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February 1, 2011

Egypt, the US, and the relationship paradox

Filed under: Events,International HLS — by Dan OConnor on February 1, 2011

As we’ve witnessed in real time, Egypt and revolution are now synonymous. Regionally relevant, Egypt every day slips away, from purported democracy to overthrow, to anarchy. With enough similarities to Iran in the late 70’s, another “ally” has fallen aside in a region that fuels the world.

We preach often and with interpretive translations or dramatic renditions about stability and maintaining it. We want financial stability. We want national stability and we want economic and social stability. But the “stability” we believe we had and embraced and embellished isn’t stability at all. My question is: is it repression or is it a necessary evil?

I ask as we see Tunisia fall — or begin to — and Jordan begin to wobble, while the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, increases its activity. And now Egypt. Why is Egypt so important? Fundamentally, their geography, their peace accord with Israel, the three million barrels of oil moving through the Suez canal daily, and Mubarek’s affinity to “help” us made them a necessary ally. Except for Jordan, Egypt is the only country in the region that attempts or manages to acquit themselves with maintaining a de facto peace and civil relationship with Israel.

But what of Egypt’s suppressed radicals? The basic ideology of political Islam finds its origin within Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has a long history of assassinations (Sadat) and attempts (Nasser) creating radical and political leaders (Ayman Muhammad Rabaie al-Zawahiri and Sayyid Qutb) and influencing the world’s most wanted man (Usama Bib Laden) and terrorist group (Al Qaeda).

The current situation has its roots in post WWII, with Britain’s diminishing influence and the emerging Arab Israeli relations. Nasser’s rise to power and his rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood fueled growing animosity and hostility in Egypt. With Nasser’s rejection of pro Western government and Islamist rule, it left him as an ideal partner for the Russians, hence our need to maintain active vigilance and persuasion within the region.

Nasser’s rejection of an Islamic government was an affront to the Brotherhood and in particular Sayyid Qutb. Qutb was the leading Islamic theologian of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s. Qutb was an Egyptian author, educator, Islamist, poet, and catalyst of political and radical Islam. After a failed attempt to assassinate Nasser, Qutb and others believed to be involved were jailed, and tortured. Qutb was released and re-arrested and finally martyred. His writings, coupled with his education in the United States and his subsequent rejection of America were additional fuel for his radical thoughts and embrace of a more fundamental Islamic point of view, with some calling it a Salafist one.

All that said, the Martyring of Qutb and the success of the Brotherhood’s assination of Anwar Sadat (my father-in-law was in the reviewing stands several rows behing Sadat) was in direct conflict with the secularist roots of Egypts’ quasi Democracy.

Enter Mubarek. Vowing to only remain one term, Mubarek has remained “President” or better stated benevolent dictator since 1981, but as of late perhaps not so. Having been the ruler of Egypt for nearly 30 years, Mubarek has utilized Egypt’s Emergency Law for his entire tenure. He considers the country to be in a permanent state of emergency and under that guise has expanded his powers, exercised force and intimidation and diminished civil rights as a result. The Egyptian government routinely arrests and detains citizens for any number of reasons, with limited or no due process. Their record on human rights is also quite spotty and they are not considered to be a free society. But they are our ally.

So now the rub: should we not have been concerned with Egypt’s issues as long as they showed us favor? Much of the rhetoric trumpeted by radical Islam about the United States is its propping up of corrupt rulers and despots to ensure access to the middle east’s oil and maintain low prices. Is there any truth to their argument? Is there fundamentally a different argument that can be made about Iran and now Egypt? Certainly there are differences, but there are also similarities. I read recently that we have supported upwards of 25 dictators since WWII. Do we do this simply to maintain cheap oil? Clearly one could make a case for that. Our entire Newtonian or industrialized economy is built on hydrocarbons. The world’s economy is still based on an industrial age hydrocarbon economy. Is this the march of civilization? Is this repetitive activity, exploitation of one nation for the betterment of another, the expectation or status quo? Isn’t this the definition of hegemonic empire?

So are we willing to weigh the merits of our relationships with dictatorial leaders against our need to fuel our machines and maintain spheres of influence? Objectively and for purpose of debate, can we entertain the possibility that our activity and “needs” have created, to some extent, the environment that causes terrorist activity to occur? Do our desires and malleable stance toward human rights make us global hypocrites? Are we responsible for some of our pain? Should we be at all surprised that repression over an extended period of time creates environments and opportunities for inflamed and agitated populaces to revolt against their oppressors?

In order for the United States to flourish and reach its zenith as a nation, fuel was required; cheap energy to power an economy and industry. Cheap energy was required to create revenue to distribute as aid around the globe. Cheap energy was required to garner global influence and global force projection. Is this the march of civilization and is American Exceptionalism much different than British, Spanish, French, Roman, or Greek periods of power? I’d like to think we’ve been more humanistic in our hegomony. However, can we get past our hubris to entertain the possibility that our wealth, influence, and power were not abstract or arbitrary gains, but gained by exploiting other nations that had neither the might nor influence to stop us? And, are we all “good” with that because that’s how Nations grow and become influential? I believe one must ask the questions.

One must ask because in order to protect our way of life and defend the homeland — homeland security — one must have the historical context and not simply monkey grinder rhetoric. If we are to defend our Nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic and against existential threats, we must also be able to identify our hand in causation. Nothing happens in a vacuum; to believe it does is folly and dangerous.

If one believes in some sense of American Exceptionalism and also that same sense of International responsibility as I do, than one has to entertain all the facts, not those that simply fit our rationale. How else can one make and execute an effective homeland security plan and enterprise if we choose to ignore all the facts? As has been said before, we are all entitled to our own opinions informed or otherwise. We are however not entitled to our own facts.

The revolutionaries in Egypt are determined and growing more emboldened to bring down Mubarak’s regime. I wonder aloud if the leaders of the last 50 years of Egypt’s secular tyranny realized they spawned two enemies: the present revolutionaries and the theocratic absolutists. How much play the Muslim Brotherhood has remains to be seen and having reporters on 24/7 infotainment channels speculate or report that “leaders” pontificate about their role and/or are trying to separate Christians from Muslims is reckless and dangerous. But is it factual? I wonder if Egypt is more important than Sangin, Afghanistan where Marines engage in daily fire fights and die every day.

I wonder if the revolutionaries trying desperately to maintain calm and suppress anarchy have given any thought to what will replace the current regime. In the three act play, we are still in act one. Could this be the last of a series of dominos as former American strongholds topple or is this beginning of the people’s revolt against tyranny? Do the Saudis worry or dismiss? Does this devolving situation change our homeland security posture and procedures? These are interesting times.

And what is the definition of Homeland Security… Complexity, here we come!

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Comment by William R. Cumming

February 1, 2011 @ 5:28 am

DAN! This is a great great post. And perhaps we should point the finger at ourselves even more. See my post at
FOOD-The new currency? | vacationlanegrp- Another Cumming blog

Also you discussion here is excellent and note formative experience here in USA for leading theorist of radical ISLAM:

“Nasser’s rejection of an Islamic government was an affront to the Brotherhood and in particular Sayyid Qutb. Qutb was the leading Islamic theologian of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s. Qutb was an Egyptian author, educator, Islamist, poet, and catalyst of political and radical Islam. After a failed attempt to assassinate Nasser, Qutb and others believed to be involved were jailed, and tortured. Qutb was released and re-arrested and finally martyred. His writings, coupled with his education in the United States and his subsequent rejection of America were additional fuel for his radical thoughts and embrace of a more fundamental Islamic point of view, with some calling it a Salafist one.”

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 1, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

By the way DAN cheap energy was the US driver for most of its history. Daniel Yergin’s “The Prize” skillfully points out too much oil and gas not too little was the problem for the “Seven Sisters”! Now with over 90% of so-called “proven reserves” under the control of NOCs [National Oil Companies] and also the impact of OPEC it is unclear whether oil and gas prices are cartelized to maximize profits.
Based on the little knowledge I have of Egypt many serious scholars indicate that OPEC has huge concerns about revolution in Egypt and in fact OPEC’s clout may well end. Not sure of the rationale but this is being discussed many places. Israel of course initially appears to be the biggest loser but only if the peace treaty is disolved.

Comment by Egypt and the Middle East; Global Conflict

February 2, 2011 @ 10:24 am

To William Cumming, as always, many of us reading and sharing ur perspectives in this blog applaud you and very much appreciate your vast knowledge and sharing in your enlightenment as so many issues affect our lives today in America. We feel very fortunate to hear your perspective as to global events affecting our Homeland Security! Bravo! We need as much enlightenment as to the goodness found in most people and the vigilence required of those who seek the dmise of humanity….as if their decision to make because of the lust of power which has placed them in a position where they kill and cause such despair, hopelessness….

With few reading the Bible and looking back into history, most today are very ignorant of the reality evolving today.

“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over the all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. (Daniel 11:42-43). Many others will follow as well.

It is time for the WH and especially the policy makers at State and at DHS HQ to do their utmost to get past themselves and begin studying Pope Urban, the Holy Roman Empire and the Crusades to see the Catholic passion for Jerusalem as well as the “Brutes of Tehran” also leading their march to Jerusalem!

I differ in perspective as to the supposed complexities in understanding Egypt today and it relevance to a Middle East which will face the fierceness not of America, but the EU and the Vatican and the inevitable clash of Catholic Church and the German-led EU against Muslim and all before the Lord! What a pity!

I have made numerous comments on this blog and in other writings as to the revolution that would grip not only Egypt, but many nations throughout the Middle East and as you will see shortly, the “Brotherhood” will establish itself more firmly in the everyday Life in Egypt and the more “fundamentalist” approach to Life in the Middle East will certainly have much global ramification as the EU and Vatican, the great chruch, the lavishly dressed “harlot” –”And I saw the woman drunken with the blod of the saints, and with the blood of martyrs” (Revelation 17:6).

The outcome evolving in the Middle East will not be in the interst of our beloved America nor for that matter for the population in general and especially in the Middle East! The youth in the Middle East have every right to aspire to employment, to hopefulness, to have freedom of expression and not the despair and hopelessness I have seen myself when walking the streets of Egypt or in Hebron or Jericho! Yes, only further despair and tragedy will result.

To the Hebrew, while it is yur covenant to protect the land of Jerusalem, you, too will be duped shortly as you turn to the German led EU and Vatican who have no intent to pursue peace for we only have to look at history to see during the Inquisition over 50 million innocent fellow humans killed in cold blood in the name of Christianity! The fundamentalist Muslim and the Catholic 21st century crusaders, thirsty in their respective “passion” for Jerusalem are about to clash in a shock and awe with few too many understanding what this fuss is all about!

Let’s not blame all Christians or Muslims for we must be clear in our understanding of the events that have taken place in histry and those taking place today!

In A.D. 622, Catholics fought and were defeated in a crusade against the Persians and the Jews! Reportedly some 60,000 Persians and Hebrews were killed with tens of thousands enslaved! Read the excerpts yourself – this is no secret. To this day, the Vatican, the Catholic great church with all its power has been bitter towards the Jews in the fall of Jerusalem at that time and much of the anti-semitism which has caused so much despair was the result.

Again, read all about Pope Urban II and the Catholic Army savage in its ways – the “rightuous army which later marched thusands of miles in the “crusades” to conquer the Holy land! Until folks put aside their “texting” and read history, those at Homeland Security or at the WH really have no cncept as to the severity of what is taking shape in Egypt, Yemen, Tunesia, soon Turkey and other….

The thinking and objectives at the heart of the papacy is very evident whether you like it ir not. So many ardent supporters of Islam and the Quran and so many ardent supporters of the great church and the Bible and how dare one speaks out agaisnt any when in fact, most are ignorant of the reality of how the Quran and the Bible are “manipulated” by those clerics and Catholic priests who hidee behind robe and vestments and are quite capable of dastardly deed and even cold blooded murder witnessed by the Lord!

In fact, while I am Greek Orthodox Christian, so many other churhes and worshipers have been in the sights of many Popes seeking to rule over all churches, however this will not be…

Not trying to offend anyne, yet history itself proves the Vatican as the most militant institution and it is apparent that the papacy does not believe in democratic philosophy and in fact has converted many by the sword in what were nothing less “dastardly acts” in “war crimes” — Refer to Jones and Ereira’s book, “Urban’s army would also rescure Jerusalem, the spiritual center of the universe.” Interestingly, “Urban’s method of raising his army was completely original; as well as pay, he could offer paaradise – anyone who took part had all their sins forgiven and ‘Whoever for devotion alone, not to gain honor or money goes to Jerusalem to liberate the church of God can substitue this journey for all penance.’” Imagine, Christians believing such nonesense much like the “suicide bomber” told about how he/she will see paradise, etc.! Listen, it is only all our Creator who can offer paradise and forgive sins….let’s get some reality about us..Killing another is certainly Not what God Blesses in any way! Still deceived (Revelation 12:9), this world is so ignorant, so dysfunctional and if you care to look at history and Urban, it is plainly seen that the message to the people, “Fighting in the Pope’s cause was not only an obligation, but somehow it would make one Righteous!” How absurd…how mistaken…how foolish and despite this, even today we see such behavior. The Bible says” by their fruits you shall know them.” How many Muslims even can recall the blood knee deep of Crusaders and Muslims fighting at the al-Aqsa Mosque, some 70,000! What a calamity, how outrageous and all before God who weeps for mankind’s sinful ways –

It is also noteworthy when discussing Homeland Security and the events unfolding in the Middle East to mention that the Pope decalred that killing need not be a sin as it depended on who one killed and as enemies of Christ, “killing did not require penance, it was the penance! — Holy slaughter could be effective as a devotional activity as prayer, or fasting, or pilgrimage” In fact, the Pope said, “Now we are proposing that you should fight wars which contain the glorious reward of martyrdom, in which you gain the title of present and eternal glory” and the Pope further pointed out the “importance of rescuing Jerusalem from the infidel!” Wow, where have we heard this word “infidel” from??

The Pope also said, “Take the road to the Holy Sepulcher, rescure that land from a dreadful race and rule over it yourselves” It must be clearly understood that both Muslims and Jewish (Hebrew) inhabitants of Jerusalem were slaughtered like pigs – each creations of the Lord and so discarded by such evil ones! Don’t think it will not happen again as history repeats itself per the ignorance of mankind….

True Christians and Muslims cleatly understand that we are to not to kill another and only God can make judgement on another. These “Brutes of Tehran” who willingly spill rich “Persian” blood of a young woman in the streets of Tehran, approve and encourage men to stone a woman while holding camera taking pictures of killing another..the bloodied hands of these corrupt bunch of hoodlums in Tehran manipulating the Quran and Muslims to kill and all in the name of religion when their own coffers and lust for power grows!

In 1997, war games code named, “Road to Jerusalem” were conducted by Ahmadinejad et al! Between 150,00 to 275,000 soldiers particpated. Iran and Syria have provided Hezbollah with tens of thousands of rockets, missiles and weapons and Egyptian efforts to prevent aid from reaching Hamas in the Gaza strip is reported as well as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps stepping up training of Hezbollah’s soldiers. Even underground tunnels and even telecommunications network has been established.

We even saw Ahmadinejad visit Lebanon last October where he was greeted like a superstar! Iranian flags were n every block, in the hands of hundeeds and hundreds of Hezbollah supporters!

To those at State, — pay attention — you saw Ahmadinejad urge Palestinians not to lay down an armed struggle against their Jewish neighbors and this was well planned as Ahmadinejad made this plea one day after a proposed US supported peace deal/talks was agreed to by Palestinian and Israeli officials/negotiators! What was really of interest was that Ahmadinejad called for this armed insurrection to continue on “Quds Day – or Jeruslam Day an annual day put on by Iran and started back in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini as a day to be celebrated by all denouncing Israel, calling for its extinction, its destruction!

Iran has the trigger and soon the “nuclear” bomb and as the Middle East’s biggest promoter and cold-blooded murders of a regime which will use nuclear terrorism and as Yasser Arafat stated back in 1996, “When we stop our Intifada, when we stop our revolution, we go to the greater jihad, the jihad of the independent Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem!”

I have been fortunate to have walked the streets of Jerusalem and as my favorite city Blessed so and with so much promise, whether it is the Catholics or the Muslim, unless someone from both sides repent before our Creator for such blood wrenching depiction of evil doers, It is unfortunate that in this 21st century with so much technological advancement, We cannot Respect one another and all share Jerusalem as Jerusalem is God’s treasure and all this “cold-blooded” killing through the centuries, unGodly and certainly nothing in the Quran or Bible too justify killing another creation of God for He is the only one to judge another!

The Middle East and the conflagration soon to follow is truly Not what God had in mind when creating each of us who choose to follow His ways….

This Catholic/Muslim mentality among the highest clerics and priests of killing must cease, yet it will not. Enough is enough and far too many generations have had to succumb to such outlandish and depiction of those with less than sound mind! Lay down your weapons and not necessarily embrace one another, but repent and seek God’s love for He will lead the way, not your senseless killing of God’s children!

God Bless us all!

Christopher Tingus
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by Conflict In Humanity

February 2, 2011 @ 10:27 am

To William Cumming, as always, many of us reading and sharing ur perspectives in this blog applaud you and very much appreciate your vast knowledge and sharing in your enlightenment as so many issues affect our lives today in America. We feel very fortunate to hear your perspective as to global events affecting our Homeland Security! Bravo! We need as much enlightenment as to the goodness found in most people and the vigilence required of those who seek the dmise of humanity….as if their decision to make because of the lust of power which has placed them in a position where they kill and cause such despair, hopelessness….

With few reading the Bible and looking back into history, most today are very ignorant of the reality evolving today.

“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over the all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. (Daniel 11:42-43). Many others will follow as well.

It is time for the WH and especially the policy makers at State and at DHS HQ to do their utmost to get past themselves and begin studying Pope Urban, the Holy Roman Empire and the Crusades to see the Catholic passion for Jerusalem as well as the “Brutes of Tehran” also leading their march to Jerusalem!

I differ in perspective as to the supposed complexities in understanding Egypt today and it relevance to a Middle East which will face the fierceness not of America, but the EU and the Vatican and the inevitable clash of Catholic Church and the German-led EU against Muslim and all before the Lord! What a pity!

I have made numerous comments on this blog and in other writings as to the revolution that would grip not only Egypt, but many nations throughout the Middle East and as you will see shortly, the “Brotherhood” will establish itself more firmly in the everyday Life in Egypt and the more “fundamentalist” approach to Life in the Middle East will certainly have much global ramification as the EU and Vatican, the great chruch, the lavishly dressed “harlot” –”And I saw the woman drunken with the blod of the saints, and with the blood of martyrs” (Revelation 17:6).

The outcome evolving in the Middle East will not be in the interst of our beloved America nor for that matter for the population in general and especially in the Middle East! The youth in the Middle East have every right to aspire to employment, to hopefulness, to have freedom of expression and not the despair and hopelessness I have seen myself when walking the streets of Egypt or in Hebron or Jericho! Yes, only further despair and tragedy will result.

To the Hebrew, while it is yur covenant to protect the land of Jerusalem, you, too will be duped shortly as you turn to the German led EU and Vatican who have no intent to pursue peace for we only have to look at history to see during the Inquisition over 50 million innocent fellow humans killed in cold blood in the name of Christianity! The fundamentalist Muslim and the Catholic 21st century crusaders, thirsty in their respective “passion” for Jerusalem are about to clash in a shock and awe with few too many understanding what this fuss is all about!

Let’s not blame all Christians or Muslims for we must be clear in our understanding of the events that have taken place in histry and those taking place today!

In A.D. 622, Catholics fought and were defeated in a crusade against the Persians and the Jews! Reportedly some 60,000 Persians and Hebrews were killed with tens of thousands enslaved! Read the excerpts yourself – this is no secret. To this day, the Vatican, the Catholic great church with all its power has been bitter towards the Jews in the fall of Jerusalem at that time and much of the anti-semitism which has caused so much despair was the result.

Again, read all about Pope Urban II and the Catholic Army savage in its ways – the “rightuous army which later marched thusands of miles in the “crusades” to conquer the Holy land! Until folks put aside their “texting” and read history, those at Homeland Security or at the WH really have no cncept as to the severity of what is taking shape in Egypt, Yemen, Tunesia, soon Turkey and other….

The thinking and objectives at the heart of the papacy is very evident whether you like it ir not. So many ardent supporters of Islam and the Quran and so many ardent supporters of the great church and the Bible and how dare one speaks out agaisnt any when in fact, most are ignorant of the reality of how the Quran and the Bible are “manipulated” by those clerics and Catholic priests who hidee behind robe and vestments and are quite capable of dastardly deed and even cold blooded murder witnessed by the Lord!

In fact, while I am Greek Orthodox Christian, so many other churhes and worshipers have been in the sights of many Popes seeking to rule over all churches, however this will not be…

Not trying to offend anyne, yet history itself proves the Vatican as the most militant institution and it is apparent that the papacy does not believe in democratic philosophy and in fact has converted many by the sword in what were nothing less “dastardly acts” in “war crimes” — Refer to Jones and Ereira’s book, “Urban’s army would also rescure Jerusalem, the spiritual center of the universe.” Interestingly, “Urban’s method of raising his army was completely original; as well as pay, he could offer paaradise – anyone who took part had all their sins forgiven and ‘Whoever for devotion alone, not to gain honor or money goes to Jerusalem to liberate the church of God can substitue this journey for all penance.’” Imagine, Christians believing such nonesense much like the “suicide bomber” told about how he/she will see paradise, etc.! Listen, it is only all our Creator who can offer paradise and forgive sins….let’s get some reality about us..Killing another is certainly Not what God Blesses in any way! Still deceived (Revelation 12:9), this world is so ignorant, so dysfunctional and if you care to look at history and Urban, it is plainly seen that the message to the people, “Fighting in the Pope’s cause was not only an obligation, but somehow it would make one Righteous!” How absurd…how mistaken…how foolish and despite this, even today we see such behavior. The Bible says” by their fruits you shall know them.” How many Muslims even can recall the blood knee deep of Crusaders and Muslims fighting at the al-Aqsa Mosque, some 70,000! What a calamity, how outrageous and all before God who weeps for mankind’s sinful ways –

It is also noteworthy when discussing Homeland Security and the events unfolding in the Middle East to mention that the Pope decalred that killing need not be a sin as it depended on who one killed and as enemies of Christ, “killing did not require penance, it was the penance! — Holy slaughter could be effective as a devotional activity as prayer, or fasting, or pilgrimage” In fact, the Pope said, “Now we are proposing that you should fight wars which contain the glorious reward of martyrdom, in which you gain the title of present and eternal glory” and the Pope further pointed out the “importance of rescuing Jerusalem from the infidel!” Wow, where have we heard this word “infidel” from??

The Pope also said, “Take the road to the Holy Sepulcher, rescure that land from a dreadful race and rule over it yourselves” It must be clearly understood that both Muslims and Jewish (Hebrew) inhabitants of Jerusalem were slaughtered like pigs – each creations of the Lord and so discarded by such evil ones! Don’t think it will not happen again as history repeats itself per the ignorance of mankind….

True Christians and Muslims cleatly understand that we are to not to kill another and only God can make judgement on another. These “Brutes of Tehran” who willingly spill rich “Persian” blood of a young woman in the streets of Tehran, approve and encourage men to stone a woman while holding camera taking pictures of killing another..the bloodied hands of these corrupt bunch of hoodlums in Tehran manipulating the Quran and Muslims to kill and all in the name of religion when their own coffers and lust for power grows!

In 1997, war games code named, “Road to Jerusalem” were conducted by Ahmadinejad et al! Between 150,00 to 275,000 soldiers particpated. Iran and Syria have provided Hezbollah with tens of thousands of rockets, missiles and weapons and Egyptian efforts to prevent aid from reaching Hamas in the Gaza strip is reported as well as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps stepping up training of Hezbollah’s soldiers. Even underground tunnels and even telecommunications network has been established.

We even saw Ahmadinejad visit Lebanon last October where he was greeted like a superstar! Iranian flags were n every block, in the hands of hundeeds and hundreds of Hezbollah supporters!

To those at State, — pay attention — you saw Ahmadinejad urge Palestinians not to lay down an armed struggle against their Jewish neighbors and this was well planned as Ahmadinejad made this plea one day after a proposed US supported peace deal/talks was agreed to by Palestinian and Israeli officials/negotiators! What was really of interest was that Ahmadinejad called for this armed insurrection to continue on “Quds Day – or Jeruslam Day an annual day put on by Iran and started back in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini as a day to be celebrated by all denouncing Israel, calling for its extinction, its destruction!

Iran has the trigger and soon the “nuclear” bomb and as the Middle East’s biggest promoter and cold-blooded murders of a regime which will use nuclear terrorism and as Yasser Arafat stated back in 1996, “When we stop our Intifada, when we stop our revolution, we go to the greater jihad, the jihad of the independent Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem!”

I have been fortunate to have walked the streets of Jerusalem and as my favorite city Blessed so and with so much promise, whether it is the Catholics or the Muslim, unless someone from both sides repent before our Creator for such blood wrenching depiction of evil doers, It is unfortunate that in this 21st century with so much technological advancement, We cannot Respect one another and all share Jerusalem as Jerusalem is God’s treasure and all this “cold-blooded” killing through the centuries, unGodly and certainly nothing in the Quran or Bible too justify killing another creation of God for He is the only one to judge another!

The Middle East and the conflagration soon to follow is truly Not what God had in mind when creating each of us who choose to follow His ways….

This Catholic/Muslim mentality among the highest clerics and priests of killing must cease, yet it will not. Enough is enough and far too many generations have had to succumb to such outlandish and depiction of those with less than sound mind! Lay down your weapons and not necessarily embrace one another, but repent and seek God’s love for He will lead the way, not your senseless killing of God’s children!

God Bless us all!

Christopher Tingus
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by DAN OCONNOR

February 2, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

Mr. Tingus;
As always, a unique perspective. Two additional points. Both a bit cheeky, but to make a point.

Egypt has played a key role in the long march of civilization. Thru out, Egypt has aspired for regional dominance. Gamal Nasser dreamed and meddled until he died in 1970 and was succeeded by Anwar Sadat. Sadat inherited a political and military stalemate in the region. He had to fight to consolidate his position. He knew that the status quo would not work, so he prepared for war. He sought Soviet equipment and assistance for attacks across the Suez Canal. A cease-fire resulted. The Egyptian President understood he had no choice. He agreed to an unconditional cease-fire that was really a political decision in order to prevent a military catastrophe. Hosni Mubarak may also quickly make a “political decision” to end his regime. He has endured six assassination attempts so democracy as we understand it may never be possible.

My father in law, a LtCol at the time, remembers clearly being at the Armed Forces Parade in 1981, when Anwar Sadat was assassinated. The Muslim Brotherhood made a lasting impression on him and his peer, who was shot sitting next to him, several rows removed from President Sadat. It seems a legitimate opinion to only deal with the Brotherhood from a “hand of strength” and their political and religious goals for Egypt have not nor will not change, in my opinion. Also, I would pontificate that this has little to do with religion as it does power.

If the Muslim Brotherhood takes over Egypt Coptic Christians and secular western thought will either be destroyed, flee, or cease to exist as another puzzle piece of the caliphate will slide into place. The one thing we are reasonably sure of is this; there will be no Mubarak dynasty.

The British settlement of 1922 did not end the “troubles”, nor will the current crisis. What we understand about the Middle East is that the long march of civilization continues. In the end Egypt may be more important to our struggle for “Homeland Security” than either Afghanistan or “Health Care”.

To your additional point;

“This Catholic/Muslim mentality among the highest clerics and priests of killing must cease, yet it will not”
It will not cease (the killing) because this is not God’s laws, but mans interpretations and it need to stratify followers to ensure the organization lives on. After preaching for nearly two millennia about the one true faith, how will we have subsequent and simultaneous epiphanies as to the error of our chosen path? Isn’t that what Matthwe conveys; For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” ~ Matthew 24:27.
That’s what Christians believe to be the truth. But what if you are not Christian? Who wants to face the reality of being on the wrong side of time? Even further still, what if the great false consciousness is put in place by those who wish to control and placate the masses with fear and acquiescence to authority?
A study of the desert religions, as Mr. Cummings so often aptly refers to, is also a study of human suffering, exploitation, and organizational survival. I believe you to be accurate in your assertion with regard to some Vatican activities and its devices. It is a man made, man run organization and if we’ve come to understand anything reading the erudite minds of many of the contributors, we all have bias, prejudices and self interests…politics after all are politics. So someone with a dark or jaundiced point of view might eschew pointing out that organized religion is about salvation and saving souls but instead produce a spread sheet.
In the mid-1990s, Arafat controlled a financial empire worth at least $3 billion. By the time of his death, he was down to his last $1 billion. Estimates run wild with regard to the Catholic Church, but I’ve read some places it’s predicted to be a $400B+/- annual income/expenditure operation.
So in strictly a financial sense, it’s about power and maintaining the fiscal status quo…That’s why the killing will not stop… it’s not personal, strictly business.
A catty and trite response, but as my earlier posting initiated; there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye and we spend a great deal of time, money, effort, and lives pointing out that our brother has dust in his eye all the while ignoring the stick in our own.
Thanks for your input. It is invaluable and welcomed.

Comment by Conflict In Humanity

February 3, 2011 @ 12:21 am

MR. DAN OCONNOR:

Thank you for sharing this information. I always enjy reading your perspective and it is quite helpful in my trying to understand why humanity cannot do better in “communication among others” where many of us strive daily in making contribution to the world we all share instead of this oppression, suffering and ultimately placing us all in peril!

This killing of innocent fellow humans makes no sense as for the most part as we are merely trying our best every day to diligently work if possible and help others less fortunate along the way! The lay person who sometimes becomes victim has little role in numerous governmental decision-making, yet are targets when others seek the many citizens globally who can be manipulated and deceived.

I wish I had a wand where I could wave it and ask for peace, harmony, yes, differences in opinion and cultures, however not this despair I see and fear that results from mankind paying little heed to history and how it repeats itself very often.

Again, thank you and pls share as much information and perspective for many of us are truly seeking to realize a better world for ourselves and better understand why some people prefer to cause confrontation and jeopardize those who then must endure hardship which passes from one generation to the next. I ask why? Why after thousands of years of history and mankind’s evolution now in this 21st century affording so many much promise and innovation, oppression is so rampant!

God Bless America and God Bless us all!

Christopher

Comment by steve

May 1, 2011 @ 9:00 am

The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God….If you dare to dream…be prepared to part this world for the real one….love all…peace on earth..goodwill to all…steve

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