What really puzzled me the past few days was that not one of the major Media’s or Columnists seems to pay attention to the northern African Country of Tunisia.
Tunisia was past decades pretty much the Cancun for the Europeans, focusing on Tourists, primarily from Europe.
Predominantly a Muslim Country, Tunisia was very progressive and did not forcefully insist on radical Muslim rules such as Sharia Law. As a matter of fact Tunisia allowed the building of Hotel resorts, organized Hog and other Jungle Animal Hunting tours and used its breath taking access to the Mediterranean See to offer its shore for Tourism. True to the motto: “1001 night meets western civilization”.
But there has also always been a certain danger in this self declared Wonderland. If Tourists went too far into the southern part of the country, away from the primary Tourist sections, they exposed themselves to Kidnapping by the African Branch of Taliban and Al Qaida. And they were brutally active.
The system was simple: Stay away from Americans and target primarily Europeans. Since the majority of the Tourists are Europeans those Terrorists could be sure that the countries paid the ransom and so they financed their Terror attacks all over the world.
Oh and if you think they are not a threat just think of the past few caught Terrorists in American such as the “Underwear Christmas Bomber” – they all came from Africa.
The landscape as well as the lack of border patrols between the northern African Countries and as well as the fact that the majority of the local Law enforcement (if that’s what you want to call them) is highly corrupt and cooperates with the terrorists makes it easy for those to kidnap and disappear in the deserts between, the countries.
In most cases of kidnapping Muammar Al Gaddafi’s son Islam al Gaddafi, educated in Austria/Europe and connected with excellent ties to European Governments, acts as the local off-the- record negotiator and official point of contact to the “extremists” to buy kidnapped people free.
But the peace is over. This La-La-Fantasy of east meets west and we all go along show has come to an end.
On January 15th of 2011 the people in Tunisia revolted against the current Government and forced the President and his wife to flee for asylum to Saudi Arabia.
While the government and especially the, since 23 years reigning President Zine El Abidene Ben Ali (74) and his wife Leila Ben Ali, got richer and richer on the tremendous income from the Tourists the people of the country hardly ever got anything from the riches.
As a matter of fact the common populace was starving and lived in poverty with rising prices for food and gas and decreasing income.
Now there is a revolution in Tunis. Rumors have it that Leila Ben Ali and her Husband fled the country with 1.5 tons of Gold. The latest news was that the, on January 18th 2011 installed interims government where finally the previous forbidden opposition became three seats lasted exactly 2 hours when those three resigned.
But what does that has to do with us in the United States?
The most easy-to-be-influenced people as recruit for radical Muslims terrorist organizations are young people with low education, poor, unemployed and frustrated with the government and disappointed with the loss of “Muslim Moral Values”.
The promises of a better afterlife if they sacrifice their life in suicide Missions against the preferred Enemy Israel and America and the outlook that their family’s are forever financially supported by terrorist leaders makes the decision to join Al Qaida or the Taliban easy for them.
All it takes for the pied piper of Muslim recruiters is to promise a better future and put the blame first on the Europeans calling them Puppets of the Imperialistic Americans and call for the their destruction.
Most people when thinking of Africa see poor black African People with colorful cloth, wonderful Jungles and an amazing fauna, living mostly of charity from the West, and that since over 60 years.
But that is central Africa. Northern Africa is mostly Arabic descent.
And in the entire northern African region you have plenty of all of the necessary ingredients for future terrorists. You have Muslims, you have poverty and you have frustration and unemployment and the enemy right in plain few to blame.
Daniel Pipes of Washington Times calls it “Turmoil in Tunisia – Political upheaval could trigger revolution in other Islamic Countries” (Source – Washington Times: http://is.gd/wt5JUk).
Washington Times by the way is the only newspaper that at least mentions that threat.
While the United States is focusing on the Middle Eastern Countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and others to fight the war on Terror, this sleeping Lion is just about to arise and Terrors specialists in Europe warn for the longest time that the primary Terror threat has become Northern Africa.
Here is a map of that region. I added some numbers on the Countries who are lead by dictators and where the next Islamic revolution is to be expected. Below the picture I number down the countries and explain to you why.
1 – Tunisia: In December of 2010 a young unemployed man committed suicide through “self-immolation (by burning)” because of desperation. This self-immolation ignited outright wave of protest and lead finally in the current revolution and to the fall of President Zine el Abidene Ali.
2 – Algeria: The authoritarian President Bouteflika reigns since 1999. 2008 he pushed for a “reform” of the Constitution assuring himself life-long presidency. Violent demonstrations of the youth are continuous. The last Civil War with more than 150,000 dead is not long ago. Islamists are extreme radical and military rules with the most brutal methods.
Here as well people have committed Suicide through “self-immolation”.
3 – Mauretania: an Islamic Republic on the northwest shores of Africa right on the Atlantic with direct borders to Algeria, Mali, Senegal, and Morocco and sizes ¾ of Texas. Mauretania is officially a Presidential republic but since a Military coup in 2008 Mauretania is a military Dictatorship. The current President is “General Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz”. He was from 2008 to 2009 the Chairman of the High state Council (haut conseil d’etat) and won 2009 the Presidential Election. He has the military behind himself but the poverty and unemployment in this country is huge and Islamist infiltrating Mauretania sure becomes more radical on a daily base.
Just recent people have committed suicide in Mauretania through so called “self-immolation (by burning)” as protest against the government. This by the way becomes common practice in this region.
His successor will be his son Islam al Gaddafi who has been educated in Western Europe such as Switzerland and Austria.
With his Oil and Gas and the fact that Libyans are usually not really war-loving people he holds himself pretty good in power. Islam al Gaddafi runs a charity foundation to distribute wealth to the people. Some say that is a better money laundry for Terrorists because as I mentioned before through this charity he also passes on ransom money to the very same.
The real problem is the size of the country and the corrupt not-existing Border patrols to the desert in the south and south-west. This is Al Qaida country and the African Arm of them moves there pretty much unperceived and unmolested.
5 – Egypt: is the only previous member of the Arab alliance who first attacked Israel in 1967 (six-day-War) and later with Syria in the Yom Kippur attack in 1973 that turned from a member of the Soviet Union Alliance to alliance with the United States of America. Egypt is also the only previous member of the same Arab Alliance that made a peace treaty with Israel and accepted the same according to the law of nations.
Performing a constant balancing act between an open country using its historical sites and amazing history as tourist attractions and the more and more influential majority Muslim population President Mubarak’s position is rather shaky. The question about his successor is imminent and should he push his son through is the military his biggest opponent. Also radical Muslim groups attack more and more Tourists which makes this region easily combustible.
Opposition is oppressed, demonstrations are prohibited but the press is freer than in Tunisia.
Egypt made the headlines lately through the suicide bombing of the Coptic Christians on New Year’s Eve 2010/2011, which show quit the explosive cultural and religious situation there.
On Monday the 10th of January 2011 and man tried to self-immolate himself because of protest against the Parliament in Cairo. According to media a taxi driver doused the fire and the man was brought to the hospital.
6 – Morocco: Social tenseness is eminent. But the country is tight monitored. King Mohammed VI is in power since 1999. He is political and spiritual leader of the Country. The major turmoil’s are in the West Sahara. The problem is the liberalization of the country. This brings major friction with the radical Muslims in this area.
7 – Jordan: The current situation in Jordan is at best absurd. 70% of the population are immigrated Palestinians. King Abdullah II and his wife Rania Al-Yassin are pro western and highly respected. But his balancing act between liberalization and fulfilling the needs of the radical Muslim Palestinians in this country brings tension and he faces a strong opposition. Other than the rest of the Arab countries Jordan does not have any natural resources on commodities. Its economy is depending on foreign aid, mostly from the United States. His thrown could be in jeopardy.
8 – Syria: Bashar al-Assad (45) did never want to go into politics. He wanted to become an Eye doctor and studies in Damascus and London. He speaks English and French. The son of Hafez al-Assad (President of Syria from 1970 – 2000) inherited the presidency.
It is a so called hereditary monarchy. Since 1963 the Baath Party is the strongest single force in this country. Attempts to reform the country have been stopped immediately. The party and the Military were worried to lose its influence. Opposition is oppressed and economy is central organized, media tight under control.
Poverty, corruption and unemployment are eminent. The government reacted to the latest turmoil’s with more social benefits. Syria is pretty calm at the moment; his agreement with the UN to allow foreign forces to cross their territory for liberating Kuwait was not really appreciated in the Arab World. Syria also wants to move forward on a peace negotiation with Israel which is not well liked in the Arab world as well. Right now Syria is isolated and depends on his bank system being the banker for Saudi Arabia and Iran. Radical Muslim forces are not happy with the liberal leadership of President Assad.
9 – Yemen: Al Qaida terrorists, Shiite Rebels, and separatists. President Saleh, in power since 1978, has a lot of pressure.
None of the above named governments are strong established and at best shaky. Should those countries fall into Islamic revolutions is this a disaster for the entire world. Combining this with the already radical Muslim countries in Central Africa such as Somalia and others and we will have a problem on our hand we cannot control.
AGAIN THE CHRISTMAS BOMBER/UNDERWEAR BOMBER WAS FROM THIS REGION – and the U.S. Government back than told us that this was a single incident and there is no imminent danger going out from Africa.
Radical Muslims, Al Qaida, and other terrorist groupings will control and regulate an inexhaustible amount of Gold, Oil and Diamonds the preferred currency of illegal weapons trafficker; I would say this makes Al Qaida the richest Terrorist organization on the planet.
Not to forget that they have a multi-million people recruiting pool of poor undereducated, and angry young man with a major hatred for the rich and prosperous United States and the European Union.
Now please tell me again why the White House, National Security council, mainstream Media, yet even the most respected Columnists like Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbough and all the others ignore this present and scary danger?
WHERE IS THE OUTCRY AND THE DEMAND TO GIVE US ANY INPUT AS OFF HOW OBAMA THINKS TO HANDLE THIS PROBLEM
This is not an African Problem, maybe at the moment but it WILL BE A PROBLEM FOR THE UNITED STATES AND THE ENTIRE WORLD.
GOD BLESS AMERICA