When the President first spoke of an Arab spring back in May, the metaphor that immediately came to my mind was geological rather than seasonal. One suggests an expected, temporary occurrence, the other a constant movement with the power to erode even the hardest stone over time. Is the current unrest in the Middle East a passing event or something that will change the geopolitical landscape of the region forever?
With the enthusiastic encouragement of the United States, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have certainly changed dramatically over the last few months. The eventual outcome of our actions, or in some cases, inaction, remains to be seen but it would appear that extremists will have a strong hand in the reshaping of those governments.
After the toppling of Hosni Mubarak, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood is currently running for election in Egypt under the “Freedom and Justice Party”. According to the New York Times, candidate Mehdi Akef states:
“Our preliminary platform will be shown through the Freedom and Justice Party. But our full platform will not be disclosed until we are in complete control and take the presidency as well.”
We should also not forget the sagely words of James Clapper, (the same James Clapper that didn’t seem to know anything about the arrest of twelve men planning an al-Quaeda terror attack in London last year), the President’s own director of National Intelligence who said:
“The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’…is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.”
And the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood?
Allah is our objective.
The Prophet is our leader.
Qur’an is our law.
Jihad is our way.
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
Despite the appearance of a democratic process, last month in Egypt, a “senior official in Egyptian Islamic Jihad” Sheikh ‘Adel Shehato reminds us in the Toz Al-Yousef,
“The Term “Democracy” is Not in the Arab or Islamic Lexicon; Once Allah’s Law Reigns Supreme, the People’s Role will End”
As American cruise missiles rained down upon the Libyan countryside, Muammar Gadaffi penned an open letter to President Obama in which he claimed to be holding the flood gates against the flow of al-quaeda throughout the Middle East. He begged the United States to intervene on Libya’s behalf.
At the same time, according to the Telegraph we have this:
“al-Qaeda issued a call for supporters to back the Libyan rebellion, which it said would lead to the imposition of “the stage of Islam” in the country.”
“Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links”
Just last month, President Obama similarly called for Syria’s President Assad to step aside after announcing an Executive Order imposing “unprecedented sanctions” against the country. He cited the regime’s use of torture despite our nation’s ongoing rendition program and the fact that we’ve often sought the “special interrogation services” performed in the darkest basements of Syria and Egypt.
We don’t seem to care much about the brutality of Sharia law, the human rights violations of China or Iran’s stated goal to wipe Israel off the map and usher in the coming of the twelfth Imam, but give us an unstable government ready to be toppled by al-Quaeda and we have an immediate and obvious interest.
As America prepares to commemorate the ten year anniversary of 9/11, we must ask ourselves if our current actions, as well as those over the last decade have made us safer? Have we led by example? Do we have more allies now than before? Are there more or less people in the world that would rejoice over America’s fall?
In terms of terrorism, there has not been another catastrophic attack within the United States since the towers fell, but there have been several smaller actions carried out successfully such as those in Little Rock and Fort Hood. While the international connections were downplayed by the government and most of the press, both incidents were linked to al-Qaeda.
We know of at least 39 terror plots that have been thwarted over the last ten years. Undoubtedly, the most alarming would be those that we’re not allowed to know about. The infamous underwear bomber’s attempt and the Times Square car bomb incident were recent close calls that should serve to remind us all that luck and fate may not always shine upon America.
Lest we forget, one country’s terrorist is another’s hero; a freedom fighter to be honored or martyred. There seems to be no shortage of people willing to wrap themselves in explosives and die for their beliefs regardless of any collateral damage. If even 1% of the approximately 1.5 billion Muslims in the world are anti-American extremists, that makes roughly 15 million potential terrorists who would seek to harm both our country and our interests abroad.
In the eyes of many civilizations with culture and history stretching back thousands of years, the American experiment is little more than a temporary annoyance. An over-zealous, imperialist nation, albeit one with ICBM’s and global authority, that must be defeated at all costs. Whether justified or not, our actions throughout the world continue to incite hatred and contempt for our nation and we must be prepared for the consequences of these decisions.
In light of this reality, we willingly cede our rights in exchange for protection. We acknowledge the existence of terror, accept the delays and live within a new set of guidelines. We strip search grandmas and irradiate citizens flying within our own country while 1,000′s of people, many with questionable intentions, stream unhindered across our borders.
America’s priorities seem confused and disorganized. Our media, and many citizens were whipped into a frenzy when American casualties reached the 5,000 mark in the Middle East yet ethnic conflict in the Congo continues for years, killing up to 45,000 per month with only a token response from the United States.
According to one study, 30,000 children are dying each day from preventable causes. Many by machete or bullet, most by starvation and disease. Where is the non-stop coverage, the cry for immediate action? How is it that Jersey Shore continues to be number one in the ratings and this global “situation” remains unreported?
While Europe crumbles under the weight of a failed socialistic hybrid, the Middle East smolders with revolution and upheaval. Is this simply democracy in action or will the newfound powers of the extremists ignite a flame of hatred throughout these vitally strategic regions?
Pakistan has given China access to some of our newest technology “left behind” after the Bin-Ladin raid — the same China that recently unveiled a new stealth bomber and an aircraft carrier. Israel has just sent additional warships to the Red Sea to meet Iran’s 15th fleet as they prepare for anticipated terrorist attacks from the Egyptian border.
While we have our day of solemn remembrance on 9/11, others throughout the world will be celebrating a series of great victories and planning future battles in a very real and ongoing global war effort. Whether this American fall signals the coming winter of our discontent remains to be seen.