Answer: Straight for you.
And for how long will the civilised world continue to persist in seeing no evil and hearing no evil and, above all, doing nothing to stem the onslaught?
A couple of days ago a gigantic conspiracy was unravelled in Egypt, aimed directly at that state’s apparatus. The attack on Egypt was planned and financed by Iran via the range of proxies it has at its disposal, primarily Hizbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and various other terrorist organisations. The focus of the plan was to attack Egypt along a broad front, targeting civilian and state infrastructure, sabotaging the Suez Canal lifeline and crushing the nation’s democratic institutions. The Teheran ayatollahs’ fundamentalist Islamist revolution was to be exported the world over, cost what it may.
The Arab world is very concerned over this latest development and hopes that the USA and/or Israel will do something drastic about the mounting threat from Teheran. The Arab world does this while at the same time continuing to publicly criticise both the USA and Israel in a variety of contexts.
Much of the Arab world continues to posture in idiotic parlour games of domestic politics while its doorstep is being engulfed in flames. Politics is truly a dirty game.
But it is ultimately just a game. The threat from the ayatollahs in Iran, led by the intractable and increasingly Quixotic Ahmadinejad, is anything but a game. That is reality – tragic reality. A reality faced not just by the USA and Israel but now also the entire Arab world and ultimately also the rest of the world.
Today the most radical and extremist tendencies in the Muslim world are to be found outside the Arab world – it is non-Arab entities such as Iran and Pakistan that account for the most extreme radicalisation and the most active export of religious fundamentalism, religiously inspired violence and human rights abuses on religious grounds.
The people abused and discarded like so much trash, mere disposable counters in the strategic game planned by the Iranian masters of global Jihad, are however very much found within the Arab world – primarily among the populations who fall under the unforgiving Hizbollah and Hamas regimes. Sweden, for instance, exhibits an embarrassing propensity for closing its eyes to the truth – recently this Scandinavian nation chose to continue its participation in a conference despite the attendance of Hamas, branded internationally as a terrorist organisation. And this comes a mere few weeks after the Davis Cup debacle in which the Swedish city of Malmö’s ruling body decided to play foreign politics by first trying to ban Israelis from playing tennis in Sweden, then decided that the match would be played without spectators even though this cheated Malmö’s hard-pressed city coffers out of millions in potential earnings from ticket revenues and hotel bookings.
From Sweden on the weekend of 7-8 March 2009 when the slaughter of Jews was being encouraged on the streets of Malmö:
The tennis tournament turned instead into a raw and violent anti-Semitic and anti-democratic rampage which the excellent Swedish police did all they could to control. Unfortunately however, the decision was not in the hands of the police but rather in the hands of politicians – more than a quarter of Malmö’s population is Muslim and that is what carried the day. Sweden appears happy to tango with terrorists at international conferences and is happy to ban Jews from playing tennis to appease fanatical Islamist opinion, even as the fundamentalists advance and keep their sights firmly trained on conquering ever larger swathes of territory.
An insider’s view of Malmö in Sweden, in the eyes of the city’s police oficers and its hard-pressed ambulance and fire rescue services.
Blindness, deafness and inaction are no solution when under attack. What is needed is a proactive approach – not just reaction which usually and by definition means responding too late. What is needed is to act while there is still the chance of seizing the initiative.
This naturally does not always or only mean military action. However, signals indicating that military action will never be adopted are interpreted quite rightly by extremists for what they are: devastating weakness and an invitation to regional, national and global rape.
Act – or lose. Egypt has seen the light. In Egypt, Hamas and Hizbollah are regarded as terrorist organisations. In Sweden, they are seen as valid partners for discussion. In Egypt, Iran is regarded as the source of regional, even global, evil and instability. In Sweden, Iran is regarded as a valuable trading partner.
Money before all else. Short-sighted gain before strategic security. A paralysed inability to label things correctly.
Egypt has woken up. Sweden still slumbers.
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