Two huge processes are happening right before our eyes. One is the Arab liberation revolution. After half a century during which tyrants have ruled the Arab world, their control is weakening. After 40 years of decaying stability, the rot is eating into the stability. The Arab masses will no longer accept what they used to accept. The Arab elites will no longer remain silent … The second process is the acceleration of the decline of the West. For some 60 years the West gave the world imperfect but stable order. It built a kind of post-imperial empire that promised relative quiet and maximum peace. The rise of China, India, Brazil and Russia, like the economic crisis in the United States, has made it clear that the empire is beginning to fade. – Haaretz Daily
Dominant Social Theme: Events spin out of control. We are all bystanders to history.
Free-Market Analysis: The analysis of Haaretz Daily (see excerpt above) is the standard one in today's Western media. Various large societal and economic forces are colliding in the Middle East and elsewhere and thus history is "being made." Here at the Daily Bell, we have expressed in a series of articles, the idea that what is happening in the Middle East is no accident.
Of course this is a terribly cynical view of events now taking place in Africa and the Middle East. But such a viewpoint is not, one could argue, as cynical as what has occurred in the West, post 9/11. At least two hot wars along with several cold wars have been prosecuted as a result of 9/11 narrative, which itself remains controversial.
The larger results of the "war on terror" are evident in the West's eroding civil liberties, expanding intel surveillance, expansive, illegal government wiretapping and generally a rise in authoritarian activities that were once ascribed to empires such as the Soviet Union, but which are now commonplace in Western governance. The United States alone has expanded its domestic and foreign intelligence efforts so aggressively that government watchdogs are unable to effectively account for the amount and type of activities that are currently ongoing.
In making the proposal that the Anglo American power elite is actively rebuilding or backing various Islamic regimes, we admitted that the analysis might seem at best superficial. Since then, reports have emerged that the US has been actively colluding – and even training – youthful Egyptians who are unhappy with the current regime. The US is also said to have met with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood about potential leadership activities in a post-Hosni Mubarak Egyptian political landscape. More than two weeks ago, we wrote the following:
In the strife-torn West African nation of Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) the West is supporting Alassane Ouattara, a former prime minister, banker and leader of the opposition over incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo. Ouattara is Muslim; Gbagbo is Christian. The West advocates for the Muslim-linked faction over the Christian one.
Then there is the referendum in the Sudan, one of Africa's largest states and most Northern ones. The referendum, being conducted on the auspices of the United Nations, aims to split the country, creating a predominantly Muslim Northern Sudan. According to CNN, President Omar al-Bashir has reportedly said that if Southern Sudan votes in favor of separation, "sharia will become the main source of Sudan's Constitution, Islam the state religion and Arabic the official language." The West, under the auspices of the UN, is in the process of creating a fundamentalist Muslim state. Finally, there is the sorry saga of the War in Kosova in which the West backed Albanian Muslims over Serbian Christians.
We have not seen anything of late that undermines this contention. In fact there seems to be a rising Islamic tide that may yet cause a fundamental realignment. Just yesterday, we learned that the US itself was actively backing a plan to remove Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in favor of a coalition government that would include an Islamic element, as follows:
'US working on plan for immediate Mubarak departure' … 'New York Times' reports White House in negotiations with officials surrounding Egyptian president on plan to install transitional government run by Suleiman, supported by Egyptian military. The White House was discussing a plan in which Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would resign immediately with Egyptian officials. The plan would place newly-appointed Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman in charge of a transitional government with the support of the country's military establishment, according to the report … The reported proposal calls for a widely inclusive transitional government, with representation coming from "a broad range of opposition groups, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood." – Jerusalem Post
On the surface, the various moves being made in the Middle East are most reasonable. Coalition or unity governments offer the chance to move past contentious belief structures. But in reality, resurgent Islam will likely make short work of such intentions. There is now civil unrest in Jordan, Yemen and Algeria. Surely Syria and Libya cannot be far behind and then the most important and powerful state of all – Saudi Arabia. The economic and social consequences of further Islamification are nearly incalculable. But it is only logical to assume that they would deepen the divide between East and West and further sharpen the war on terror itself.
On the surface the West has nothing to gain by encouraging an Islamic resurgence in the Middle East. But in fact, the war on terror is itself a war on Western middle classes and gives Western elites the chance to impose expansive authoritarian solutions within a domestic context. If one grants that the Anglo-American power elite is pursuing a goal of world governance, then it may be seen as needing enemies to create and overcome. Also, a growing war on terror creates widening economic and social chaos.
After a certain point, especially if the conflict grows heated enough and wide enough, other solutions may be brought to bear – including globalist ones. Perhaps, the meme of "transparency" (already covered by the Bell) shall be raised to encourage, conceptually, the idea of a one-world order. This analysis could be expanded to include central banking destabilizations of Western fiat currencies (see other story, this issue) in order to encourage such a trend and even the rise of someone like a Julian Assange as a political figure leading a globalist "transparency" movement. Outlandish? Strange things are happening in the world today.