Why the current Tunisian and Egyptian Intifada are significant: lessons I learned from Communism.

In the past, it has often been asked of those foretelling of a New World Order (NWO):

“How will Communism fall?”

“How will Islamic nations be integrated?”

If there is anything we have learned from the last century, it is that the seemingly improbable at the present, can be very possible when looking backwards in time.  A good example is the disintegration of Communism in Eastern Europe followed by it’s collapse in the former Soviet Union.  Did anyone see that coming?

Enter part two of this international display of possible improbables:

The displacement of autocratic governments, brought to you in part by the worldwide web of cyberspace and cellular communication devices.  Autocrats around the world are shaking at their knees by the mere mention of cellphone wielding armies of Twitterers and Facebookians organizing their next coup d’état.

I would like to suggest that one significance of the current political and social upheavals in the Middle East is that they are a sneak preview of the 21st century world political landscape.  Will Tunisia and Egypt today play the role that Poland and Hungary played two and a half decades ago?  Will these North African uprisings be the spark that ignites the Islamic world like Poland and Hungary did for the Communist world back in 1989?

Just turn on your TV,  we are already hearing the chanting and stomping of protesters in the streets and squares of Yemen, Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Iran.  There is no telling where, when or if the unrest will fade.

How will this movement be sustained?  Where will it get nourishment?

Much has been said about how economic and political factors were responsible for ushering communism out in the 20th century.  Today, we hear the same tune being played about how impoverishment and the denial of human rights have strongly influenced these uprisings.  No doubt, whether a man can provide for his family, and whether he is treated with equity by the government, will bear forcefully to feelings of discontent.  But while negative economics and civil injustices contribute to resentment against the government, the average Yusuf will need a framework and a base on which to assemble and construct his intifada.

Religion played a somewhat muted but crucial role in encouraging the erosion of communism during the eighties.  Pope John Paul II, was the most conspicuous, though far from the only, religious figure seen to influence the fall of communism.

The same might be said of religious leaders today in the Moslem world.  The alignment of political purpose with a religious jihad probably will not be as overt as many past movements.  The Moslem Brotherhood (MB), the worlds oldest, largest and most influential Islamic political group, were careful not to put their stamp on this latest Egyptian revolt as this would have been cause for immense concern in the western world.  (The MB have been involved in bloody struggles in the past, and to occupy a clear leadership position in this movement would have given this revolution the kiss of death).

Make no mistake, however, their presence in the crowd was undeniable, mentioned numerous times by news commentators and analysts, but keeping a low profile so as not to cause anxiety to western hearts and minds…and all the while infusing the movement with a sense of legitimacy, cultivating a peaceful front, and effectively sanctifying and giving moral support to this righteous intifada against the corrupt Mubarak regime.

In conclusion, I find that the parallels between these current affairs and the decline of Communism are significant. The similarities, in my opinion, are as follows:

First, these uprisings are only a foretaste of the impending sociopolitical storms brewing in the Moslem Autocratic world, and second, religion will continue to be a secular force to be reckoned with in the NWO march towards a homogenization of world governments and economic systems.

Are you ready?

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