James T. Bartsch, WordExplain.com,
February 4, 2011
waves reverberate throughout the Arab world. First it was Tunisia. In a
movement that was sparked in 2008, Tunisians protested the harsh,
authoritarian rule of President Zine el Abidine ben Ali. The Tunisian
military sided with the people against Ben Ali. The Army Chief
of Staff, Gen. Rachid Ammar, urged Ben Ali on January 14, 2011 to leave
the country or face imprisonment. End of regime.
shortly thereafter, opposition broke out in Egypt. A small
protest on Jan. 25 in front of the Supreme Court
in Cairo turned into a mob calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step
down. In the next days the protests spread across the country. What
fueled the uprising in Egypt? President Obama's press secretary, Robert
Gibbs, has downplayed the role of the "deeply conservative"
and banned Muslim Brotherhood in opposing Mubarak. Meanwhile, the Jerusalem
that a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammed Ghannem, has
told the Iranian News Network Al-Alam that the Suez Canal should be
closed immediately, that the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should
cease, and that Egypt should prepare for war with Israel.
Understandably, according to an article
Israel is shocked by Obama's "betrayal" of Mubarak. Apparently at
Washington's behest, Mubarak will not seek reelection
Indeed, some were wondering why U.S.
Socialists were rallying in support of Egyptian protesters.
pro-western leader of Yemen has also come under attack. On Thursday,
Jan. 27, protesters "launched mass demonstrations in the capital [of]
President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down."
the beat goes on. On February 1, Jordan's King Abdullah II, "bowing
to public pressure, fired his government on Tuesday and tasked a new prime minister
with quickly boosting economic opportunities and giving Jordanians a
greater say in politics." And who is King Abdullah"s fiercest opponent?
The Muslim Brotherhood, whose
objective is to spread Islamic law throughout Europe and the United
who, indeed, is behind the political uprisings in North Africa and the
Middle East? What is their real objective? It does not appear that
these changes bode well for the United States.
Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon was perplexed by his dream of a
towering statue (Dan.
What did it mean? Under threat of death, Daniel and his three friends
prayed for Divine illumination. God gave Daniel the answer during the
night. In awe and relief Daniel exulted, "Let the name of God be
blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He
who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings, and He
establishes kings..." (Daniel
2:20-21). And one day
God will establish His kingdom on earth. It will crush all opposition
kingdoms and will itself
endure forever (Dan.
Amidst political upheaval and chaos, we can remain calm. God puts into
office whomever He wishes. And none can prevent God from establishing
His Kingdom here on earth forever!