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Friday
Jan182013

New Islamic Caliphate Challenges Western Crusaders

Contributed by Chriss Street. Specialist in corporate reorganizations and turnarounds, former Chairman of two NYSE listed companies. His latest book, The Third Way, describes how to achieve management excellence and financial reward by moving organizations from Conflict and Confrontation to Leadership and Cooperation. He lives in Newport Beach, CA. 

This week marks the second anniversary of the birth of the “Arab Spring”, which began when President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia fled to Saudi Arabia after only a month of protest against his rule. Egypt, Libya, and Yemen dictators have been overthrown and rebels now control most of Mali and Syria. Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan are also suffering protests.

The United States and Europe directly and clandestinely encouraged this revolutionary fever with the naive expectation that these countries could be pacified by evolving into European-style welfare states. Unfortunately for the West, these people have a common heritage as a series of Caliphate Empires that from 622 AD to 1258 AD were the most powerful, wealthy and cultured nation on earth.

Arab Spring revolutionaries understand it took 200 years for Islamic forces to defeat the Crusaders. They have demonstrated by invading Mali and attacking Algeria that they are embarking on a protracted war of liberation to reestablish Caliphate of the Moors to control of North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe. 

Western academics have championed an educational common core curriculum for history; economics and sociology that emphasizes the importance of nation states wither away as the world moves toward global decision making, resource management, stakeholder inclusion and role of international institutions. But Vladimir Lenin, founder of Communist Russia, said:  

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

Since the 1979 take-over of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, the U.S. and its Western allies have been engaged in fighting a proxy wars to prevent the rise of a new and powerful Persian Empire, while the rest of the Middle East remained relatively quiet. That is why the beginning of the Arab Spring is so momentous. Tunis sits on the ruins of ancient Carthage, which under Hannibal in 218 BC marched 38,000 infantry, 8,000 cavalry, and 37 war elephants over the Alps and almost conquered Rome. The people of Tunis, Morocco, Algeria and Libya are called the Maghreb and referred to as the “Moors“. The Arab Spring heralds the rise of a new war of liberation to reestablish the Caliphate of the Moors.

Moslems reached their point of greatest world domination from 909 AD to 1171 AD under the Moorish Caliphate of Fātimid, which controlled the Maghreb, Egypt, Mauritania, Sicily, Malta, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Palestine, Levant, Spain, Portugal and Southern France. The Fatimid’s built the City of Cairo as their capital and dominated trade in salt, gold, ivory, and slaves they captured from the neighboring Sahara desert (Mali) and from Europeans as pirate booty.

The Moors came into major dispute with Christians when their Persian Seljuk Turks allies decisively defeated army of the Byzantine Empire in 1071 AD, cutting off Christian access to the Holy Land in and around Jerusalem. Pope Urban II rallied Christians for the First Crusade by declaring “It is the will of God“. The Crusaders set off with an army of 700,000 men with 100,000 were knights in armor. They besieged the Syrian City of Antioch for two years until the Crusaders scaled the walls and slaughtered inhabitants.

In 1099 the Crusaders captured Jerusalem and massacred 10,000 Muslim men, women and children who sought shelter in the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Dome of the Rock). The Crusaders also slaughtered the thousands of Jewish defenders in Jerusalem who had sought refuge in their synagogue by burning them alive. The fall of Jerusalem to the Crusades emboldened the Christian Reconquista rebellions in Spain and Portugal that undermined the Caliphate and eventually led to the Moors decline.

Nine centuries later to contextualize 9/11, President Clinton recalled the massacre “is still being told today in the Middle East, and we are still paying for it.”

The Arab Spring follows three generations of revolutionary jihadism led by Salafist Muslims from the Maghreb and Egypt, who are “striving” to expel all foreign influences and create a new world-wide Islamic Caliphate. The Salafist movement was encouraged and financed by Americans and Europeans, because of their willingness to tenaciously battle and even conduct suicide attacks to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan and Serbs in Bosnia. But as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States would report, Al-Qaeda Salafists turned against their Western allies with the 911 terrorist attacks in the U.S., bombings across Europe and Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

When the revolt against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi began in February 2011 the Western powers intervened with a NATO military “no fly zone”. The CIA covertly armed the Salafists warriors steamed back from Afghanistan and Iraq to join the revolution. When the rebels defeated Libyan army, the Salafists captured a spectacular amount of sophisticated weaponry, including 20,000 shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles. In February 2012, Al Qaeda military chieftain Ayman al-Zawahiri declared war on Syria. With covert aid from Western nations, the Salafist took military control of the Free Syrian Army and overran 1/2 the country.

But the new Salafist working relationship with the West crumbled after Salafists also seized 2/3 of neighboring Mali led violent U.S. Embassy protests across the world on the 10th anniversary of 911 and murdered of U.S. Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi, Libya. This week French war planes and troops, supported by U.S. and NATO logistics, intervened on the side of the Mali government and started bombing the Salafists.

The Salafists replied with 20 members of their “Masked Brigade” taking 41 Western hostages at a foreign owned oil facility in Algeria as retribution against the Algerian government for allowing French “infidels” to use their airfields to bomb Salafists. When Algerian forces tried to free the captives, it has been reported that 35 hostages were slaughtered.

Earlier this year, I wrote the “Arab Spring Turns To Winter” to warn that putting the full-force of America’s military and diplomatic clout behind leveraging “Arab Spring” protests to transform the Middle East would lead to a disaster. Recent events confirm that the West is in a new protracted war to prevent the establishment of a new Caliphate of the Moors.

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Reader Comments (4)

This is complete nonsense. It's embarrassing . To suggest that the recent revolutions in the Middle East were Salafist inspired is laughable. People in the Middle East want justice, democracy and to be rid of American Imperialism, which upholds Salafist rule in Saudi Arabia, the most extreme fundamentalist state in the world. The people who kicked off the revolutions of the Arab Spring were progressive, liberal, often secular, democrats. The US, of course, will feed the Salafist fire by reacting to a paranoid, simplistic and ignorant analysis of the politics of the Middle East like the one here advanced. For a person who supports a country and politics that recently talked of A New World Order and Full Spectrum Dominance to rail against some imagined credible threat of a Caliphate is quite astonishing. He is jumping at his own shadow. Not everyone wants to dominate the world like the American Exeptionalists. The rest of the world is relatively sane.
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Yates
We'll see how they behave when Sharia law is imposed and the Taliban take over.
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaneb
@Roger
Fully agree that the revelotions were only for a very minor part salaphi inspired.
The revolutions we have seen were bound to happen one way or another. Leaving a dictator and not even a 1% top in charge of a country with hardly any eye for the interests of the rest is simply not sustainable. And it might take a few decades but if that is not changing the system will collapse some day. We have seen that in Latin America and see that now in the larger ME.
However the islamist as some of the best organised groups have hijacked the revolutions at least part of it.
And it looks relatively stable in the way that it is doubtful if the present Islamists in power will meet Mubarak's fate anytime soon.

Imho a problem partly also caused by countries like the US and France, who simply had problems in making a distiction between what was likley to happen and what they wanted to happen. In the proces making the leaders still in power seeing the West as unreliable aprtners and likley moving part of their 'business' more East.

Fortunately we keep repeating the same mistake in countries like Syria. probably to have statistically significant numbers to prove that this policy is crap. But basically it is GW's Iraq revisited. Letting the locals run the process meaning that the organised ones have a huge advantage (and are usually not your friends).

Mali from a waging war perspective is roughly as good as it gets. Sand (nowhere to hide. Unpopulated, easy to see the bandits and easy to shoot them, and not many journalist that think you have to be nice to the enemy iso of shooting them. And basically nowhere to run after they have lost so you can start the turkeyshoot. Probably they will be arrested and put on a small island or so and given the opportunity to become the next PR disaster, but for the non handbag brigade it has a lot of waging war potential at least. The ideal place to take them out with likley only marginal collateral damage in the press at least and that is what counts. Ideal for high tec warfare as well it is not a multi million city (low on own casualties). It doesnot get any better than that.
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRik
@Rik Yes, I think a lot of what you say is on the money. But it is not true to say that a dictator like Mubarak is isolated with all the power. What has been happening is that the dictators function as a kind of "safety valve" for the real, hidden, power elites in these countries. In Egypt and Algeria it is the Army and the Oligarchs,who have control of economic power, who are calling the shots. If popular pressure rises too high they will sacrifice the figurehead. But in Egypt, for example, the Army still runs the same swathe of the economy, is still supported by US Aid. The Muslim Brotherhood are now implicated in this process and it will cost them at the ballot box. The Salafists will profit, but they are unelectectable as things stand. Whoever is seen to run Egypt will have to confront the fact that 60% of the population is under 25 and mostly unemployed or underemployed. This is the elephant in the room in the Middle East and North Africa. The bearded religious zealots (called "The Beardies" by the lumpen proletarian youth) are the last people to have any notion as to how to face up to this. For starters the grip the Army has on the economy has to be broken, and behind the Army stands US power. The best course, the course most in the interests of the ordinary "Westerner", and the moral course, is to let these people sort out their own destinies like we have. Unfortunately we too are ruled by a hidden power elite and a military system that controls everything in their (not our) self interest. This is why we need to understand that the Egyptian revolutionaries were fighting in our front line. As to Mali. This is a non event occasioned by the presence of gold. Did you know, by the way, that Goldman Sachs just paid itself more cash in bonuses than the GDP of Mali? A few drone strikes on GS might be more fruitful in defending Western interests.....
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Yates

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