Beyond the Cusp

August 17, 2017

Islam from First Muslim to Total Control, Five Stages of Islamic Conquest

 

There is the theory that there are four stages to Islamic Conquest which are Infiltration, Consolidation, Open Warfare, and Totalitarian Theocratic Rule. This theory is defined here and defines a militaristic look at the cold functions as Islam tightens its grip on a society. What we will present is a measuring stick by which you can tell which of those four stages the place where you reside currently sits and decide from this what could and should be done. We will start with a quote from Winston Churchill after which we will describe five stages. The last four relate directly to the four stages listed above and described at the link. We will be defining the societal apparatus and an easy measuring stick which might be handy such that one may test the waters in their community or simply coldly take measurements and determine where they are situated. First, as promised, we give you a quote from Sir Winston Churchill which was written for the people of Poland while the world geared up and Poland was overrun by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany never standing any hope of survival. Now here is the promised quote from Mr. Churchill.

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed;
If you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly;
You may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival.
There may even be a worse case.
You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

 

These Five Stages are summarized from multiple sites which all appeared to be authored by Richard Butrick. Ours use their definitions for stages and populations percentages but our own interpretations of each stage. We are hoping we can be more elaborate and specific in our descriptions and hope you will appreciate such.

 

Five Stages of Islamic Conquest

Five Stages of Islamic Conquest

 

Stage I. Introduction or Beachhead. (Under 2% of population)

This stage is exactly what it states, the first Muslims arrive and Islam is an unknown entity so they are the ones to initially define Islam. Their introductory phrasings are of extreme importance as these will be echoed by the political class and many of the more shallow educators and those who are simply too lazy to research and simply take things at face value. Muslims keep largely to themselves and practice the Mecca Quran which taught cooperation and coexistence. They preach tolerance and reflect the values of the society where they are now an insignificant minority often equal or slightly higher percentage than Jews, Kurds and other small minorities. They may request that prayer rooms be placed in places where they frequent and in schools in their neighborhoods along with footbaths in or at the entrance to their prayer rooms so they may meet their Quranic obligation of five prayer sessions each day. They will begin polite and noninvasive proselytization and conversion. These efforts will be more targeted than general and done as privately as possible. Their main objective is to purchase lands for Mosques, Community Buildings, and Outreach Centers. These buildings may initially be semi-permanent structures which are inexpensive and can easily be taken down when real construction of a more imposing edifice can be constructed. Often Mosques are built such that they are significantly larger and more imposing than all other religious buildings in an area often challenging or even surpassing the size of cathedrals. Islam, as it conquered large swaths of lands between 623 and 750 as it spread across the nations of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and into Europe, would often take conquered cathedrals and transform them into Mosques as they did with the Hagia Sophia, the largest cathedral in Christendom, in Constantinople, which was renamed Istanbul.

 

Islamic Expansion

Islamic Expansion

 

Since these conquests, Islam has relied on the slower political method for adding territory as Islam faced serious defeats later with the final one coming as a result of World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Islam remained as a religion and as the European colonial enterprise withdrew, often within fifty years after World War I, Islam returned to rule the countries as they were defined by the Europeans. Currently there are tribal issues tearing many of these constructs apart. The nations appearing to have the least problems are Saudi Arabia and Iran, two nations not actively colonized, and Algeria which was largely Berber and thus a single people and tribe which allowed for greater unity.

 

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 described efforts of stage one are mostly for the introduction and quiet and pliable nature of Islam which will prove later to have been largely a misrepresentation which managed this face by completely inverting the Islamic idea and use of abrogation where when two verses contradict one another, the later verse supersedes the former verse and in almost every case the Medina Quranic verses are more violent, warlike and propose the superiority of Islam over all other religions and the need by Allah for all to be made to worship Islam and only Islam. This will become evident as we proceed.

 

Stage II. Establish Initial Control of Areas, Form Outposts and Centers of Operations. (2% to 5% of population)

This is simply a continuation of the efforts from Stage I except with some added urgency. All Islamic proselytization and conversion efforts are ramped up but mostly still at targeted populations. The favorite targets are troubled and disaffected youth, other minorities, homeless, marginal groups and others who due to their situations seek assistance and hope. Again, the Islamic worshipers stress cooperation, coexistence, tolerance and reflect the values of the society trying to fit in and not make enemies. They seek to join organizations just to get their foot in the door and establish outreach centers. They will use public systems to spread the word with a special effort in the prison systems. Within the prison system is where the true face of Islam will first appear as here they preach the Medina verses to willing and appropriate targets usually attempting to coopt leaders of gangs within the prison system as this is an easy way to get a strong group of Islamic warriors with which to try and spread the word of the supremacy of Islam within the prison system. These converts will be the tip of the spear when the time for open conquest arrives, in the meantime they can build an Islamic network and future army both inside and outside the prisons amongst the criminal world. They may also seek inroads into the drug trafficking scene seeking fertile grounds to spread their message and also take control so as to have a ready area for financing other efforts.

 

Stage III. Expand Areas of Control Targeting Cities. (5% to 15% of population)

This is exactly as it is titled, expanding the base networks using the people already gathered into the flock. Now the true face will begin to appear as the percentage rises above 8% to 12% and entire neighborhoods are under Islamic control. These neighborhoods will demand self-rule and their own Sharia Courts. The Sharia will be imposed with smoking, alcohol and dress restriction imposed. Islam will tighten their grip and non-Muslims remaining in these enclaves will feel threatened and if at all possible move away making these areas completely Islamic. Churches, Synagogues, Temples and any other religious buildings other than Mosques will be converted to Islamic centers, Mosques or torn down and replaced with something useful to Islam. Music will be banned and Sharia punishments for violations will be introduced. Initially enforcement may take milder options such as fines or public apologies with subsequent infractions receiving slowly increasing punishments. Demands will be made that the school systems to observe Islamic holidays and that people refrain from eating during the daily fast period anywhere there are Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Fasting is done from sun-up to sun-down but often Muslims will become offended at other people eating at any point in their presence as they begin to exercise strength and control. Intimidation practices are introduced initially within the community and towards the upper end also outside the community, usually at government offices and public venues. Islamic sensitivity is demanded and there will be complaints of attacks on Muslims introducing the idea of Islamophobia. Whenever there is a terrorist attack, the response of the Islamic community will be to begin reporting, fabricated if necessary, reports of attacks on Muslims and make the entire event an example of how Muslims are being persecuted and how Islamophobia dominates the culture. Islamophobia will become the number one reported and covered form of persecution and of hate crimes. This is despite the fact that anti-Semitism will remain three to five times more likely than any numbers of the same upon Muslims, even if every report of Islamophobic violence were verified as true. Should a Muslim ever be accused of a hate crime there will come such an uproar from the Islamic community pointing out how this person snapped under the unmerciful onslaught of Islamophobic assaults and therefore their actions were completely understandable and any further traumatizing this unfortunate individual would be tantamount to torture. The efforts will also include attempting to infiltrate and convert gangs as the gathering of a military styled force continues to be utilized later, potentially very soon.

 

Stage IV. Establish Regions of Control and General Superiority. (15% to 50% of population)

More of the same except no longer any regard is given to diversity or anything else which might connote compromise. Islam is now officially at war and not taking prisoners. Cities will witness rioting at the slightest offense. People will start to look to the ground and not walk on the sidewalk when a Muslim is present. Submission will start to spread throughout the community. The most rural areas will remain calm if for no other reason than lack of numbers of Muslims or any Islamic control center. Cities and metropolitan areas will face ever-increasing violence and demands. The politicians will continue to preach, “Islam is the religion of peace,” all the while claiming the rioting is but a small minority of Muslims. Yes, the political talking heads and newscasters will start to appear more and more irrelevant and what people witness with their own eyes will count for more. The problem is that democracies, and this applies almost double to republics, act and react very slowly and are often ten steps behind the public. The reason is that they are not designed for brave and drastic steps but are designed to try to keep the peace through coercion and the expectation that people will obey the laws. Neither of these restrictions will continue to hold any power in the Islamic communities and in their areas they will operate under Sharia and Islam will rule absolutely with people found breaking their laws, rules and codes will be prosecuted. Women entering the Islamic areas wearing anything short of a full body covering will be groped initially and brutally mass raped eventually with many not surviving the assaults towards the end of this phase. The police will refuse to enter the Islamic controlled areas unless absolutely demanded, and then only with massive force and still they may face superior firepower as now the Islamic areas will be heavily armed most often with military grade weaponry such as AK47’s, RPG’s, grenades, IED’s, suicide vests, car bombs and other varieties of weapons. Should any nation decide that they no longer desire to play nicely, they will require their military to intervene. Should there be rules making this difficult, then the politicians will balk at using such forces and even should they do so, they may find that their generals and officers are more sympathetic to the Islamic leadership than that of their country. This will be due to their selection of officers, starting initially with the lower ranks and working their way up in the previous stages until many of the officers are highly sympathetic to or are actually Islamic. Islam will have cowed the political class, the police and quite possibly the military to such an extent that the nation may find itself completely helpless and unable to stand against the Islamic forces. Such nations it will be but a measure of time before the final stage will arrive and that time will be short. This may also be the last time there will be any hope for survival because after this point the operations become mopping up, as we will see. Vigilante groups will start to organize though they may be too late. Even if they have the strength to oppose Islam, they will need to cooperate as one or else their efforts are doomed.

 

Stage V. Total Control, Dhimmitude, Convert or Die. (greater than 50% of population)

There is little to probably say which has not been figured out. By now, the military and police have been replaced by Islamic military police, as the two will largely be the same. As this point is reached the Christians and maybe Jews, will be granted Dhimmitude, a protected status of second-class citizen with few rights but generally protected as long as they pay the Jiyza, a tax for Dhimmis which provides their protection. This tax can be reasonable or it can be used to further subjugate these protected people and take from them all wealth. Even the Dhimmi have but a limited life expectancy. Sharia will be uniformly applied to the population and any infraction by a non-Muslim will receive the harshest of punishments. This is yet another form of coercion to get people to simply accept Islam and surrender to Allah. Now people will realize that Islam means surrender and it means total surrender of your will and all freedom of thought. Books will be destroyed with few copies of even scientific books remaining as they only need sufficient for the few they deem may study such works. Memorization of the Quran will be required and there might be snap quizzes forced upon people by the police who will initially be demanding such repetitions as a teaching tool but eventually it will become another brutalizing disciplining tool. As the percentage approaches total Islamic population there will come a point where the choice will be imposed of covert or die, and that will be exactly the choice. The unfortunate part is that your new Islamic betters get to decide in what manner your execution will take. Back in friendlier times, it was simply off with your head and with a swift, strong, heavy sword blow would remove your head almost instantly and that was that. Now the means are far less humane. There is virtually no possibility of ever returning from this stage unless your country is conquered by some non-Islamic power, think Spain and the Spanish Inquisition which was King Ferdinand’s and Queen Izabella’s means for purging Spain (formerly Andalusia) of its Islamic population as well as its Jews and any other non-Catholics.

 

Islam divides the world into two houses, Dar al Islam and Dar al-harb, House of Islam and House of War. The reasoning is this way they are always aiming to destroy that which is not under Islam and subjugate them and that way eventually conquers the world for Allah. Further, Islam believes that once any lands were controlled by Islam they must forever remain under Islam. We really need remember above all else that Islam believes that they must conquer the world and until they and only they control the entire world and everybody has been converted to Islam or executed, then the world is not perfect. Only when all is Islam will the world be perfected. This is part of why all conquered lands must remain conquered, as they do not desire to pay for the same lands more than once. This is one part of the reasoning behind the Israeli Arab Conflict. Another reason behind the Israeli Arab Conflict is the Muslims, especially the Arab Muslims, believe themselves to be superior to others and believe that the Jews are the most wretched offspring of monkeys and pigs. This insult is often repeated in Arab society in and around Israel and Jordan is found to be the nation with the highest anti-Semitism in the world. The Arab Muslims simply cannot accept or believe that it is possible that they can lose a war to the likes of Jews. It is taught in the Arab schools that in every war between Israel and the Arab Muslims that the Muslim forces were vastly superior and won great victories and were never defeated. Why or how Israel exists and why they had to depend upon foreign intervention forcing an end to the conflict and insisting that Israel return all gained lands despite their being won in a defensive struggle which normally would permit the conquering nation to retain the land and return the population to the vanquished land. Israel is required to return the land and even now take in refugees which would make Israel into an Arab majority nation. That is their aim at which time they will vote the Jew off the island, or out of the country and not by emigration but by extermination.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

July 11, 2017

What if the United States Does Not Respond?

 

The threats abound all around the globe. Let’s start here with Saudi Arabia and Egypt, along with more minor states such as the UAE, Bahrain and, in a pinch, Jordan are in serious dispute with Oman, thus with Iran and Turkey plus potentially Russia. Syria is a whirlpool of conflicts with more sides than one can reasonably figure with Bashir al-Assad as the so-called President of Syria being protected by Iran, who is also fighting a proxy war in Yemen in order to surround Saudi Arabia, and Hezballah with assistance of air power from Russia and funds from Qatar as one power; the Islamic State as a diminished but still dangerous threat; al-Nusra allied with other al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood terror fighters aim to defeat and replace al-Assad and rule Syria; the Kurds who are allied throughout Iraq as well as Syria and only wish to make a new nation of Kurdistan and wish to be left alone and have received aid from the United States in secret; Turkey who claim to be fighting the Islamic State but are actually fighting the Kurds as Erdogan has an ethnic hatred for the Kurds who are the new Armenians in the politic of Turkey who would ally with Iran if a general war were to break out in the Middle East. This defined the current mess in the Middle East (diagrammed below) without Israel who could easily be considered an enemy of every groups mentioned above with the possible exception of Russia who would remain neutral or aid the Arabs quietly.

 

Middle East Guide to Conflict and Syria c/o ElderOfZiyon.com

Middle East Guide to Conflict and Syria c/o ElderOfZiyon.com

 

There is another area of conflict much overlooked by the world and the media apparently refuses to comment except if an exceptional distress and disaster strikes the region, and that is a swath across Africa, which has been named the African Transition Zone. This area (pictured below) stretches from the Atlantic Ocean through Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, the two Sudans (Sudan and South Sudan), Ethiopia, and Somalia to the Indian Ocean. The zone strikes across Africa just south of the Sahara Desert reaching into the heart of the continent and delineates the borders between the Islamic world and the worlds of Christian and Animist Africa and all the rest of the non-Islamic peoples. This is a war of terrorism and slaughters trying to drive the non-Muslims from their homes and take the territories after which the war will continue southward until the entirety of the continent has been washed clean and made wholly the realm of Islam. The violence and murdering will not cease until one side has vanquished the other or Islam turns within itself and discovers a means by which it purges the Quran of verses such as those we posted yesterday and instead follow the verses of the Quran written in Mecca where coexistence and the goodness of humankind was the theme rather than the violence of the verses written in Medina which we explained in very simple means and little depth here. This is “a war between civilizations,” “between the civilization based on the Bible and between the civilization based on the Koran exactly as described by Professor Moshe Sharon. He was close as that is the main war as far as the Western World is concerned, but the reality is it is a war of one civilization, Islam, as they have declared war on the entire world, it is simply that the world is refusing to believe the truth, the fact of what they all face and they have a choice, face it together and prevail or fight it separately and they will each fall one nation at a time, one culture at a time and one civilization at a time until there is only one civilization; Islam. That is the reality which need be learned.

 

African Transition Zone

African Transition Zone

 

There is a war starting across Europe and reaching to the United States. As far as Western World and its culture are concerned, this war began with Israel, though the Western World is doing everything to deny this fact. Europe used to distrust everything Israelis said and ignored when the Israelis warned that there would come a time when Europe would face the same threat and it was really sad that it would take this for Europe to understand what Israel faced. The Israelis were wrong. The Europeans, particularly Western Europe, or Old Europe, are facing the initial stages of terrorism and the terror war (map below denotes terror attacks since 9/11) and they still doubt Israel claiming that Israel is insincere about peace and this is the cause of the problem. The Europeans are blinded by their continued anti-Semitism, which has begun to spread itself into everyday European life, and many Jews are beginning to realize that they have no home in Europe and that it is time to return to their true home, Israel. Yes, a fair number are choosing the United States and will find that home too will become less than comfortable over time. As terror increases, the rest of the peoples will initially blame the Jews making the claim that the entire conflict began because the Jews would not return the lands they purportedly stole from the Palestinian Arabs. This ignores the millennium and a half war which began as the Arab Muslims spread from the Arabian Peninsula to conquer the Middle East followed by Northern Africa (MENA) and have made three attempts before the present one to conquer Europe and are still attempting to conquer India, another conflict which could turn nuclear between India and Pakistan, so note this as another point of potential open and serious warfare. The Islamic warfare in Europe will continue politically and physically through terrorism and the courts with their claims of Islamophobia and hate crimes as their means of enforcing Sharia, the subjugations of the European societies. Additionally, there is also a Province, Xinjiang Province that has approximately fifty-percent Muslim of which virtually all are of the Uyghur ethnicity, which has its origins in Turkey.

 

Map of Terrorist Attacks in Europe Middle East and North Africa after 9/11

 

The final nation causing turmoil in the world is North Korea whose leader, Kim Jong-un, has continued testing and developing missiles and nuclear weaponry. The North Koreans have been working coordinating with the Iranians with each nation testing weapons technology for the other when it suits skirting sanctions. This has led to suspicions that Iran has tested some missile technologies in the past for North Korea while North Korea has likely tested nuclear weapons for Iran. Of course, each nation, Iran and North Korea, have conducted their most sensitive technologies themselves. The one item on each of these belligerent nations to-do list is the conquest of the world, or at least large swaths of area and both have an overriding hatred for the United States. This hatred could drive them to attack other nations so as to force the United States to act. In the case of Iran it might be a nuclear weapons attack on Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel or make an assault upon a smaller target such as Bahrain, UAE, or Oman which would cause Saudi Arabia to defend any of these nations as they are all members of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) which is an economic and mutual defense pact. North Korea has often made direct threats to destroy South Korea, Japan and/or the Philippines. These three have direct defense pacts with the United States. North Korea, when they say destroy, they mean they would use either overwhelming conventional weapons or nuclear weapons alone or in combination with conventional weapons in order to annihilate the entirety of the lands leaving the ruins relatively to completely uninhabitable. They do not mean conquest in the normal sense, they honestly mean to completely eradicate the cities and thus strip the remains of any and all wealth, which remains to continue the rule of the Kim family.

 

Should the violence erupt to the point that the world sits up and takes attention and every eye turns to Washington D.C. to watch for the coming action of the United States, one must wonder how the world would react if the Congress demanded that the President sit this war out or face impeachment and the President decided not to test the Congress and ordered the Pentagon to stand down. This is the big question, what if when World War III breaks out with everybody pointing their weapons at everybody else and only a select few nations are spared threats, direct or otherwise, and the United States is not under threat or targeted directly. This was the case at the beginning of World War I where the Austria-Hungarian Empire, Germany and the Ottoman Empire went to war against the Empire of France, British Empire, Russian Empire and Japan, yes, Japan. That pretty much was the entire world outside of parts of the Americas and much of Asia outside of the areas under control of Japan. The United States sat back watching as the continent of Europe drew lines in trenches across the Eastern and Western fronts and fought across the lands included in MENA controlled by the Ottoman Empire against the French and British colonial holdings. Even Arab tribes broke from their Ottoman Turkish overlords to fight with the British, as did the Jews of the British territories in the Middle East, all for promises from the British and the French. They were double-crossed as the British and French had already made arrangements reaching an understanding known as the Sykes-Picot Treaty, which divided up the entirety of the MENA lands, as well as redrawing the lands that were the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Also reached was the San Remo Agreement, which formalized the Balfour Declaration.

 

World War I, the Great War, began on July 28, 1914, and it was not until after the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, that the United States first considered entering the war as they finally declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917, and later on the Austria-Hungarian Empire on December 7, 1917. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. The United States entered World War one three years after it began and the war ended a little over a year and a half later and only about a year after they declared war against all the entities engaged in the war. World War II was not all that different as it began on September 1, 1939, and ended on September 2, 1945, while the United States only entered the war after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The odds were a little better this time around, as the United States entered the war two year and two months after the start and the war concluded just under four years later. One can only wonder whether the United States would have ever entered World War II at all or how much longer had it taken had they not been attacked, another year, two, three, when the Nazis and Japanese closed in on the Americas? That is the question, when would the United States enter the next World War? Even the wars with the Barbary Pirates was only entered by the United States after their shipping had been under attack and the price paid for protection was raised too high that war was the more affordable option. That was the first time the United States warred with Islam. There were two Barbary Wars. The third war the United States had with Islam was in 1911 in the Philippines fighting the Morro Tribes as a result of the Spanish American War; their descendants are the ones fighting the Philippine government today on Mindanao.

 

So, what does the world do if the United States decides not to react to an attack on one of their allies? The one thing we can believe is that should the Americans sit any such attack out that every enemy of the United States will feel free to attack whomever they please and the world will erupt into complete and total chaos with nobody looking over their shoulder for the United States to act. They will have shown a total lack of concern and that will be taken as a go signal by every aggressor worldwide. Eventually the Americans will enter, but how many will have died before that happens. These are unpleasant considerations which must be addressed by a world on the edge, a world threatening to fall beyond the cusp.

 

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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