio, Mitch Daniels Indiana, Tom Corbett Pennsylvania, Butch Otter Idaho, and Rick Scott Florida are leading a movement for fundamental change in America.
In Revolt!, Morris and McGann’s new book, they describe how newly elected Republican Governors – impelled by their budget crises and empowered with GOP Legislatures – will accomplish sweeping changes in our politics.Read how: Republican Governors will destroy the political base of the Democratic Party by ending automatic dues deductions from paychecks by unions. GOP Legislatures will strip teachers of tenure, end seniority based pay, enact merit pay, and promote school choice, dramatically eroding the power of the teachers’ unions. Collective bargaining reforms will free school boards and principals to run their schools and end union control.
State fiscal problems will force them into bankruptcy. And, in bankruptcy, they can cancel all union contracts.For all the changes coming in Washington, the Tea Party revolution’s most important changes will be at the state level. Good-bye AFT, SEIU, AFSME, NEA!
Revolution: Is 1848 Repeating Itself in the Arab World? PART I: The Dynamics of Global Capitalism By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Revolution: Is 1848 Repeating Itself in the Arab World?
PART I: The Dynamics of Global Capitalism
By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23096
Global Research, February 5, 2011
Is history repeating itself? Have the events of 1848 in Europe repeated themselves in the Arab World? Will 2011 see the same outcomes as 1848? Only the Arab people can decide. Their fate is in their hands, but they should learn from the mistakes of 1848 and seriously address the role of the capitalist class.
The European Spring of 1848 and the Arab Spring of 2011
In 1848, revolutionary fervour broke across continental Europe. The waves of revolution were set in motion in France. It did not take long before the rest of Europe was hit with a tsunami of popular uprisings and revolts. Like a domino effect, country after country would be hit by revolt. Denmark, the German States, the Italian States, Belgium, Wallachia, and the Habsburg’s Austrian Empire would all be shaken by popular revolt. The bases of the European revolts were the same as those in the modern-day Arab World.
Economic disparity, abuse of workers rights, and a lack of political equality were all causes for the wave of revolutions in 1848 Europe. Industrialization and economic and technological leaps were causing major socio-economic changes in European societies before and up to 1848. While in a very different historical context, this has also been occurring in today’s Arab World.
In 19th Century Europe, fundamental economic changes, characterized by the consolidation of wealth, caused massive unemployment as well as the outbreak of famines.
This has also occurred in recent years in the Arab World, largely as a result of the brunt of neo-liberal reforms and rising food prices. Anger over lack of employment, lack of opportunities, corrupt government practices, and rising bread and food prices have actually been igniting riots and protests in the Arab World, specifically those states around the Mediterranean Sea, for several years before 2011. These past riots and protests were preludes to the highly tense situations in Egypt, Tunisia, and the Arab World.
The French Revolution of 1848: Europe’s Tunisia or Iran?
A new residency criterion was imposed in France by King Louis-Philip I who served the interests of big capital and was appropriately called the “Bourgeoisie King.” French citizens had to prove that they lived in a riding for three years. To prove residency, the French working class needed letters of authentication from their employers. Thus, the working class and an overwhelming majority of the French were disenfranchized from voting and held hostage by big capital. French workers would also migrate from one place and riding to another place and riding for employment, because of the changing economic conditions, which would also make qualification for voting impossible. Unemployment would grip France and there would be a massive surplus of labour that would be readily exploited by organized capital. These unbearable conditions would led to the French Revolution of 1848.
In the French Revolution of 1789, the working class allied itself with big capital (big industry, the banking class, and landed property), but this would change in 1848. While big capital was fighting amongst itself, the working class was becoming an ally of the petty bourgeoisie in demanding a share in governing France and directing the course of French society. The House of Orléans was overthrown and the monarchy brought to a final end with the establishment of the Second French Republic.
Ron Paul: Middle Eastern Revolt Stems From US Upholding Authoritarian Regimes 010211EgyptMore “blowback” from 30 years of funding a yet another military dictatorshipSteve WatsonPrisonplanet.comFeb 1, 2011
Congressman Ron Paul outlined his feelings on the uprising in Egypt, noting that violent revolts will continue throughout the middle east so long as there is an unfettered globalist agenda to dominate the region through propping up tinpot dictators and tyrants.“This is a typical example of what happens when we run on interventionist-type foreign policies.” Paul said on Your World with Neil Cavuto.We get in the middle of these fights. We’ve been in the middle of this for 30 years now. We’ve given Mubarak $60 billion. We’re responsible for a lot of the mess that is over there.”“The big fight now is for us to be in charge,” Paul added, “If Mubarek survives we want to be on his side, if they get a new guy, we want to be on their side. I just think that doesn’t work, because eventually the people rebel. For a while it seems to be stable but it is so artificial.”
AS UDUAL, THE READER RESPONSES ARE MORE INTERESTING THAN THE ARTICLE…
Free RepublicBrowse · Search Pings · Mail General/ChatTopics · Post ArticleSkip to comments.Why Does Obama Hate Israel?associated content ^ | Mar 15, 2010 | Mark Whittington,Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 10:57:02 AM by BenLurkinThe most likely reason appears to be more of attitude rather than policy. The Obama administration is treating Israel like an errant child because it views Israel as an errant child. There had always been a faction in the American foreign policy establishment that regards Israel as a problem, mainly because of how its very existence riles the Arabs. But currently, while there is still no love lost between Israel and her Arab neighbors, there is a realization that Israel and the Arab states have a common foe, a potentially nuclear armed Iran.Excerpt Read more at associatedcontent.com …
With violent protests, riots and revolutions under way in the Arab world, many observers are scratching their heads trying to figure out what to make of it all.Some are proclaiming it a “pro-democracy” uprising, given the involvement of many on the political left working in unison with Islamist radicals and proponents of Shariah law.But Joel Richardson, author of the best-selling “The Islamic Antichrist,” simply sees history repeating itself.”This is the same kind of seemingly unlikely political coalition that united in Iran to depose the shah in 1979,” he points out.Richardson says the reality of this coalition re-uniting on a broad scale throughout the Islamic world is potentially explosive.”While it may be difficult for some to make a connection between the religious world of Islam and the generally liberal-bent of the political left, there are in fact some foundational, shared commonalities between the two ideologies,” he writes in a WND exclusive commentary today. “First, both leftist and Islamist ideologies share a populist, collectivist, and even utopian political vision. While the American ideal seeks ‘economic freedom,’ leftist and Islamists both seek ‘economic justice’ or radical wealth redistribution as a definitive goal. Second, both the Leftists and Islamists are now using the vehicle of riots, violent protests and revolution to achieve their goals. A significant part of the apocalyptic dimension is that whether atheistic Marxism or religious Islamism, both ideologies also share a mutual hatred of you and me. Whether this is Israel, the little Satan, or the United States, the Great Satan, Leftists and Islamists long to see the demise of both.”
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