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Specter of Islam Spreads
As popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt rattle governments in North Africa and the Middle East, Western governments and many people are watching to see how Islamist movements, many of them currently banned as political parties, try to reposition themselves before expected elections later this year. The current uprising in Egypt has not been led by Islamist groups, nor was that the case in Tunisia. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition group, has said it would join the protests but has not organized the demonstrations, which have been led by young people angry at poor living standards and authoritarian rule. However, the outlawed group enjoys wide popular support. Robert Danin, senior fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, says the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups in the region could still gain influence. – VoiceOfAmerica
Dominant Social Theme: As the uprisings continue, there are many ramifications, none of them expected. Islam may regain political favor. Too bad.
Free-Market Analysis: We have speculated in two ways about what is occurring in the Middle East when it comes to consequences. First, we have focused on elements of Western Islamification of the Middle East and second we have suggested that the West and its power elite intends to install governments of national unity with an Islamic tinge.
In our view, these governments would tend toward a stronger Islam over time. In part, the West attempts this sort regime change to further create the illusion of resurgent Islam in order to buttress its own war on terror. The war on terror is a ruse that allows the Anglo-American power elite to initiate further authoritarian action against its own peoples. In this article, we want to examine how successful the elite may be in its current manipulations and whether the 21st century has created a changed "playing field" that may eventually realign elite realites.
The West is at least in part behind these uprisings. This has now seemingly been confirmed by the UK Telegraph, which released an extraordinary story based on cables released by WikiLeaks. The article claimed that the United States leadership not only secretly backed the current uprisings in Egypt, but that it was actively aiding and abetting the protestors.
Such a perspective is certainly in keeping generally with our perceptions. If regime change is to come to these aching entities in both the Middle East and North Africa, it will arrive courtesy of the Western elites that have shaped events in the region for so many years. We summarized some of this effort previously when we wrote of the Islamification of the upper portion of Africa and asked whether it was entirely or even partially a coincidence. We admitted it was a simplistic perspective but we asked why the West was behind the establishment of so many Muslim oriented states of late. We wrote the following:
In the strife-torn West African nation of Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) the West is supporting Alassane Ouattara, a former prime minister, banker and leader of the opposition over incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo. Ouattara is Muslim; Gbagbo is Christian. The West advocates for the Muslim-linked faction over the Christian one.
Then there is the referendum in the Sudan, one of Africa's largest states and most Northern ones. The referendum, being conducted on the auspices of the United Nations, aims to split the country, creating a predominantly Muslim Northern Sudan. According to CNN, President Omar al-Bashir has reportedly said that if Southern Sudan votes in favor of separation, "sharia will become the main source of Sudan's Constitution, Islam the state religion and Arabic the official language." The West, under the auspices of the UN, is in the process of creating a fundamentalist Muslim state. Finally, there is the sorry saga of the War in Kosova in which the West backed Albanian Muslims over Serbian Christians.
If we are correct that this is basically a further elite destabilization of the Middle East and Muslim Africa, then over time such unrest shall spread to other already identified regions: Jordan, Yemen, Syria, even Saudi Arabia. What regions will it spare? Perhaps the Emirates and Qatar. These are the supposedly "enlightened" states that already practice a form of Westernized Islam and are proponents of Anglo-American finance.
We have noticed recently that despite protestations from numerous quarters that Tunisia was a determinedly secular state, an element of resurgent Islam is now easily identifiable. Bloomberg tells us that, "Tunisian Islamist Leader Ghannouchi Returns From 22-Year Exile ... Islamist movement Ennahda, banned under ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, returned to his homeland today after a 22-year exile in London." It adds the following:
The arrival of Rachid Ghannouchi has fanned a debate between his supporters and other groups that helped overthrow Ben Ali, who are concerned that Ennahda will seek to weaken the secular system enforced since the North African nation's independence from France in 1956. The system is the most favorable to women in the Arab world. "We are not terrorists, and we are against terror like everybody else," Ghannouchi told supporters at the Tunis airport. "We oppose Bin Laden. We are for freedom," he said. [Supporters demanded] full participation by the party in the country's political life.
In Egypt there is much talk of the revival of the Muslim Brotherhood, which some consider a formidable proponent of radical Muslim and others in the alternative news community believe to be a compromised religious force with links to Western Intel including MI6. Meanwhile Ghannouchi, himself spent his two decades-plus of exile in Britain so one can make the argument that in the case of both Egypt and Tunisia the Islamic "opposition" is already fully cognizant of the part it needs to play.
This could be said of Egypt's Mohamed ElBaradei, a Westernized Egyptian, former UN employee and Nobel Peace Prize winner. While these attributes certainly distinguish him, they are also evidence that ElBaradei is evidently and obviously an Anglosphere-oriented globalist. Egyptian news tells us that the Muslim Brotherhood has fallen in line behind ElBaradei's leadership. We would tend to believe over time, the influence of the Brotherhood may grow strongr and ElBaradei's weaker.
When one takes a step back and looks at the whole of Northern Africa and the Middle East a picture of extraordinary sociopolitical evolution is evident. People don't notice it because the news is disparate. But we think the patterns are obvious and we believe the Anglosphere is behind much of it. The idea in our view is to create Westernized democratic states that may or may not become Islamified.
It is part of a larger dialectic, and one we have mentioned many times before. In Afghanistan a war is being fought to initiate Western-style governance in that region of the world. But elsewhere in this region, the West is supporting various sociopolitical movements in countries that have already been subjected to Westernizing influences. The idea is to create a spectrum, apparently, of Western governments that may range the gamut from Islamic radicalism (Iran) to secular Islamic democracy (the Emirates and Qatar) – with or without sharia law.
Ultimately, the Anglosphere seeks world governance and the boiling political cauldron that this area of the world is becoming must somehow further this goal. By continually agitating and Westernizing or Islamifying the countries of Africa and the Middle East, the power elite is in the process of creating a larger war on terror. It allows for continual warfare – or at least political tension – in the area and facilitates authoritarianism at home.
But as we have noted previously, it is a dangerous game the elite is playing in the 21st century. It can destabilize these countries through scarcity memes – food and water inflation and deprivation – and it can even train and infiltrate youth "leaders" and then provide faux-political solutions via agents such as ElBaradei. But in our view the Internet has already revealed much of the modus operandi of Western elites.
While it is obvious to us that these political eruptions are being manipulated, it is not so obvious to us that such manipulations will lead to the desired result. The elite is embarked on a course of action that seems fixed long ago. But perhaps they did not plan for the Internet and its endless stream of revelations; and their plans no longer play out secretly but in full view of the world.
Conclusion: Is it possible to carry forth a conspiracy to fruition in such circumstances? It is a new century driven by new communication technology. In this environment the elite can scheme and manipulate but we would argue the outcomes may be less satisfactory – or even predictable – than they were in the previous 100 years. Those who are counting on Western powers-that-be to generate certain results from a strategic or investment standpoint should pay heed. The realities of the 21st century may not be those of the 20th.
Posted by Wec on 02/03/11 08:49 PM
Well, got to hand it to the Daily Bell again....
Here is your prediction from this article coming true; the Muslim Brotherhood which echos the call by Obama of a few days ago for a "National Unity" government with an Islamic Radical element as a prominent part:
"Muslim Brotherhood demands that Mubarak government goes
The Muslim Brotherhood, seen as Egypt's biggest organised opposition group, said on Thursday that President Hosni Mubarak and his government had to go to avoid a crackdown on protesters if it was allowed stay in power.
"We demand that this regime is overthrown and we demand the formation of a national unity government for all the factions," the Brotherhood said in a statement broadcast by Al Jazeera. (Reuters)"
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Reply from The Daily Bell
Posted by Bill Ross on 02/02/11 07:09 AM
"But what happens Bill, when the controllers are the predators?"
The state of affairs NOW is what happens. They get arrogant with their gains, their grasp exceeds their reach, the survival of the majority is negatively affected, taking them past the tipping point of intolerable, blowback occurs, causing a social / economic reset to a new and different state of affairs...
"Civilization should convey notions of prospering, of moving forward, of making each generation better in all ways..."
Not possible when predators, by their predations consume the life (time and energy) of humanity dealing with the conflict, destruction and outright blocking of all choices required to make collective life BETTER (definition: less harmful).
Civilization (the rules by which we cooperate for MUTUAL self-interest) does not need to be forcefully encouraged, since it is in our interests to be civilized (peacefully trade). The only thing that needs to be forcefully countered (DEFENDED against) is those who forcefully impose rules for selfish / monopoly interests at collective expense. They cannot do this without initiating aggression (criminal, by definition)
Orwell was not incorrect with his imagery of "a boot, stomping on the face of humanity, forever". Nor is the opinion that history is just a sequence of "crimes against humanity", lies written by the victors to glorify / rationalize their crimes.
And now, thanks to the internet, mankind is waking up from dreamtime. There will be no half baked solutions nor appeasements accepted from elites and tyrants, we approach a singularity of exponential change and cleansing of many wrongs. The tree of liberty will be refreshed and fed.
Posted by Jeannie Queenie on 02/01/11 11:16 PM
@ Bill Ross...."Civilization is a simple matter of predator control."
But what happens Bill, when the controllers are the predators? As in the very real notion, that our govt is a professional welfare organization?
If all civilization is, is a tool for predator control, it defeats the notion of being civilized, no? Civilization should convey notions of propering, of moving forward, of making each generation better in all ways, NOT as a tool for banishing leeches. That is a real time sucker.
Posted by Catevala on 02/01/11 09:49 PM
Glad you liked Franklin. I've long enjoyed his down-home Tennessee cultural stance. Very much a modern day Will Rogers, but who also have a business selling precious metals. I'll try and watch the link when I get the time on Hill.
Posted by Jeannie Queenie on 02/01/11 07:17 PM
"Friends, I am just a natural born durn fool from Tennessee, but even I suspect a set-up, more so when Bernard O'Bama & Handsome Hillary mumble about democracy.....the execrable Franklin Roosevelt said, "Nothing happens by accident in politics. If it happened, somebody made it happen."
This has had me laughing since reading it an hour ago..thanks for the chuckles..and now let me add another smile to your day with this recent speech given by Click to view link is a spoof on her talk about Egypt/Mubarek.
Make sure that you read at the bottom of the video while listening to her,as you are given a funny, but probably truthful translation of what she is saying...probably more truthful than her words.
Like you said in your FDR quote---"Nothing happens by accident in politics. If it happened, somebody made it happen." Just as we saw Nancy Pelosi pass an unconstitutional health bill that will now be repealed if the GOP has their way, one could only wish that we could repeal any of those ideas Hillary has on her plate for Americans..things we don't want!
From her ideas of it 'taking a village to raise your kid', to putting our children under the protective parental umbrella of the UN, one wonders if she and Bill are back into the sixties scene smoking bowls before all these proclamations. Fun now...Truth behind the Words. Note the tone, her demeanor, the slow, heavy, ominous way of speaking.
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The president at this moment also has me laughing, as he espouses to the Egyptians the right to free speech, yada yada yada...that all said while we still have our phones, computers monitored and forced to pay for wars via taxes to the point of a gun between the eyeballs. Must be nice to be able to tell another country how they should behave and what they have a right to demand and expect, all the meanwhile your own country is run amok, and about to hit stage 3 as we see presently in Egypt.
WHile the president speaks of free speech, a bill for the 'kill switch' for the gov't Homeland Security was deleted by the new senate, but now has an advocate for bringing it back into the picture..meaning that we would be doing what Egypt has done...cutting off the net to avoid discussions or ideas or plans.
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Posted by Jeannie Queenie on 02/01/11 05:40 PM
"Christianity and Islam, as proselytizing religions, add an aggressive edge." Wait one little minute here. At one time that was true with Christianity, but the Gutenberg awakened the masses.
You cannot equate the two religions in meaningful ways. You don't see honor killings among Christians. Further, the educated female Christians have made inroads in waking up the pathetic patriarchal clergy's midget mindset of womanhood stemming from the dark ages.
Imams are still clueless about women, about sexuality and above all need to keep their masses in the dark. The upshot of that is all the recent uprisings around the globe. It is not Westerns imposing their ways forcing countries to uprise, but the internet shows younger muslims that so much of what they have been taught is bogus..and further, just how many constraints upon them deny them the prospect of life and liberty as we in the West have experienced for a couple hundred years now. We see more and more intelligent muslims here in the US realize that Sharia and our Constitution are diametrically opposed..and these same muslims feel the push/pull of freedom/liberty versus a static dead mindset.
I,as a former Catholic, was generously brainwashed as a child to believe that only Catholics went to heaven. But eventually came to the realization that this misogynist, simpleton organization of imbeciles, was just that. Now all Catholics at the time of lent, are bound to give something up during lent. It was a no brainer for me--give up a religion that aids/abets pedophile priests, that tells teenage girls in a confessional they will go to hell if they neck, that tells married women they have no right to birth control, and if they are raped, must give birth to the monster.
Ironically, not to mention hypocritically, their ranks of priests reveals heavy duty perversions in the form of homosexuality. I won't even get into the personal experiences I witnessed with many of these man/children who often remain in a time warp of childhood.
My point in telling this Vauung, is that I left the church and never looked back. All the time I have offers from other people to attend their church. I am astonished that people think that they must forfeit their brains to another..and to believe bogus BS as both the christian and muslim faiths propagate.
The big difference however, in me being christian and leaving the church, is that I am still alive and well thanks to being a lucky American. If I were a muslim woman who woke up one day and realized that this Muhammed character I've been brainwashed with, that forces me to be a second class citizen, cover my face, cave into a tyrant husband, possibly be killed if I committ adultery, or offer up my child for the greater glory of Islam via a suicide belt strapped to my kid. If I decided then and there that I didn't want to be muslim anymore and would refuse to forfeit my brain for some ancient guy whose ego demanded I view him as God dictating what I could and could not do, say or feel, well you know what would happen, don't you? I would not just be banned from Islam, my life would be on the line and moreso, probably given the deep six.
So please Vauung, don't put christianity, albeit a farce, in the same group as Islam. Both are in the dark, but the latter would dump you in the dark permanently if you weren't into groupthink!!
As for DB proclaiming that, "We believe Islam to be a religion like any other." Not sure what you mean here DB...do you mean that they are all calculated to brainwash the masses and keep control? At one time Christianity played that sorry game, but no more. Any religion that tells you that you will be killed if you leave is NOT LIKE all other religions. Tell this to Ali Hirsi or Salmon Rushdie and see the response you get. As I said above, I could leave the Roman Catholic religion with my life intact, but that wouldn't hardly be the case if I were a Muslim woman who finally saw the light. Just speaking out is a virtual death sentence. If this were not the case, why is Ali Hirsi under 24/7 security in the US to not allow any other muslims to kill her?
Reply from The Daily Bell
You have particular views, Jeannie Queenie.
Posted by Eyes To See, Ears To Hear on 02/01/11 04:58 PM
"For what its worth, international polling suggests that Chinese satisfaction with the government is the highest in the world."
This is an amazing "fact"! It would be helpful for a source of such an assertion, which certainly doesn't jibe with my own on-the-ground experience. The assumption that a Chinese citizen would even think about answering a pollster's question such as this is ludicrous, in my not so humble opinion.
During a fairly recent month-long visit to the People's Republic of China, I tried repeatedly and in vein, to get my Chinese translator/driver to say what she thought of her government ... good, bad or indifferent. Not a peep. Same with other Chinese with whom I socialized. The only "satisfaction" I heard expressed among those I spoke with related to their having jobs, a clean (albeit small) apartment and sufficient food, all of which the government had provided in return for their work. Of course, it's possible that the people doing the polling lowered the bar to that basic subsistence level, but that's not enough to qualify as the "highest satisfaction with government in the world."
Let me be clear, I'm in no way impugning Vauung's truthfulness. I'm grateful for a China-centric point of view to add into the bubbling brew of opinions. It's just that in this one instance I find myself to be quite reluctant in uncritically accepting such a bold and unexpected statement. And I'm just a little bit surprised that The Elves let that one slip by unchallenged.
Reply from The Daily Bell
What do you mean unchallenged? We led the way on this story - we were ahead of the curve by a FULL YEAR.
Posted by Catevala on 02/01/11 10:49 AM
Here's what Franklin Sanders wrote yesterday (and I don't think he reads the DB:
"Monday, 31 January a.d. 2011
A reader wrote asking me why I didn't mention the upheaval in Egypt as a cause of gold's rise on Friday. Mainly because I don't put much stock in so-called "safe haven" moves. If they run counter to the prevailing trend, they have no lasting effect. If they run with the trend, they only drive it a bit further. Either way, as soon as the crisis passes, the effect passes. Usually it's just noise to filter out.
Speaking of Egypt, do any of you mushrooms besides me entertain a tee-tiny doubt about the "spontaneity" of the uprising in Egypt? Does anybody with even a tenth of a brain left believe that a big, mean government that has held power 29 years by jailing & otherwise silencing its opponents can be overthrown by a bunch of hollering nerds on Twitter or Tweeter or Tweety-Bird or whatever it's called? Now think about that. Yes, yes, the Spirit Of Democracy rises up against the Tyrant, arm in arm in solidarity with the Easter Bunny & Tweety Bird. Hmmmm.
Friends, I am just a natural born durn fool from Tennessee, but even I suspect a set-up, more so when Bernard O'Bama & Handsome Hillary mumble about democracy, which looks so much like throwing Mubarak out of the rowboat that I can't tell the difference. Just to show that even a blind hog finds an acorn now & then, the execrable Franklin Roosevelt said, "Nothing happens by accident in politics. If it happened, somebody made it happen.""
Posted by Bill Ross on 02/01/11 09:31 AM
@W A Calahan
"I gather from all your posts that you never participated in team sports"
Astute observation. I tried, but was never able to subsume my individuality to the group nor accept that the cost of being a group member was to limit my perspective to group perspectives and win (over other groups) at all costs.
I will go so far as to state that I view team sports and all of the social apparatus (vicarious feeling of accomplishment for spectators...) to be some sort of minor social organization "meme" to convince followers that they must subsume their individuality to groupthink and find a hierarchical position within some group. Most see no alternative social organization, so all of this groupthink and narrowing of perspectives adds up to group polarization, intolerance and WAR.
I do belong to groups, but they are ad-hoc voluntary, goal focussed with absolutely ZERO individual compromise, to be entered into and shed by my whims, subject to the constraint that my associations are mutually agreed.
Being a free thinking leader precludes subsuming myself to groupthink. My followers, if they exist, voluntarily CHOOSE to share my CHOSEN path. Having followers is not one of my goals. Associating with and learning from my equals and intellectual superiors IS.
Many sum me up as ARROGANT. That is the label given to the reality oriented, incapable of compromising with ignorance / falsity. I do not agree that "reality is unfair". It just is and, ignore it at your own peril.
I view you statement that the nature of group freedom is different than individual freedom contains elements of "mob power" as opposed to being just the properly accounted sum of the individual rights / responsibilities of the group members. The whole MUST always be the sum of the parts. Groupthink IS DANGEROUS.
Posted by Jeff on 02/01/11 06:46 AM
Oy vay i better get food,guns,water,gold and a mountain cabin north of nowhere being a jew i know where this is going see ya.LOL
Posted by Dan Wilson on 02/01/11 06:25 AM
You write: "The West, under the auspices of the UN, is in the process of creating a fundamentalist state....". My impression of the UN is that it has become a coalition dominated by ever more fundamentalist Moslem states who hate The Great Satan. How you can equate the UN with The West is beyond me. Please read AMERICA ALONE by Mark Steyn.
Posted by Jonathan on 02/01/11 05:27 AM
article by Gary North at Lew Rockwell. Facebook, Twitter, and the Arab Revolutions
'Yes, it is true that governments can temporarily take away the hammer. They can shut down the Internet. Anyway, small governments in the Middle East can do this. It is highly unlikely that the government could in the United States. The tendency of the system of telecommunications is to decentralize. The government that would dare to stop the spread of telecommunications is asking to lose the next election.'
Discusses good rationale for chain reaction of similar revolutions around the world.
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Posted by Jonathan on 02/01/11 04:58 AM
Tony Blair was quoted as saying a regime change in Egypt is 'inevitable' (yesterday in a UK paper ? Daily Telegraph / Daily Mail – I saw it on a news stand). And, in the above article, one of the posts mentions the same rumour circulating in Cairo.
Posted by Jonathan on 02/01/11 04:52 AM
Interesting article on feasibility of shutting down internet in Egypt vs US or Europe.
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Posted by Rowan Smith on 02/01/11 04:46 AM
Could it be that we are witnessing the initial stages of a "United States of Magreb"? Like the EU, but with a local flavour? El Baradei looks to be a dead giveaway. Anyway, all this activity could have a "business as usual" aspect to it, from a NWO point of view. I read that Israel was "taken by surprise" by the developements in Egypt!
Posted by Gethky on 02/01/11 04:26 AM
Off topic: More suppressed testimony by the 9?11 commission.
[Sibel Edmonds] 9/11 Family Members Demand Answer: Witnessed & Documented "Kamikaze Pilots" Case. Read the release@Boiling Frogs
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Posted by Turbomango on 02/01/11 04:02 AM
It's all about corporatism right now. The more conflict they create between neighbors, the more arms sales, scanners, GMO Agra, vaccine pharma, and more bs to "keep" populations on their toes, spending money and generating consumption taxes just to be "safe" from whatever.
At the end of the road is a choice between global dominance by Caliphate or under under the "safety" of the Fascist UN umbrella... " a choice between religion or secularism. Thank You God that I only have to live a century or less. I can't bear to live under such upcoming conditions.
Posted by Gethky on 02/01/11 03:37 AM
[buzzert] Really cool voicemail left on Google's phone-to-tweet thing for Egyptians: http://t.co/LdbD3X2
Posted by 10hawks on 02/01/11 01:41 AM
While your faith in the "truth-telling of the internet" is certainly stirring, you can't ignore the growing chorus of (US and other) government promotions and proposals to curtail internet "neutrality" and freedom, to provide the president with a "kill switch" and the like.
It seems possible that the powers that be may be able to accelerate their attack on the 'net by various means in quite short order, and render
it much less valuable as a tool for cultural revolution and enlightenment.
This encroachment on public liberty will probably be met with scant resistance, judging from our track record so far in response to the Wars, the Patriot Act, the TSA, the Bailouts, and so on.
Reply from The Daily Bell
We believe that cutting-edge human toolkits are always used to their full potential before being controlled by the powers-that-be.
There is a long ways to go before the Internet is exhausted from a technological standpoint. Government may censor the 'Net, but several million adolescents, many of them male, with high IQs and restless mentalities, will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible forward. Often they will do so from the confines of their bedrooms and basements.
It is not possible to control the Internet in an environment where adolescents market "hacked" Pentagon secrets to the highest bidder and expanding computer power quickly makes yesterday's programming accomplishments out-of-date.
Egyptians are going online through dial-up modems currently. What is suffering is Egypt's industrial infrastructure, and we would have to believe that this is not a feasible situation long-term. Mubarak will come under great pressure to turn the 'Net "back on" - or workarounds will be established.
Posted by Banh on 01/31/11 10:55 PM
Global financial control requires growing global influence and unanimous compliance. Islamic finance does not follow or comply with Western parasitic finance. The Middle East has cold hard cash, does not need Western credit, and therefore can exist very well outside the credit/high interest/debt scam most of the world works on. This cannot be tolerated by the Elite.
So, if the Islamic world is undermined by "color revolutions" as tried in Ukraine, etc., the population will be sucked into the Western financial world and issued credit cards as their ticket to freedom. Indebtedness is the new slavery. Islamic Finance doesn't fit the mold... Follow the money, find the corruption. I'd say the CIA is right in the middle of this Egyptian "revolution".