Friday, July 29, 2011

Yes, Virginia, There Are Christian Terrorists

Even though Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is already history, are Christian Terrorist Groups the new face of global and regional terror?

By: Ringo Bones

Back in July 22, 2011, an apparently lone white supremacist Christian Islamophobic neo-Nazi Jesus-Freak named Anders Behring Breivik had managed to terrorize the whole of Norway by undertaking two brazen attacks. The first one was an ammonium nitrate fuel oil bomb in the heart of Oslo followed by a Mumbai 2008 style attack on a youth resort on Utoeya Island. But still, the mainstream press are still very, very reluctant to call Breivik a "Christian Terrorist". But why?

For much of the 1990s, the mainstream press have always downplayed terror attacks by white supremacist Christian militias while resorting to rave-style coverage whenever the perpetrators happen to be a Muslim Islamist terror group. The now almost-forgotten Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing of April 19, 1995 has always been squarely blamed on Timothy McVeigh but not on the white supremacist Christian terror group McVeigh is affiliated with. Is there a valid reason for this rather inexplicable mainstream press downplay on Christian Terrorist attacks? What about those Planned Parenthood doctors being gunned down across America during the 1990s - why no First-Graders today are taught that Christian Terrorists also exist?

Its not just the mainstream press downplay but also most of the world's major law enforcement agencies tend to downplay attacks perpetrated by right-wing Christian Terrorists which, unfortunately, made Christian Terrorists the global terror ticking time bomb du jour. Could the various global law enforcement's very own prejudices enabling Christian Terrorists to get away with their murderous acts? Since 9/11, law enforcement agencies have automatically associated terrorism with Islam, but could this oversight be their own undoing when another Anders Behring Breivik launches his own clandestine terror attack?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Death of Osama Bin Laden: End of Al Qaeda?

After the successful US Navy SEAL team raid on Osama Bin Laden's "secret compound" near Islamabad, Pakistan, is this finally yhe beginning of the end of Al Qaeda?

By: Ringo Bones

With US President Barack Obama's obligatory "victory speech" announcing the death of Osama Bin Laden after the successful US Navy SEAL team raid on his highly fortified mansion near Islamabad, Pakistan, many had now wondered whether this event will mark the beginning of the end of Bin Laden's famed global terror network called Al Qaeda? Sadly, Al Qaeda can easily go on without a figure-head like Bin Laden.

Though it didn't stop the midnight jubilant celebration of Americans in the Pennsylvania Avenue and the death of Osama Bin Laden means that President Obama is now spared of making that somewhat awkward and uncomfortable speech explaining why Osama Bin Laden is still at large as America celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the tragic September 11, 2001 Terror Attacks. At least this will be one of those globally historic moments that I will be explaining to my descendants on where I was when President Obama made the now iconic "victory speech" announcing the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Revolution 2011: True Democracy for the Arab World?

Even though US President George W. Bush failed miserably to bring one to the Arab World, will the one started in Tunisia earlier this year finally bring true democracy to the Arab World?

By: Ringo Bones

For a very long time, the Arab World has faced only two real choices for leadership: either a) a pro-Western despot or b) Anti-Western Islamism. Fortunately, since the martyrdom of a Tunisian activist named Mohamed Bouazizi, the Arab World now has a chance to experience true-blue democracy where everyone has a voice on how their government’s should be run instead of an autocratic rule by a single individual or a secretive cabal. The question now on everyone’s mind is: does the recent popular revolution that started in Tunisia that’s spreading throughout less-than-democratic Arab states will change the region for the better?

Fortunately, there are very hopeful signs that the recent wave of popular uprisings in the Arab World could change the region for the better. Egypt’s president-for-life Hosni Mubarak recently stepped down out of – we hope – concern for the escalating casualties of Egyptian demonstrators. Two Libyan fighter pilots defecting to Malta with their fighter planes back in February 22 after refusing orders from Muammar Gaddafi to strafe unarmed Libyan demonstrators.

Unknown to most of the Western public-at-large, lack of opportunities for young graduates, poverty and high food prices are only part of the gripes that drove Arab youths in a wave of popular revolts helped by internet-based social networking sites. These uprisings are – in truth - largely driven by denial of governmental decision making of the citizenry by their despotic powers-that-be. As of late, the King of Saudi Arabia had recently been handing out “dole money” to the young citizenry to pacify them, but if the Royal House of Saud wants to avoid a widespread revolt while they still can, it would be better if they provide their young, well-educated citizenry more participation in the day-to-day decision making of their government.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Will Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution Free the Arab World?

With a popular uprising that eventually ousted Tunisia’s own president-for-life, will Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution eventually liberate the Arab world and the rest of Gulf state countries from their respective despots?

By: Ringo Bones

Named after Tunisia’s national flower the Jasmine Revolution – or similar popular uprisings - now on-going in Egypt and has just started, according to the BBC, in Jordan. Has been seen not just by Gulf State citizens but by everyone in the world as well as the pivotal moment that could eventually depose various despots and self-styled president-for-life type rulers in the Arab world. But will it really be successful in liberating the Arab world of long-ruling despots in a relatively peaceful manner?

With the Tunisian uprising still unfinished due to the personnel of the previous despotic regime are still in their posts and the tragic death toll from the clashes between soldiers and demonstrators calling for the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt hovered around 30 by Saturday, January 29, 2011, the on-going revolution in the Arab world – dubbed as their Solidarity Movement of Gdansk Port / Fall of the Berlin Wall moment by political pundits – doesn’t seem to be resolving as peacefully as previously thought. And many top-level geopolitical analysts here in the West have fears that the Egyptian uprising might devolve into a Tiananmen Square style bloodbath.

The current Gulf State uprising is primarily aided by the clarion-call of existing Internet-based on-line social networks like Twitter and Facebook in organizing their rallies. Demonstrators in Egypt are rallying around Nobel laureate and former IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei and could catapult ElBaradei as the potential replacement of president-for-life Hosni Mubarak who had ruled Egypt under emergency rule since the assassination of President Anwar Sadat back in 1981. Only time will tell if the liberation of the Arab World from its despots will be a relatively peaceful one.