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NOVEMBER 2,  2020


Each week Robert L. Wise, Ph.D., explores the Middle Eastern situation, ranging from Egypt through Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the surrounding area. Wise first traveled to Israel and the neighboring countries in 1968. Two of his sons taught in Jordan and Lebanon universities. Wise presents an objective view of the behind the scenes situation in these countries.


We do live in an inter-connected world! Hundreds protested on the Temple Mount against French President Emmanuel Macron and the French nation because caricature pictures of the Prophet Mohammad  were  displayed in France. On the other side of the world, another explosion erupted. The protestors chanted, “With our souls and with our blood, we sacrifice for our prophet, Muhammad,” with what Israel Police described as “nationalist slogans.” Hundreds of Palestinians also reportedly participated in a march condemning Macron’s remarks in Jerusalem. Demonstrators wore headbands declaring insulting Muhammad to be a red line and waved flags emblazened with the Islamic declaration of faith. Protesters also called Macron “the enemy of God.” Hundreds of Palestinians also reportedly participated in a march condemning Macron’s remarks. In Jerusalem’s Kafr Aqab neighborhood and in the neighboring Qalandiya refugee camp another protest erupted.

In Afghanistan, members of the Islamist party Hezb-i-Islami set the French flag ablaze. Its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, warned Macron that if he doesn’t “control the situation, we are going to a third world war and Europe will be responsible.”The protests come amid rising tensions between France and Muslim-majority nations, which flared up earlier this month when a young Muslim man beheaded a French schoolteacher who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class. Those images, republished by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to mark the opening of the trial for the deadly 2015 attack against the publication, have stirred the ire of Muslims across the world who consider depictions of the prophet blasphemous.

On Thursday, a knife-wielding Tunisian man carrying a copy of the Quran killed three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. That same day, a Saudi man stabbed and lightly wounded a security guard at the French consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, prompting France to urge its citizens there to be on “high alert.” An estimated 2,000 worshippers celebrating the Mawlid, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, took to the streets in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore. Crowds led by Islamic parties chanted anti-France slogans, raised banners and clogged major roads en route to a Sufi shrine. Dozens of people furiously stomped on French flags and cried for the boycott of French products. In Multan, a city in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, thousands burned an effigy of Macron and demanded that Pakistan sever ties with France.

In a time of political division around the world, no rift runs deeper.

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by Frank Sisson (Author), Robert L. Wise (Author)

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BLOG 314 August 8, 2016

The shock waves from the most recent terrorist attacks in Nice, France still reverberate across Europe. ISIS assaults on civilians in Paris, Brussels, and Germany along with the murder of a Roman Catholic priest presiding in a Mass have not only shocked Europe, but sent wave of fear through villages as well as cities.

And that is exactly what they are intended to do!

When people read about terrorism in the Middle East, they assume that’s the other side of the world and we’ve got other things to worry about in the United States (like the current election fiasco). Unfortunately, what’s going on in the Middle East has direct ramifications for the rest of the world. ISIS has long had a plan of attack for Europe should they be losing in Syria and Iraq. The conflict in those two countries is not going well for ISIS and that shoves the lone terrorist attack plan into play as we’ve seen in Europe in recent days.

Exactly what do the jihadist, terrorist ISIS groups have in mind?

Take a look at their impact on the European Union’s economy. Already the tourist season has lost at least 10% and more could come before Fall. The effect on summer business has been deep and serious. Exactly what ISIS had hoped for!

One of the spectacular French tourists sights is the medieval abbey Mont-Saint-Michel. After the Paris attacks, their chain of restaurants and hotels around the abbey dropped off by 70%. Nearly a third of their 230 employees were sent home. Reservations for the Bastille Day celebrations dropped 20% immediately after the Nice attacks.

This is exactly what the radical Islamic terrorist in far off Syria had in mind. People planning to move to France have put their plans on hold. Rental apartments in Paris are not moving as people retreat. ISIS is waging war by economic impact using suicidal individuals to create an impact that a garrison of soldiers couldn’t accomplish.

In Iraq, the war is not going well for ISIS soldiers. Over two years ago, Falluja was the first major Iraqi city to fall to ISIS. Now, the Iraqi special forces have moved in and pushed ISIS out. A major loss for the terrorists. Falluja had been surrounded for months and most of the citizens migrated. Residents had been driven out by the brutality of the ISIS fighters. Many homes had been converted into weapon storage depots or in some instances torture chambers.

Where is all this going? Probably more lone wolf attacks will follow in Europe as ISIS is defeated on the Middle Eastern battlefield. America is in a more secure area because it is surrounded by two oceans, but that didn’t stop individual attacks during the last year.

The point is clear: lose on the battlefield; strike on home base soil. If you can’t kill their soldiers, try the civilians. It’s a cruel, barbaric strategy, but as General Sherman observed about the American Civil War; “War is hell.”

It certainly is.

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BLOG 279 November 16, 2015

The horrendous carnage in Paris this past weekend has shocked the world. With hundreds injured or killed, France is now faced with an act of war that has claimed innocent lives. ISIS immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks and proclaimed these civilian attacks were only the “first of the storm” that will follow. Statements came in Arabic, English, and French saying: “Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State.”

Reverberations continue to rumble around the world. During the Saturday meeting in Vienna of the top diplomats from more than a dozen countries, American Secretary of State John Kerry said the attacks were “the most vile, horrendous, outrageous, unacceptable acts on the planet.” The French foreign minister added, “It is more necessary than ever in the current circumstance to coordinate the international fight against terrorism.” Many will conclude that only an end to the civil war in Syria can halt such an outbreak.

Before the terrorist attacks exploded in Paris, eastern European nations were already balking at accepting the unprecedented migration flowing out of Syria and the war torn countries with multitudes knocking on the doors of Hungry, Austria, Germany, and beyond. America may do the same. Rumors were already circulating that concealed terrorist were traveling with the hordes crossing the Aegean Sea. The Parisian attack now appears to confirm this suspicion.

The situation in Paris is not new. For more than a year, France has fought in its own intifada. Regular flare-ups in many of the Arab-inhabited suburbs of the major French cities is continuing story. A running guerrilla type of warfare has existed with Muslim Arabs for some time. As a result of French colonialism in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia conflict has followed for two-centuries. What happened his past weekend is another but worse expression of this old struggle.

In 2005. one of these outbreaks lasted for three weeks when two youths running from the police were electrocuted and killed while hiding in an installation with an electric transformer in the Paris suburb of Clicy-sous-Bois. Riots erupted in a number of immigrant-dominated neighborhoods of more than 100 French cities.

Five to six million people of Muslim origin live in France, composing 10 percent of the total population. Confrontation has already occurred when schools resisted girls and young women wearing Muslim head scarves at school. Muslim religious customs have created other similar tensions.

Tensions remain high because Arabs tend to find only factory-type employment with high numbers of youths unable to find any jobs. Such suburban ethnic communities make for fertile ground for recruiting young people who can be radicalized.

There’s no end in sight to the Middle-Eastern conflict that that has now spilled over in Europe. The French and Parisian ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity are definitely being challenged. More conflicts and problems will follow.

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