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In 1848, the new Communist movement issued a manifesto. It began with the opening line:

“A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of Communism.”

 For our purposes today, this threat might be reworded as:

“A specter is haunting the Middle East—the specter of America.”

 For example, about a year ago Dubai’s police chief addressed a major international Gulf Arab security conference. He said that there were about three dozen security threats to the Gulf Arab countries. But this well-respected security expert said the number-one threat was the United States.

 Since that time, this American specter has become vivid. For instance, The New York Times had a recent editorial which stated that the only protection for Egypt’s democracy–meaning Muslim Brotherhood participation in the next Egyptian government–was the United States and Europe. The Egyptian regime, Israel, and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states were bad for wanting to protect their societies from Islamic ideology, revolution, and anti-Western Sharia states!

 Might the  United States and its allies rather be expected to battle Turkey, Iran, Hamas, Hizballah, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Hamas or might it otherwise support Islamists while Saudi Arabia fought Europe’s and America’s response as too soft on Hizballah?

 But what if a crazy notion seizes policymakers, blessed with the mush of ignorance about the Middle East, that they can take control of the troublemakers? Perhaps Germany (World War One and Two jihads), or the Soviet control of radical nationalist regimes in the 1950s and 1960, or the French rescue of the Palestinian leadership in the late 1940s, or Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Iran during the 1970s, or  America in the 1950s (Arab nationalism), or the 2010 Muslim Brotherhood would turn nominal extremists into friends?

 Imagine, dunderheads in Washington, London, Paris, and so on thinking they are masterfully preserving stability, making peace, and harnessing Sharia in the cause of boosting democracy!

 How smug would be the smiles when those who perpetrated September 11, 2001, were supposedly defeated by those mentored into power a decade later by the West in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, or in the Arab Spring or the Syrian revolution!

 Look at it through the eyes of the Arabs, Iranians, Turks, Kurds, and Israelis who think they will try to impose a new order in the region.

Consider a famous speech by Winston Churchill at Fulton, Missouri, on March 5, 1946. In contrast to the Communist Manifesto,100 years later, Churchill began, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain is descended across the continent.” It might be strange that to compare these two statements to the current situation in the Middle East. But such a comparison actually makes sense.

 The intention of great powers seemed to impose one (European) system on the region. In the first case, it was Communism. In Churchill’s case, it was anti-Communism he advocated, which in parallel would be Anti-Islamism.

 But today, what is the system that Arabs, Iranians, Turks, and Israelis think they will try to impose on the region? The answer for those who have been watching in recent years is revolutionary Islamism.

 It might seem strange that this is the thinking, but it isn’t. The question is whether there is a system that Western Europeans want to impose on the Middle East to ensure  its hegemony; and the answer that the Arabs, Persians, and Turks usually give today–although this does not mean it has to be true–is Islamism. The Islamists themselves view Western policy, however, of as a sign of their own victory and of Western fear and weakness.

 Incidentally, Churchill’s title was “the Sinews of Peace,” and he favored a policy of leading a coalition of the Free World, which would be welcome today.

 To summarize, in the 1930s, Churchill favored anti-fascism and advocated a united front against Nazi Germany. After World War Two, he supported an alliance of the Free World against the Iron Curtain.

 Where is the Churchill of today?

 Well, his bust was quickly chucked from the White House because he was the symbol for Obama of Western colonialism.

 Who was the genuine symbol of anti-colonialism for Obama? The left wing anti-Western revolutionary ideological movement represented by the Muslim Brotherhood or Chavez, and other demagogues.

 If you favor Islamism–a U.S.-sponsored movement except for the extremists of al-Qaida–you cannot be accused of Islamophobia. Not liberals or real pro-democrats or conservative traditionalists or nationalists or communal nationalists, but Islamists.

 That also means that non-Islamists can also be the enemy in Western eyes. Moderates are actually less desirable friends to terrorists and extremists. The West seems to view its three main threats as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel; its three main friends as Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Syrian Islamist rebels.

 Consider this: In Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey, and other countries, Western powers and especially America were seen to be behind Islamist governments. And in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, and even Iran, they were portrayed in this way with perhaps somewhat less justice. But here is the bottom line: The overwhelming majority of Arab governments and the Turkish-Iranian democratic opposition had many reasons to think that the Western countries, and especially the United States, were actually supporting their Islamist foes. In 2013, that view became even more accurate.

 It should be understood in the current regional picture that the Western world, and especially the Obama Administration, have taken the Islamists’ side in the battle between these forces.

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As usual, Prof. Rubin is a voice of clarity. What a sordid affair this administration is.

Behind the facade of Islamism, Naziism, Pan-Arab Nationalism… whatever the cause of the day… is the boss. In this case, it’s Dawood Ibrahim, who has Pakistan’s ISI bought and paid for. The ISI serves as his personal bodyguard and army, his international negotiator with a seat at the UN, and the enforcement arm for his vast underworld enterprise that includes drugs, money laundering, and movie making.

In a nutshell, the Cold War is back on. This time around the United States has chosen as its chief ally not Western Europe, but the Muslim Brotherhood… a Nazi party in all but name whose foot soldiers are involved deeply in the narcotics trade. On the other side is side Aleksandr Dugin, a Russian Orthodox Christian fundamentalist, a mentor of Putin and Medvedev, who also admires Nazis and Fascists (particularly Julius Evola),; and on the other Obama, a clear supporter of the Ikhwan’s intentions, be they in Turkey, Syria, or Egypt, etc.

Where does this leave the normal person? It’s recalls the position of East Germany, caught between Nazism and Communism – two horrible choices that really weren’t that different at the end of the day. Still, one must consider that it is the Brotherhood who is brandishing the sword of the conqueror, not Russia. If there’s one group chiefly responsible upsetting global order, it’s the Brotherhood and their puppet master, Dawood Ibrahim.
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It seems to me that leaders and significant segments of whole populations get to this kind of upside down position when there is a failure to acknowledge a clear and present danger. Many in the West couldn't see Hitler for what he was because they didn't want another war like WW1. Even many German Jews couldn't take him at his word. My parents were friends with a German Jewish family who had escaped Hitler and took their money out in the form of expensive linens. After dinner, in the New York area, they would sometimes listen to Hitler's speeches on the radio. My mother spoke German and they would all marvel, if they didn't know better, they would have agreed with him. He was that convincing. I don't think Obama is Hitler, but I think there are a huge number of people who want to believe the West can accommodate radical Islam. Postcolonialism is the ideology that is used to invent all sorts of imaginary organizations like the 'moderate' Muslim Brotherhood. But underneath the intellectual theory is the emotion of fear. We are all afraid of terrorists, but those most deeply unconscious of that fear are postcolonialists because they use the defence mechanism known as Stockholm syndrome to defend themselves against the threat by identifying with the perpetrators of terror. It is one thing to sympathize with the victims of colonialism from a safe distance; it is quite another when the victims start flying airplanes into things and rioting over cartoons.
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