Its always the same story:in the grip of forces they do not really understand; something out of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Behind all these protestors and “freedom fighters” is a risk of unchaining a process that cannot be contained after the genie has left the bottle, after Frankenstein goes AWOL from the lab. Syria is becoming Afghanistan, the Sequel; like watching Charlie Wilson’s War redux. The wildest and most fanatical elements, the thrill seekers appropriate the cause and wreak havoc on the best laid plans of men as they say. Dumping Gaddafi was the easiest part of the deal; you can hit the beach, but can’t win the war unless you take the battle inland.
Its a safe call to assume that within two years the number of American embassies in the Arabian peninsula will greatly reduced. Consulates even more so. I heard on the radio the former ambassador to Bahrain say, “its the price of doing business in these places”. Getting expensive it is.Canada seems to be getting a head start and maybe they can pass on the name of the mover to their U.S. colleagues.
In the end, these Salafites and Mr. Muslim Brotherhood walking the streets really don’t give a rat’s ass about the Anglo-American cartelization of their oil and other resources, their pitiful living conditions, absence of civil rights and social justice, insidious behavior of Saudi Arabia scared shitless they’re next on the carpet pulled out from under their feet road show; anything goes as long as you don’t insult the Prophet from some piece of scrap internet trailer. This is becoming a vanity of the bonfires that cannot be extinguished. Medieval Savonarola reincarnated as Mullah.
(see link at end)…The man behind the incendiary film, Innocence of Muslims, has a criminal record that includes a narcotics conviction. According to a source close to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested by the L.A. Country Sheriff’s Department on March 27, 1997 and charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Nov. 3, 1997 to one year in county jail and three years probation. The D.A.’s office said he violated probation on April 8, 2002, and was re-sentenced to another year in county jail….
Nakoula had been registered to vote as a Democrat from 2002-2008, according to the L.A. County Registrar Recorder’s office. In April of 2008, he changed his political affiliation to American Independent.
Nakoula’s identity and involvement in the film was confirmed to the Associated Press by federal law-enforcement officials. Nakoula, who lives near Los Angeles, had claimed to numerous media outlets that the man who created and directed the film was an Israeli real estate developer named Sam Bacile. The Associated Press reported yesterday that Nakoula was a Coptic Christian convicted of federal bank fraud charges in 2010. Read More:http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/13/mohammed-movie-s-mystery-director.htmla
(see link at end)…Bernard Haykel, a professor of Middle East studies at Princeton University, said, “It’s true that there are sanctions against insulting the Prophet, but this is really about political or symbolic opportunists, who use religious symbols to advance their own power or prestige against other groups.”
Libya and Egypt are especially vulnerable to this kind of contest over symbols and power; their new national governments are still insecure about th
ercise of authority, and newly empowered ultraconservative religious groups — mostly known as Salafis — are keen to assert their visibility and influence against other factions. Libya, in particular, remains a checkerboard of militias, some of them composed of Salafis, who have proved themselves capable of intimidating the newly elected government….
“Who’s going to control these people?” said Tarik Yousef, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who is also the son of Libya’s interim president, Mohammed Yousef Magarief. “Some of these Salafi groups claim to operate under the banner of the Interior Ministry.” Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/world/middleeast/ideological-struggle-seen-in-middle-east-attacks.html?_r=1&ref=world
Afghan buyers spent 220 million dirhams ($60.7 million) on property in Dubai in the first six months of this year, a 27 percent increase compared with the same period in 2011, according to Dubai government data obtained by Reuters. Some are spending up to 20 million dirhams on shopping sprees for multiple villas, while many buy million-dollar homes in cash, dealers say.
The growth outpaced a 21 percent rise in total property transactions in Dubai by both local and foreign investors in the same period. The interest was driven in part by a steep decline in prices in the Emirate’s once white-hot property market.
The figures will make troubling reading for Western allies struggling to convince an uneasy Afghan population the transition will not be a prelude to international abandonment or an escalation in fighting with the Taliban.
Haji Obaidullah Sader Khail, chairman of the Afghan-Dubai Business Council, said the true scale of Afghan investment could be four times higher than the data suggests because many transactions may not have been registered.
“I know people who have bought 15 to 20 villas,” he said.
According to the official figures, the number of properties Afghans bought in Dubai jumped to 114 in the first half compared to 76 in the same period in 2011.Read More:http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/12/us-afghanistan-dubai-idUSBRE88B1IZ20120912