reply to post by ipsedixit
George Bush said a mouthful when he said that he didn't think anyone in his administration or in the previous administration could have envisioned
ramming airliners into buildings like that and on such a scale.
For the most part
, that statement is quite true. When I woke up around noon on 9/11 and was told by one of my housemates what had happened, I
told her it was impossible.
That's the first condition "the moment" has to satisfy, it has to be a completely unexpected surprise.
The only thing that won't be a
surprise about it is that it will be connected to US strategic interests.
Obama has performed beautifully during his first 10 minutes in office, and this is very important. George Bush did the same. Obama has come in
sounding so much more sane and sensible than Bush. He talks about closing Gitmo, reining in the CIA interrogators and for heaven sake, getting back on
track and doing what Bush should have done in the first place, concentrating on Afghanistan.
The average American breathes a huge sigh of relief. "Thank God that looney billionaire's son frat boy/dude ranch cowboy is out of office. We
finally have someone in there who knows which end is up and can get us out of this mess."
These people are not taking one thing into consideration. The moment.
We haven't had the moment yet.
In the old bait and switch game, "the moment" is the time when the switch takes place, when all bets placed by the Obama administration are taken
off the table, when the fanged rabbit is finally seen, hanging by his ears above the magician's hat. Now
what you see is what you get.
So what is it going to be, this "moment".
Without going into a lot of explanation, I think there is good reason to believe that Obama is not finished in the Middle East
. There is a huge
US military presence in the Middle East as we all know. Obama is talking about pulling a lot of those people out of the region, but there are people
who would like to see one more errand done in the neighborhood before the pullout happens.
There is an interesting article on Michel Chossudovsky's website examining the current state of affairs across the Middle East, particularly with
respect to Iran's role in the region and the problems it poses for Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
The people of the Arab world have longed for a leader to fight for their cause, and Iran has stepped up to the challenge. Moving closer to the US
and aligning with Israel's war on the Palestinians is not the path that will secure the dictators of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Instead,
reverting to the popular sentiments of the Arab world, and embracing the leadership role on Arab affairs in Palestine and Iraq is what is required to
combat Iran and its proxies.
Here's a list of countries that would like to see something done about Iran:
2. The U.S.
5. Saudi Arabia.
All of those countries are the enemies of Iran and of it's surrogate, Hamas. Among them, the three Arab countries have been portrayed as chumps in
the region for not supporting the Palestinians and for doing deals with Israel and the U.S.
Until now there has been a sort of status quo of violence in the region, with Israel, Hamas and the Palestinians being the only participants. Suppose
that were to change?
Suppose "Hamas" were to take a crack at one of the leaders of the Arab countries in the list above? Suppose one of these countries' leaders were to
be assassinated by "Hamas" or al-CIAda?
An incident like that could serve quite a few people's interests. It could provide an excuse for quite a lot of military activity. It would create
quite a lot of confusion in the Arab street, which tends to support Iran and Hamas. It might create quite a lot of solidarity among the five countries
listed above and a conviction that now would be a good time to do something about the thorn in their sides.
That moment will also, unfortunately, be another leader's moment too. One leader in particular should start being particularly careful. He's the
obvious choice in the situation. You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out who it is. I'll give you a hint. He's not a member of a royal
These things are always so surprising when they happen. Shocking. Unbelievable.