Beyond the Cusp

February 12, 2018

The Forgotten Front in Terror War

 

The forgotten front in the terror war would mean to eradicate yet another group claiming ties to the Islamic State, the same entity of which President Trump promised to rid the world. Of course President Trump meant and everyone understood that this meant from Iraq and Syria, there one so-called rebirth of the Caliphate. He did not mean to also eradicate the Islamic State everywhere some group claimed to be part of the Islamic State. That means the presumed rebirth of the branch originally started by al-Baghdadi in the Sinai Peninsula, let alone the forgotten front which spread across much of Africa in what is termed the Transition Zone. The most likely area which the Islamic State claims to be operating from has shifted to the Sinai Peninsula between Egypt and Israel (see map below). The Islamic State operates at times with the assistance of the Hamas terror rulers of the Gaza who are capable of arming and training members of the Islamic State as Hamas operates in the Sinai Peninsula in order to broaden their border for attacking Israel. Hamas has also cooperated with the Islamic State a few months back in launching rockets into the Israel southern port city of Eilat at the southernmost tip of Israel. Thusfar, the Islamic State has not taken any direct credit for attacks on Israel always allowing Hamas to claim credit. It was the Islamic State which took credit for the planning of an explosive device which downed a Russian air carrier’s Jet this past summer. The flight originated in Sharm el-Sheik and was destined to return to Russia when it crashed into the Sinai Peninsula after the bomb was detonated. The most recent development was Egypt granting Israel permission to overfly the Sinai Peninsula to make airstrikes on the Islamic State. The fact that Egypt sought Israeli assistance in their fight with the Islamic State has not as of yet shown any actual warming of relations, but this was still a step towards perhaps some form of détente which could only benefit relations between these neighboring countries. This may have been something which we will eventually be informed that the hands of President Trump had some amount of massaging. It is very possible that Egypt sought the assistance of the United States and President Trump advised Egyptian President Sisi that he had a very capable neighbor who could assist at a similar level of capabilities as could the United States and perhaps he might seek Israeli assistance and give Prime Minister Netanyahu a call. President Trump has implied heavily that he would prefer for the problems in the Middle East be addressed and solved by the nations of the Middle East. He probably talked with the leaders of the MENA area and likely told them that they need to cooperate more with Israel even if such cooperation were not done openly initially. President Trump has made it clear he desires the Sunni Arab States normalize relations with Israel as a leading step in solving many of the area’s difficulties. Cooperation between Egypt and Israel against the Islamic State and Hamas as well as the other terrorist entitles operating in the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza, as these are a threat to both nations’ stability, and at least their peace of mind. This cooperation in conducting air strikes could be the first step.

 

Sinai Peninsula

Sinai Peninsula

 

Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula and Hamas in Gaza are not the forgotten front in the war against the Islamic State. Perhaps it has slipped everyone’s mind that Boko Haram pledged their loyalty to the Islamic State when it was known as ISIS believing them to be the rising star of Islamic superiority. Despite their failure in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram has continued to operate spreading terror across Nigeria and many of the neighboring nations including Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Ghana and beyond (see map below). Some of the reason the world has not intervened more is these nations are just as suspicious of European and American assistance as they are threatened by Boko Haram part of the Islamic State. These nations are very aware of their recent history in the past with European colonialism and fear inviting any return of the Europeans as they fear that doing so would give these nations the opportunity to interfere with more than the assist with the terrorists and they know that already the European industry, and to a lesser extent the Americans as well, grabbing up much of the African raw material wealth such as iron and other ores, coal, oil, lumber and other even more rare and precious materials such as diamonds and other gems and the rare metals such as gold, platinum and silver. These nations though still developing are aware that they will have just as much if not greater need of these raw materials and thus cannot just allow Europe to mine them dry. These suspicions are well founded but also ignore a greater threat, resurgent Islam.

 

Map of Nigeria with Africa

Map of Nigeria with Africa

 

What much of the world has chosen to ignore or may actually be blind and unaware that the one of the greatest colonialist empires of all history second in size only to the Mongol Empire at its height is the Arab-Islamic Empire which reaches from the Atlantic coast of Africa to the Philippine Island of Mindanao in the Pacific. As we have covered repeatedly, the Arab-Islamic conquest came out from the Arabian Peninsula and spread rapidly as the other empires were all in their declining years and collapsing thus leaving a great area of weakness. The Arabs first spread across the entirety of the Arabian Peninsula where they cleansed these lands of its large and prosperous Jewish and Christian merchants, traders, caravan drivers and tradesmen through conversion, exile or death and gave the idolaters the choice of conversion or death thus the vast majority converted, at least outwardly. The next expansion of the Caliphate conquered the last vestiges of the Persian Empire, the Levant which included the Israelite homelands which had the main body of Jewish populations and much of the Hebrew heritage including the permanent capital of the Hebrews, the Jews, Jerusalem plus the center of the religious history in such areas as Hevron, Tiberius, Caesarea, Nazareth, Shechem, Bethlehem, Jericho and Beersheva. This expansion also pushed back the Byzantine Empire to the walls of Constantinople as well as taking Egypt and along the southern Mediterranean Coast. The final expansion reached the outskirts of Tours where The Hammer Martel defeated the Islamic forces ending that advance and the Islamic advanced into India where that conquest dragged to a halt.

 

Islamic Conquests Under the Caliphs

Islamic Conquests Under the Caliphs

 

Islam had been adopted though altered slightly when taking root in the southern Philippines and in Indonesia and other areas in the Far East. The further expansion of Islam was performed under the rule of the Ottoman Empire which, though greatly contracted, lasted until World War I where they joined Germany and the Austria-Hungarian Empire which lost to the Allied Powers of Britain, France, Italy, Japan and near the end, the United States. This led to the Sykes Picot Agreement, the Mandate System which allowed for the formation of the Jewish Homelands, and the dividing of the rest of the MENA nations by the European powers. The European colonial rule lasted less than a century making it all but irrelevant when compared to the Arab-Islamic and Ottoman-Islamic rule which lasted from approximately 650 until the end of World War I in 1915, which is more than a twelve-hundred-fifty years Islamic rule. Additionally, since the European powers left and even under their rule, the area remained under the influence of Islamic faith. The Islamic ruled world still reaches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Philippine Islands (see map below). Islam is still expanding with some claiming it is in another period of conquest and the main area they claim is under siege is Europe as the Syrian and other refugees pour into Europe arriving by boat and land as they make their way from North Africa, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and as far as Eritrea and Somalia. What will be the end result of the Islamic advances into Europe is something which will require watching, but still we need speak of the forgotten terror war and Islamic State.

 

Display of the Muslim Nations of the World in the Middle East, Asia and Northern Africa in Green with Israel depicted in Red making the relative size of Israel evident and consisting of under one percent of the land mass

Display of the Muslim Nations of the World in the Middle East, Asia and Northern Africa in Green with Israel depicted in Red

 

The Islamic State branch called Boko Haram is a threat to the larger western parts of the African Transition Zone (see map below) and has been active for the past three decades if not longer. The war of terror is waged between the northern area under Islam attempting to spread southward and convert or replace the Christians and Animists residing along this belt. France was involved assisting areas which were once French colonies and still have a sizeable French population. The United States has provided Special Forces to assist with training and tactics in Niger and Nigeria. The United States worked largely with the African Army, a group made up of forces from numerous central and southern African nations. These troops are a fine example of nations uniting for their mutual defense and that is the greatest example of mutual assistance we can see today. The problem is that Islam utilizes a tactic which makes defense expensive and eventually Islam will expand until the world either surrenders to Islam or unites to stop their encroachment. Part of the reason for this is the belief that once land has been touched by Islam, then it becomes Islamic permanently and must never be permitted to fall into the hands of others to rule. This is part of what is behind the Islamic refusal to recognize Israel and allow the Jews their ancestral homelands and why in many Islamic texts and maps that Spain is referred to as Andalusia and is claimed to be an Islamic country. The ruler in Spain since 1692 and the reconquest of Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella who also implemented the Spanish Inquisition to cleanse Spain and return it to Catholicism. Still Islam claims that one day Spain will return to their rule.

 

African Transition Zone

African Transition Zone

 

The Boko Haram kidnapping of young women and turning them into sex slaves or forced marriages and forced conversion is something which should enrage every free person of the world. The idea that just because this is happening in Africa thus that makes it of less importance is as nefarious an idea as we can find. The people under this threat deserve the complete and total assistance just as much as anywhere else on the planet. The way we treat the least amongst us is how we are to be judged. The spread of Islam is occurring on at least four continents if not across the entirety of the globe at some stage. Central Africa in this Transition Zone is one of the major regions under assault; Europe is another with the influx of Islamic refugees who are surprisingly largely male adults of military age without women or children. The intent is probably to marry and then convert women which will permit the children to be Muslim and prevents these women from marrying a Christian or human secularist and having non-Muslim children. There has also been a definitive increase in violent terrorism largely of Islamic origins. Islam is also pressing into Central Asia though this is a far quitter front. Lastly, Islam is working to make inroads into the United States through the public education systems, the colleges and through the politics as they infiltrate the power structures of the Democrat Party largely and attempting some infiltration of the Republicans as well. So that means that Islam is working to some extent in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and has a large area of control in South America in the Tri-Border Area (see below). About all that leaves are the Island continent of Australia and Antarctica free of Islamic pressures, for now.

 

Tri_Border Region of South America Terror training haven and Iranian proxy state in the Americas and Base of operations for the 17 March 1992 Israeli Embassy Bombing murdering 29 injuring 242 and the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) 18 July 1994bombing murdered 85 injured over 800 and now we must add the murdered Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman to AMIA fatalities

Tri_Border Region of South America Terror training haven and Iranian proxy state in the Americas and Base of operations for the 17 March 1992 Israeli Embassy Bombing murdering 29 injuring 242 and the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) 18 July 1994 bombing murdered 85 injured over 800 and now we must add the murdered Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman to AMIA fatalities

 

One can only wonder what it is going to take for the world to fully realize that it is under assault and has been since 622 when Islam first set out to conquer the world. Then the world was smaller but the more they conquered, the larger the quest became as more and more of the world was revealed. Islam will never stop of its own volition; it will take outside pressures to make it modify its activities. Islam must conquer the world because the Quran dictates that the entirety of the population of Earth must surrender to Allah and follow his laws under Islam and there can be no other religion. That includes Atheists as a religion and secular humanists are considered idolaters and thus to be converted. There is no means around their belief in what Allah demands of them, complete surrender of their will, accept their predetermined lives and conquer the world for Allah. The rest is simple, do exactly as the Imams instruct and Allah will reward you, do not surrender to Allah, then you will be amongst the damned. The Quran claims to be the last and final world from Allah. Muhammad claimed to be the final Prophet and his revelations were to replace all which had come before replacing Christianity and Judaism with Islam and Muhammad was to be the last reformer and after him there would be nothing more. This is the premise in the Quran and it is to be accepted by all on Earth or they are to be put to the sword. One can have no other faith but Islam as long as Islam continues on its current definitions and the rule of Abrogation which places the violent teaching of Medina as the preeminent teaching and the teachings of Mecca which run counter are abrogated and nullified. That means the peaceful parts of the Quran have been replaced. The difficulty is the Quran is arranged for memorization with the shortest verses in the front and the longest verses at the end. It is not in chronological order or any other arrangement which makes sense other than for memorization starting in one’s youth. This is why the words of the Imam in their teaching are so important, change what they teach and Islam is altered. That is the challenge for Islam, the challenge for the remainder of the world is to force such an alteration in their Imams teaching or otherwise force Islam to live peaceably with the rest of the world’s religions.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

January 17, 2018

Why Palestinian Arabs Will Never Accept a State

 

There are an almost countless number of reasons for why but perhaps just the top few is all which will be required to set the record straight and perhaps show people the reality which they have thus far failed to seek out. We are not trying to claim that people are blind, willfully or otherwise, simply that people are busy individuals and will often take the most immediate explanation set before them, especially if it is one echoed endlessly by those supporting one side with funds to soak media with their version, one we call out as lies. We promise that we are not going to go into the history of who came first or who conquered whom and all the other usual Zionistic arguments, we will use modern real life reasons. These are reasons which can be recognized by studying the history of negotiations and statements by Palestinian Arab leaders. What it breaks down to in the end is that the Palestinian Arab leadership has a singular reason for their being, and it has nothing to do with an Arab state, it has to do with the destruction of the Jewish State. That is why they spent over 1.2 billion shekels promoting terrorism in 2017.

 

We could begin with the heart of the matter, but what fun would that be. So instead, we will begin with Hamas. The Hamas Charter is written as are all Islamic documents for claim of lands, from the perspective that the history of the area begins with their conquest and before that the lands were inhabited by beings who are inconsequential. Islamic history is written from a perspective where all history expanded with Islamic conquest and those who existed before have no relevance. There was no Persian Empire, no Egyptian Empire, no Byzantine Empire, no Roman Empire, no Indian Civilization, no Berber Lands, nothing came before Islam. That is extremely convenient if your plan is to inevitably conquer the entire world, convert every person in it to your newly formed faith, execute all who show the slightest sign of resistance or insincerity, impress strict oppressive rules making all other forms of religion or governance illegal under penalty of death and, with any hope and good fortune, in some distant future allow for expansion of knowledge beyond the limitations of the only permitted knowledge being that which is within the Quran. Strict Islamic rule as Hamas would impose would not permit science beyond the development of weaponry to be used for further conquest. With history starting with the Islamic conquest of the Holy Lands, there can be no other civilization or peoples who came before them and thus only they have the rightful ownership of the Holy Lands. That means that before the year of 634 on the Gregorian Calendar, which corresponds to the year 13 on the Hijri Islamic Calendar, there were no inhabitants in the lands of the Holy Lands. This is very interesting as the Islamic faith claim the Jesus was a Muslim, Moses was a Muslim, Avraham was a Muslim, Noah was a Muslim as well as Adam and Eve being Muslims, yet the Holy Lands did not exist before the year 634. If you demand a clarification on this discrepancy, the answer you get is that though there were some more advanced and developed individuals such as the above all of which recognized the Quran as the literal word of Allah and that Allah was the One responsible for all creation and the rest of humanity were of little consequence as they either were idolaters or they followed some corrupted form of the Quran. The Torah of Judaism and both the Old Testament and New Testament recognized as such by Christians are all corrupted and fraudulent versions of the Quran and the Quran was required because all others had lost their way and varied of the straight and defined path defined by the Quran. Thus, despite Moses having led the Israelites (Jews) to the Promised Lands, there was no history of consequence before the arrival of the Islamic invaders. Below is a map of the paths taken by the Islamic forces when conquering the Holy Lands.

 

Initial Islamic Conquest of Levant and Israel

Initial Islamic Conquest of Levant and Israel

 

This is why the Palestinian Arabs claim that the Jews never had a nation where Israel stands today, that there was never any Temple of Solomon or Second Temple. But there are other statements in the Quran which throw this idea into more of a conflicted view and that the Jews are to inherit the Holy Lands. One such reference of the promise or grant of the Land to the Israelites found in the Qur’ān is, “We said then unto the Israelites: ‘Dwell in the Land.’” (wa-qulnā min ba‘dihī li-Banī Isrā’īla ’skunu ’l-arḍ) This promise comes towards the end of Chapter Seventeen. Much more research into the Quranic verses which denote the Jews prophesy to live in the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea can be read here. There is one difficulty with these promises made in the Quran; they were all parts of the Mecca Quran and not the Medina Quran. The importance can be read about in a brief description of the differences and reasons for there apparently being two separate and quite contradictory set of writings and why for outsiders it is difficult to understand which parts of the Quran are still applicable and which have been abrogated, replaced. Because the references to the Jewish homeland coming from the Mecca version of the Quran, many Muslims believe that the only writings which matter are the Medina verses of the Quran believing that the entirety of the Mecca Quran were abrogated, not just those which were contradictory.

 

The Quran states in verse 2:106, “Whatever verse we abrogate or cause it to be forgotten, we bring a better verse than it or like it,” and in verse 16:101 the Quran states, “And if we exchange one verse in a place of another verse, and Allah knows what he sent down.” Abrogations were written into the understanding and commentaries on the Quran by Ibn Kathir. The abrogation has become a tool used by Muslims to reject anything they find inconvenient from the Quran, especially if the verse in question can be relegated to have been part of the initial writings of the Mecca Quran. Hamas and much of the Arab and Muslim worlds have decided that in order to speed the coming of their messiah, the Mahdi, they know tradition is they must fight the Jews and eradicate them first. This is another reason they fight against Israel existing as the largest concentration of Jews residing in a nation are in Israel as Israel has surpassed the United States in number of Jews. They also know that should Israel be defeated, the remainder of the Jews will largely cease to exist within a few generations. As far as destroying Israel, the Muslims believe all they need do is destroy Zionism as once Zionism dies, then the Jews in Israel will be forced to simply have a western democracy with all the weaknesses. Once Israel is made into simply a democracy, then the Palestinian Arabs can simply demand to be allowed to join melting everyone into a one state solution. Then, by using a simple demand for their relatives to join them in family unification, they can become the majority. Once the Arab Muslims have a majority, or possibly before, then, they can vote Israel into becoming an Islamic state and then force the Jews to convert, leave or die. That would be the end of the Jewish State. This is why the Palestinian Arabs were upset about President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli Capital.

 

These are the reasons beyond simply that the Muslims also believe that any lands once conquered by Islam must never be permitted to fall from Islamic rule. The other reasons above are just additional justifications for why the Jews have no claim to the land of Israel. This is what is behind every claim the Palestinian Arabs make, be they Hamas, Islamic Jihad or the Palestinian Authority (PA) which is nothing more than the PLO disguised as a peace partner. There is no design for the making of a Palestinian Arab state, just plans for the destruction of Israel. The PA never modified their charter which they had promised President Clinton and was verified presumably by letters and a witnessed vote where the witness did not speak Arabic and thus was unaware that the vote was to appoint a committee to consider whether or not to amend the charter, a committee which was never formed. The end is the charter remains unchanged from its 1964 writing when Jordan held the Shomron and Egypt held Gaza and the “Palestine” they were to liberate was all of Israel inside the Green Line. Their idea back in 1964 was to conquer all of Israel and turn it over to Jordan. When the Arabs held the areas they today claim to desire their state, there was no clamoring for a new state called Palestine. The demand for a state began in 1967 around the middle of the second week of June when Israel liberated the lands occupied by Jordan after Jordan entered the Six Day War on the second day of the war believing the Egyptian and Syrian claims of victories and closing on Tel Aviv and Jordan wanted in on the destruction of Israel. They found out that the Egyptians and Syrians were not exactly winning and neither did Jordan.

 

Yes, Israel was occupying the lands they held west of the Jordan River and that land always was to be part of Israel. None of that matters to the Palestinians; they are the bludgeon which the Muslim world uses to end the Jewish State. Hamas desires a little more and the cleansing of the Jews from the planet once they have destroyed Israel. This is another reason that Israel must continue to exist as without Israel the Jews would face a threat as anti-Semitism grows as it has in Europe and without Israel the Jews would again have nowhere for them to run. That is but one reason for the continued existence of Israel but there are far more pertinent reasons of which the strongest of all is the promise by Hashem to return the Jewish People to their lands in the Middle East and even the date of 1948 was predicted by the Prophets way back over two-thousand years ago. The reality became evident even to President William Jefferson Clinton during the Camp David negotiations and everything that followed and he was willing to tell the media so when he related how Arafat simply would reject every offer and never offer a counter proposal and simply demanded that Israel offer more. When Israel, Ehud Barak, came back with an offer even Clinton could hardly believe was being offered, all Arafat did was refuse, return to Ramallah and a few months later release the Second Intifada. That has been the one constant from Yasser Arafat to Mahmoud Abbas and will continue on to whoever follows Abbas. It will not matter who is the next version of Arafat the one constant will remain, they will say “no” to every offer of a state. The reality is there are only two solutions to the Arab Israeli conflict, either the Arabs destroy Israel or Israel declares sovereignty of all of the Shomron and send any Palestinian with a connection to terrorism from these lands, allow the remainder of Arabs to choose between remaining as resident aliens with no political rights or accept a buy out with a relocation bonus and promise to never return to the lands of Israel.

 

As far as permitting the Palestinian Arabs to become Israeli citizens, if such should ever become something considered viable, the means and qualifiers will need to be determined at that point in time. As for the immediate future, as long as the world desires the destruction of Israel and back anything the Arabs demand, then there will not be a solution. When the Israelis finally do reach the point where they no longer are willing to continue a fruitless pursuit of a settlement which can never be accomplished, then Israel will be required to make a final decision. Either Israel will declare her borders and leave an Arab region beyond without reaching any actual agreement or to annex all the lands which are truly Israeli under International Law and then decide how to treat the Arabs they decide may remain. This will only come to fruition once Israel decides that her own existence and future is far more important than relations with naysayers whose deep-seated desire is to watch the destruction of Israel. We have an idea what will bring this day closer, that day will come once Israel realizes that her existence is more important than being accepted by Europeans or anybody else for that matter. When Israel is ready to consider itself over the rest of the world, then, perhaps, she will finally do exactly what is required to secure her safety, and that includes the entirety of the Shomron allowing the Jordan Valley and Jordan River to be her defendable eastern border. Holding these highlands also permits for long-range radar pickup of incoming aircraft from everywhere east of Israel, as without the Shomron highlands, then eastward radar would be limited not providing sufficient warning of incoming aircraft. That is the last reasoning, military necessities dictating the realities of what can be accepted. The Arab Palestinians are playing for Israel’s destruction, why should Israel play for anything less. Compromise had failed, that is the final reality which need be faced. The other truth is that the far left will never realize the truth and will always claim that by giving and giving peace will come, and they are right, but the peace of the end of Israel should never be an acceptable outcome.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

June 22, 2017

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Al-Jazeera and the Gulf States

 

One of the places where that fabric of the world is stretched the tightest is along the Persian Gulf with the Straights of Hormuz being at the near breaking-point. The fabric was ratcheted even tighter right before United States President Trump’s recent visit when Qatar backed out of the deal made which made the Trump visit possible. Following right behind Qatar were both Oman and Bahrain, who also backed out of the deal, leaving Saudi Arabia in a predicament which has its problems and its rewards. The problem is now Saudi Arabia must foot the entire approximately four-hundred-billion dollar deal over three years. The good side is Saudi Arabia will be arming themselves to parity if not exceeding the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The next problem is that Saudi Arabian Military is great at marching and wearing fancy dress and intimidating mostly unarmed protesters and putting down any aspirations for the Arab Spring within Saudi Arabia, which took almost five minutes after the Friday launch date when protesters were outnumbered by Saudi Troops in the streets. Then there was the Shiite Arab Spring uprising in Bahrain which was appearing as if they might overthrow their Sunni rulers until, you guessed it, Saudi Arabian armored columns used all six lanes of the connecting causeway sending troops to end the uprising (pictured below). The Arab Spring ended in Bahrain with just the show of force and not one person was killed. Overwhelming force has its place and advantages. So, the Saudis will be the eight-hundred-pound-gorilla with sufficient armaments for two such gorillas. In case these arms are required to defend Saudi Arabia, which includes Mecca and Medina being in Sunni hands, the excess armaments owned by the Saudis will be distributed to well-trained Egyptian troops. Believe it that if the Saudis are in danger from outside forces that Egypt will provide manpower and, if necessary, Pakistan is in agreement to provide the technology to produce along with, some claim, as many as a dozen nuclear weapons. Now we have the chess table set with only a few other necessities which will be revealed as we follow a possible story-line, a scarily possible story line.

 

King Fahd Causeway is the bridge between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

King Fahd Causeway is the bridge
between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

 

Currently, Saudi Arabia is less than thrilled with Qatar for their pulling from the deal. There are some who believe they did this as a means of financially testing or even injuring the Saudi Arabian Royal Family who are not as affluent with money overflowing coffers as many in the West believe. Of course, it goes without saying, that Iran was behind this idea for their friend and sometimes, more often than not, ally, Qatar. There are many, ourselves included, who believe that Iran not only asked forcefully that Qatar pull out right before President Trump arrived such that the Saudis would have no recourse but to take up any needs. Then it is thought that Bahrain and Oman were also requested under threat by Iran to also pull from the deal. This has set up a very tense situation in the area around Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States and the length of the Persian Gulf with the Straits of Hormuz the shortest distance between the two rivals (see map below). Qatar is using their control over their news service, Al-Jazeera, which combines television, radio, cable, internet and print media. Much of their electronic media is transmitted via satellite making it next to impossible to block. Qatar has been using their visual media to almost constantly show the visit of President Trump and particularly his visiting sacred and sensitive Islamic areas with women not wearing hair cover or burkas. The women were modestly dressed but not to the strict demands of Islam. These pictures are being accompanied with charges that the Saudi Royal Family are not real Muslims and they have disgraced Islam with their reception of President Trump without forcing the women to be properly covered. These accusations and the near constant flow of the pictures are on order from Iran attempting to insult the Saudi Royals before the Islamic world. The divisions as they currently appear to be are as depicted below.

 

Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Gulf States and the Length of the Persian Gulf with the Straits of Hormuz

Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Gulf States and the
Length of the Persian Gulf with the Straits of Hormuz

 

The problem, and even possibly the intent, is the media assault on the Saudi Arabian rulers by Qatar can only end one of two ways. The first is that Iran orders an end to the constant attempts of insulting and defaming the Saudi Arabian Royal Family and Qatar along with Al-Jazeera move on returning to often broadcasting Iranian attacks on the United States and Israel with occasional mention of Saudi Arabia or Egypt, i.e. regular broadcasting. The other is the attacks on the Saudi Royals leads to their demand they stop or they will be considered as a declaration of war on Saudi Arabia and her allies. The stress of her allies is important. This could result in the Saudis sending troops into Qatar to close down Al-Jazeera and that could result in a reaction from Iran at the request of the rulers of Qatar. This has been the Qatari Ace in the Hole by which they are able to continue to attack their larger neighbor, Saudi Arabia, through their manipulation of their control of the media in the Arab world using Al-Jazeera. This has been their means of bludgeoning the Saudi leadership and governance in service of their Iranian sponsors. The problem is should there begin to be unrest and calls for the end of the rule of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family and things start to become close to a point where the Wahhabi clerics might believe they could take control directly through a popular revolt, the Saudi Royals would act before that point could come to be. This would force their hand and an assault on Qatar, and on the Al-Jazeera headquarters in particular, might become the most viable option.

 

Should things reach the point that Saudi Arabia uses their military superiority to squelch the media assault originating from within Qatar, this might be the flashpoint leading to a far larger military confrontation. Such an attack could result in an Iranian response attacking Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates and counter the Saudi Arabian assault in Qatar. This might not even be the worst result. Should Saudi Arabia respond to such an attack with strikes inside Iran, the response could become a general attack by Iran across the Middle East on the heart of Sunni Islam striking towards Mecca and Medina from both Yemen and western Iraq using Houthis as their shock troops out of Yemen while they strike across Oman to Yemen and possibly land amphibious troops in Yemen for a pincher movement striking Oman from both ends and using Hezballah as their shock troops striking down out of Iraq getting a running start from Syria southward. There might be one feel-good side-effect; the Iranians may find it easier to simply eradicate Islamic State in the process. Jordan may or may not be amongst the targets of an Iranian first strike against Saudi Arabia, but they will be a target if for no other reason as they would allow Iran to surround Israel and Jordan has tens of thousands of Palestinian Arabs who might just join Iran if they were given the right promises. This would be the definitive war between Sunni and Shiite Islam with the winner taking all of Islam or at least a huge step towards that goal if Iran wins and the end of Shia Islam if Saudi Arabia proved triumphant.

 

The truth be told, if Iran were to defeat Saudi Arabia, their number one rival and quite possibly the top of the Iranian bucket list ahead of the United States and even Israel, they would control the two most important cities in all Islam, Mecca and Medina, and gain a treasure trove of weaponry. With the good relations that Iran has with the Sudan and the natural enmity between the Sudan and Egypt, almost a sibling rivalry between the two former British colonies and still Arab colonies, truth be told, Iran would have a natural front with Egypt, the sole power between Iran and total domination of all Islam. This would place Iran a stone’s throw from establishing the Shia dream for the past thirteen-hundred plus years, the defeat of the accursed Sunnis who murdered their leaders and actual descendants of Mohammad and true leaders of Islam, or at least that is their story. Of course, the Sunni will tell a different story about renegade Muslims who are merely apostates.

 

This is one of those pressure points upon which the world may turn upside down, or right-side up, depending upon how you view the world’s current state. Where this is but one of the far too many breaking-points where the stretched fabric of the world is measurably thinner than average and which makes it a point where even the smallest disruption could punch a hole in the fabric from which a tear would soon start if the violence spread leading to a series of events insuring an ever larger ring of violence. Leading to World War I there was an assassination which led to a state of war that even before it was declared began tearing the world apart. Each side began calling in their promises of mutual support and before you knew it, most of the world was engaged in a struggle which after the lines settled simply stagnated with intermittent slaughters when one side or the other sent their troops into no-man’s-land rushing from their trenches attempting to reach the other side’s trenches. Both sides had this little invention, though under separate contracts and differing names, known as the Maxim machinegun (see image below). Maxim became wealthy and by the time the war ended and all the treaties were signed and borders established with the movement of populations, the resultant death toll exceeded fifteen-million.

 

Maxim Machinegun Trenches and No Man’s Land

Maxim Machinegun
Trenches and No Man’s Land

 

Making matters worse, the impositions, including and specifically monetary, placed on Germany were all but directly responsible for World War II and another approximately eighty-million deaths. All told, an assassination of an Archduke and his wife led to close to one-hundred-million deaths and the toll is still being counted as the Sykes-Picot Treaty is responsible for much of the trouble and dissolution of the Arab world, where things are sensitive and reaching a critical mass. Even if the current crises are calmed, the entire situation will simply rise to another similar point of overt pressure in the future unless a permanent solution which recognizes the individual tribes and allegiances. Even then, who knows, and who can even believe they can know. Until humankind learns to live one with the others despite their differences and when the concept of world conquest is forever laid to rest, we will simply live from one crisis to the next until one ultimate crisis ends the existence of humanity leaving so few humans that all knowledge is lost within two or three generations and humanity has to begin again from square one. Who knows how many times we have come to this precipice and fallen, once, twice, one hundred, how many? There has been evidence found of a former cataclysm and there are the ancient Indian texts telling of weapons with unprecedented destructive powers. The world once again has such power, the power to end all civilized life on the planet and cause an unprecedented extinction event exceeded only once or twice in all of Earth’s history. In the famous T. S. Eliot poem, “The Hollow Men” ends with the following two lines, “This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but with a whimper.” He was close as the last sound will be a whimper but all but immediately before that there will be a series of Earth-shattering bangs of near unprecedented destruction in all of human history combined as all the secondary nuclear powers release their destruction on all who are not fit to live by their definitions, which will be against the others and each other ending all, then the few who survive for a short period will finish with the whimper.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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