My Way news (Associated Press) reported yesterday that the Muslim Brotherhood has stated that the unrest in the Middle East will spread until all pro-western governments are overthrown.
There were protests in Jordan recently demanding the ousting of Jordanian Prime Minister Samir Rifai. The thing to be noted in the Jordanian protests is that the protests have been done by the Bedouins, not by the Palestinian population. Jordan is ruled by Hashemites, although the majority of its population is Palestinian. Transjordan was orginally created out of the territory the British had promised to Israel. The county was established with the Hashemites in charge as a reward for the role the Arabs had played in World War I (it was later discovered that their role had been exaggerated). The fact that the Bedouins are protesting means that there is unrest in the police force and military. This is not good.
The preceeding paragraph contradicts the news story, but is based on the comments of a former member of the Israeli defense services. His prediction is that Egypt will fall, followed by other countries in the area falling like dominoes.
According to the article, Hammam Saeed, the leader of Jordan’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood, has stated:
“…Arabs have grown disgruntled with U.S. domination of their oil wealth, military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and its support for “totalitarian” leaders in the region.
“”The Americans and (President Barack) Obama must be losing sleep over the popular revolt in Egypt,” he said. “Now, Obama must understand that the people have woken up and are ready to unseat the tyrant leaders who remained in power because of U.S. backing.””
I understand that the Arabs may want to unseat their tyrant leaders, I just don’t believe that the Muslim Brotherhood would be a move toward freedom. I think it will mean more human rights violations, just different violations than we currently have. I think the country to watch as this unfolds is Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is not a democratic society and is as vulnerable to public unrest as the countries currently experiencing such unrest.
The stategic move that America needs to make right now is to quickly increase its output of domestic oil resources. Unfortunately, that is opposite of the direction of the current administration. Unless we develop our own carbon resources very quickly, we will be paying upwards of $5 a gallon for gasoline in the near future.