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April 16, 2016

Requiem for Europe

 

Europe has survived former presses by Islam and done so with great glory. The first was when the Crusades responded to the surging Muslim Arabs out of Arabia in the Holy Land. These surges into the Holy Lands with the intent and oft success in liberating lands and even Jerusalem may not have kept the lands from eventual Islamic ascendancy, but it did prevent the further surge of Islam into Europe. Constantinople had stood for years against the battering by Islamic forces with catapults, ballista and similar siege equipment but the walls built to withstand any attack of its day did exactly that and Constantinople withstood every barrage thrown at them. It was the eventual equipping the forces of Islam with the newest of weapons, the siege cannon (see picture below) which caused its fall. These were not any normal cannons nor did it throw normal cannonballs. The stone cannonballs weighed hundreds and hundreds of pounds (or kilos) which would bounce across the ground retaining most of their speed and eventually they brought down the walls that had stood since the height of the Roman Empire. The fall of Constantinople revealed the secret weapon of Islam, the renaming; so as to end the former period and reference and restart the history, making it purely Islamic with no reference to the glories of the past. Thus Constantinople was renamed Istanbul and as Istanbul the city had no former existence as a Roman or Byzantine city; Istanbul was purely Islamic while Constantinople now no longer existed in this new history.

 

 

Great Turkish Bombard Siege Cannon Utilized by Mehmed II in his Siege and Breaking of the Impenetrable Great Walls of Constantinople

Great Turkish Bombard Siege Cannon
Utilized by Mehmed II in his Siege
and Breaking of the Impenetrable
Great Walls of Constantinople

 

There was another assault on Europe from the west with the moors spilling across Spain into France, appearing to be unstoppable. The Moors simply ate up one city after another and another beating one force of Christian Europe after another. Finally a French army commanded by a German set a strategy to stop the Moors. Their plan was to not fight the main body of the Moors; they simply had forces meet the main body and slowly fall back allowing them to surge forward. The French main heavy horse cavalry swept in a wide arc around the main body and set down upon the camp and supply lines and destroyed the food and reserves of weapons and destroyed the supporting military mechanism and people, leaving the front unsupported. They then set upon the fight from the rear and succeeded in breaking their lines. With no support and no food or reserve troops, the Moors assault into France had been thwarted. The commander was Charles the Hammer Martel.

 

There were pushes from the West as well with one of the most famous coming and laying siege to Vienna. The city was holding but required that the siege be broken or the Islamic Turks would extend out of Istanbul (Constantinople) and set upon the rest of Italy and threaten Rome itself. One King offered to lead his entire armies and break the siege relieving Vienna and protecting Rome. There was a catch which he demanded a set of promises from every neighbor and king of every petty fiefdom to protect his borders and hold from attacking while his entire army led by him set forth across a thousand miles and relieve Vienna. The king was the ruler of Poland, King John III Sobieski and his forces broke the siege and liberated Vienna on September 11 and 12, 1683. This stalled the push into Europe and saved Europe once again.

 

Now Islam is making a new assault on Europe and the European leaders are actually inviting Islam into their nations as their negative population growth leaves there a demand for workers; and while the economies were healthy and demanding workers, things were great all around. The surging economy of twenty years finally ground to a doldrums where growth has slowed and the demand slackened and now the young Islamic population is finding there is little demand for their employ as hiring is at a standstill. Add to this the flooding of Syrian refugees as well as refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and other places across the Islamic world. There is little work and their native society is at direct conflict with the European liberal lifestyles. This has shown itself during the New Year’s Eve celebrations where the women, who were scantily and immodestly attired which was a signal that they were loose and simply asking for lecherous treatment and were open to sexual advances. The reactions of these new refugees sent a ripple of discontent and fear through the women who were receiving treatment and indecencies which they did not understand. The police were handcuffed by demands from their superiors to not arrest the refugees as they required certain leeway and understanding while they would adjust to their new lives. Many did not adjust and expected their new societies to adjust to their demands and the rules and inhibiting societal rules from the lands they had fled. This was a clash of civilizations; one the liberal socially uninhibited modern society facing an invasion of inhibited socially, strictly structured, and socially stunted, demanding women to live shuttered existence ruled by a retrograded strictly restricted and socially shuttered life. What will be the result of this clash will depend on the worth the liberated Europeans place on their social liberated lifestyle against their refugee’s demand that their rules replace those which Europe has developed since the reformation and the renaissance and the political liberation of the people from the stunted social structure of the medieval Dark Ages. Thus far all appearances point to the replacing of liberal Europe with some dark and foreboding repression and stunting of their social fabric. This diseased repression will eventually threaten the United States and only strong leadership will be at all capable of preventing the complete closure of liberal democracies being subjugated and inhibited until they become Islamic theocracies with the stunted social structures mirroring life in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan and possibly falling before the Islamic State as they dissolve themselves through weak and unworthy leadership. The backwards bending of the rule of law replacing it with the rule of foreign inhibitive oppression where nothing can be permitted to offend the sensibilities of the Islamic invaders, the invaders invited to conquest by the weakness and spinelessness of their leadership. Will Europe survive? They probably will not if the current actions are any indication of their future.

 

While Europe appears to be lost, or at least failing to act in self-defense, and failing to stand against the waves of barbarians; the United States may fair better if they choose the proper leadership. Fortunately, the United States, as usual, is running as much as a decade behind Europe. The threat is likely to advance upon the United States somewhat faster than a ten year delay as the current leadership is taking the right steps to allow the United States to admit large numbers of potential disruptors who will attempt to impose their stridently restrictive societal rules upon America. The American societal structure is more independent than the somewhat stunted European societal structures and thus more difficult to over whelm, but that does not make America invulnerable as nobody is immune to societal disruptions. With Europe poised to collapse before Islamic hordes crashing their shores and stunting their societal freedoms in an attempt to refashion their society into an Islamic one, they will rename the great structures making the great Cathedrals into Mosques and rename the iconic buildings removing their former references and now have them attest to their Islamic greatness. The Leaning Tower of Pisa could be renamed the Bent Minaret of the Caliph, the Eiffel Tower simple redone in a Green Patina Eiffel Tower and Big Ben might be renamed the Great Clock of Allah with Buckingham Palace named the Grand Mosque of London; that is assuming London is not renamed as was Constantinople. The great museums will be destroyed and the art works burned, the statues smashed, the David transformed into marble ruins and the Vatican transformed into Mecca II and the place the Europeans will be permitted to use for their Haj.

 

 

Eiffel Tower from the Past to the Future?

Eiffel Tower from the Past to the Future?

 

Europe managing to turn the tides around and salvage their history and societies will only happen if they find the soul which made Europe great and capable to strive into a future with any promise. The likelihood that the Europeans will find that spark depends on whether they are willing to return to the Christianity which permitted their survival and resistance to Islam in periods past. Without such a return to their religion, Europe will lose as those who are fighting for something greater than themselves will always defeat those fighting for comfort and personal existential existence. Those fighting for Islam and Allah will defeat those fighting for nothing more than their comfortable, secularist, laissez faire, free society as such a lifestyle are designed around this abhorrence for violent behavior, the only thing which could save Europe. Will the United States be willing to fight the good fight or will America also fall due to their abhorrence to fighting the good fight which will take generations upon generations with no end in sight. There is a Chinese curse which decries that one live in interesting times, well; we are indeed living in interesting and dangerous times. Will the survival of a society outside of Islam come down to China and Asian nations or will it fall to the world against Israel, a battle already written about almost two thousand years ago with an ominous tale which depends on miraculous forces beyond out mere mortal imaginations ability to behold. These times may get more interesting than anybody is capable of imagining. The first battle will be fought in Europe, assuming the Europeans actually believe their lifestyle and societal norms are worth fighting for. Will they fight or simply fold without even a whimper?

 

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March 20, 2016

Kamil al-Khatib and Another Absurdly Ludicrous Accusation

 

Kamil al-Khatib, the deputy head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has made an accusation which has managed to target Israel; an Israeli activist, Yehuda Glick; Arab Authorities in general; and likely inferring every power on earth which has not rushed to prevent what he calls the “Judaizing actions” to the al-Aqsa Mosque. We further quote Kamil al-Khatib from his interview with the Hamas newspaper ‘Falastin’ with his most vicious claim of all, “His (Yehuda Glick’s) settlers hold Talmudic ceremonies and settler weddings around the al-Aqsa Mosque, and these are dangerous signs that they see their imaginary Temple in the al-Aqsa Mosque. This is in spite of the agreements the Jordanian regime made to prevent any Talmudic ceremonies within the area of the al-Aqsa Mosque.” His final jab hits a bullseye pointing to the presumed agreement between Israel and Jordan to enforce a status quo which forbids Jewish prayers on the Temple Mount. This status quo referred to came into the lexicon after the attempted assassination of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick who barely survived four shots into his chest at point blank range on October 29, 2015. A terrorist pulled up in a scooter or motorcycle and shot him before fleeing the scene (aftermath video coverage below showing response but not actual attack). Yehuda Glick had just departed the Begin Center where he had just spoken at an event and was shot by Mu’taz Hijazi who was employed at the Begin Center despite former criminal arrests and known links with terrorism. There has been a sliding status quo placing ever increasing limitations on Jews and other non-Muslims as time progresses and after any meetings and demanded concessions forced on Israel and the World in efforts to ever enforce the strength and power of Arab Palestinian claims to more and more areas still demanding the formation of their rule over all of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, that means all of Israel.

 

 

 

 

Kamil al-Khatib and the Islamic Movement in Israel have been banned from organized events or actions after they issued threats against the lives of Israelis, both officials and Jews in general. It took a build-up of threats including that Muslims would “eliminate the Jews from history: and further stated in that interview, “This will be the final nail in the coffin of the Oslo Accords, because the Palestinian people are tired of all the false promises and visions and its volcano is exploding.” Kamil al-Khatib was also calling for Israeli Arabs to take part in the “intifada” against Israel. A full-blown war between Israeli Arabs and the Netanyahu government is “just a matter of time,” He also held that a statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people was simply reflective of the feelings of most Israelis, and as such were statements which “merely highlight the religious nature of the dispute.

 

He gave an interesting and revealing sermon equating the holy warriors who had attacked infidel in Paris with the purification of France during the Protestant wars with the Catholics of France and the Inquisition in Spain from starting in 1492 when the Christians (Catholics) rallied to retake the lands of southern Spain (Andalusia) which had been conquered by largely Moorish Muslims from northwestern Africa which had stormed across the Straights of Gibraltar almost a millennia earlier and had imposed restrictive laws on Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims which were fought back by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella who persecuted the Muslims and Jews and non-Catholics. These were the religious wars which plagued the years responding to the encroachment and explosive breakout of Islam and the Arab tribes from their original homelands in the Arabian Peninsula and swallowed-up lands and peoples across North Africa, Persian Middle East, the remains of the Byzantine Empire and Egypt as well as the Holy Lands. The Crusades were an answer to the persecution of Christians in the Holy Lands which brought the conquest by Salah al-Din (Saladin) all of which dates back an average of half a millennia to a modern terrorist attack in a modern western capital because it has not fallen under the Islamic sword. Below is his sermon from November 29, 2015, in Kafr Kana, Israel, the very nation he declares must be brought under the sword through an internal Intifada yet it took his actual calls for violence before he was denounced but is still free and inciting.

 

 

 

 

Those calling for the murder and conquest of Israel are protected, which is not necessarily an evil thing to allow opposing views, but not when Yehuda Glick is denied entry to the Temple Mount simply because he argues that the Jews and other non-Muslims have religious freedom and under such should have free access to the Temple Mount. He is not calling for anybody to enter a single Mosque, Church, Cathedral, the al-Aqsa or the Dome of the Rock but the freedom to visit one of the holiest locations in Christianity and the holiest place in Judaism. In Israel a foreign element is granted control and restricts movement and worship in open locations in the holiest site in all of a presumed free Israel where every religion is presumed to have equality and freedom of worship, well, except where Islam is granted any sway. Israel does not restrict Islamic visitation to the holy places in Damascus, Muslim warfare does. Israel does not limit Islamic worship in Mecca or Medina nor does Israel desire to but through Jordan the Islamic world is limiting religious freedom in Israel. There is one word for that situation, ‘Wrong,’ just plain and simple wrong. The Temple Mount should be a place of reverence and free worship and open tourism with each faith responsible for the buildings they own, plain and simple. Further building on the Temple Mount might present a different subject where a board with members of each faith having advisory weight but it should be the government of Israel with full understanding of the sensibility of every faith represented and holding the site as holy as the main criteria for all decisions. Extremism of any sort should be avoided, especially calls to violence.

 

Temple Mount with Proposed Options to include Third Temple Without Destroying or Interfering Other Religious Structures

Temple Mount with Proposed
Options to include Third Temple
Without Destroying or Interfering
Other Religious Structures

 

And about the envisioned threat of the building of the Third Temple, well, the picture below depicts a placement which is one potential resolution but there are endless possibilities which include the erection of the Third Temple in an alternate location all together. There are always alternatives except when, apparently, Islam has found anything that might be a slight to their sensibilities or their perception of losing face as pride is apparently a very important foundation in modern Islam and their pride apparently is deeply rooted in possessions and a fact that enough is never enough when Islam is involved. One needs to wonder what would be the reaction if the World’s Jews with Israeli support decided to build the Third Temple as a towering edifice atop the Mount of Olives overlooking the great Mount of Olives Cemetery, an ancient and still used burial grounds which holds the graves of numerous greats of Jewish history, a Temple which would stand out all but unrivaled in the Jerusalem skyline towering above even the tallest of structures. One can only imagine the howlings of foul play and detracting from the holy places already in existence and claims galore that the lands of such plans was holy to every religion other than Judaism. We have already heard claims that the First Temple and Second Temple were simply figments of Jews’ imaginations having had two too many machinations for claiming Jerusalem from the rightful and original builders of the Western Wall and the city walls which were constructed for Muhammad to tie off his magical steed to climb aboard another magical steed before his ascent into Heaven where he met with all the ancient Islamic prophets such as Moses and Abraham and who knows who else, perhaps Daniel and Ezekiel; Deborah and Ruth, Kings David and Solomon and who knew these were Islamic Prophets who predated Islam by an average of two-thousand years.

 

 

Jewish Prophets from 800 to 400 of the Biblical Era

 

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December 11, 2015

Once Again the Discussion is How to Satiate Mahmoud Abbas

 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, a presumably apolitical position of honoraria, told reporters on Wednesday after his meeting with United States President Barack Obama that during discussions the American leader expressed strong, almost obsessive concern over the future of Palestinian Authority (PA) and its leader, chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the man President Obama apparently bases all efforts to attain peace upon and his being sated. Fears that this may be impossible, considering the light of the disconnect with Israel, was the President’s main concern. Remarkably the discussion with an Israeli leader through whom President Obama could deliver a message to Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu centered on fears for the Chairman of the PA, Mahmoud Abbas, and made his being satisfied and aided in preventing any damage which may threaten the continued ability for the PA to hold its power and control over the lands it has under semi-autonomous rule apparently, in President Obama’s world, is a problem Israel is responsible for preserving. The problem is that Chairman Abbas has recently and by all possible measures, been giving himself and the other officials plus his security personnel and at different but overlapping times made comments or orders of actions which have served to inflame the situation even further escalating the ongoing intifada which bothers the United States President, not.

 

The use of the hashtag {#so_what}, as we mentioned in yesterday’s article Stabbing Their Way to a State we also provided the Palestinian Media Watch {PMW} video half way down the article where a very young little girl who at every cue yells the hashtag, social media and publically chanted in the streets of ‘so-what’ as a response implying the necessity to continue the stabbing and vehicular assaults in attempts to make that seminal mass slaughter on the level of Paris if only the right conditions present themselves; otherwise they will continue to carry out solo attacks always with the hope that other Arabs who call themselves Palestinians in the area will join the attack making a chain reaction which leads to the general mayhem and more murders.

 

 

President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday during his meeting at the White House with United States President Barack Obama where the American President expressed concern over the future of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in light of the disconnect with Israel.

President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday during
his meeting at the White House with United States
President Barack Obama where the American President
expressed concern over the future of Palestinian Authority
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in light of the disconnect with Israel.

 

 

Where is the man of peace? The Pope’s Angel of Peace? The Europeans’ greatest hope to tame the Jew; to tame Israel, to correct the mistake from 1920, the promise from San Remo Conference which formalized the Balfour Declaration into International Law adopted by the United Nations under Article 80 of its Charter. End the place where a Jew can and will defend themselves with guns and aircraft and ships and tanks and live under their own government. Bring back the ‘Good Jew,’ the ‘Passive Jew,’ the ‘Defenseless Jew.’ The anti-Semitism has started to surface disguised previously as anti-Israel, meaning the government and not the Jews, just the rule of the only Jewish nation predominantly by Jews, that is the problem; or anti-Zionist, against the Jew standing proud of their state and actually willing to defend themselves and use the same weapons previously reserved for their betters, their oppressors who could assist the Jew in his being compliant, being behaved, tamed. This is what leads so many to make the differentiation between terror by Arabs against Jews and the terror, if targeted, to what are considered regular people, real terrorism as compared to the Arab Palestinians desperation which forces them to resort to violence. And who causes their desperation? Israel does, the Jews do and that is why the Jews deserve the terror aimed at Israel while any other terror is mad destruction beyond any reason against purely innocent individuals.

 

And what has been the most visual vision of the Prince of Peace, the Hero of Europe Mahmoud Abbas, he has declared every attack as blessed, every injured or killed Arab attacker as a Martyr, the blood spilled he claims is holy blood for the al-Aqsa Mosque. His perfidy is plain for all to see in this Middle East Media Research Institute {MEMRI} translates his words for all wishing to view the reality, the truth of their man of peace, this Mahmoud Abbas, or under his nom de guerre, Abu Mazen.

 

 

 

 

And more lies from the man of piece, this piece of land, that piece of land, every piece of land, just not peace over the lands so people can live normal lives, but then again, he does not know normal; he knows only lies and propaganda such as you murdered our innocent child. This innocent child committed an act of terror and suffered severe injuries but survived and was treated at an Israeli hospital as can be viewed below.

 

 

 

 

Mahmoud Abbas has made some of the most outrageous statements recently included but not limited to declaring that Israel had Jews who were ready to overwhelm the Muslims and enter the al-Aqsa Mosque and were preparing to conduct those Jewish Satanic services and making the al-Aqsa Mosque impure and desecrated. This broadcast came after his severe warnings about the so-called trampling the al-Aqsa Mosque by the Jews with their filthy feet which as can be seen in the following viewed in the video below.

 

 

 

 

Additional effrontery comes from the mouths of the elite of western democracies, the nations who claim to be multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and the most openly accepting of all peoples. This definition is apparently only applied to those minorities in the population much as women (53% of the population and the leading gender sensitivity victims) who have their priorities such as they are, yet all sorts of people, even ones you would less suspect, will be the leaders in denouncing one peoples solely because they hold the oldest of all libels, anti-Semitism.

 

Some of such prima facie evidence of blatant anti-Semitisms by simply calling out Jews or judging Israel by a separate set of criteria came fast and furious after the Friday the 13th attacks of last November leading off with United States Secretary of State John Kerry who commented about the horrific murders saying, “There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people.”

 

But the American Secretary of State John Kerry was far from alone in his finding a separate set of rules for the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher terror murders from the Friday 13th terror murders from last month. Gérard Araud, the French Ambassador to the United States made a somewhat similar differentiation when he stated, “These are the foundations of our model of society that the terrorists seek to destroy: Yesterday journalists and Jews; now ordinary citizens whose only crime was to enjoy life on a Friday night in Paris.”

 

Another politician whose language presumably is more measured, we have another Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, a Swedish Social Democrat who linked the Paris massacre to the Palestinian conflict by remarking, “To counteract the radicalization, we must go back to the situation such as the one in the Middle East of which not the least the Palestinians see that there is no future: We must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.”

 

Back in 1980 when a bomb exploded next to the Paris liberal Synagogue in the Rue Copernic, amongst those killed were three passers-by. Raymond Barre, Prime Minister at the time, suggested that the murderers hit the wrong targets when he said that it was “a scandalous attack which wanted to hit Jews who were in the synagogue and hit innocent Frenchmen who were crossing Copernic Street.” He added that these people were killed despite lack of any connection to “this issue” upon which author Claude Lanzmann called Barre an anti-Semite.

 

Reaching back we find a similar strain of anti-Semitism when in 2011 after a lone terrorist, Anders Breivik, killed seventy-seven people in Norway. The then Norwegian Ambassador to Israel, Svein Sevje, implied that Palestinian terror against Israelis is more justified than terror against Norwegians.

 

Allow us to have this closing video which is a combination of some pertinent and necessary commentary from across the board from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Denis Prager to Rania Fadel, a Stand With Us Volunteer to Danny Ayalon all discussing truths often left from the argument as these truths describe the realities on the Israeli side of the war zone. The world tends to discount the traumas and loss of security living within easy rocket range from Gaza and the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and sundry other Arab terror groups presumably now with Islamic State funded forces added to the ample funding from Iran, but the suffering and threat to their lives is just as real as are the actions of Hamas et al to the Palestinians as Hamas gains when there is death, destruction and carnage on either side, in Israel dead and homeless Jews and in Gaza dead and homeless Palestinians to parade before the obliging World Media who get out exactly the story Hamas demands from them to be permitted to report from Gaza. Unlike Israel where the media report openly and can question to the point of hounding any IDF general or Knesset Minister until they break and give a curt, sharp and short response as nerves and patience run out and then they have their news story while they report from Gaza what Hamas allows and nothing else or they face being thrown from a building of Arab stringers to banning their news reports from Gaza, thus everybody plays by Hamas’s rules and allows their editing so as to continue reporting. Our final video is below.

 

 

 

 

In summation we can easily witness that the Arab-Israeli, or Palestinian-Israeli, conflict is an intractable and impossible conflict to resolve. Where Israel has offered complete and viable solutions to the conflict; the Arab leadership, whether it is the Arab League or Yasser Arafat or Mahmoud Abbas, there can be no solution because all of these entities agree upon one truth, they favor a one state solution, an Arab state free of any Jews. Mahmoud Abbas repeatedly demands that any and all Palestinian lands will be Judenrein, emptied of any Jews. Abbas has also never hidden the fact that even were he to ever accept a two state solution, such an agreement cannot include the end to all conflict as he has sworn to continue the fight until all of Palestine has been freed from the River to the Sea; he could not make it any more clear. He will only settle for replacing Israel, not residing side by side in peace and security.

 

 

Royal Families Picture the Obamas and the Erdoğans Pictured from Left to Right Emine Erdoğan, Michelle Obama, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Barack Hussein Obama

Royal Families Picture the Obamas and the Erdoğans
Pictured from Left to Right Emine Erdoğan, Michelle Obama,
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Barack Hussein Obama

 

 

In the mean time we can look around the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and observe the complete disaster which has replaced the old leaders often for anarchy, chaos, death and suffering. Syria and Iraq have dissolved into a Sunni against Shiite war with the added Baathists behind Bashir al-Assad fighting to regain his rule. In the north of both Syria and Iraq we find the Kurds who are deserving of that homeland promised them by the British at the end of World War I. This was before oil was discovered around Mosul making for a reassessment of promises and an estimate of who could permit the best possible deal on that oil and as they already had a generous agreement with the Iraqi leaders of the age. Looking further westward we find Tunisia holding to their fingernail grip on free and open governance, which gives them an advantage over Libya which has completely devolved into tribal factions each with their own territories. Back in the Middle East we have Turkey which has been steadily devolved from the secular and dynamic governance where the keepers of the democracy were the military into a strongman Islamic governance with cronyism as its political power all vested in a man rather than in the law. Turkey has devolved from a land ruled by laws to one ruled by a ruthless dictator who is removing any and all opposition. This dictator’s name is Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose rule was in danger of being challenged and his government dissolved by the military back in the early 2000 to 2005 range but President George W. Bush and the European Union demanded that the military which was tasked by the Turkish Constitution with guarding the democracy from extremists from performing their task as it was claimed that no modern Western nations had such rules and if Turkey was ever expecting to be permitted entry into the European union they should refrain from such tawdry affairs. The Turkish military took their message to heart and Erdogan the dictator soon followed ending the chance that Turkey would remain a modern and secular nation. Now it is just a matter of time before Erdogan cements his rule at the expense of Turkey’s future, especially as he has replaced these General who had attempted to replace Erdogan and his government. These Generals have been forced to retire or otherwise been drummed from power leaving all the power now completely resting with Erdogan. He has neutered all of the upper officer’s corps replacing them with his own chosen lackeys protecting Erdogan from being removed from power or challenged in any manner much to the dismay of many a secular Turk. Though there are very few who may still fight the good fight, I doubt their chances for success. Such is the spreading mood outside Turkey where there had been hope for freedoms but is lost wherever the Muslim Brotherhood is capable of advancing their form of Sharia. The die has been cast and it is just a matter of time before we realize what was cast; now it is but a matter of time before we see the results we shall reap the ills spread across MENA.

 

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