Another country has fallen to radical Islamists in Africa. Mali is conquered. Timbuktu with its exotic, inviting name has fallen to Al-Qaeda, forcing a British couple who owned the Timbuktu Hotel to flee when a bounty was put on their head. The Malian army was overrun and fled when Islamic extremists took control, following a government coup.
The couple, Neil Whitehead and Diane English, fled across 850 miles of desert when Mali fell, to make good their escape. They left all their possessions behind.
The Islamists want a Tuareg homeland and on Wednesday, they announced they will be imposing Sharia Law and women will be walking around in Burqas from this point on. [Daily Mail UK]
The Muslim Brotherhood, an offspring of al Qaeda, has fielded their candidate for President of Egypt, an Islamist known as the “Enforcer,” Khairat El-Shater, who believes in a free market but Sunni Islam everything else.
Gen. Omar Suleiman, the military’s choice for President of Egypt has dropped out of the presidential race and ended all hope that the military will be able to keep any control over the Islamic movement. The military is now infiltrated with young Islamists. The Islamists will control the Assembly, the Parliament, the Presidency and the military.
This will not be good for Coptics, Israelis, Saudis or anyone in the region. The Coptics were left alone under Mubarek, they will not be under Islamic rule. The Saudi royal family will be in as much danger as the Israelis. The Egyptians have already proclaimed that Israel is their worst enemy.
Then there is the oil. Our trade and oil rely on the Suez Canal.
The U.S. needs to start drilling, approve Keystone, use all forms of energy immediately because we are facing a far greater crisis than ever in our history with the Middle East.
Remember the Suez Canal’s importance on a global and regional level. The geo-political and trade importance of the Suez Canal cannot be underestimated. In terms of seaborne traffic, it’s responsible for more than two-thirds of the world’s trade value and more than 95 per cent of its tonnage, not to mention in times of war the extra weeks needed to move ships and supplies from Europe without access to the canal. Just think back to 1956 and the war over control of the Canal. [Harvey Miller]
Last week in Budapest, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton confirmed, according to Reuters, that the Obama Administration is reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) for democratic purposes. This terrorist organization has been invited to the White House. I suppose we have to talk to them now that Obama helped them into power.
Then we hear, without any press release, that the Brotherhood has already been to the WH in the last few days –
AFP: White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt’s presidential election.
The meeting on Tuesday with low-level National Security Council staff was part of a series of US efforts to broaden engagement with new and emerging political parties following Egypt’s revolution last year, a US official said.
It should come as no surprise, since the White House has ties to the Brotherhood and has even employed three of them. Read more: Gluagbound
Look at the countries already succumbing to al Qaeda – Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria and possibly Pakistan in the near future. There are many others. Read more: Fighting to the death in the Middle East
Then there is the Boko Haram which plans to form a Caliphate beyond Nigeria’s NE. Read more: FT
The Sudan as well is rapidly being overtaken by a radical form of Islam –
…The government of the predominantly Muslim nation of Sudan has stripped its 500,000 to 700,000 Christians of citizenship and has put them on notice that they have one week to leave the country. Even sub-jim crow dhimmi status is to be denied them.According to an ENI report, the government of Sudan has declared that all whose “parents, grandparents or great grandparents [were] born in the South Sudan or [who] belong to any southern ethnic group” are no longer citizens of Sudan and must leave the Sudan by April 8..or else.
There’s more to this than meets the eye, of course.The Sudan has always been a borderland between Arab and black African, between slavemaster and slave. And increasingly, between Muslim and Christian. During the decades long jihad by the Sudan between the early 1980 and today against the black Africans to the east in Darfur and in the south, conservative estimates put the death toll at over 2 million.
The Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir has already been indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, something the Arab League has thumbed their collective noses at, with al-Bashir is able to freely attend meetings and travel all over the region without fear of arrest. The charges he was indicted for, the mass rapes, the slavetaking, the wanton murders make what’s going on now in Syria look like a particularly sedate bridge party.
In July 2011, the jihad officially ended when the largely Christian South Sudan achieved independence, although sporadic attacks by al-Bashir’s military and aircraft still continue in places like the Nuba Mountains and along the South Sudan borders.
Due to the discord caused by the breakaway, al-Bashir is under pressure to turn the Sudan into a extremist fundamentalist, Muslim Brotherhood ruled Islamist state… Joshua Pundit