Organized Chaos Behind the Scenes in the Middle East: The Middle East Uprisings May Have Surprised Most People in the World, but Globalist Elites at the Council on Foreign Relations Laid the Groundwork for the "Spontaneous Events."

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Organized Chaos Behind the Scenes in the Middle East: The Middle East Uprisings May Have Surprised Most People in the World, but Globalist Elites at the Council on Foreign Relations Laid the Groundwork for the "Spontaneous Events."


Jasper, William F., The New American


"This is the most exciting story I've ever covered in my life," gushed veteran journalist Charles Sennott. "I've been a reporter for 25 years. I've covered the Middle East for more than 15 of those years. It was just so thrilling, so breathtaking, so unpredictable, and really a journey for the whole country of Egypt but also for those correspondents who've covered the Middle East for a long time."

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Sennott's breathless reporting from Cairo's Tahrir Square for GlobalPost, NPR, and PBS Frontline was not unique in its giddy enthusiasm for the "people power" revolutions sweeping Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and much of the Middle East. Indeed, his participatory excitement is a common narrative core running through most of the broadcast, print, and online news coverage of the still-developing turmoil in that ancient cauldron of political intrigue.

The decades-old autocracies of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia have already been toppled, and as we go to press, the tyrannical regime of Libya's terror-sponsoring dictator Moammar Ghadafi is on the ropes. And the fires of revolt are igniting or fully blazing in Oman, Bahrain, Yemen, and Morocco.

There is a spirit within each of us that rejoices at seeing any of our human family successfully shaking off despotic chains. Americans, who have been blessed with a heritage of liberty beyond the dreams of most the Earth's people, can especially identify with the sentiments of poet James Russell Lowell's famous lines:

  When a deed is done for Freedom, through the broad earth's aching
  breast

  Runs a thrill of joy prophetic, trembling on from east to west.

The broad appeal of the current Mideast upheavals is enhanced by the appearance that they: 1) represent genuinely grassroots, spontaneous movements; and 2) represent the triumph of unarmed, mostly nonviolent masses against entrenched, absolute power. Compared to the blood-baths that frequently accompany revolutions, the transitions in Egypt and Tunisia have been remarkably benign--thus far. Of course, they could quickly degenerate into fratricidal civil war, or Khomeinistyle totalitarian oppression. And the same potential holds for virtually all of the current hot spots in northern Africa and the Middle East.

The Jacobins, remember, did not unleash their infamous Reign of Terror at the start of the French Revolution, in 1789; they had to restrain their full bloodlust until 1793, when they had sufficiently consolidated their power. Consolidation is an essential stage of every revolution. Tragically, all too often this period of ''peaceful" transition is a planned prelude to slaughter and tyranny, as demonstrated by Mao Tsetung's Communist Army in China, Fidel Castro's July 26th Movement in Cuba, Pol Pot's communist Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the Hutu Interahamwe in Rwanda, Khomeini's Revolutionary Guards in Iran, and dozens of other examples that could be cited.

The astute observation of the British historian and statesman John Emerich Dalberg, more commonly known as Lord Acton, is apropos here. In his famous series of discourses entitled "Lectures on the French Revolution," delivered at Cambridge University between 1895 and 1899, Lord Acton noted:

  The appalling thing in the French Revolution is not the tumult, but
  the design. Through ail the fire and smoke we perceive the evidence
  of calculating organization. The managers remain studiously concealed
  and masked; but there is no doubt about their presence from the
  first.

The enormously wealthy Duke of Orleans (a cousin to King Louis XVI), the Count Mirabeau, and the infamously depraved Marquis de Sade are but a few of the rich and privileged conspirators who financed and organized the secret societies and criminal combinations that instigated the riots, demonstrations, and terrors of the French Revolution.

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