The Middle East – Let’s cut to the chase so that a broader understanding is possible.
Look at a map of the Middle East:
The first understanding is to know the “Modern West” was accepting of mass migration from N-Africa through Tunisia and Libya into Cyprus, Italy and on to Europe for decades. This migration was/is the beginning of their substantive multi-cultural issues they are now facing socially and economically.
Long story short…. Eventually Europe wanted the spigot turned off because the “undesirables” were not assimilating correctly and they could not afford the resulting problems. The ruling fascists in Libya (Gaddafi) and Tunisia (Zine El Abidine Ben Ali) now held “leverage” over Europe. Quackdaffy and Ben Ali became the gatekeepers.
They, Ben Ali and Daffy, also blackmailed Europe into paying them to keep the gates closed and stop the immigration. Both men were paid handsomely with Euros, and Trade agreements. So they took the money and closed the gates.
The “Problem” arose because the migration ‘to them’ did not stop; they just bottlenecked it in their own countries and then had to strong-arm the undesirables to keep control. Where did the very first country to explode in the Arab Spring happen?
Tunisia. Ta’ Da! After around two decades of bottlenecked migration, the country was filled with anger. Anger from the nationalists who wanted their country back, and anger from the new tenants who wanted their “culture” to have greater social and political power. A multi-cultural powder keg. It exploded, literally in flames as an old guy, Tunisian national named Mohamad Bouazizi, who ran a grocery market, couldn’t take it any more and set himself on fire in protest. His flame lit the fuse.
Now look at the map again.
If the Western entrance gates to Europe are blocked by NATO, and strong immigration restrictions are put back in place,….. where does the crowd go? The path of least resistance. It flows to the Eastern gates.
Sure some of them settle in surrounding geography, but the push heads toward where? Yep, Turkey. Ta’ Da ! Through Syria into Turkey. What countries are currently in the headlines? Yep, Turkey and Syria. They are about to go to war. Disconnected? Not a chance.
Turkish Prime Minister – Erdogan, now has the power of the gate key.
The pinky raised pontificating Euro-wienies don’t want them pesky undesirables back on the march so Erdogan can demand just about anything.
The difference between Erdogan and Gaddaffi/Ali is he’s an Islamist just like the new Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian Prez Mohamed Morsi.
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the “figurehead guy” who led the nonsense (“rebels”) in Libya handed the reins to Mohammed Magarief, and quickly ducked for cover because the severe Islamists are now in control of the militia (aka law enforcement).
Gaddafi and former Egyptian Prez Mubarak, took the payola and kept the Islamist elements in check – and in jail. The new crew(s) open the jails and let them out, and yet will still demand the payola. (Not Funny that)
In Syria the President, Bashar Hafez al-Assad, is kinda thought about by our guys like Gaddafi circa 1980′s, before Daffy recognized the easier choice was to “work with us”. Now the Islamists (Salafists, al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood et al) are gonna chop off his private parts too. And the neighbor Erdogan is going to give them the knife to do it.
And as described “Erdogan holds the Western Wild cards”…. so it’s only a matter of time before Assad is dispatched too. But he saw the literal stick up the butt of Gaddafi, and he doesn’t much like the thought of that idea, plus he has all those weapons from Saddam Hussein and the Ruskies.
The Ruskies are cool with giving him more bullets and stuff to keep going, because they are repaid by Immanutjob’s oil and natural resources in trade. Coincidently circumventing the Iran “embargo” which is more like a non-embargo/embargo.
Meanwhile from Egypt, Mohammed al-Zawahiri, now out of prison, keeps the US embassies busy in Libya and Egypt, while his brother Ayman al-Zawahiri wears the big Turban (al-Qaeda/Taliban Boss) and keeps the US tied down, and waits us out -TO GET OUT- in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
We created al-Qaeda under their former name “Mujahideen” back when the Ruskies were trying their hand in the land of Poppy. We funded the Mujahideen (aka Osama Bin Laden) to fight the Ruskies, while we were funding Sadam Hussein (Iraq) to fight Iran.
Once Iran and Iraq quit fighting each other Hussein looked South. When he decided to pick on Kuwait, he became our enemy. When the House of Saud asked us to protect Saudi Arabia, and we got skittish about the oil worry, Bin Laden got PO’d that “his people” would invite the “infidels” into the land of Mecca instead of asking him for help. Huge Religious ego issue.
Simultaneously, the Ruskies quit trying to make the big rocks into little rocks, and so now Bin Laden had the time to make us his enemy.
All of these peeps: Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, al-Qaeda, Taliban, Mullahs, and to a lesser extent the Saudi’s have one thing in common.
They despise the Dollar being the global currency. This is the commonality they all share, because they view our ability to print money ad infinitum as us being greedy bastards.
While their people struggle making rocks into wheat (because they live in sand dirt) they see our government able to print money all day/night, and create social welfare programs -for Americans only- that not only keep us fat, but also provide cell phones and internet service. They hate that, and, in actuality, if you look at it from their perspective, they kinda have a point.
After all, we bitch about “currency manipulation” by the Chinese, on the same day that Bernake is firing up QE2. Duh. Same/Same.
So the Bin Laden-minded critters (all named above) blame, and label, the printing press excess of the U.S. as global greed. Hence, when they dispatched their targets for the “Terror Planes” on 9/11 they picked the “World Trade Center”. Not accidental. They despise the global currency being dollars.
Well, perhaps that was useful, if not at least it can start a conversation. I hear Mitt Romney has a bit to say in these regards coming up today……