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The Middle East has traditionally been important for the world economy. The Middle East situation today has an impact on all aspects of life in America and much of the world.

Only by understanding the motivations of the various factions in the Middle East can we hope to understand how to promote peace and national security for Middle Eastern nations, Europe, and the United States.

Jul 13, 2014

Recent Israeli Attack on Gaza


The recent violent attacks that took place between the Israeli government and Hamas in Gaza during the past week led to the followings:
1.   The launching of more than1, 300 air strikes by the Israelis since the offense began. A of 7/12/2014 more than 165 Palestinians died and over 1000 were injured. In addition the Israelis destroyed 200 homes and some public buildings, including mosques and hospitals.
2.   The launching by 800 rockets by Hamas. However, there were no fatalities reported by the Israeli government.

The Israelis forces destructive attacks are not the first and will not be the last one. Meanwhile World organizations have issued orders to both sides to stop the attacks. The feuding parties have not taking the orders into consideration and the fight is still going on.

The Egyptian government tried to negotiate a cease-fire between both sides, but there was no response from either side.

The Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza was opened to allow the wounded Palestinians to be treated in Egyptian hospitals. Furthermore, the Egyptian government sent 550 tons of needed medications, and food to help those who are in urgent needs. and the Egyptian Prime Minister stated publicly that the government and the people are condemning the Israeli’s savagely attacks on Gaza.

It is unfortunate that the people of Gaza are being massacred while their leader; Khalid Ma’shal is staying in a luxurious hotel in Qatar and attacking the Egyptian government for not fulfilling its obligation toward the Palestinians!!  I would like  to address the corrupt leader Khalid Mish ‘al  that since 1948 the Egyptians have paid a heavy price, in blood and money to support the Palestinians people, more than any other Arab states.  
Mish’al who considers himself a revolutionary leader of Hamas should be in Gaza with his people rather than in a five star hotel in Qatar feasting on Ramadan food, with other Hamas leaders.
Mercy on the Palestinian people who have such corrupt leadership.


Jun 15, 2014

Crisis in Iraq


The Iraqi society is in a very chaotic situation politically, socially, and economically. This havoc is the result of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Furthermore, the type of democracy, which emerged with the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011, led to the rise of sectarianism under the leadership of Prime Minister Al-Maliki, who is a tool in the hands of Iranian politicians.
         Prime minister Al-Maliki turned out to be an authoritarian dictator targeting senior Sunni politicians by jailing some and killing others. Furthermore, he directed his Shia militia groups to terrorize and kill some of his opponents. Also he failed to respond to some Shia and Sunni sector leaders demands for democratic reform. The Maliki opposition, which consists of secular Shia and Sunni groups, view his government as sectarian oppression. Such prevailing political situation made it easy for the Islamic terrorist group, “Daish”, to move into Iraq from the Syrian borders and occupy areas in the anbar province especially the city of Fallujah. The Iraqi army has been fighting them for more than a year. Furthermore, the recent conquest and occupation of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, and of the city of Takrit without much opposition from the Iraqi army and the public against “Daish” shows a strong indication of opposition to Al-Maliki’s government. The Daish group threatens to move south to capture Baghdad. Daish is emerging as an extreme Islamic terrorist group that is replacing Al-Qaeda especially in both Iraq and Syria. It has been reported that Daish forces spread fear and terror between both populations in Iraq and Syria namely in areas that they have occupied.
         It has been reported that Al-Maliki’s government have requested military assistance from the United States and stated that Iraqi air space is open to target Daish forces in Iraq. Furthermore, Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani called on his followers to join and support Al Maliki government against the Sunni Islamic terrorist “Daish.”
         The BBC news reported that more than 500 members of the Iranian revolutionary guards joined the Iraqi government in order to fight “Daish.”

         It is interesting to realize that what has been happening since the removal of Saddam Hussein’s government as a result of the U.S. conquest of Iraq led to the present situation. For more information, see my  monograph: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq: Conspiracy and its Tragic Aftermath1.
1Publisher amazon.com 2014

Jun 2, 2014

The Third Egyptian Republic


The Third Egyptian Republic

General A. Al-Saisi won the Egyptian presidential election on May 26, 2014. According to the Egyptian higher election committee, 47 percent of Egyptian cast their votes.

Mr. A. Al-Saisi received 93 percent of the votes or 24,365,176 votes. Mr. A. Sabahi received 2.9 percent of the votes or 895,149 votes. The rejected votes totaled 4.10 percent or 1,577,840 votes. Nearly 25 million (out of 54 million) eligible Egyptian voters cast their votes.

The election fell short of what the Egyptian mass media continued to project during the seven months prior to the election. The rationale behind the fact that less than 50 percent of the public participated in the election may be attributed to the following.

1.     Most of Egypt’s mass media and political analysts confirmed that the election of Mr. Al-Saisi by a huge margin. Repeating this generalization for seven months influenced many people’s political attitudes. As a result, many people reached the conclusion, “Why bother? The general will be elected.”
2.     Another factor that may have influenced the low turnout was the high temperatures that exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Waiting in line for hours in this heat was very difficult for many people.
3.     Another factor that may have discouraged people from participating is fear. The Muslim Brotherhood continued to warn the public that they will disrupt the election. Since the removal of Morsi on July 3, 2013, they have been conducting terrorist activities against the government and the public.
4.     A significant number of young Egyptians who initiated both the 25th of January 2011, and the 30th of June, 2013, revolutions were marginalized by those who assumed power. Furthermore, many of them were put in prison for violating the protest law.
5.     General A. Al-Saisi failed to provide the Egyptian public with his political program. This may have discouraged some Egyptians from participating, especially those who were under the impression that members of the Mubarak regime were close to Al-Saisi.

On the bright side, more than 70 percent of Egyptian women participated in the election with high enthusiasm and joy. They are the heroes of Egypt. Another segment that participated were men over the age of 50, but their percentage is less than that of the women.

Furthermore, more than 4 percent of the cast votes were rejected. It was speculated that these votes were cast by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafi religious groups to cast doubt on the election.

Nevertheless, the election was more democratic and transparent than any previous election in the history of Egypt.