December 27, 2011
Al Qaeda, Ali Adbullah Saleh, America, American Muslim, Arab Spring, Arabian Peninsula, Bahrain, Europe, Houthis, Muslims, Saudi Arabia, Syria, western world
The Arab Spring in Yemen Takes a Dangerous Turn, for America
Yemeni President Ali Adbulla Saleh is adamantly insisting that he will receive medical treatment in the United States for his war wounds. President Obama’s decision to allow or reject Saleh will either anger millions or send recruits directly to Al Qaeda.
While attempting to quell the Arab Spring in Yemen Saleh kill hundreds, risked civil war, and was nearly killed by an improvised explosive device.
The revolution is still struggling to gain power against Saleh’s loyalists; however, they have forced concessions. Saleh recently resigned from his presidency. This is only a token move: his son still controls the army and his vice president is almost certainly going to succeed Saleh. The Arab Spring Movement in Yemen has won a major battle, there is still a long war ahead of them.
Now Saleh is demanding medical attention in the United States, cornering the United States into a lose-lose situation.
If the government allows the tyrant to receive medical treatment this will be a stunning blow to the Arab Spring. Saleh has killed nearly two thousand of protesters and soldiers fighting for a more honest government. By providing medical treatment, rather than arresting, Saleh the United States is condoning his actions. Just allowing him into the country communicates to the world that America is okay with those who orchestrate genocide. The revolutionaries, American peace activists, and American Muslim community would all be outraged. These groups are gaining more power every year, while doing good, it would be disastrous to take this humanitarian route.
However, America also is endangered if Obama blocks Saleh’s visit.
American investment in the Arabian Peninsula is critical to our national security. Al Qaeda splinter cells have nested and flourished in Yemen during this last year of strife while the separatist Houthis are forming a small nation-state in northern Yemen. The country is the very definition of destabilized.
If America rejects Saleh it aggravates the country. Loyalists across Yemen will be aggravated by their president’s rejects. Al Qaeda will utilize the incident for recruiting. After the rejection many Yemenis will have a lot of undirected anger at the Americans. Who better than Al Qaeda to take advantage of anti-American sentiments.
Like I said, this is a lose-lose situation: either Obama antagonizes the Muslim world or arms Al Qaeda.
This microcosm of the results of the Arab Spring reflects the part the Western World will play after the tyrants from Bahrain to Syria are cast out. Governments in exile, royal families, and other unwanted pre-Arab Spring structures will flee to Europe and America for safety. This incident displays the question: should we take in butchers while angering own citizens or reject killers and build a more fearsome terrorist threat. There are no easy answers.
Personally, I believe all dictators of genocide should have access to medical treatments, such as electric chairs and firing squads.
December 17, 2011
1967 Border, African Union, Age of the Internet, Age of World Wars, Al-Qaeda Islamic Maghred, Arab Spring, Darfur Genocide, Developed Countries, Developing Countries, Gaza Strip, government, Hamas, Houthis, Israel, Jews, Kosovo, Middle East, Muslims, Palestine, Prediction, President Obama, President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Saleh, Separatist Wars, South Sudan, state-nation, Sudan, Third World, United Nations, Unrecognized Nations, Yemen
Modern maps lie.
Today, there are far more functional countries in the world than any map will list. These unrecognized countries are nation-states. This designation means they are identified by their a unified culture which is separate politically and socially from their official government. The Arab Spring has blown the lid off many of the worst autocracies, from the deserts of the Sahara to the Balkans peninsula. Corrupt central governments are receding before small nation-state across the Third World. In the twenty-first century stability in the Middle East and rapidly developing countries will be marked by the emergence of small, regional nation-states whose legitimization comes from their ties to the local cultures.
Since 2004 there have been two countries in Yemen. There is the recognized militaristic government under President Saleh, the target of international outrage as massing Arab Spring protesters demand his resignation and that of his heavy-handed parliament. UN observers have taken advantage of this strife to visit off-limits regions of the country. They have discovered a new nation.
In the north of Yemen the separatist Houthis have established a large territory, encompassing cities, which they operated independently from the recognized government. Their struggle for independence is largely hidden by the oppressive Saleh regime, who bombarded and assaulted northern towns indiscriminately. We learn from Yemen that there can be operating, unrecognized governments in destabilized nations. Some have already emerged.
South Sudan broke away from Sudan on July 9, 2011 to the applause and amazement of the world. Before their split from Sudan the South Sudanese were largely unrepresented in their ex-government’s corrupt and violent regime, which has killed hundreds of thousands in the Darfur Genocide. A separatist movement in South Sudan was able to win support for a new nation because natives wanted a government from their people for their people.
There is still unrest in South Sudan; however, they have even gained a foothold as an established nation. Money is beginning to flow into South Sudan. For example, the country recently won a $2.14 billion dollar oil export deal. Meanwhile, South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has met with President Obama and begun to build tentative relations with the United States. South Sudan is here to stay. The African Union, one of the most notable inter-country organization in Africa, has admitted South Sudan as a full-fledged member. The future looks bright for South Sudan. We learn from Southern Sudan that unrecognized nations can emerge members of the international community. Other nation-states, still unrecognized, still have international impact.
Palestine is a new state-nation, despite what Israeli claims. It is one of the most renown largely, yet unrecognized, new nation-states in the world. For years they have lived under a trade embargo from Israel because of the Palestinian’s Hamas government, who seeks to wipe Israel from the map. However, with the winds of the Arab Spring change has come to the Gaza Strip. With Mubarak’s resignation in Egypt and the erosion of the Israel-Egyptian alliance the western border of Palestine has been opened. This derivative of the Arab Spring has allowed critical resources and new ideas to sweep through the Hamas government. It was suspected this would cause an explosion of terrorist activity into Israel and snowballing border war
This is not the case.
Instead, Hamas is calling for a mitigation of violence. They are even willing to consent to the 1967 borders between Israel and Palestine. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring these radicals are willing to yield where they once vowed they would not. I believe the Arab Spring is influencing these separatist leaders to make rational moves and take what they can get. If Israel can also agree to this deal they might be able to bring peace to a region that has been swamped in conflict for more than half a century through recognizing two separate states of Palestine and Israel. In the past they attempted several varieties of hegemony over the radically different Jews and Muslims with no success. Nation-states are the solution to end territorial conflicts because the end the predicament with a definitive border line. This solution is not limited to the Middle East.
In Europe, Kosovo has emerged as a semi-recognized nation-state within the borders of Serbia. Between Mali and Algeria Al-Qaeda Islamic Maghred is establish local support for a new territory of power. Despite each nation-state being radically different all of these, from across the world, share common traits. Each is recognized by its own unique cultures. In addition, these new countries have the ability to be self-sufficient because of the emotional investment the leaders have in their homeland. Finally, nation-states can emerge anywhere in the world where there is an unrepresented, by motivated, minority with a unified culture.
The Age of World Wars, which has lasted since the French-Indian War until the fall of the Berlin Wall, is over. We are entering the Separatist Wars, between emerging nation-states and their oppressive governments.
Nation-states will fight for new countries because that will be the only way they can secure their own futures. Rather than sweeping conflicts across conflicts the twenty-first century will be marked by numerous heated conflicts. Once the dust settles many cultural enclaves will emerge as state-nations.
The world will be off with nation-states governments will curtail of corruption and increase representation of otherwise ignored populations because of their cultural investments. This is my prediction, interpret it as you wish.
October 2, 2011
Arab Spring, Arrests, Battle of Brooklyn Bridge, Battle of The Brooklyn Bridge, Congress, Corporate Greed, crime, domestic, government, Jasmine Revolution, New York, New York City, news, NYPD, Occupiers, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Wall Street Journal, Orange Netting, polarization, Protesters, Protests, The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge, United States
What’s wrapped in orange netting, tastes like pepper spray, and is synonymous with “revolutionary?” The Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Police Officers Arrest Over 500 Occupiers
What Happened Today?
With chants like, “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho. Corp-rate Greed has got to go!” Hundreds of Occupiers moved from New York City towards Brooklyn, across the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Many took the pedestrian walkway and protested unmolested. An undetermined number of demonstrators were entrapped in the traffic lanes, by police officers. They were cordoned for hours as police officers arrested a few at a time. All were arrested. By 8:05 the Brooklyn Bridge was reopened, much to the inflamed bemusement of commuters.
Growing numbers of Occupy Wall Street protesters, initially it was announced that 400 were arrested, then 500, and now more than700, were arrested in The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge. Many of those who have been arrested have been released with a mere summons. The NYPD is simply running out of resources such as, as many dark humor activists have pointed out, cable ties.
The Aftermath Facts
The precincts are full, the 700 protesters arrested today it is said they have been left on buses for the time being. No water, no food. Apparently, international photographer to Monica Lopez has taken photos of a twelve-year-old girl getting arrested. Several marines, in organized fashion, are coming to support the cause, have are coming to support the protesters. At least one legal observer was arrested. These revolutionaries are in it for the long haul. There is no sign of them halting, their momentum only gains.
How is the Protest Progressing?
For hours a live feed of the Occupy Wall Street protests have streamed, live, their demands. The growing multitudes voice their demands in call and response pattern; one leader speaks their beliefs and the congregation echoes their concern. Their concerns are simple; protect our environment, protect our security, protect our jobs, and above all protect the rights and political power of the “99%.” The 99% refers to the everyday American, not the Wall Street Broker or the Hollywood Big Shot, but instead the everyday hero.
They fight for every teachers, every soldiers, every salesmen, everybody who has ever worked in a cubicle, and even every police officer. Our jobs have been leached from America, globalized by corporate greed as our national stability is endangered by an increasingly polarized Congress. They are speaking out because the system of checks and balances is out of balance and too many good people are getting hurt for the benefit of a few fat cats, who have bankrupt this once great nation, can lounge in their penthouses. This will not continue, the Occupiers will have victory.
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A Patriot Plays
September 6, 2011
Deep Thought, Spotlight
Arab Spring, Arms Deal, China, European Union, foreign, Foreign Policy, Gaddafi, Gaddafi Gamble, Libya, NATO, USA
Libyan Rebels Discover the Chinese Have Been Arming Gaddafi
Beijing has hastily covered up of a $200 million arm deal with Gaddafi and his militant regime. The deal took place to prop up the illegitimate regime. Libyan rebels have been capturing modern weapons with Chinese origins, it is speculated that they were secretly shipped to pro-Gaddafi force through Algeria. Papers found in the rubbish of pro-Gaddafi leaders confirmed the deal. International ire has been raised; Beijing’s Gaddafi gamble has cast a shadow over their credibility and doubtlessly killed hundreds of rebels.
What Comprised of The Weapon Deal?
Everything to outfit a brand new army.
The papers revealing the weapons deal stated that rocket launchers, anti-tank, anti-aircraft missiles would be shipped in addition to assorted small arms. Many good Libyans died to these advanced weapons. Perhaps more will. Gaddafi forces have retreated into Niger, it is speculated they will wage a terrorist war against Libya to attempt to regain control. China did not score a strategic success, only pools of more bloodshed.
How is China Reacting To the Exposure?
China has now officially admitted that there were arms talks.
To make up for their failing the Chinese are stepping up regulation of private Chinese weapons manufactures. This feint probably will not halt international outrage. China has already overstepped its bounds in foreign affairs on many occasions. Some examples including supporting the tyrannical North Korea or annexing Tibet. This flair for violence has so far been tolerated; however it is poisoning the world against Beijing. Libya’s Transitional Council is investigating this incident as anger flares throughout their supporters. Libya will not be a fan of the Chinese.
Why Would China Fight the Rebels?
Beijing is posturing for a Second Cold War.
Arming America’s enemies is reminiscent of previous Chinese interventions, such as Vietnam; they perpetuated a twenty war with tens of thousands of American casualties by arming the Vietcong and NVA covertly. The goal was to win influence for China through killing its enemies, the Americans, through indirect means. Their objectives are met and China is not publicly threatened.
The Western powers have aligned with the rebels. China seeks a world empire to match that of the Westerners. Damaging new additions to Western Coalition will weaken NATO, the European UN, and the United States. Libya has oil, China views it as a valuable player should war evolve. Weakening this hapless state, while they are violent civil war, reinforces their position.
Calculated moves such as this have already set the Second Cold War in motion, only historians will mourn our loss of peace.