The “big picture” in Africa and the Middle East is beginning to really interest me.
-> WikiLeaks reports that Islamic extremists are gaining power in Libya: Libya: WikiLeaks cables warn of extremist beliefs
-> Protests continue in Egypt despite Mubarak’s ouster. One cannot help but believe Islamic extremists benefit from the continued strife, added to the fact that Egypt was already becoming much more Islamic before the anti-Mubarak uprising.
-> “Nation building” in Iraq has proven a spectacular failure (as anyone with half a brain could have predicted). Once we leave (or are thrown out, like in Vietnam), Iraq will quickly be devoured by Iran.
-> The regime in Saudi Arabia is ripe for an overthrow. As Iran/Iraq/Egypt/Libya coalesce into a single power, the fall of Saudi Arabia will become inevitable.
-> A newly joined Iran/Iraq/Egypt/Libya/Saudi Arabia Islamic power will be able to swallow up Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the Islamic portion of the newly divided Sudan and the tiny “oil states” in a single gulp.
-> Even Turkey, our erstwhile sometimes ally, a long-time secular nation, is becoming more Islamic by the day and would hardly be able to resist joining the new Caliphate.
What this all may add up to is a new Islamic empire much like the Ottoman empire of a century ago. Except that, this time, it will control the major portion of the world’s most vital fuel source. This will give it power and leverage beyond anything the Ottoman sultans ever could have imagined.
It seems to me that the power centers (the “super powers”) of the future will be the Islamic empire on the one the hand and an Asian/Indian coalition on the other.
But, I guess there is no reason for us to be concerned. By the time all this comes about, we will have completed our plan to become a third-world dictatorship.
Perhaps the United States, Canada, Australia and Russia will become “wheat republics” supplying the new super powers much like the “banana republics” and “coffee republics” of the 20th century did for us.
Hmmm… I wonder if the new super powers will be generous with foreign aid?
Troy L Robinson