Tyrants Will Be Destroyed

In the Holy Quran Allah swt swears by the Dawn that those who are corrupt, tyrannical and oppressive upon people will be destroyed. There were mighty rulers and empires in the past whose likeness is unparalleled in history. The physical strength of A’ad, the genius of Thamud and the power of Firaun were brought to a destructive end. They were criminals who rejected reformers. They thought they were all powerful, transgressing beyond limit. Allah swt destroyed those nations and the destruction was absolute. There is no trace of them now.

89:6 Have you not seen how your Lord has done with Aad,

89:7 Iram comprising the columns,

89:8 The like of which was not created in the lands?

89:9 And (with) Thamud? who carved out the rocks in the valley,

89:10 And (with) Firaawn, (Pharaoh) owning the stakes?

89:11  (They) who tyrannized in the lands,

89:12 So they worked much corruption therein,

89:13 Then your Lord poured on them the scourge of torment?

89:14 Surely your Lord is indeed Ever-Observing.

Forgotten French Genocide in Algeria

Premier Erdogan called French government “racist and discriminatory” for passing a bill that would make it illegal to reject Armenian claim that Ottoman Turks committed genocide on them when they were expelled from Eastern Anatolia to Syrian deserts during WWI. Earlier when the bill was debated by French legislators Turkey accused France of committing genocide on Algerian Muslims during its colonial rule in the former Ottoman state.

According to the Algerian documents, between 350,000 and 1.5 million Algerians died during the Algerian War of Independence.Algerians argue that the massacres should be named as genocide and France must apologise to the Algerians. Arab states and many Muslim countries, including Turkey, back the Algerian claims. However the French do not accept the claims.

Morning headlines in Turkish newspapers were anything but calm. “A guillotine to free thought” said Star, while Sozcu, a small circulation newspaper usually unsympathetic to the government, splashed “Satan Sarkozy” on its front page. “Shame on France” said the Vatan daily. 

In Ankara, Melih Gokcek, the city’s mayor said he would consider renaming the street where the French embassy is located to Algeria Street, and erecting a memorial to Algerian victims of French colonial oppression. 

France has already recognised the killings as a genocide, but the new bill would go further, by punishing anyone who denied it with a year in jail and a fine of $57,000. The passing of the bill through the French parliament has prompted street protests in Paris by Turks from France and neighbouring countries, as well as diplomatic protests. Erdogan earlier accused Sarkozy of using the bill for electoral gain, in a bid to secure the votes of French Armenians before this year’s election.

The archives in France on the issue have been kept closed until now. The French collected all documents regarding the massacres and genocide. For many, the closed archives are another sign of the Genocide in Algeria. Amar Bakhouche, the speaker of Algerian Senate, reacted against the fact that France keeps the archives related to that period closed. He said the greatest majority of archives related to that period were brought to France and they were kept closed. “They are not open for French and Algerians. We urged to immediately open them for public”, he said.

In response to the action of the French parliament, making it an offense to deny the supposed Armenian genocide, the Turkish parliament is drafting a bill to make it illegal to deny that the French committed genocide in Algeria. Turkish party leaders, including CHP, MHP, BBP and ANAP called France to recognise ‘Algerian genocide’.

Muslim Brotherhood Won, Now What

For the first three decades Israel lived under perpetual threats of aggression by Arabs. Most dangerous enemy in a hostile region was Egypt, having fought three wars with her. Peace with Egypt changed the Arab-Israeli strategic game, until Arab Spring took over. Muslim Brotherhood recently won the parliamentary elections  with a clear majority in Egypt. It is expected that Brotherhood will be behind Hamas and other groups engaged in armed struggle against Israeli Defence Forces. Peace Treaty with Israel may remain in force but in letter only. The spirit of the Treaty will be raised in political camps as an oppressive and unjust treaty signed by Anwar Sadat, a traitor to the Muslim cause. Unlike Mubarak’s regime, Brotherhood must not use force against public opinion. That would be suicide.

Isarel will not be changing its horrifying tactics due to Brotherhood’s victory. Massive modernization and R&D investment for armament technology is commonly expected from Israel. Egypt may not be able to match that, in the short run. But it is likely that an arms race will ensue in Egypt-Israel-Syria-Lebanon (Hizbullah) region. Israel has one advantage over Arab Muslims. Israel’s intellectual capital provides scientists, researchers and innovators who can use their brilliance for developing modern weaponry, which Arab Muslims lack. Arabs failed to hold on to their tradition of sword (arms) manufacturing and now they are dependent on US, Russia and China for weapons.

Muslim Brotherhood will have lots of things to fix before they can rise up to challenge Israel. They can start with their countries’ justice and economic systems. Both of which need an urgent overhauling.

Huge Oil Reserves But No Food

Puntland, one of the poorest regions in Africa, has been a semi-autonomous region in Somalia since 1998 when it was formed in response to the collapse of the government and the ongoing civil war in the south.

But now for the first time in 20 years oil companies are drilling in Puntland. Oil could offer the jobs and revenue the region desperately needs. Or, it could be the very reason why this strategic resource rich country is at war. Somalia has proven oil reserves of about 200 billion barels. It must be enough to make oil giants covet a land home to world’s poorest people. 2 oil blocks in Somalia are equal to the size of Bangladesh.

Somalia’s capital Mogadishu had been under the control of Al Shabaab (formerly Islamic Courts Union) until last week. Shabaab soldiers have vowed to fight back blocking the way for mega oil deals. Oil companies would not enter a war torn zone without some form of international military protection for its operations. US military intervention in Operation Restore Hope crashed with its Blackhawk in a disgraceful manner. Conoco’s Mogadishu office was used by US marines and by US special envoy during Operation Restore Hope. Since US withdrawal in 1993-94 made it harder for oil companies to continue in a country where 2/3rd of oil blocks were awarded to US oil companies.

New Power Qatar Wants Syrian Assad Out

Qatari Emir had earlier suggested to send Arab troops to Syria. It was rejected by both Arab League and Syria. Bashar Al-Assad asked for justification for a dictator to intervene in another dictator’s territory to stop bloodshed. He meant to say that both Baathists and Al-Thaanis were on the same murderous plane. That has not stopped Qatari Royal family from staking a claim in regional geo-political stage. Qatar could be to  Middle East what UK is in Europe, a central nerve center of US-NATO alliance for domination of Middle Eastern politics of oil and power.

Arab League observers failed in their mission to halt the genocide. They wanted to refer Assad to UNSC. Syria may be coming closer to the edge. Qatar is once again in the news for making another bold suggestion to Baathist Syria. A proposed National Transition Government has been proposed for Syria resembling those governments in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. This is in effect a call for regime change.

Here are excerpts of the comments of the Qatari prime minister, who is also the country’s foreign minister.

First, all bloodshed and acts of violence must end.

Second, we are asking the Syrian government for the following: the release of all detainees and the end of all military presence in cities. And allow all media (both Arab and international) to move freely to find the facts on the ground. And to withdraw the Syrian army to its barracks forthwith. And to allow all civil demonstrations, allow people to demonstrate freely.

[There will be an] increase of monitors in Syria with all equipment necessary to fulfill their mission. We are calling on the Syrian government and the opposition to start a new political dialogue within two weeks.

[We agreed] to take on these initiatives. To form a government of national unity to be participated in by the opposition [and to hold elections].

For the president of Syria to take dialogue with the opposition and to establish a political system with all political parties where all people are equal regardless of their creed or religious belief. That the national unity to reestablish security in the country and support the security and police to take charge and that Arab countries in conjunction with the Arab League to support the government of national unity.

And to look into the complaints of those who were injured or have suffered [during the uprising].

After the establishment of the government of national unity, there has to be a referendum and the preparation for new elections. The Arab League Secretary-General is to send a new special envoy to Syria, and call on the international community to support this national unity government to fulfill its functions.

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We wish that this Arab plan is similar to what happpened in Yemen, which bore results in the political process. And after dialogue with all brothers in the League, we agreed to take an Arab initiative, this initiative, I’ve read you its most important decisions: to form a govt of national unity and to establish a government of national unity. We will be asking from the Security Council and we will be after this conference writing a letter to the president of the Security Council to have a meeting with [Arab League chief] Nabil ElAraby to put all these Arab decisions before them, to get a decision from the Security Council.

As you see, we are looking into an Arab solution for this. We are not looking for a military intervention. The decision was by consensus, except Algeria which had some reservations. Lebanon has abstained, and we appreciate their situation there and we thank them for their cooperation.

This is, in a nutshell, what happened.