The truth about things can take surprising turns. With one upcoming post on the EPA, it seems the truth damns Republicans but it still must be told, for all that. This one now, today, doesn’t seem to help any particular western group but once again – for all that, it still needs telling.
Sitting back and drawing breath, staring at the words on the page of the article I’m about to quote – you know, we don’t know all the facts, we really don’t. Some of us get to know some of them. And who is really supporting whom – in reality, I mean? Not as stated to the world.
This came via Chuckles and is Richard Fernandez’s Belmont Club [Americocentric as a rule, part of PJ Media]. I’m fine with Richard, he’s from our political corner. He writes here on the middle-east and certain things came up that I for one didn’t know were the case.
It is a rich country with a poor southern neighbor. Each year countless economic migrants attempt a desperate journey over arid terrain and fearfully cross the border fence in search of better jobs in the north only to add to a burgeoning population of illegal aliens. In response the authorities have vowed to crack down on these migrants. Early this year 250,000 illegals were deported. ”Haggard and penniless,” writes the Economist, they “are being dumped at the dusty and chaotic” border crossings by a government eager to reclaim jobs for its own citizens.
The rich country we are talking about is of course, Saudi Arabia.
Oman, Yemen’s other neighbor, is also planning a border fence. “Following the conclusion of a secret bidding process, preliminary surveys along the fence line began earlier this year after Oman awarded a contract to an Indian development company, according to border officials. They estimate the construction process will be completed by 2018,” despite protests by environmental activists that the barrier will affect endangered species.
Shorter, but more heavily guarded is the Egypt-Gaza barrier. It’s the one you never hear about when news stories describe ‘conflict in the Middle East’. But it’s a barrier all the same.
Now that’s the one which really took my breath away. What’s Egypt’s actual game? Read the whole Wiki entry and you’d perhaps be surprised. The central question is – just how serious is Egypt about it, because the 18 metre deep steel barrier does seem a pretty final statement.
In December 2009, Egypt started with help from the US, the building of a steel wall along the Gaza border. If it is finished, the wall will be 10-11 km (6-7 miles) long and extend 18 metres below the surface. The wall was to be completed in 18 months.
On 29 October 2014, Egypt had begun demolishing homes along its border with the Gaza Strip as part of a planned 500m buffer zone that is intended to prevent weapons smuggling entering Palestine.
Surely that’s counterproductive for Egypt, in that its bona fides in the Arab world would seem to be affected by its support for this barrier.
First thoughts were that Egypt is pulling a fast one – that they would indeed put in the barrier but either they would allow tunnels lower than that in the ground, for a price or else they’d have doors in the steel barrier, again for a price:
Palestinian sources said that construction of the barrier was damaging dozens of smuggling tunnels as deep as 30 meters, causing them to collapse on a nearly daily basis and killing operators, especially tunnels near the Rafah border terminal. They added that most of the 1,500 tunnels between Gaza and Egypt remained unaffected. The sources also stated that the project has alarmed the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip, which charges an annual $2,500 for the right to operate a tunnel.
Ah, of course – money. Silly me. Wherefore a homeland? Wherefore love of the people?
According to analysts at a January 2010 Egyptian security conference, the barrier reflects Cairo’s concern that al Qaeda-inspired militants from the Gaza Strip will infiltrate Egypt after being forced out by Hamas, the de facto governing authority in the Strip, which the State of Israel considers as a terrorist group. The analysts said Egypt could become a haven and a battleground for small Salafist militant groups such as Jund Ansar Allah, Jaysh al Islamand Jaljalat, which have been squashed by Hamas since it took control in 2007.
The barrier has proved to be of little effect, with it being “breached hundreds of times” according to an Egyptian security official.
Uh-huh. Meanwhile, back to Richard:
The cabinet of the United Arab Emirates made news the other day by publishing a list of designated terrorist organizations. All of them, going by their names, appear to be “Islamic” organizations. The first 20 are:
- The UAE Muslim Brotherhood.
- Al Islah (or Da’wat Al-Islah).
- Fatah Al Islam (Lebanon).
- Associazione Musulmani Italiani (Association of Italian Muslims).
- Khalaya Al Jihad Al Emirati (Emirati Jihadist Cells).
- Osbat Al Ansar (the League of the Followers) in Lebanon.
- The Finnish Islamic Association (Suomen Islam-seurakunta).
- Alkarama organisation.
- Al Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM or Tanzim al-Qa‘idah fi Bilad al-Maghrib Al-Islami).
- The Muslim Association of Sweden (Sveriges muslimska forbund, SMF)
- Hizb Al Ummah (The Ommah Party or Nation’s Party) in the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula
- Ansar Al Sharia in Libya (ASL, Partisans of Islamic Law).
- The Islamic Council Norway (Islamsk Rad Norge, IRN).
- Al Qaeda.
- Ansar Al Sharia in Tunisia (AST, Partisans of Sharia) in Tunisia.
- Islamic Relief UK.
- Daesh (ISIL).
- Harakat Al Shabaab Al Mujahideen (HSM) in Somalia (Mujahideen Youth Movement)
- The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) in Britain.
- Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
We’ll return to him in later posts.
So, where does that leave us, vis-a-vis Theresa May and her warning that she’s about to turn a blind eye to these groups doing their worst in the UK? After all, the last atrocity, apart from Lee Rigby, was Blair’s 7/7 theatre. The UK is falling behind at the moment in the atrocity stakes.
I’m predicting an incident, on the grounds that the public are becoming a tad too sceptical of this terrorism scam and need an atrocity to bring them back in line.