MIDDLE EAST SEEKS TO TRANSFORM THE UNITED STATES
We warned early this year in “Arab Spring Turns To Winter” and numerous other articles that the Obama Administration initiative to put the full-force of America’s military and diplomatic clout behind leveraging “Arab Spring” protests to transform the Middle East into progressive democracies would lead to a disaster for the United States. Yesterday’s deaths of four diplomatic personnel during coordinated attacks by Sunni Muslim Jihadists on American Embassies in Cairo, Egypt and Benghazi, Libya confirms that U.S. policy has been the change agent that converted stable and mostly friendly dictatorial regimes into impoverished hell-holes. Run by murderous tribal thugs, their only common interest is hatred of America as the Great Satan.
It was well known that the eleven year anniversary of the “911” terrorist attack on the United States would present an excellent opportunity to stage a highly visible attack on an American soft target. Middle Eastern papers were running inflammatory headlines and articles, such as Al Jazeera’s lead picture of a bound and blindfolded Arab under the headline: “Iraq Execution Spree under the Spotlight.”
In Cairo, approximately 3,000 Islamist supporters of the Salafist Sunni Muslim movement gathered at the US embassy in supposed protest against the amateur English language film, which had recently been dubbed into Arabic. Although there were “thousands of riot police guarding the American embassy,” protestors stormed into the inner wall of the embassy, tore down an American flag and put a black flag adorned with white characters that read, “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger,” an emblem often used by Islamic radicals. Egyptian police eventually intervened without resorting to force, but the black flag remained up the rest of the day for all to see.
For the Salafist radicals, the political and recruiting value of demonstrating they can overwhelm the symbol of United States at the same location where last year tens of thousands turned out in opposition to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, is invaluable. The U.S. Cairo Embassy compounded the perceived defeat of American power by issuing a statement that seemed to echo fear of radical Islam:
“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
In Benghazi, Libya, where the United States militarily first intervened last year under the guise of a NATO humanitarian mission, which allowed the U.S. Air Force to carpet-bomb Western Libya and U.S. Special Forces “boots on the ground” to supervise Colonel Gadhafi’s execution, a radical Islamist group calling themselves: “Islamic Law Supporters,” but known to be Ansar al-Sharia, planned and organized another attack on a U.S. consulate from their Libyan government sanctioned military compound in Benghazi.
The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, had travelled to Benghazi from the capital city of Tripoli in what was described a short visit. But the trip may have been an effort to move to the birth-place of the revolution against Colonel Gadhafi as a safe-haven from expected protests in the capital city of Tripoli. When the embassy came under attack, the Ambassador was moved by security personnel to a secret “safe-house. The location of the safe-house was leaked to the Salafists and the pictures of the ambassador appear to indicate he was beaten to death and his body dragged through the streets.
The propaganda value of the successful attacks on the U.S. embassies and the first murder of a U.S. ambassador in 33 years are astronomical. As CNN national security contributor Fran Townsend stated:
“One such breach of an embassy or consulate’s walls or security on any given day would be tremendous news. … The fact that two of them happened on the same day that is the 9/11 anniversary where Americans are remembering those that we lost, you have to ask yourself, what are American officials trying to understand about this and whether or not these two are related?”
President Obama and his supporters celebrate the Arab Spring as a wonderful geo-political success and they have cranked up the Central Intelligence Agency to fund and equip a brutal civil war in Syria. Their Middle East initiatives may have sought to liberate tens of millions of oppressed people from stable dictatorships, but it delivered the people into the hands of barbaric butchers. With the transformation of the Middle East almost complete, the butchers are now ready to try to transform the United States.
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