February 4, 2011
Dear Friends - It is not easy to get a clear picture and perspective for the Middle East. Ron Cantrell has spent many years there, and has written a number of books on that area, the most helpful one being “The Mahdi”. He does careful research, and has traveled widely in many of these countries, as well as in Europe. His chief time has been spent in Israel, where he set up the format for the weekly publication of “Bridges for Peace”. Marie and I have counted Ron and Carol Cantrell as close friends since 1990, and have spent quality time with them in Israel a number of times. We both felt that Ron's last article was so helpful, that you on our mailing list would appreciate it as much as us. Jim & Marie Watt
On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM, Ron Cantrell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
CONNECTING THE DOTS
IT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN EGYPT
Western media is careful not to draw conclusions prematurely about Middle East unres. Simple logic, however, demands connecting the dots. A national crisis of job inequality, unemployment, and heavy-handed government tactics should have no reason to spill over into neighboring nations. Egypt's complaints should stay within Egypt's borders - unless there is more than meets the eye.
There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to the Middle East. A virulent strain of Islamofascism races through the bloodstream of the Islamic world. It is s threatening dormant virus in almost every Islamic nation today. The powers that be fear it. Saudi Arabia is terrified of the day that their fascist Wahabi undercurrent garners enough strength to do away with the royal family and institute a Taliban-like regime as in Afghanistan (*see article link below - Wahabi). Syria fears those who do not like the religious leanings of their Aalawi government. It is a minority ruling the majority (**See Wikipidia - Alawite State). Jordan fears those who were placed under the umbrella of the Hashamite foreign monarchy by the League of Nations after WWI, albeit an Arab, Islamic monarchy (***SeeWikipedia - Hashemite Kingdom [note: the hashemites were actually Saudi princes awarded a mandate of Transjordan by the British for helping them defeat the Ottoman Empire in 1917 - the populace of Jordan resents the intrusion and drawing of national border by the League of Nations).
There are nations where a weak governmental system allows the Islamofascism to break through and take control. Sudan is the model, only after Lebanon.Ethnic cleansing in Sudan by Arab Muslims was missed by Western media. Arab occupation of black African Sudan resulted in the massacre of blacks, both Christian in the south and Muslim in the west (Arabic Islamic government was the goal). Sudan's Arab Islamic leader spearheaded an assassination attempt on Hosni Mubarak already in 1995 (see Wikipedia - Hassan al-Turabi). Lebanon is the poster child of Islamofascist victory. After the failure of Yassir Arafat's PLO in Lebanon, Hassan Nasrallah and a small band of militants set up camp in the weak areas of Lebanon and like a cancer, grew. Now, Lebanon has fallen to Hezbollah, Nasrallah's Iranian and Syrian supported Islamic government.
(*Wahabism - a deadly scripture: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/wahhabism-a-deadly-scripture-398516.html)
“The focus of violent Islami radicalism has shifted from Whhabis in Saudi to anti-Saudi Wahabis in Iraq and other conflict zones where jihadists have larnt the heady lesson that if you are brutal and narrow-minded enough you can defeat the most powerful army the world has ever seen.
(** Alawite State: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlawiteState)
(*** Hashemite Kingdom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashemite)
(**** Hassan al-Turabi: http://en.wikipedia.org.wiki/Hashemite)
The king pin in the whole game is Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood had its beginning in 1929 in Cairo. The prominent figure in the Brotherhood is Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the Dr. who bacame Osama bin Laden's right hand man (seen in all his videos). The Brotherhood was responsible for the assassination of Egypt's President Anwar Sadat some 30 years ago. His assassination was due to making peace with Israel.
This week, the Brotherhood has called for Egypt's populace to prepare themselves for war with Israel. Back to connecting the dots - there is no connection with Egypt's downtrodden masses by Mubarak and Israel. However, logic is not necessary in Islam.
It is easy to see that it is time for prayer on behalf ofEgypt and her Christian population. Just today (February 2, 2011), we heard from friends in a key Egyptian city that has been erupting. It seems the internet blockade has been hacked. Our friends there are calling for three days of prayer and fasting