Beyond the Cusp

April 20, 2017

Which World Controls the Future?


There are basically two worlds, the technological, industrialized, computer, information, advanced world and the world still back far enough in development that world conquest is their big challenge. That is the face of the complexities in today’s world and it is very uncertain which world will prove to be the more solid and most able to survive persevering over the other one. One is sending robotized scientific probes to the planets, their moons, asteroids, comets, studying the Sun and searching the vast cosmos for other inhabitable planets close enough to Earth-like that they could serve as a second home for mankind and other interests. The other is planning on how they will conquer the entire world and force everyone to follow their religious rules and follow the customs of Islam serving Allah and basing their entire society on the Quran and likely Sharia as the law for all the Earth. These two worlds could not be any more opposite in the future they see for humankind. One is reaching for the cosmos and beyond while taking medicine into new frontiers conquering ageing and making discoveries that will feed the planet and make previously undrinkable water safe for consumption. The other places science aside except in how it can produce more efficient weapons with an emphasis on advance weapons systems, nuclear warheads and the missiles on which to mount them to target the Great Satan, the United States as well as the capitals of Europe and Israel. The contest between these two worlds may come down to the developed world actually understanding the aims of the other world and understanding that they really and honestly believe that conquest of the world and subjecting to Islam is not only possible but their raison d’etre. Where will the future take us?


Expansion of Islam Across MENA and threaten Europe before Ottoman Rule

Expansion of Islam Across MENA and threaten Europe before Ottoman Rule


The idea of world conquest by Islam is nowhere near a new idea. This had been the idea since Muhammad gathered his armies in Medina taking that city and followed it with the conquest of Mecca. Muhammad initiated the expansion of Islam and the Arab Empire, which has made them, the greatest colonialists in all of human history (see map above). Their expansion was finally halted in the battle of Tours by Charles “The Hammer” Martel in October 741 A.D., a mere hundred and twenty years after Muhammad began his conquests in the Arabian Peninsula ending the westward conquest in Europe. On the eastern fronts, Islam ran into three forces, which prevented their conquering further lands. At the eastern end of Europe was Constantinople which initially came under attack in the year 330 A.D. and held the Islamic forces in check eventually falling when the Muslims used siege cannons which finally gave the following Ottoman Empire the ability to break through the massive and all but impregnable walls in 1453 (see picture below). The Islamic forces were also stopped after their conquest of approximately one-third of India on their initial thrusts and then over the next eight-hundred years the Islamic forces pillaged their way across all of India into Burma destroying entire cities razing them to the ground slaughtering the entire populations. The conquests in Asia reached their peak until in 1255 when the Mongol Great Khan Mongke placed his brother Hulagu Khan in charge of an army whose goals were to conquer Persia, Syria, and Egypt, as well as to destroy the Abbasid Caliphate. This began the great attacks by the Mongols, which took a heavy toll on the Muslim Empire. In the end, the Muslim faith took roots in the Mongol society, which finally ended their warfare.


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


The second assault on Europe was made after the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans who ran into difficulties in virtually every front. In Rumania, they faced Vlad the Impaler, Vlad Dracula. He was a ruthless foe who would impale prisoners on pikes along the roadway, which the Muslims would be forced to utilize and other measures of brutality which spread fear within the Islamic ranks. It was rumored that even one of the Islamic leading generals refused to attack Romania claiming that Vlad the Impaler was far too insane and brutal and he would not place his men in danger of such brutalities. The Ottomans were turned back twice at the gates of Vienna. The more famous of these battles had the Polish King Jan III Sobieski reach an agreement where his neighbors would respect his borders while he and his entire military relieved the siege of Vienna. The Grand Vizer Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha began a siege of Vienna on July 14, 1683, and Polish King Jan III Sobieski led the largest cavalry charge in history: 20,000 mounted Poles, Germans and Austrians and Sobieski himself led the charge with 3,000 Polish Hussars relieving the sieged city of Vienna on September 12, 1683. World War I brought an end to the Ottoman Empire as they allied with Germany and Austria-Hungarian Empire against the Allied Powers consisting of Britain, France, Russia, Japan, Belgium, Serbia, Greece, Montenegro, Portugal and Romania. Late in the war, the United States joined the war making an immediate impact assisting in facilitating a quicker end to the conflict. The European Allied nations took control for a period of the nations across the Ottoman Empire that stretched across the Middle East to Iran and across Northern Africa. These lands were divided into individual nations by the European victors using rather arbitrary determinations, which have contributed to many of the problems in these countries today. (The nation that controlled each of these new nations and the dates in which they left are on the map below.) The Muslims are feeling that they were cheated of their proper empire and currently there are different leaders who view themselves as the proper leader who should lead the new Caliphate.


Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier


The Saudi Royals, Turkey President Erdogan, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei all believe they should be the next leader of the Islamic Caliphate. Then there is another issue, whether Iran and Shia Islam should be the true Islam for the future or whether Sunni Islam will prove superior as it has the greatest numbers at eighty to ninety percent. Then inside Sunni Islam, there are different types with the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood that includes Turkey President Erdogan and most of the Imams at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Finally, there is the Islamic State and their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who claims that he is the rightful Caliph. Saddam Hussein also had claimed he was the new leader and finally there is some claiming they are the Twelfth Imam known as Muhammad al-Mahdi. The one thing that will slow Islam is their inability to settle on a singular leader or even a single version of Islam. Currently, the Iranians are working towards becoming a hegemonic power in the Middle East and extending Shia Islam into Saudi Arabia where the north eastern and oil rich areas of Saudi Arabia already has a Shia majority population. The Sunni-Shia divides by some of the nations are; Turkey 80% Sunni and 20% Shia; Lebanon Sunni 24.5% Shia 47% with Christian and other 22%; Syria (before war) Sunni 73% Shia 14.7% Christian 9.3%; Saudi Arabia Sunni 52%, Shia 25%, Wahhabi 23%; Iraq Sunni 32.5%, Shia 63%, Christian and other 4.5%; Iran Sunni 11%, Shia 87%, Christian and other 2.5%; Egypt Sunni 87%, Shia 3%, Christian 10.25%; and Kuwait Sunni 61%, Shia 39%. The truth is that there are subsects beyond the more basic and simple Sunni and Shia divide which mostly what comes under discussions in the West, but the entirety of the complications of Islam are far more complicated. This may be the redeeming feature as witnessed in Syria. The initial divide is between Bashir al-Assad who is Alawite, which is basically a form of Shia and thus supported by Iran, the preeminent power of Shia Islam, and through Iran, Hezballah, the Shia terror groups from Lebanon, which has recently become the Lebanese military. Then there are the Kurds who despite being Sunni are targeted by all forms of Islam, especially Turkey and President Erdogan. The Kurds defend their area as best they are able and have had success against the Islamic State. There is the Islamic State which is Sunni, then the al-Qaeda aligned groups who are also Sunni and these two groups are enemies as they swear allegiance to different leaders and who you follow is the second level amongst Islamic forces. The Sunni are far more fractured than are the Shia, which actually may serve to permit Shia to slowly make gains and become dominant; especially should Iran become a nuclear power and through this become dominant. Should Iran actually use nuclear weapons, they may turn many Sunnis to switch and choose to join Shia Islam as in Islam you follow the strong horse and such acts would make Iran the strongest horse. As far as their target, it could be anything from Saudi Arabia to Egypt to Israel or the United States.


Interstellar Ship Made with Smart Metals

Interstellar Ship Made with Smart Metals


All this leads to some commentary about the developed world and what will be required for it to remain the dominant force in the world. First and foremost, the United States will be required to be a force in the world and Europe will need to change direction and find their core beliefs to prevent their perishing under a swarm from Islamic immigrants. Their scientific progress must continue and even accelerate and then be used to raise the standard of living throughout the rest of the world. They will need to set aside more funding for their militaries as only through strength can they avoid Islamic efforts. The remainder of the Christian world needs to take assistance, learn about good governance from the more successful Christian nations, and thus strengthen the Judeo-Christian ethic throughout the world. Space need become a dedicated and central effort with efforts to place permanent bases first on the Moon and soon thereafter Mars and ever further throughout the Solar System. Space is the high ground, which cannot be argued over as whoever holds space holds the highest of mountaintops. Technology is the developed world’s greatest weapon and sharing all of these technologies would be foolish. Once Islam has found a leader brave enough to actually return them to the original Quranic verses from Mecca and away from the verses written as a warlord in Medina, then with Islam taking a form where it is willing to coexist with other religions and not insist on being the superior and only religion, then the world might be capable of finally coming together. There are a fair number of Muslims who currently are working toward just such a goal with one being Egyptian President Sisi. These efforts should be supported when and where possible while the supremacist forms of Islam need be opposed and eventually eradicated if all Islam insist that they must rule the world and force all to do their bidding.


Coexistence is the key. The basis of this coexistence would be built upon a new material, which will be forged biological entities, to cooperate; otherwise they are separated and kept aside from all others until they are willing to coexist. The material, which makes sure that all people are willing to coexist and work together, is a living metal which will isolate any supremacist entities which refuse to cooperate with all others. These are the enforcement of coexistence and the enforcers of practical coexistence. Anything uncooperative will be sanctioned by this material until it learns cooperation and coexistence. In this society, the materials themselves will be the police and the enforcers of proper behavior.


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March 23, 2012

Gaza Fuel and Electricity Shortage Reveals Real Palestinian Problem

Gaza is facing an energy crisis and the Hamas government has reached the end of the road. The problem revolves around the Hamas insistence of relying on smuggled fuel rather than having to pay either Israel or Egypt full price. Perhaps a little history mapping how Hamas now finds itself at a dead end in the road is in order. Originally Gaza was supplied with one-third of its electricity directly by Israel and the fuel to run its power plant and just about everything else was purchased from Israel. The Israelis even continued with this arrangement through a series of increased rocket and mortar barrages as it also continued with the transfer of food, medical and other sundry supplies by truck through the Gaza crossing. Israel even continued all of these supplies during the Cast Lead Operation when the IDF entered Gaza in a seek and destroy mission to attempt to cripple the Hamas and other terrorist entities ability to continue to fire rockets into Israel paralyzing the south of the country. But, as with most good things in Palestinian life, this just had to come to an end as Hamas refused to pay for either the electricity or the fuel.


After Hamas eventually balked at paying Israel for the fuel and electricity, another plan was worked out where Hamas would receive the electricity from Egypt and Egypt would transfer fuel to Gaza through the Israeli crossing into Gaza and Hamas would deal with Egypt. It was hoped this arrangement would satisfy Hamas as they no longer were paying Israel for power or fuel. Just as Hamas had claimed against Israel, they now felt that Egypt was charging them exorbitant amounts for the fuel. Hamas felt they could get all their needed fuel for less by bringing it through the smuggling tunnels. This source of fuel did not cost near as much plus Hamas got to tax any of the fuel that went to the Palestinians as they tax everything else which comes through the smuggling tunnels and is sold to the people. The problem that arose was that Egypt was also facing a fuel shortage since the overthrow of the Mubarak government and so they cracked down of the smuggling of fuel into Gaza through the tunnels. This caused Gaza and Hamas to face an imminent fuel shortage.


Hamas then began a universal call for aid to avert the looming crisis. The European Union arranged through the Palestinian Authority a fund with which to purchase fuel for Gaza with the understanding that the fund was a loan to be repaid once Hamas made payment for the fuel. This fund was to act as a guarantor of payment for Hamas so the shipment of fuel could be expedited. This is where Hamas chose to cut off its nose to spite their face. Egypt agreed to immediately ship the needed fuel into Gaza through the Gaza crossings in Israel. Hamas insisted that Egypt make the transfer through the Rafah Gate on the Gaza Egypt border. Egypt refused insisting on using the Israeli crossing more likely than not simply for reasons of security. Egypt did not wish to risk any problems which might arise once they would regularly need to open the Egypt Gaza crossing in order to send truck in and receive them out of Gaza. They probably feared smuggling or other breaches of security and preferred that be an Israeli problem.


Hamas remained adamant and refused to receive the fuel except through the Rafah Crossing where Gaza borders Egypt. They felt secure that in doing so they could still rely on receiving sufficient fuel supply through the smuggling tunnels which is probably their preferred source as Hamas prefers not to be bothered with the little pesky things about ruling such as supplying electricity, distributing fuel, running the water pumps, running the waste treatment plants, and anything else any normal society expects from their leaders. One must understand that Hamas is in the terror and terror funding business which leaves little room for actual governing. So, Hamas now sits demanding it will only receive fuel through Rafah, Egypt remains adamant that the fuel be shipped through Israel, and Gazans are facing a crisis of far reaching proportions. Hamas last week attempted to place the blame for this in the lap of the Israelis and was actually rebuked by the United Nations who immediately pointed out that Hamas was dealing with Egypt and that Israel played no part in this situation, a refreshing change having the United Nations back Israel.


So, Gaza is facing an imminent challenge of no electricity and no fuel supply. The ramifications are extensive and daunting. Without electricity and without fuel the hospitals will be unable to provide any critical care and many other services. Gaza will not have water running through their water system without power to run the pumps. Waste treatment stops altogether, something Gaza has had problems with in the past even when they had power. Their shops, restaurants, and other businesses shut down except for some street vendors and small shops. I fully expect Hamas to once again attempt to place the blame upon Israel if they do not back down and take the shipments from Egypt even if they pass through Israel. Hamas is about to learn that beggars cannot be choosers and sometimes compromise is part of government. But then, Hamas needs many, many lessons on what it takes for becoming good governance.


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The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has reportedly purchased the fuel from Israel. Coordinator of Government Activities in Yesha, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, has agreed to open the Kerem Shalom Crossing on Friday for the purpose of transferring the diesel. This is most likely being paid with the loaned European monies which will be viewed by Hamas and the leaders of the Gaza governance as a gift from the silly fools in Europe and never be repaid.

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