Sean Fenley

Sean Fenley
May 04
Sean Fenley is an independent progressive, who would like to see some sanity brought to the creation and implementation of current and future, US military, economic, foreign and domestic policies. He has been published by a number of websites, and publications throughout the alternative media.


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JANUARY 17, 2013 11:07PM

Massaging the Arab Spring

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I think that to stop the Arab Spring, a real one that would democratize these nations from cascading to the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), the Muslim Brotherhood is being installed in other places. They are a worse option IMO than either liberal democracy or Arab nationalist governments. The GCC countries would more so fear their regimes falling, I think, with democratic liberal secular, or socialist/quasi-socialist governments coming to power. The latter coming to power through elections like a Chavez or Morales, not seizing power like a Saddam or Hafez al-Assad. (Sabahi in Egypt is just the type that U$terrorist/NATO, and the GCC do not want to see.)

The GCC think that the Brotherhood will be repressive. They won’t be as repressive as the GCC — in most cases — I don’t think, but they will create a continuity IMO between the GCC, and the countries where “democracy” is allegedly blooming. Thus, the GCC backward monarchies, hope to extend their limited lease on life — through the installation of Islamist governments in their neighboring countries.

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The wicked ways of this world, eh Sky? Not poking fun at you with the eh, just b/c you're Canadian. We Americans do say it, once in awhile.
No worries, mate. Once your American education system improves you'll learn to say "eh" much more often. Personally I'd be delighted just to see y'all learn the difference between "you're" and "your."

I think the GCC countries do what they're told. Most answer to the Saudi royal family, who are only in power because George Herbert Walker Bush put them there. Their main job in the reason is to prevent democratic nationalist governments coming to power that refuse to knuckle under to US corporate interests.

The US is determined that the Middle East remain an American economic colony, especially now that they have lost Latin America. I really like the way Noam Chomsky explains US foreign policy - the whole reason behind American empire is ensure cheap raw materials and resources (and to some extent new markets) for US corporations. Chomsky explains this quite nicely in an article Alternet reprinted from last Feb.
Sorry, I mistyped. I meant their main job in the regopm.
Tarpley says there are Saudi networks (I'd include Qatar) and Iranian networks in the Middle East. You've got Hezbollah (the whole March 8 alliance Lebanon), Syria, Iraq more aligned with Iran. Egypt is becoming aligned with the Gulf Arabs, the Gulf Arabs are wooing Hamas (though as I've said Iranian rockets really helped them in Pillar). Turkey is working with Qatar to bring the Salafi mercenaries into Syria. If Bahrain can overthrow its oppressive Sunni monarchy, the majority Shia country will align with Iran.

I think the Gulf Arabs are in real trouble with the situation being fluid in the Middle East. There is more protest going on in the GCC countries than we are hearing about Dr (I'm assuming what you're getting in NZ, Press TV has reported on some of it). The hourglass is ticking on how much longer their model(s) can hold up.

p.s. Sometimes KSA and Qatar have infighting. Qatar tries to play two sides of things more, be more "enlightened"/diplomatic -- it is not as antagonistic with Iran for example. I don't see Qatar as different than KSA in many ways other than public relations (giving it the better impression to the outside world).