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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Lots of things going on in the Muslim world

In the past few days:
d) Uzbekistan has evicted the Americans from a key airbase in the Afghanistan war
a) the king of Saudi Arabia has died.
b) the anti-muslim rebel leader of southern Sudan died in an air crash (quite soon after negotiating peace and becoming vice-president)
c) the president of a small islamic state in western africa, Mauritania, has been ousted in a coup.
f) the new "ultra-conservative" leader takes power in Iran.
e) and rumor has it cheney has plans to nuke iran this month.

Of course, this is all within the context of two American wars against Islamic states, and a recent bombing in London by supposed Islamic militants.

So how much is being set up, and how much is really a war being waged? Ie. In this new "everyone against the Muslims" world war, these are all manuevers by one side or the other.
The extremes are: a) it's all being set up by the American Allies and b) the Islamic "terrorists" are really attacking the American Allies. Wherever the truth lies on the continuum between these extremes, the result is war.

(Here's wikipedia's take on 9/11: muslim terrorists or staged event)

d) this is with the support of neighboring countries Russia and China (who sent in some forces to surround the bases in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan)
a) he wasn't doing much anyway, having suffered a stroke about 10 years ago
b) this comes after lots of talk about the "genocide" against "christians and animists" in Darfur, which is in western Sudan.
c) possibly the president wasn't muslim enough--he was cracking down on militants and made diplomatic ties to Israel
e) this may be an intentional leak to scare the Iranians


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