Terror Treats Place Western Powers on High Alert
Once again we must remind our loyal visitors, we are not back from summer break. However, this has been one of the most globally explosive periods in decades and we’d be remiss in our responsibilities not to make note. Lest it be forgotten, here are some of the crazier incidents to be illuminated, reviewed, analyzed, discussed and demystified upon our return in September.
On this day, the “West” is circling the wagons across the Middle East and Northern Africa. The U.S. and Western allies are closing embassies issuing travel alerts and beefing up security in response to non specific threats. Without knowing exactly what al-Qaeda is planing, U.S authorities are planning for the worse. What the hell does this really mean? No one can tell for sure, but considering al-Qaeda was supposedly decimated in Afghanistan, it is surprising to see Western powers huddling behind heavily guarded gates and blast proof walls.
“Current information suggests that al-Qaeda and affiliated organisations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” the statement said.
The US state department says the alert will expire on 31 August 2013, while it recommends US citizens travelling abroad be vigilant. What the hell does that mean?
According the the NY Times and the BBC, The alert warned of “the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure”.
The New York Times is reporting: “high-level intercepts were collected and analysed this week and that the CIA, state department and White House immediately recognised their significance.” What the hell does that mean?
Should Americans be impressed by the means these “intercepts” were collected? Should Americans associate the collecting of these “intercepts” with the find work being done at the NSA? Should Americans consider the timing of these warnings to be suspiciously convenient for supporters the NSA’s massive surveillance programs.
Egyptian Military Coup the US has yet to admit
Egypt could be teetering on the brink of civil war while the West looks on helplessly and hopelessly. Failing even to acknowledge the military coup that toppled a fairly elected Mohammed Morsi, the U.S.’s massaging has been rambling. At the urging of President Obama, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are planning a trip to Egypt to encourage the Egyptian military to ease up on Morsi supporters and push forward with new elections posthaste.
What the hell doe this really mean? Who knows, but if one were to speculate, one could easily make a case for the U.S. limiting its involvement in the collapse of Egypt to shoring up support for the peace treaty and border security between Egypt and Israel. The likelihood of the United States giving more than a good damn about the average Egyptian, let alone members of the Muslim Brotherhood is a bit much to swallow.
Israelis and Palestinians nudged back to negotiations
The Obama administration launches new peace effort between Israelis and Palestinians. While on the surface, this may look like madness, the endeavor did produce an the interesting opportunity for the Israeli citizen to vote via referendum over how to approach negotiations between the state of Israel and the Palestinian people.
We’ll up that ante by suggesting the American people be granted a similar opportunity to vote via referendum for continued, unrestricted, no strings attached, support for the Israeli government. Surely the American people will show the same level of love for Israel that the United States Congress have for decades. Just for the sake of argument, curious minds would like to know what the U.S. would do were it every realized the American people wanted to establish a different relationship with Israel.
Then there was this:
TEHRAN, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied Friday across the country to mark Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in solidarity with the Palestinians, condemning Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian lands.
Al-Quds Day, an annual event that began in Iran in 1979, is observed on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the Islamic republic as well as in several Arab countries.
But wait, there’s more you should know:
Wikipedia says: The day is also marked throughout Muslim and Arab countries. During the First Intifada in January 1988, the Jerusalem Committee of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference decided that Quds Day should be commemorated in public events throughout the Arab world. In countries with significant Shi’a populations, particularly Lebanon where Hezbollah organizes Quds Day events, there is significant attendance. Events are also held in Iraq, the Palestinian Gaza Strip, and Syria. Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine endorse Quds Day, and hold ceremonies. Outside of the Middle East and the wider Arab World, Quds Day protests have taken place in the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Sweden, France, the United States, and some predominantly Muslim countries in east Asia.
We’re not quite sure what the hell this all means, but from a bird’s-eye view, it don’t look good those supporting Western interest.