Ad Hoc Commentary – Sisi is real, Isis just distraction.
The Middle East is moving further into the darkness of war. The Middle East should learn more from China’s Xi Jinping who seems to be the only one that understands that development is another word for peace:
“…We are firm in our resolve to uphold peace and stability in Asia and the world. Knowing too well the agonizing sufferings inflicted by war and turbulence, the Chinese people deeply cherish peace. China will continue to develop itself by securing a peaceful international environment and, at the same time, uphold and promote world peace through its own development….”
Instead of recognizing that development is the greatest challenge facing the Arab nations, the rulers of the Arab world, led by Egypt’s el-Sisi, are instead creating a joint standing army to counter existential threats to itself:
“Assuming the great responsibility imposed by the great challenges facing our Arab nation and threatening its capabilities, the Arab leaders had decided to agree on the principle of a joint Arab military force,” he [, Egypt’s president Albdel Fateh el-Sisi,] said.
This is the wrong response. A standing army is at best a waste of precious resources that should had been used for sustainable development benefiting all people. At worse, a standing army will enslave the people, and even worse rekindle a new Arab-Israeli war to ‘correct’ the humiliation in 1967 and 1973. On enslaving the people, we remember the words of James Madison:
“…A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people…”
On a new Arab-Israeli war, we remember the 1973 Arab-Israeli War:
“…The Yom Kippur War, Ramadan War, or October War, also known as the 1973 Arab–Israeli War, was a war fought by the coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria against Israel from October 6 to 25, 1973…”
“…The war had far-reaching implications. The Arab World, which had been humiliated by the lopsided rout of the Egyptian–Syrian–Jordanian alliance in the  Six-Day War, felt psychologically vindicated by early successes in the  conflict. In Israel, despite impressive operational and tactical achievements on the battlefield, the war led to recognition that there was no guarantee it would always dominate the Arab states militarily…”
Optimist would say that the current standing army’s objective is to counter terrorism. To the optimists, we remind them of George Soros’ critique of the original Bush administration’s War on Terror:
“Has there ever been a war with an unindentified enemy, undefined objectives, unknown rules, and indefinite duration? Yet, by exploiting fear, that is what the Bush administration has induced the American public to accept as the natural and obvious response. So much so that when I say that we must renounce the war on terror as a false metaphor people simply do not understand what I am talking about.” page 109, The Age of Fallability, The Consequences of the War on Terror, George Soros, 2007
In fact, a war on terror or fear is a phony war. We remember Franklin Roosevelt’s dictum: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Here we ask a rhetorical question, if the government of King George III fears the founding fathers of America, would it be appropriate to call George Washington a terrorist?
Only time will tell if the current Jewish Tetrad is going to be for the better or worse for Jerusalem. In yours truly humble opinion, Sisi is the real deal, Isis is just a distraction:
“Apr 4, 2015 Blood Moon on Pesach (Jewish Passover)”
“…Jewish tetrads tend to coincide with important turning points in Jewish history…”
Good luck in the markets.