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Arab Spring…Extreme Rebound

Arab Spring…Extreme Rebound

By: Kian Mokhtari

The talk on the streets: do you know so and so; yeah he burnt himself to death after the thieving police took his fruit cart!

And with a few words similar to the above the Arab Spring sprang into life in Tunisia. And soon after Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, Libya and Syria began their social rumblings.

Zein al Abedine Ben Ali of Tunisia was sent packing in a matter of six weeks. And then a peculiar keep them hanging transitional government was formed to see the country through to free and fair elections. But more than six months on and why are we waiting?

Egypt's autocratic and authoritarian ruler, the least likely candidate to fall, and, "easy peasy lemon squeezy" just after three weeks it was goodbye to the thirty-year rule of Hosni Mubarak. It took the people only 21 days to bring down Mubarak, a ruler feared throughout his country and the Arab world for his conning and political durability.

In Bahrain things got so bad for the former sheikh and "Johnny come lately" self-proclaimed "King", Hamad Bin Issa al Khalifa, that he had to run to his overlords. Soon the US Defense Secretary at the time Robert Gates was in Manama and almost the moment he left Saudi forces poured into Bahrain to kick the hell out of the peaceful protesters in what many called an illegal invasion. Washington argued that the Saudi forces had entered via a request by king Hamad's regime, therefore calling it an invasion would be passé.

But free men and women in the world remembered another invasion at the request of a minority government: that of Afghanistan. The propped up minority socialist regime in Kabul called on the Soviet Union to move in its troops around three decades ago; but that was called an invasion and blimey this and ruddy that and the blooming other…and all hell broke loose. At that time it was the US who put forward the argument that an unelected minority regime could not be allowed to invite foreign troops in to keep its business in the black.

So all sorts are still happening across the Arab World and North Africa with these nondescript "transitional" states of dangly regimes that have popped up out of nowhere and who maintain the interests of the previous inhabitants of the seats of power…and their Western chums of course.

But the oddest thing is beginning to take shape still.

Just the other day in Cairo's Liberation Square around fifty thousand people gathered and would not let the other sons and daughters of Egypt join their ranks. The very angry looking bunch had one physical feature in common. They all had long beards but no mustaches! They declared that they were in it for the power via their behavior -just them- oh and by the way they openly declared that they were Salafi and Wahabi extremists. They did not say they were extremists –let truth be told—but they represented and touted beliefs prevalent among al-Qaeda and Taliban.

In Libya a very visible bunch took up guns against Colonel Moammer Gadhafi. Among them were many long-bearded yet mustache less fighters, some of whom openly declared their association with al-Qaeda.

In Syria similar looking ragtag gunmen murdered hundreds of the country's army and security forces and stormed entire cities and villages.

"Mustache amiss" must have become a call to battle like: "Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war."

The "long beards with missing taches' bunch" it appears, are in league with the very same people who just keep the poor revolutionaries hanging on via military councils and transitional-reinstatement-of-the-previous-status quo gangs.

If the US must leave the region, then you can bet your worthless bottom dollar that its proxy terrorists will remain to cause misery and mayhem to ensure the Western interests remain intact and profitable. It's a stark choice that is being offered the Arab Spring devotees: accept either the new transitional governments' nonsense or it's the extremist Telibanesque rule from now on! Oh and we nearly forgot: SHUT UP and sit down.

Hosni Mubarak fought the Israelis in three wars and almost succeeded in the last one in 1973, had it not been for Saudi Arabia's moustache less tactics. Funny how the "missing tache" bunch have never taken on Israel that they are supposed to be working against. But they have killed tens of thousands of Muslims across the world of Islam under their wonky interpretation of the faith.

Does anyone know where the Salafi and Wahabi gangs began? If you don't, find out soon otherwise you risk losing your country and living in absolute slavery for as long as the "tache amiss" gangs have not passed their sell-by date for the US, Britain and France; and that could be decades' away.

    

+ Nader Mokhtari ; ٢:٤٢ ‎ب.ظ ; سه‌شنبه ۱۱ امرداد ،۱۳٩٠
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None of Us Are Free

 

"None of us are free"

By: Kian Mokhtari

"Many Bahrainis blame British national Ian Henderson for the recent violent crackdown on thousands of pro-democracy protesters"; and not without good reason. From Africa to the Middle East, over the last fifty years, wherever Britain's Colonel Ian Henderson has lent a hand to oppressive regimes, reports have emerged of physical, psychological and sexual abuse of political detainees.

Mr Henderson's line of work is to suffocate the cries for justice. Mind you he is certainly not the first, nor will he be the last for as long as humanity takes pleasure in inflicting pain on its own. Ian Henderson's connection with Bahrain goes way back a long way. He served as the head of Bahrain's state security for thirty years until 1998. During his time in the post, he got fabulously rich through introduction of torture techniques to take the edge off the dissenting Bahraini voices. Dozens of reports have been made about his ill treatment of political prisoners to the UN, but to date, none have been acted on by the world body –probably because there's no money in it.

Ian Henderson physically took part and pleasure in the gruesome proceedings of his deviant practices as many older Bahraini Shia citizens would certify.

In his advanced years now, the aging sadist is grimly hanging on as advisor to his raggedy-headed majesty, king Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.

And wouldn't you know it the all out assault on Bahraini Capital Manama's Pearl Square by the Bahraini army had in fact been planned by Mr Henderson. The crackdown left seven dead and hundreds of others wounded. People where even shot at with large caliber machine guns as they made their way to the hospital to find their friends and loved ones.

The raggedy king, whose name and title is longer than Bahrain's coastline, praised his murderous mercenaries for killing his dissenting subjects after the military assault on Pearl Square.

But the demonstrators have seen it all before, especially during the 1980s when the Shia population was mercilessly "put into its place" by Isa al-Khalifa's torturers. The Bahraini people now want king Isa bin whatever, to end his cruel imposition on the Persian Gulf Island. The freeloading, out of touch and glove puppet raggedy doll monarch must vacate his many palaces and take off.

Meanwhile a good cop, bad cop routine -probably also devised by Mr Henderson- has come into play. The Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa -al-whatever feels good- "graciously" stepped in and ordered the army to leave Pearl Square.

This is absurd.

So where was the supposedly reform-minded prince all these years? Womanizing abroad or at home like many other raggedy-phony princes from propped up raggedy monarchies in that part of the world?

In any case, the Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa is said to have ordered the military to withdraw from the streets.

However shortly afterwards, protesters stormed the square and took it back. The police fired round after round of teargas and rubber bullets. In fact so much was fired at the protesters that the police ran out of ammunition. And then the "police surrendered".

At this moment his raggedy majesty, king Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa is attempting to hold national dialogue with a nation he has never legitimately ruled over.

This in utter desperation to hang on to his sorry throne.

The streets of Bahrain's capital, Manama are roaring with the sounds of a very long overdue revolution. Massacres of the innocent, torture by hired mercenary deviants like Henderson or heavy police and army crackdowns will no longer suffice. The king is a lost cause and princes from his "right royal household" also must lend an ear to the people's calls for justice.

The people of Bahrain would be well advised to make the necessary arrangements for a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Raggedy, glove-puppet, Western oriented Sheikhdoms are an embarrassment.

 

+ Nader Mokhtari ; ۱۱:۳۳ ‎ب.ظ ; پنجشنبه ٥ اسفند ،۱۳۸٩
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Sailing through the Suez

Sailing through the Suez

By: Kian Mokhtari

Blimey, the dollar and the euro go belly up against the Swiss franc; Tel Aviv says it’s a "provocation"; Washington winces and it's all because two Iranian warships are on their way to the Suez Canal.

But hardly anyone even spares a second glance when a US and a French aircraft carrier, each the size of a mountain, enter the Persian Gulf trailing an Israeli nuke capable submarine. The US naval fighter jets take high speed runs at Iranian airspace and that is not called a provocation. Even the French Rafael fighters make runs at Iranian naval bases –at least one with disastrous results for the frog leg-munching pilot and his aircraft. But no, that is not a provocation so we are told by the Western "sans tambour ni trompette" media.

But a single deployment of two Iranian naval vessels to the Mediterranean to ensure safety for Iranian commercial shipping as Egypt teeters on the brink of chaos, and howls of foul go up from every Western satellite nation you can find; though granted the nations in question are steadily shrinking in numbers because their glove puppet regimes are falling one by one.

Iranian Navy will take special care not to visit Bahrain; what with its king busy murdering his opponents to save his sorry robes and jalopy throne held up with sticky tape, made in the US and Britain. Of course his secret police's many jailhouses that have been busy torturing his disgruntled subjects for the last four-decades have also done their bit to help his "royal" cause.

The US and environmentalists however, have every right to be concerned about Bahrain. The island serves as a base for the US 5th fleet and is as such the largest convenience facility for the American sailors –incidentally Washington has been known to call ablution "strategic."

For the environmentalists however the concern is what could end up in the waters of the Persian Gulf with tens of thousands of American sailors and airmen denied Bahraini washrooms!

As far as the Iranian Navy is concerned a tour of the Mediterranean might not be such a bad thing for the sailors and officers onboard its ships, as they get a much cherished opportunity to get away from the heat and the humidity of the Persian Gulf waters. Also with the Egyptian military out of sorts for the minute, there's no telling what might happen to the Suez Canal and the commercial shipping thoroughfare. Especially since Britain, France and Israel have had their beady eyes on the control of the canal ever since losing it to its rightful owner, Egypt, in 1956.

But that is neither here nor there; Iranian ships can sail anywhere they want so long as they adhere to the UN laws on high seas. And given the meticulous nature of discipline within Iran's armed forces, no mishaps are likely. Unless of course Tel Aviv is busy yet again with its sorcerers' cauldron packed with endless conspiracies and tricks.

So let Israel be warned that its witches' "double, double, toil and trouble" efforts might backfire. "Let sleeping dogs lie" has always been the best policy in my opinion, having lost a chunk or two of muscle when I woke up the dogs during my childhood.

+ Nader Mokhtari ; ٥:۱٩ ‎ب.ظ ; جمعه ٢٩ بهمن ،۱۳۸٩
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