Middle East meltdown
I was watching a National Geographic CD about the making of the great pyramids in Egypt. The genius of that time seemed extraordinarily advanced against a backdrop of brutal use of human labor to execute tributes to their 1%. Has anything changed?
Civilization came out of Africa and developed fully in the Middle East where language, science, engineering, and art all evolved to high sophistication. Perhaps the only thing holding back the advance of society was its preoccupation with mythology versus getting about the business of advancing human rights, equality, and freedom.
Those advances would take place elsewhere. The Greeks gave us a start. Royalty took it away for awhile.
Today, the world is once again turning its attention to the Middle East where people are fighting for freedom against tyrannical governments and tyrannical religion. Humans are once again slave to their technology and invention, oil and nuclear science.
The future is in the hands of people who are ill-equipped to handle the responsibility and who are corrupted by their leaders.
No matter how much pounding people take at their own hands, they just keep pounding away at the sand.
“Dozens killed in attacks across Iraq ahead of Arab League summit
By Alice Fordham and Aziz Alwan, Tuesday, March 20, 6:08 AM
BAGHDAD - At least 36 people were killed across Iraq on Tuesday by a series of car bombs and improvised explosive devices, despite tight security ahead of next week’s meeting of the Arab League.
Two explosions rocked central Baghdad, where city officials said five people were killed near a major bus station, and a car bomb injured several people outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the center of planning for the upcoming summit.
The Shiite holy city of Karbala was targeted, and 10 people were killed, while attacks in Diyala and Anbar provinces and the central city of Hilla left at least another eight dead. In the ethnically mixed northern city of Kirkuk, 13 police officers were killed when a car bomb detonated outside a police station.
The violence, which bore all the hallmarks of the militant group al-Qaeda in Iraq, followed the mass killing of more than 20 police officers in Anbar province earlier this month and an attack on police cadets in February. The wave of attacks is worrying Iraqi and Western officials alike.
“I would classify what we are seeing as a resurgent al-Qaeda,” said one American official in an interview earlier this month. Speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the subject, he said, the organization was “tremendously resilient, and I don’t see their ideology going away any time soon.”
“You have to put pressure on al-Qaeda by decapitating them over and over again,” the official added.
When American troops departed Iraq at the end of last year, they left behind security forces which had improved rapidly in recent years but still lack vital intelligence-gathering capacity and the forensic trainingneeded to investigate and prevent attacks.
Tuesday’s coordinated, nationwide attacks struck a blow to hopes among Iraqi officials that the Arab League summit set to take place at the end of the month would go ahead as planned.
Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and his officials have gone to great lengths to encourage Arab leaders to attend the meeting, seeing it as symbolic of Iraq’s return to sovereignty and normalcy in the wake of the American withdrawal.
But terror groups are likely to increase their efforts as the meeting approaches. Parliament speaker Osama al-Nujayfi told reporters last month that a similar series of bombings“aimed to spark sectarian strife among the Iraqi people, and to prevent the Arab League meeting from being held.”
Military commanders say they have called in forces from across Iraq to secure Baghdad ahead of the summit, are planning to halt air traffic for several days before the event begins and may shut down parts of Baghdad.
But Maj. Gen. Hassan al-Baydhani of Baghdad’s military command told the Associated Press last week that he anticipated attacks before the summit.
“Our war with terrorism is still ongoing,” Baydhani said Monday. “Our enemy is not easy.”: