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July 20, 2017

North Korea Sending Threats to United States, Japan and South Korea

 

Let us start with the news as reported over the past few months including accusations by Kim Jong Un accusing President Trump is the world’s modern Hitler comparing President Trump’s proposed partial delay of permitting refugees as equal to Hitler racial profiling. He claimed that President Trump was willing to sacrifice the rest of the world just for the betterment of the United States. Kim Jong Un insisted that the world must unite against the United States first policy, which is just like Hitler, and the Nazi policy of a supreme Nazi State. There is no doubt that there has been a consistent ramping of accusations and bristling of North Korea and their missile testing with a string of launches including a possible ICBM test which might have the ability to reach Alaska and possibly the West Coast of the United States mainland. Kim Jong Un claimed that President Trump has been enforcing fascist policies, which place people as either friend or enemy, and Trump has following Hitler’s policy with his two state policy dividing Korean Peninsula into two camps, friend and foe. The ramping has also included the placing of three nuclear powered aircraft carriers into the Sea of Japan off the North Korean coasts. The problem for South Korea is that one of the world’s most heavily populated and crowded cities, Seoul, the South Korean Capital City, would be simply decimated should North Korea launch all of their rocket artillery and regular artillery targeting the city. This threat has left South Korea in an antithetically nervous positioning as the risks it faces against any attack launched by Kim Jong Un, despite their weapons systems being of older technology, have such massive numbers already targeting the South Korean Capital City of Seoul that the risks are terrifying. The ability for the United States to intercept all or even the vast majority of these projectiles would be limited leaving the only option being an American launched preemptive assault to destroy these weapons before they could be used. The remainder of such a war would be difficult but air power could make all the difference providing it is used intelligently and only to prevent artillery being moved into position as well as mobile missile launchers to protect South Korea and Japan. Invading North Korea would be more difficult than such gains would be worth, unless you are a North Korean who would be greatly assisted once such a war was completed and they were united with their South Korean fellow Koreans in a newly united Korean Peninsula which could be known as Korea without any need for a North or South denotation. The freeing of the North Korean people who have been held prisoner by their oppressive dictatorial family regime of the Kim’s since the division of the Peninsula after the Korean War will remain impossible until the world is willing to face the evil which has abused these unfortunate victims of the Kim’s. Now let us present the initial videos.

 

 

 

 

The frightening escalating rhetoric between the two leaders, President Trump and Kim Jong Un, can only be seen as troubling as this may at some point reach a point where neither man cares to back down such that the simplest of changes in the stance of the opposing forces could lead to a full-fledged open warfare. The reason that Kim Jong Un is seeking a reason to open up warfare against South Korea, as he has often made the same claim as his father, is that the entire peninsula belongs to their regime and that the division is an artificial and temporary situation. They both have promised to rectify this false line drawn at the 38th Parallel. Where Kim Il Sung used the threat of forcibly unifying the Korean Peninsula as an agenda designed to force bailouts from the Western World to climb back down from these threats but his son has been less measured. He did this a number of times with each one following a similar scenario but Kim Jong Un has gone off the tracks and started entering areas not before taken by his father. The threats against Japan could be excused as a limited raising of the threat level to justify receiving funds and differentiating his style from his father, as his seeming desire to prove to be willing to enter into areas that his father had not would have been satisfied by such threats. His direct threats of the United States is an entirely new and dangerous escalation, and his making it personal by bad-mouthing President Trump is treading on ground which may prove impossible from which to retreat. Further, his challenging President Trump by deliberately crossing every line almost as rapidly as they are set, whether they were set by President Trump or by the United Nations and even seemed to challenge the G-7 when they discussed Kim Jong Un and his response was to launch two missiles while the nations were meeting.

 

The other point which sets a level from which President Trump will have a difficult time backing away from was his claim at an interview during the G-7 meetings where he stated that the problems with North Korea will be settled. President Trump was not more detailed than stating that the problems would be settled during his watch. When you add to this the unprecedented level of naval power placed in the Sea of Japan of three aircraft carriers (pictured below) and their escorting vessels, that places a ready and floating attack force capable of operating as the tip of the sword which would be capable of making an interdicting attack potentially capable of preventing any North Korean attack on Seoul. The secret for the success of such an assault would require complete surprise, which would require using stealth aircraft for the initial attack and taking out all radar and command and control systems as well as destroying communication lines. This would depend heavily upon intelligence work in identifying such targets and also the ability with night sight targeting using helicopters such as the Apache which was designed for just such use and is also a capable attack craft which also is capable of defending itself as well as in anti-armor warfare. There are areas that the United States would be advised to be very wary and careful before considering getting that involved in any conflict with North Korea. The one thing the United States need avoid at all cost would be a ground war involving large numbers of American ground forces, especially United States Army other than possibly Special Forces.

 

Three United States Aircraft Carriers Dispatched to Sea Of Japan off North Korean Coast

Three United States Aircraft Carriers Dispatched
to Sea Of Japan off North Korean Coast

 

Talking about a ground war, the United States should make it known to the South Korean government that such an idea is not within the United States plans. The rumors are that there are forces in South Korea who desire making a united Korea one of their major elements as a target they wish to accomplish. There are some who are willing in making concessions to a larger extent than what the United States commanders believe is wise. Whether these individuals will gain sufficient political influence is something that will need to be closely monitored but not necessarily be a determining factor in what the United States is planning. Granted, South Korea is an ally and major partner and everything that will be done need be discussed with the South Korean leaders only if they are of a similar mind to the United States intended efforts. The other ally who also need be considered and kept informed with the same provisos as South Korea is Japan as North Korea has threatened them as well. Truth be told, there is nobody in the immediate area other than China and Russia that North Korea has not threatened, and the jury is out as to whether China has escaped Kim Jong Un’s ravings and threats. Looking at the map one sees that with each new missile, North Korea reaches further out and can target more and more nations making their threats all the more viable and increasing the nations who are concerned. With their latest missile, which they touted as an ICBM, though it is actually more of a continental ballistic missile, they now can target all of India and most of Indonesia along with Viet Nam much of eastern Russia and in theory might reach Anchorage and southern Alaska and definitely the Aleutian Islands and with just slightly more range the West Coast of the United States. Of course since North Korea has proven their ability to place satellites into orbit, albeit low earth orbit, this would allow them to be capable of striking anywhere on the planet with some minimal degree of accuracy though such a projectile would be best used to detonate as it was entering the atmosphere, as it is unknown if they have developed a casing capable of surviving reentry, which unfortunately would also be the perfect EMP device if the warhead were a low yield with high EMP discharge capability, just the variety of warhead some scientists and experts have claimed that North Korea and Iran have perfected. This makes North Korea a threat that must be addressed and defanged as Kim Jong Un has passed all requirements at almost every level of the crazy ladder.

 

Map of Approximate Missile Ranges of North Korean Missiles

Map of Approximate Missile Ranges of North Korean Missiles

 

The one item which actually serves to make the problems stemming from North Korea and particularly Kim Jong Un’s unstable personality less of a sole responsibility of the United States is that even his presumed friends, Russia and China, cannot be completely at ease with his increasing ranges for missiles and their ability to carry ever heavier payloads while he is also perfecting miniaturizing his nuclear warheads as even they could fall on his wrong side on just that one bad hair day when he just has to launch a surprise at somebody, and whomever got his attention that morning and is within range may just win a prize care of North Korea and their crazy man, Kim Jong Un. Now since for the moment the mainland United States is beyond direct missile range and can only be struck by a satellite which would be detected long before it could be delivered and might simply prove the adequacy of perhaps some space based interception system which the United States has kept under wraps and waste a good temper tantrum and would just upset poor not-so-little Kim Jong Un even more. The real problem as we currently view this situation is it has been slowly accelerated beyond the point where the normal brakes will prevent an open military clash. This might just be what all sides desire just to get the problem of North Korea settled on terms which do not include an all-out nuclear conflict which will place civilization of two continents, Eastern Asia and Western North America, in jeopardy. Simply to prevent such a nuclear contest it might be best to defang Kim Jong Un while his fangs will cause minimal toll in human lives though the potential to sacrifice the twenty-five and a half million lives residing in and around Seoul, South Korea and endangering the fifty-one million lives in South Korea plus the one-hundred-forty million lives in Japan plus whatever additional casualties Kim Jong Un would be capable of inflicting. However, many of the nearly twenty-seven million North Korean lives which could be lost might be a lesser cost than adding the four-hundred-twenty million Americans plus another three-hundred million in Europe and whomever else would be targeted should Kim Jong Un develop full range ICBM’s and thermonuclear warheads. The death toll might be less if instead Kim Jon Un were to use EMP devices in addition to more limited use of warheads such that he would continue to have a viable threat and such attacks could leave entire continents without electricity for decades leading to mass starvation, wide spread diseases and no means of combating almost any threat as there would be no refrigeration and little to no modern life left and transportation of goods would be massively interfered as such an attack would wipe out most of the modern vehicles including the long haul trucks and diesel electric trains which includes bullet trains as well as mag lev trains. The modern world could be brought to a level similar in nature to the conditions in North Korea and Venezuela only actually worse. Such a world would be a desperate place and even more so should industry in Japan and Germany be struck, as they are the major manufacturers of the modern large electrical transformers, the items that would be most required for rebuilding the world’s electrical infrastructure. These are some of the considerations which need be faced concerning Kim Jong Un especially since his nation has little to lose from any such conflict and might be the major beneficiary as then he could use his military and strike out to conquer much of the world. The main forces of the rest of the world would be any submerged submarines that include Boomers, nuclear powered submarines that can launch nuclear missiles.

 

Nuclear Missile Carrying Nuclear Powered Submarine

Nuclear Missile Carrying Nuclear Powered Submarine

 

One would have to figure that these are the ultimate answer to any attack as there would be no opportunity for any aggressor, no matter their size, no matter where on the earth they may be. Once these submarines are given their targets, all bets are off and the aggrieving nation disappears. These ballistic missile carrying submarines, depending on class, carry between twelve to as many as twenty-four multi-warhead ballistic missiles, which they can deliver to any point on the globe. The placement and locations of these nuclear powered submarines is a well-guarded secret. Once they leave port and submerge, they remain under and often go very deep and the only proven technology for even having a remote chance for tracking these are sensitive listening devices on hunter-killer submarines, special magnetic anomaly detecting satellites and special sonar equipment on the submarine chasing ships specially designed to locate submarines. The modern submarines have extremely quiet drive systems and are coated with a rubber-like substance that is also smooth, which makes them silent killers. These submarines are just as impossible if not more difficult to locate than depicted in Hunt for Red October. They are the ultimate answer for the nations who posses them.

 

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May 22, 2017

Trump Arrives but Nothing will Change

 

President Trump will arrive today in Israel with much anticipation and a very warm welcome. President Trump is viewed by many Israelis as a great relief after the eight years out in the unforgiven lands of wastelands and destitution being treated as a leper amongst the nations. In Israel, we were ready for such a challenge, as we have been receiving that treatment from much of the world. That is how life is when you are the Jewish amongst nations. Just because Presidents have changed and there is hope for a brighter future, very few here are expecting much from this trip. This is going to have been a “Hello, how are you?” shake your hands kind of trip filled with photo opportunities and lots of glad-handing. The real work will begin in earnest a few weeks after this trip has completed and everybody back in Washington D.C. have had their comments and predictions as to what to do next, even unfortunately including the State Department. Where the Secretary of State may be more inclined to have an open mind about the Palestinian-Israel situation, the State Department has had an anti-Israel bias which has only intensified with time and any change does not appear to be in the cards for the near term future. The trouble comes when the advisory notices from the State Department start to pile up and the negative feed of anti-Israel bias seeps into policy once again. We have watched this play out before and we hold onto the slim possibility that President Trump truly is something completely new and capable of holding his own thoughts as valid and resisting pressures from outside influences no matter who they are. President Trump has to have a decent feel for people or he would have been a disaster in business and never have had near the success he has including winning the Presidency when everyone stood against him in both established parties. That alone gives us hope that he will see more clearly than any have previously. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both gave efforts to do as little harm as possible. President Clinton got Yasser Arafat to set the terms for peace and got Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to agree which panicked Arafat into fleeing the conference and setting in motion the Second Intifada killing over a thousand Israelis just to prove he really would never accept any peace no matter how much Israel was willing to give up. That position has not changed despite the change to Mahmoud Abbas as the leader of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

 

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

 

The problem is not just with the PA as the Arab League met after the Six Day War and drafted what has become known as the Khartoum Resolution with its infamous Three No’s; “No peace with Israel, No recognition of Israel, No negotiations with Israel.” Many politicians from every corner of the globe, NGO members and administrators from United Nations agencies have pointed to the so-called negotiations which have been held between the PA and Israel as proof that the PA are different and are really working towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict. These same sources all make the same claim time after time that if only Israel would give the Arabs a little more, then peace would be at hand. Israel has given that little more at almost every turn for almost twenty-five years such that we have passed that little more ages ago and still the demands have not changed. All one need do is peruse the PA and UNRWA textbooks and look at the maps within and the truth will simply jump off the page and bite you. There is no Israel between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, just Palestine (see below). Even Hamastan in Gaza is represented as part of Palestine and this is so acceptable that even in Gaza Hamas has approved and uses these books. The difference between the schools in Gaza and in the PA schools is whether Hamas or the PA will rule Palestine. While Hamas and the PA may disagree on who will rule over Palestine, they share the vision of a world without Israel and with the Jews living in Israel cleansed from the land.

 

Palestinian Textbook Maps depicting Palestine as replacing Israel, not sharing the land in peace and security as the Europeans and the rest of the West insist to misrepresent

 

There is an understanding the Arabs living in the PA administered areas have that when their leaders speak to the West or even in general using English, then what they say very well could be lies stated to placate the West and gain advantage over Israel; but when they speak in Arabic, then their words are true and they mean what they say. There is a sort of ungentlemen’s agreement between the Arabs, especially from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the PA, that words they speak in Arabic are of such a language barrier that they cannot be translated and reported in the mainstream media. There is an exception for those willing to spend the time wrangling through the flood of information available where their newspapers, broadcasts and media is translated into English. There are three services which do this as a service for those truly interested in the truth. These NGO’s are listed below with their identifying graphics. Taking a stroll or simply searching a subject which you are particularly interested in the actual views and policies of the various Middle East nations and terror organizations such as Hezballah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PLO, Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State and others or the various leaders of the various nations such as Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the others throughout the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) nations one can get an eye-full in a single afternoon. If we may quote the Christian Bible for a change, let us quote John 8:32 which states, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set free you.”

 

Palestinian Media Watch

Palestinian Media Watch

The Middle East Media Research Institute

The Middle East Media Research Institute

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America

Back to President Trump, his trip and the ramifications. The trip will be a success for all sides. There will be those who support the President who will remark at the difference between President Obama on his first visit to Saudi Arabia and the deep bow almost as if kissing the King’s ring and Trump acting as an equal while the anti-Trump side will be showing Trump leaning over to allow a medallion being bestowed upon him to be placed over his head and screaming, “See, Trump bowed down to the Saudis too!” The media will probably claim that the trip was simply a series of missed opportunities as President Trump was not stopping at these places in order to make any grand gestures or earth-shaking policy statements, he was making what many Presidents have done, taking three or four overseas jaunts hitting three or four spots in one week simply to shake hands and smile as a meet and greet. Then, upon their return with a better feel for the people and the attitudes, the real work can begin. As far as solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or the greater Arab-Israeli conflict, we have our doubts that President Trump will waste much more effort than to set up a meet between Abbas and Netanyahu and announce that if the two leaders are serious and care to meet and get the major work done between themselves, then President Trump will be helpful in closing the deal and getting past the last points of contention but that he does not plan on holding their hands and pressing them forward, they need to manage their relations on their own without any outside pressures. He is likely to claim that the only path to true and lasting peace is through honest negotiations between the two leaders and that anything he could do to facilitate, but not to mediate, their reaching an agreement he will be glad to assist. But President Trump will likely make clear that he will not be making trips back and forth and his Secretary of State will not be on a plane every other week running to put out the latest flare-up or dousing fires of contention, the leaders themselves need to act like men and either settle their differences or make clear that they are not interested in meeting to forge an agreement. President Trump might have told Abbas and Netanyahu in private while meeting them that it will not be any skin off of his back if the Arabs and Israelis refuse to find some middle ground but do not ask the United States to come and rescue either of them from the actions of the other as whatever comes will likely be exactly what both sides deserve. If when there is a flare-up and President Trump then repeats this mantra reminding the two sides of his warnings and telling the world of this position, then maybe some truth will finally emerge about which side desires peace and which side loves death, even the death of their own as theirs is a rush to go to Heaven and leave the earthly tragedies behind. Such a position may prove to be the wisest of all regarding the Middle East as the worst problems facing the world are numerous and only one serious problem derives from the Middle East, and it does not concern the Palestinians and Israelis and their little difficulties.

 

The problem is what can be done to tame Iran, bring some collective end to the devastation ongoing in Syria, reconstitute Lebanon into a productive nation once again and prevent the Iranians from becoming a nuclear armed nation with ICBM’s and nuclear warheads set atop them threatening the entire world with a devastating war resembling Armageddon. Another pressing issue is how to prevent allowing Iran to forge their desired Shiite crescent from the Indian Ocean on the Iranian east coast across Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea on their western coasts. This will be dependent upon forging a Sunni controlled southeastern Syria along their border with Iraq and their Shiites in the southern half of the nation from Baghdad south which could be accomplished by forging the Kurdish homelands which the British had promised them but instead struck an oil deal cheating the Kurds from the reestablishment of their homeland similar to what the Peel Commission attempted to do to the Jews and Israel. Fortunately, the Peel Commission and the follow-up Woodhead Commission had all of their solution completely rejected outright by the Arab representatives who demanded that all the land be given to the creation of Palestine and they would take care of any needs the Jewish residents would have and they would be cared for and permitted rights under Arab rule. This solution met with Jewish opposition. Supporting a Kurdistan and recommending that Turkey allow its Kurds to relocate to Kurdistan leaving Turkey and thus no longer posing any problem for President Erdoğan and removing what Turkey has claimed to be a disruptive minority from within their borders. Such a solution would also allow for the Yazidis to have a place, which would accept them as they are related to the Kurds rather closely. The Sunnis in central Iraq could be offered to also reside within Kurdistan if they so choose which would likely be seen as preferable to living under the Shiite governance of Iraq and this would solidify the Kurdish territories giving them some regional depth and defendable borders. Bashir al-Assad and his Russian backers could then be allowed the western regions where the Alawite tribe resides and the Druze could choose under whom they would prefer to live or might even be permitted their own lands if this would be preferred and a solution worked out with Assad and Putin. One would have to wonder if Trump would be permitted to speak with Putin concerning Syria or would that be considered further collusion?

 

The real problematic front facing the Trump team is the Pacific Rim and in particular North Korea and China. North Korea is making threats and causing unrest probably for two reasons. The first is as a test of the mettle of the new American President and the second is probably an attempt to garner a large cash infusion to get him to settle down. What President Trump should do regarding Kim Jong Un is a difficult proposition. The North Korean dictator is the least rational member of his family yet to have taken over the nation and his actions resemble those of an unstable mind filled with paranoia and delusions of grandeur as well as suspicions of a world fearful enough for him to have his way with the rest of the world. He appears to be just sufficiently outside rational that it may even be a difficult task for the Chinese to control him without possibly taking drastic actions such as completely terminating all relations and trade leaving Kim Jong Un without a friend in the world. Such a move would require it come in the near future before Kim Jong Un and Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Iranian Supreme Leader and an equally unstable mind which is filled with ideas of Iran returning to the glory of Persia and being the leaders of the Islamic world causing massive defections from the Sunnis to Shiites as Iran proves to be the strong horse after crippling Saudi Arabia and taking the black triangle of oil fields which spans Kuwait, southern Iraq and northeastern Saudi Arabia. Such an expansion by Iran would require the Shiite crescent discussed above to be complete otherwise Iran would not have the bases required in the Mediterranean Sea. The Iranians are already controlling the Straight of Hormuz, which ties up the Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti oil lanes, and the Bab-el-Mandeb, which is a straight that controls the exit at the south end of the Red Sea thus controlling the Suez Canal and world shipping channels. What we have reported on previously, Iran and North Korea have been cooperating working to advance their mutual scientific workings on missile technology and nuclear weapons designs. This has been an alignment that the world has been ignoring to its own peril. This is where President Trump will find his greatest challenges and where he should be placing his attentions as soon as he returns to Washington D.C. Should President Trump find a path with assistance from the Chinese on North Korea and Russians on Iran and defuse their combined powder keg, then he will have accomplished much and saved the world from a crisis which could easily mushroom into the next world war and make it a very short but devastating war with the use of nuclear weapons as EMP devices and also using them to destroy major metropolitan centers such as London, New York, Los Angeles and numerous other metropolises. The Iran-North Korean Axis could be even more devastating than the German-Italian-Japanese Axis during World War II. Let us hope that a World War III can be avoided and that President Trump can show the necessary leadership to prevent such a devastating conflagration from striking our world. Any nuclear strike from North Korea and/or Iran would necessitate a nuclear response before they could use further such weapons and devastate even more targets throughout Europe, the United States and the developed world. This is President Trump’s challenge number one.

 

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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.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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